Columbia – Things to do with your Team

Home to the University of Missouri, Columbia is a Midwestern college town that’s a great place to visit with your team. Because of its status as a college town, Columbia is a popular cultural center in the region. There you will find many attractions that both you and your team are sure to enjoy. These include amazing outdoor attractions like Rock Bridge Memorial State Park if you’re looking to make the most of good weather during your time in Missouri, as well as fun indoor attractions like Lazer Zone where your team can play the day away, or just for a few hours depending on how busy your schedule is.


Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Columbia - Things to do with your Team - Travel - Hotels4TeamsLocated just minutes away from Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park will give you and your team the chance to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region. This park is home to some of the most popular hiking trails in Missouri. These trails include Deer Run Trail, which follows the hills along the park’s northern and western boundaries through secluded woods before reaching the banks of Little Bonne Femme Creek, making it the perfect place to spot deer as well as beavers and muskrats; High Ridge Trail, which climbs towards rolling hilltops and eventually descends to follow alongside Clear Creek.

If your group is feeling particularly adventurous, the rugged Devil’s Icebox Trail will take you downwards towards the most impressive geological features in the park, perhaps most notably the park’s namesake, a towering 63-foot high natural tunnel known as the rock bridge. For an even more special experience at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, call ahead to schedule a guided tour of Devil’s Icebox and Connor’s Cave or educational program conducted by a park naturalist. Other features of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park include several picnic areas scattered throughout and a playground with swings, slides, a tunnel, and more. 5901 S Highway 163, Columbia, MO 65203


Stephens Lake Park

No matter what season it happens to be when you visit Columbia, Stephens Lake Park is a great place to spend some downtime with your team in the great outdoors. In the warm spring and summer months your team can swim in the park’s lake or just bask in the sun on the adjacent beach; climb, jump, run, and slide on the playground in the Children’s Grove area; or just have a nice lunch outside at one of the park’s many picnic shelters. The fun at Stephens Lake Park doesn’t end once the fall and winter roll around. There is a hill perfect for sledding and snowball fights on the east side of the lake, as well as a fire pit where your group can warm up after a fun day in the snow at Collins Shelter. 2001 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201


Lazer Lanes

At Lazer Lanes in Columbia, there are so many ways to have fun you’ll have a hard time keeping count! First up is their bowling alley, with 12 state-of-the-art lanes featuring a “Rock and Wow” light and sound system, a full-service bar and in-house café, and a Cosmic Bowling experience that takes place nightly. Second is their arcade, where you and your team can play over 50 games, including new ones like Alpine Skier and classic favorites like pinball and Super Shot Basketball. Lazer Lanes’ innovative Play Card system makes paying, playing, and earning credits a breeze.

Third is their 3,500-square-foot Lazer Tag Arena, where your team will be pitted in an intensely fun match of red team versus green team for 10 minutes of thrilling, non-stop action. Fourth, an attraction that everyone enjoys: bumper cars. The bumper cars at Lazer Lanes are far from ordinary however. That’s because they’re Spin Zone Bumper Cars! These motorized marvels are capable of not only moving forward, backward, left, and right, but can also spin around for 360 degrees of wild bumping bliss. Last up is Lazer Frenzy. This cool activity is great for some quick fun, tasking participants to twist, turn, and bend as they try to reach the end of the maze in the fastest time. It’s like Mission: Impossible in a box! If your team gets to enjoy all of these attractions or only just a few, they’ll leave Lazer Lanes electrified with excitement. 3412 Grindstone Pkwy, Columbia, MO 65201


Museum of Art and Archaeology

If you’re looking for a unique attraction to take your team to while in Columbia that doesn’t cost a lot of money, or any money at all for that matter, check out the Museum of Art and Archaeology; admission is free! Located on the University of Missouri campus, the Museum of Art and Archaeology is home to a permanent collection of more than 14,000 works of art and fascinating archaeological objects displayed throughout five galleries that are sure to amaze visitors young and old. If you’ll be visiting with a group of 10 or more, call ahead to schedule a tour of the facility. 1 Pickard Hall, Columbia, MO 65211


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Bonkers is the perfect place for your team to, well… go bonkers! This family-friendly fun facility features an “a-maze-ing” four level playground, as well as a separate toddler area for guests ages two and younger, and an arcade where your team can score big points and even bigger fun on more than 60 games. All this fun is sure to work up an appetite, so when your team starts to get hungry, head over to Bonkers’ on-site restaurant for pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, a variety of appetizers and desserts, and more. If you begin to go a bit bonkers yourself from the loud sounds of fun, don’t worry! There’s a relaxing adult area located upstairs with a complete view of the playground and arcade so you can keep an eye on the team without hearing all of the noise. 3812 Buttonwood Dr, Columbia, MO 65201


Stewart Hall Reptiles and Amphibians Display

Columbia - Things to do with your Team - Travel - Hotels4TeamsIf you’re traveling with a team that is fascinated by all things scaly, slimy, slithering, and swimming, the Reptiles and Amphibians Display at the University of Missouri’s Stewart Hall is the perfect place. At this free attraction you and your team will see about 20 species of native snakes, including all of Missouri’s venomous reptiles: cottonmouths, copperheads, and three varieties of rattlesnakes. Your group can also meet with some non-venomous species as well, such as milk snakes, rat snakes, bull snakes, garter snakes, and more. Perhaps most notable of the 10 turtle species in the exhibit are the two alligator snapping turtles, which are the largest freshwater turtle in North America. 202 Stewart Hall, Columbia, MO 65211


Breakout CoMo

At Breakout CoMo, the goal is simple: break out from one of four uniquely-themed real life escape rooms. To do so your group will have to find clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes, all in less than 60 minutes! The rooms to choose from at Breakout CoMo include Room 13, a mind-boggling mystery set in a 1970’s motel room; Y2K, a race against the clock on the eve of the turn of the millennium; Mark Twain Museum, where your group will have to secure priceless original manuscripts written by the classic American author; and Missouri State Stock Exchange, where it’s up to you and your group to stop dirty traders from running off with all the money. Discounted pricing is available for groups with more than 10 players. 218 N 8th St, Columbia, MO 65201


Columbia Mall

For an outstanding shopping experience while in Columbia bring the team to Columbia Mall. Conveniently located and offering patrons a varied mix of retailers and restaurants, your shopping experience at Columbia Mall is sure to be a good one. The mall has four anchors: Sears, JCPenny, Dillard’s, and Target, along with over 100 other stores for you and your team to browse on a day off or during a couple of hours of downtime. The Columbia Mall’s selection of restaurants has options for every occasion, whether your group is in the mood for a sit-down meal or just a snack. 2300 Bernadette Drive, Columbia, Mo 65203


Columbia is a quaint city with a lot of history. There’s something for everyone in your group in Columbia, whether you prefer seeing the sights and typical tourist attractions, or would rather venture off of the beaten path.