17 treasures to seek out in Columbia

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

During your first few weeks at MU, you may want to do some exploring and venture on- and off-campus. A lot of interesting places await the curious adventurer.

So, before you must cram for exams and write essays on deadline, consider looking for these treasures from our informal scavenger hunt. 

1. A slow-moving train that serves food (Columbia Star Dinner Train).

2. An arcade and bowling alley that is out of this world (Laser Lanes/Galactic Fun Zone).

3. Books and other icons from New Orleans (The Blue Fugue).

4. A cozy downtown bookstore with nooks for reading (Get Lost Bookshop).

5. A real carousel (Columbia Mall).

6. An electric chair (Gotcha Costumes).

7. Sliders and billiards (Booche’s).

8.  A dog that never leaves his tree (Sparky’s).

9. A living museum with thousands of plants (Mizzou Botanic Garden).

10. Statue of famous cartoon character on campus (Beetle Bailey).

11. The oldest cemetery in Columbia (Columbia Cemetery).

12.  Rolling Ahead – ceramic tile and neon art installation (parking garage, Eight and Cherry).

13. The city’s keyhole (City Hall courtyard).

14.  A 12-foot, 1,200-pound figure entering the water (Activity and Recreation Center).

15. Columbia’s own Stonehenge (Stephens Lake Park).

16. A 1877 farmstead in a grove of sugar maple trees (Maplewood House).

17.  Art galleries, studios and artists north of downtown (North Village Arts District).

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