While many people associate Columbia, Missouri, with being a college town, Columbia is also one of the best places to settle down after retirement. It is repeatedly recognized by Forbes Magazine, for it's richer lifestyle, stellar educational opportunities and cost of living.
Get to Know the City
The city offers a wide array of things to do, from multiple hiking spots for active residents to the North Village Arts District for the art lovers. There are many activities to keep you busy post-retirement no matter your interests.
The University of Missouri has a wonderful option for adults, who are 50 and over. The Osher' Lifelong Learning Institute is a perfect way to explore new interests through a wide range of courses, activities and clubs. You can meet new people as you pursue learning and strengthen your body, mind, emotional well-being and spiritual life. Access numerous through Osher@Mizzou.
Columbia is perfect for art appreciators. Every first Friday of the month, the North Village Arts District offers First Fridays, a free gallery crawl. The city is also home to the True/False Film Fest for all the movie lovers out there. It’s an annual, international documentary film festival that takes place the first weekend in March and brings thousands to Columbia.
For music lovers, The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall — two music venues in the downtown area — will be your go-to spots for live music. The city is also home to Roots N Blues N BBQ, a music Festival held in September. The festival features national, regional, and local musicians.
Downtown Columbia also offers many local boutiques to shop at and restaurants that will leave you coming back for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The downtown area is home to the arts, music, and film district, but Columbia is also perfect for active residents.
Within walking distance from downtown is Stephens Lake Park, which is perfect for dog walks or picnics in the park. Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is more for hikers, offering bike trails plus the Devil’s Icebox Cave for those wanting to explore.
Health and Fitness
There are multiple gyms in town like the local gym, Wilson’s Fitness. You are bound to find the perfect gym for your fitness lifestyle. The city is also home to Mid-Missouri's only Trauma 1 Hospital, but also has another major hospital and significant medical specialties.
A Place to Call Home
Columbia is more than just a college town. It is a place to call home and relax after retirement. The city is filled with something new to do each day. With multiple events throughout the city year-round, you will never find yourself bored in Columbia, Missouri.
If you want to know more about Columbia and all it has to offer, please give us a call. We are passionate about this incredible city.