Columbia and the surrounding area has many opportunities for people of all ages. If you want to learn more, see http://www.visitcolumbiamo.com, or https://www.visitmo.com. You can also dowload the official Missouri travel guide at https://maddendigitalbooks.com/mtg19.
Sunday, July 14, and Monday July 15, 8-9:00 a.m.: Knowledgeable Columbia ambassadors witll staff a resource table with brochures, handouts, etc., for families at the Bond Life Sciences Center registration.
Monday, July 15, 9-11:45 a.m.: A free walking tour of downtown Columbia that can be focused on family interest such as public art, African American history, the University of Missouri Campus museums, gardens, etc.
There is also an optional trolley tour (www.tigertrolley.net). The cost is $30 per person but there is a minimum number of people required. A choice of four tours are offered or one can be customized. The four offered tours include, Welcome to Columbia, Cultural Arts (which includes the Art and Archeology Musuem), College Town USA., and a Historical Tour.
Another option Monday morning is a guided African American history tour. An African American history group in Columbia has placed markers all around town. A guide can be provided upon request and could end at the historical Blind Boone home (there is no charge but there is a suggested rate of $25 per hour.
Monday night is free for all to enjoy dinner downtown. You will want to register your guests for the Ice Cream Social at Orr Street Studios from 8-9:30. The price has been kept to $5 per guest for this fun time to mingle and enjoy legendary Central Dairy ice cream.
Tuesday morning, July 16, 9-11:30 a.m.: we will offer an option to visit the Boone County and Historical and Cultural Society and Maplewood barn at Nifong Park. Personal transportation is required.
Tuesday afternoon, 1-5:30 p.m.: Another afternoon indoor opportunity is a free tour of the Art and Archaeology Museum and the Anthropology Museum. Both are located at Mizzou North. We can arrange for a docent to lead tours of these facilities if we can notify them by June 15th. Personal transportation is required.
So plan to bring your guests with you to the conference. We hope you come early and stay late to enjoy many of the experienes that Columbia, Mid-Missouri and the rest of Missouri have to offer.