Exploration: Columbia & Career || Part 1

As an incoming freshman, you’re probably wondering: What is there to do in Columbia, Missouri? How can I try new things, meet new people and network all at once? Well my friends, here is your very own virtual tour guide of all the hotspots in Columbia that you don’t want to miss and some sweet tips on how to expand your career community through the exploration process! Whether you’re an outdoorsy person, a concert fanatic or a coffee shop blogger, I guarantee Columbia will have something that suits your fancy.

Before I dive into all the lively places there are to go in Columbia, I want to give you some tips on how to make the most of your adventures by getting out there and talking to people.

  1. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people you meet. There has not been a single person I have ever met that doesn’t enjoy when others take initiative and ask them to do something first. If you meet someone who is going down the same career path as you or is maybe a couple steps ahead, take advantage of that and learn from their wisdom.
  2. Ask a lot of questions. This is the best way to find hidden jobs, opportunities and clubs. Of course, hiremizzoutigers.com is a great way to find a job, but your DREAM JOB could only be a few questions away and the club that sparks passion and innovation in you could come from a simple, “What club are you a part of?”
  3. Do things you don’t think you would like. They key word here is think and you never know till you try. College is the perfect place for figuring out who you are and what you want to do for the rest of your life. The more you do, the more you learn about yourself. Maybe you didn’t think you would like rock-climbing because you are scared of heights but the feeling you got from trying it made you realize you are far more capable than you thought.

From a past freshman (and local) to a future freshman, here are some places you don’t want to miss…


For the adventurers||

Pinnacles Youth Park: The Pinnacles are a series of cliffs and rock formations overlooking both the Rocky Fork and Silver Fork creeks. This is a great place to go with  friends for great hikes and views.
Location:  850 E Pinnacles Rd, Sturgeon, MO 65284
Distance from Mizzou: 20 minute drive
Website: https://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/natural-areas/pinnacles

Rock Bridge State Park: RB State Park contains wooded paths, woodsy trails, extensive caves and breathtaking overlooks. You could easily spend a whole afternoon here, hammocking, exploring and getting lost along Gans creek.
Location: 5901 South Highway 163, Columbia, MO 65203
Distance from Mizzou: 8 minute drive
Website: https://mostateparks.com/park/rock-bridge-memorial-state-park

Capen Park: A beautiful bluff overlooks Capen Park and the Hinkson Creek. There are many trails and open spaces if you need a study break or some time alone. Capen is perfect for running, watching the sunrise or rock-climbing.
Location: 1600 Capen Park Dr, Columbia, MO 65201
Distance from Mizzou: 1 minute drive (there is no excuse not to go)
Website: https://www.como.gov/parksandrec/park/capen-park/

Big Tree: Big Tree is exactly what it sounds like. It is a big tree, but you don’t really know how big it is till you drive out to see it. Big Tree is perfect for picnics, long drives with the windows down and watching the sunset.
Location: Burr Oak Road, Huntsdale, MO 65203
Distance from Mizzou: 20 minute drive
Website: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/archives/como-you-know-mcbaine-bur-oak-tree/article_69033a2f-1776-5303-a429-c57650447b58.html


For the foodies||

Uprise Bakery: This bakery is the heart and soul of downtown Columbia. Coming here is like tasting a piece of home. With their delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, house-drip coffee and kombucha, you won’t want to leave. Within Uprise Bakery is also a movie theatre called Ragtag that plays movies not showing in most popular theaters.
Location: 10 Hitt St, Columbia, MO 65201
Distance from Mizzou: 3 minute drive
Website: http://www.uprisebakery.com/

Midici: Midici is a Neapolitan pizza company in downtown Columbia. This trendy, taste of Italy is the perfect place for lunch with a friend, dinner with family or time alone. Their menu consists of unique varieties of pizza, salad, dessert and drink.
Location: 1007 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
Distance from Mizzou: 3 minute drive
Website: https://www.mymidici.com/menu/

Coopers Landing: Coopers Landing feels like home. Located along the Missouri River, with live music and Thai food, you will instantly feel the Midwestern charm.
Location: 11505 Easley River Columbia, MO 65203
Distance from Mizzou: 20 minute drive
Website: http://cooperslanding.net/

Flat Branch Pub and Brewing: Flat Branch is a perfect restaurant to go if you’re looking for a place to hang out and watch the latest sports game. With their outdoor seating, friendly interior and all-American food, you can’t go wrong.
Location: 115 S 5th St, Columbia, MO 65201
Distance from Mizzou: 1 minute drive
Website: https://www.flatbranch.com/menu/


For the music lovers||

The Blue Note: The Blue Note is an intimate concert venue that hosts different artists every week.
Location: 17 N 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201
Distance from Mizzou: 4 minute drive
Website: http://thebluenote.com/

Rose Music Hall: With the same owners as the Blue Note, Rose hosts bands, happy hours, standup comedy and movies in the park.
Location: 013 Park Ave, Columbia, MO 652011
Distance from Mizzou: 4 minute drive
Website: http://rosemusichall.com/

 If you are looking for some good study nooks, fields to play sports on, or things to do at night, be sure to check out Part 2 of this blog, coming soon!