Things To Do In Columbia

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At Valley Speedway, locals gather around the racetrack to watch ULMA late models, Show Me Vintage racers, A-mod cars, and street-stock vehicles compete in open-wheel racing. Races take place on Friday and Saturday evenings and, unlike most parent-teacher conferences, welcome family members of all ages. After gates open, fans can nab eats and drinks before they settle into their seats. Those who prefer a more hands-on approach to high velocities can also register as a driver or take classes at the speedway.

348 East Old Highway 40
Grain Valley,
MO
US

The cyclists of the American Arenacross tour transform crowds into an adrenaline-driven swarm of gasps and cheers with supersonic, gravity-defying competitions. During three-hours of racing, professional riders compete wheel-to-wheel across an arena floor peppered with ceiling-scraping jumps, sharp turns, and obnoxiously long stoplights. Bikers warm up audience applause engines aboard 50cc scramblers before professional riders coast onto the track atop 450cc MX bikes. Mixed in among qualifying and main events, an FMX freestyle jump-off pits high flyers against each other as they perform new tricks and recite cherished haikus more than 60 feet in the air. As an added bonus, Saturday's event includes a complimentary track party from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for all guests with a ticket.

5212 North Oakland Gravel Road
Columbia,
MO
US

Haynes Music Studio teaches Musikgarten music and motion classes for young children ages 0-7, beginning piano classes for ages 7-9, and piano lessons for ages 10+, including adults.

106 Chico Dr
Ashland,
MO
US

A.L. Gustin Golf Course is home to Tigers?that is, the University of Missouri Tigers. Since 1959, the 18-hole, 6,492-yard course has served as the home course to the students, faculty, and staff of the University, and it's also hosted the Missouri State Open, state high school championships, and other amateur events. The par 70 links arc over rolling hills and through mature trees?an advantage of a course that has dug roots into their turf for more than a half century. But Missouri's golfers are not the only ones who enjoy the course's hospitality. In 1997, it became the first college course in the country to be recognized as an Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary, a distinction earned due to its preservation of wildlife habitats, water conservation, and the complimentary acorns greenskeepers lay on squirrel's pillows each morning.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 6,492 yards from the tips * Course rating of 69.4 from the tips * Slope rating of 119 from the tips * Three tee options * Scorecard

1105 Carrie Francke Dr.
Columbia,
MO
US

Established: 1999

Reservations/Appointments: Optional

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Pro Tip: Shooting can be safe, just follow the safety rules and have fun

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Two courses: a beginner's course and main

Recommended Age Group: All ages

Situated on the bluffs above the Missouri River, the setting of the two self-service courses that make up River Hills Sporting Clays offer more than just a game. Its visitors take in the sights of the rolling meadows and wooded valleys on the park-like property as they proceed at their own pace. Three difficulty settings provide a challenge for everyone from beginners to those who want to tackle a tournament-grade course, for which the staff runs regular checks to ensure that the traps are working and full.

22701 Rocheport Rd
Boonville,
MO
US

Craig Stichter was born a tinkerer, so he originally tried to turn that interest into a career as a mechanical engineer. But he married a professor, and his wife's career took them around the country?exposed to the world of craft beer for the first time, Craig's passion for engineering was soon surpassed by a passion for home-brewing. He started creating his own flavors, including the DeVine IPA, Trail Bender Wheat, and Boone County Brown, using that childhood knack for tinkering to come up with new brews. He built a business plan, hired excellent collaborators such as head brewer Kraig Bridgeford, and founded Bur Oak Brewing Company. Today, the brewery bottles three year-round offerings and a handful of seasonal beers, in addition to providing tours to those who, like Craig himself, have a curiosity about the brewing process.

8250 Trade Center Drive
Columbia,
MO
US