As you may or may not know, I attend the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. It’s a town of about 100,000 people, and it’s situated right smack dap in the middle of Missouri – right in between St. Louis and Kansas City.
Columbia (or CoMo) is a great city to live in. The people are nice, the parks are beautiful and there’s always something going on. I really love getting to know a city and figuring out my favorite spots, and now that I’m about to be a senior I feel like I know this place like the back of my hand.
This list definitely doesn’t cover everything I like to do in this city, and I might write a more in-depth post later on about all of my favorite places in CoMo. But, for now, I thought I would share the top five places I think you need to check out if you visit Columbia, MO!
The Big Tree
That’s one big tree! Haha. My lovely boyfriend Nathan showed me this place about a year ago, and I just think it’s so cool! This random huge tree is out in the middle of this field, and it’s a really fun place to come to take pictures, have a picnic or just hang out and talk!
There is also a really cute restaurant near the tree, and it has a burger called “the big tree burger.” I think that’s funny. Lol.
This is probably my favorite place to visit in Columbia. Technically this park is in Sturgeon, but who cares. It’s about a 15 minutes drive outside of CoMo, and well worth it! This park has such pretty trails and rocks to climb on. My favorite thing to do is to climb to the top of that huge rock thing pictured above and look out. It’s a really nice way to get out of the house and get some exercise. The day that Nathan and I went, we found a vine and I swung on it. He swore I was going to fall, but I didn’t! So HA!
Rock Bridge State Park
If you haven’t noticed a theme by now, let me point it out: The Columbia area has some great outdoor activities. There are SO many parks for you to check out! Like, so many. I love them all, but Rock Bridge is definitely my favorite! It has a trail called the Devil’s Ice Box trail, and I definitely recommend it. The trail is nice and cool even on hot summer days because of all the trees, and it has really fun walk ways that overlook different caves. There are a bunch of stairs at one point too, so you definitely will get your work out in for the day!
When you get to the actual “ice box” as the trail calls it, you can walk down some stairs into this little cave. It is chilly down there even in the middle of summer, hence the name. I think it’s fun, and my friend Bailey and I once went way back into the cave and it was CREEPY. But fun. Go check it out for yourself!
Sparky’s Ice Cream
ICE CREAM! Ben & Jerry’s is great, but nothing beats local ice cream shops. Sparky’s is HUGE in Columbia and a downtown staple. They have really cool flavors, too – one of them has lavender in it. If you’re over 21, they also have cool alcohol-flavored ice cream. This is a great place to come on a Friday night and enjoy some yummy-tastic ice cream with awesome friends! I might even be persuaded to come with you…IF you buy me a cone (;
Addison’s Happy Hour
I LOVE coming to Addison’s happy hour. Usually this restaurant is a little out of my price range, but their happy hour is AMAZING! They are famous for their nachos made with wonton chips, and they are usually 10 dollars. BUT, if you go after 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday or after 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, they are half off! SO YUMMY. Also, they have 2 dollar craft beers and 4 dollar wine glasses if you’re into that. I love coming here with a few friends and splitting the nachos – it’s so cheap and you get a HUGE portion, so it’s a perfect night out for broke college kids! Ha.
Ok peeps, this is my list of my top five favorite things to do in and around CoMo. There are SO many other places I thought of while writing this, so later on I think I might write out a more comprehensive list. Hope you enjoyed, and comment below your favorite place to visit in the city you’re from!