Located in between Kansas City and St Louis on the I-70, Columbia draws visitors from across the United States. The city has plenty of bike paths and green spaces for a peaceful outdoor excursion. With the Forum Nature and Twin Lakes Areas to the southwest, the Stephens Lake Nature Area to the northwest, and the Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary to the west, Columbia is surrounded by nature.
The heart of the city centers around the campus and the adjacent Grindstone Nature Area, which offers spacious views of both the campus and the city. The Arts and Recreation Center (ARC) on Ash Street is not only a place to catch a show; it's also a health club and fitness center with an indoor leisure pool, full gymnasium and indoor track. Golfers have easy access to the AL Gustin Golf Course, an immaculate set of links right within city limits.
Every June for more than 50 years, Columbia has put on the Art in the Park at Stephens Lake Park. Visitors will find more than 100 artists from across the United States displaying their creations, including paintings, sculptures and pottery in clay, wood and glass. Columbia has four distinct seasons, with average highs in the 30s in January. July is typically the hottest month of the year, with highs hovering near 90 degrees.