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Summer is a time for great weather and fun outside activities! However, rainy days are common in Missouri. Despite the weather, it is easy to ride out the storm and find fun things to do in Columbia! This is a fool proof list of places to visit that is sure to brighten a dreary day!
Enjoy a delicious cup of joe in the cozy coffee house downtown. It’s a great atmosphere for reading and studying! In addition, they roast their own yummy beans!
Hours: Mon-Sat: 6a.m.- 12a.m./ Sun: 6:3 a.m. -12a.m. (11 pm during summer)
Contact: (573) 874-2852 / 24 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201
Looking for a fun and relaxing activity? This is the place for you. Walk around their gallery or participate in one of their many classes. Let your creativity run wild!
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Contact: 573-443-8838; 207 South Ninth Street, Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, Columbia, MO 65201
Wine! Paint! Memories! (can you ask for more?) Forget about the rain outside and enjoy an instructor led painting class that will leave you with a smile and masterpiece that you can call your own.
Hours: Mon-Fri open painting: 1p.m.-7p.m./ Sat-Sun special hours call ahead
Contact: (573)-777-7795/ 2703 E. Broadway, Ste 127, Columbia, MO 65201
The name says it all. It doesn’t get any better than candy on a rainy day. This locally famous shop is sure to excite everyone with their delicious homemade treats! Let your inner 5-year-old out!
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:30a.m.- 6p.m./ Sat: 10a.m.- 5p.m.
Contact: (573) 443-8222/ 701 Cherry St, Columbia, MO 65201
Calling all trivia fans! Nothing cures a dreary rainy day like a warm pretzel and a cold pint. Enjoy a great atmosphere, drink specials, and fun trivia on Monday nights!
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 4p.m.- 11p.m./ Fri: 2p.m.- 1a.m./ Sat: 11a.m.- 1a.m.
Contact: (573) 256-1205/ 7 Hitt St Columbia, MO 65201
Cuddle up in one of the library’s many nooks and enjoy the sound of rain outside. Nothing screams relaxing like a good book and a dreary day! Get cozy and enjoy!
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9a.m.- 9p.m. / Friday: 9a.m.- 6p.m./ Saturday: 9a.m.- 5p.m. Sunday: 1p.m – 5p.m.
Contact: (573)-443-3161/ P.O. Box 1267, 100 West Broadway
This locally famous theater is sure to cure the rainy day blues with its vintage atmosphere. Enjoy one of the many unique summer films that the cinema offers. In addition, grab one of their nice warm drinks and a yummy snack at the bar and bakery.
Hours: specialty hours depending on films.
Contact: (573)-441-4359/ 10 Hitt Street Columbia, Missouri 65201
Why does working out have to be boring?! Pure Barre offers a new way to tone your body while feeling like a ballerina! Make your rainy day productive and try out a class!
Hours: Class schedule online at http://purebarre.com/MO-columbia
Contact: (573) 874-9006/ 3310 Bluff Creek Dr., Ste. 107, Columbia, Mo 65201
Restless kids at home? Stuck inside?! The ARC has got you covered. This indoor waterpark offers many entertainment outlets for the whole family! Hit the gym, take a swim, or play a game on the court! Whatever you do, its guaranteed fun when its awful outside.
Hours: Mon-Fri: 5:30a.m.- 9:30p.m./ Sat: 7a.m.- 7p.m./ Sun: 9a.m.- 6p.m.
Contact: (573)-874-7700/ 1701 W. Ash Street
Enjoy a nice cold glass and a great atmosphere here. This locally known bar and brewery is sure to make you feel cozy with a log cabin theme and a great brew to brighten a rainy day.
Hours: Tue-Thurs: 3p.m.- 10p.m./ Fri: 3p.m.-10p.m. (hours subject to change)
Contact: (573) 397-6786/ 504 Fay St.