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Zoos in COLUMBIA

It’s animal time in Columbia, Missouri and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Columbia because this The Show Me State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Big Surf Waterpark

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    (66 miles) Linn Creek

    The biggest, fastest, funnest, safest, cleanest, number one-en-est family fun at the Lake of the Ozarks! For any age, for anybody, Big Surf Waterpark has a variety of rides and attractions! The only ...

  • Mark Twain Riverboat

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    (56 miles) Hannibal

    The Mark Twain has been a unique feature on the Hannibal riverfront for more than twenty years. We strive to offer visitors and residents of Hannibal a uniquely authentic riverboat experience on the ...

  • Museum of Art and Archaeology

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    Columbia

    The Museum of Art and Archaeology is the art museum of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Its galleries are free and open to the public, and showcase a wide range of archaeological and artistic ...

  • Auto WorldCar Museum and Kingdom Expo

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    (21 miles) Fulton

    The Backer Collection of vintage Automobiles consists of over 120 vintage cars, trucks and other vehicles dating from 1903 to 1993. 84 of these vehicles are displayed at Auto World; sitting ...

  • Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum

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    (74 miles) Hannibal

    The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum properties includes eight buildings; six historically significant buildings and two exciting, interactive museums whose collections include fifteen original ...

  • Lazer Force Osage Beach

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    (60 miles) Osage Beach

    Painless, mess-less action combat game, with blacklight, fog, flashing lights and heart pumping music! Perfect for those active kids over 5.

  • Shryocks Callaway Farms

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    (14 miles) Columbia

    Located in Callaway County, Missouri, our working family farm is the perfect fall get-away for family and friends. Make plans now to come out to the farm and enjoy our life-size corn maze, group ...

  • Sawyer's Creek Funpark

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    (73 miles) Hannibal

    Our Fun Park features an 18 Hole Miniature Golf Course in a beautiful garden setting, Bumper Boats, Bounce House,Fast Pitch, Water Wars and a Too Too Twain for the little ones.

  • Scotties Fun Spot

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    (88 miles) Quincy

    Scotties offers something for everyone. 2 acres of fun, Go-karts, Roller skating, Laser Tag, Ballocity ( 2 1/2 story play area, Bumper cars, laser maze, and a hug arcade.

  • DelGrossos Amusement Park

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    (30 miles) Tipton

    Family theme park AND water park fun with over 30 rides, as well as a mini golf course and amazing food!

  • Going Bonkers

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    (3 miles) Columbia

    A great place to meet new friends, play arcade games, eat good food and exercise while playing on the largest indoor playground, in climate controlled comfort. One of the many fun family places to go ...

  • Galactic Fun Zone

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    (3 miles) Columbia

    Includes a Star Battle Laser Tag arena, an eight lane bowling alley and an extensive arcade with more than 40 games.

  • Miner Mikes

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    (58 miles) Osage Beach

    If quality family fun is what you are looking for, you will find it all under one roof at Miner Mike's and Buster's. Come and join Miner Mike and his mule, Buster, at our indoor 35,000 sq. ft family ...

  • Going Bonkers

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    (86 miles) Quincy

    A great place to meet new friends, play arcade games, eat good food and exercise while playing on the largest indoor playground, in climate controlled comfort. One of the many fun family places to go ...

  • Katy Trail State Park

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    (5 miles) Columbia

    Explore one of the longest rail-to-trails in the entire USA in this Missouri state park. Some of the sections are even part of the history Lewis & Clark Historic Trail!

  • The National Churchill Museum

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    (22 miles) Fulton

    Provides a chronicle of the life and times of one of the world's most memorable political leaders in an accessible way for kids though it's still heavily educational, including a light and sound show ...

  • Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park

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    (69 miles) Camdenton

    Guided tours around one of the most scenic caves in the country, with the Bridal Cave in Missouri. With trails, lakes, and picnic areas too!

  • Mark Twain Cave

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    (74 miles) Hannibal

    Fascinating 55 minute tours into the Mark Twain Caves, as well as fun activities like special seasonal tours and Mark Twain shows.

  • Meramec Caverns

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    (83 miles) Stanton

    Natural wonders to explore in Meramec Valley, with cave tours for the whole family - and handicap accessible!

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