Orlando-The Home to Fun, Sun and Endless Smiles

Since the Tigers are on the road again this week, our friends at Visit Orlando were kind enough to submit a post to help you enjoy your time in the city while you travel with the Mizzou Football team.

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Orlando is truly the home to sun, fun, and endless smiles? Think about it: world class theme parks, exciting outdoors adventures, endless shopping options and a collision of diverse dining options makes Orlando a win-win situation for every family member, no matter how picky. Year-round Orlando is bigger, better and a whole lot more fun with so many new things to see and do.

Swim with dolphins and get face to face with playful otters and curious marmosets at Discovery Cove’s recently opened Freshwater Oasis. Journey into the life of a sea turtle at SeaWorld’s TurtleTrek, a first-of-its-kind 3-D/360-degree dome shaped theater; at the Universal Orlando Resort don 3-D glasses to get minionized at Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and enjoy a marvelous spectacle of a 100 years worth of Universal Pictures movies; or get in touch with your inner kid at the Magic Kingdom as new cool things are coming to life at Fantasyland throughout this year.

For thrills beyond the roller coasters, take the wheel and put the pedal to the metal of a Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini or an Audi at the Exotic Driving Experience. Swoop, twist and dip through the tree tops at Florida Eco Safaris at Forever Florida’s The Rattlesnake, the first and only roller coaster zip line in the U.S. Love the thrill of a good deal? Then Orlando Premium Outlets is a must-shop with more than 330 stores in two Orlando locations. Famished yet? Then take your pick of cuisines ranging from good ol’ barbeque at local favorite 4Rivers Smokehouse to progressive American cuisine at LUMA on Park or the first “picanha” cut at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse.

For more tips on what to see and do in Orlando, check out VisitOrlando.com/blog. Now, pack a smile and see you soon in Orlando!

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What Fans Are Saying…MU v. Georgia

We can’t help it…when we hear that visitors had a great experience in Columbia it makes us super excited! A couple of weeks ago, new fans in town for the Mizzou v. Georgia game had the chance to experience a football weekend in Columbia. Here’s what some of them had to say…

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“Our group travels to every Georgia game, and we’ve been in every SEC city. But, obviously, Columbia was a question mark. Believe me, though, you folks didn’t disappoint. The people of Columbia were amazingly warm and welcoming, and they truly made us feel they were glad we had come to town…

…we kept hearing, “Welcome to Columbia!” And that was always followed with friendly advice on places to eat and sites to see. It was even true on campus, where our group was stopped by two different groups of students to who wanted to tell us about their school and ask about ours…

…I can’t wait until we get to come back out there.”

-Mitch Clarke: Gainesville, GA

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“I have heard reports from numerous Bulldog fans about how hospitable the city of Columbia was.  It seems that for those who made the trip, the welcome they received from your city and Mizzou fans was quite memorable and appreciated!  I was told about signs in windows of shops and restaurants welcoming Bulldog fans to the city.  It made quite an impression.  Thank you and Columbia so much for your hospitality!  It sounds like you are all a very welcome addition to the SEC!”

-Kelli McCain, Athens CVB

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“I am not alone in my sentiments when I tell you that we as a fan base, who travels well, have never been as warmly welcomed or as willingly accommodated as we were this weekend. Every person and business we encountered could not have done enough for us or been any nicer. We truly felt welcomed and I for one will see y’all again in two years when we return. Keep up the great work, thanks for everything again, and welcome to the SEC.”

-Thomas Beusse

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We love hearing that kind of feedback as new visitors head to Columbia from the SEC. What have you loved about your time in Columbia?

Getting Around Columbia – Taxi Stands

If you’re in The District after a Mizzou football game this fall and want to grab a taxi, stroll on over to one of Columbia’s taxi stands!

From 9:00 p.m.-2:30 a.m., taxis on 9th Street, 10th Street and Broadway will only stop at designated stands. You can find them at these convenient locations:

-6th & Broadway

-9th & Elm

-9th & Locust

-10th & Cherry

-10th & Broadway

So next time you’re ready to head back to your hotel after the game, check out Columbia’s convenient way to catch a taxi from The District!

From One Columbia to Another!

Being a Tiger fan sometimes means hitting the road to watch the team in action. If you’re headed to South Carolina this weekend to watch Mizzou take on the Gamecocks, get excited! The Columbia, SC Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to welcome you to their Columbia, and they even were kind enough to write a guest blog post to help make your experience a great one!

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Welcome to the SEC, Missouri Tigers! Get ready for fierce competition, passionatefans and most of all, a good time! This week, Mizzou fans will make the trip from Columbia, Missouri to Columbia, South Carolina and we couldn’t be more excited. But before hitting the road, fans need to know a few things that will make their trip exciting, tasty, eventful and most importantly, memorable.

 
University of South Carolina fans take tailgating very seriously. Hours before kickoff, fans pour into the State Fairgrounds, old farmer’s market, parking lots and every little crevice available to tailgate around the stadium. Plan to get there early to join in on the fun. Among the usual football tailgate foods, one thing we always recommend our out-of-towners to try is South Carolina’s official state snack, boiled peanuts! This salty treat is a game day staple in the South. In regards to home team tailgates, don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of white table cloths and flower arrangements or women dressed in sundresses and cowboy boots and men in their slacks and bow ties. University of South Carolina fans treat game days as a dress-to-impress occasion.
 
Drop by the premiere tailgating spot, the University of South Carolina Cockabooses.These stationary trains on the rear side of the stadium definitely take tailgating up a few notches. Decked out with flat screen televisions, chandeliers and on site catering make attending a Gamecock football game quite an experience. While these Cockabooses are privately owned, they’re definitely something to see when playing the Gamecocks!
 
Before or after the big game, there are a number of things Mizzou fans can enjoy while visiting the Columbia region. The weather this week is ideal for a canoe, kayak or standup paddle board trip down the Congaree River, one of three rivers that run through the city. There are a number of guided tours visitors can join to see nature up close and personal. Take a walk on the wild side and visit the number one gated attraction in South Carolina, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. After checking out the penguins, toucans, giraffes, koalas, elephants, lions and more, try your hand at Sky High Safari; a four story, self guided ropes course. Want more adventure? Take a trip out to Congaree National Park. While there, visitors can explore 2.4 miles of boardwalk throughout the park and nearly 26,000 acres of wilderness. In addition to being the only national park in South Carolina, it is also the closest to a metropolitan city.
 
In your down time, take in a movie at The Nickelodeon, South Carolina’s only nonprofit art house film theatre. Recently relocated into its new, multi-screen venue on Main Street in downtown Columbia, the theatre plays independent and documentary films nightly. For the young Mizzou fans, EdVenture Children’s Museum, located in the Congaree Vista, is a perfect afternoon trip. Where else can you climb inside a 40-foot child and explore the inner workings of the human body? This nationally ranked children’s museum offers fun and educational experiences kids won’t soon forget.
 
Good food isn’t in short supply in the Columbia region. If there’s one thing we do well in the South, it’s eating. Try some of the best burgers in town at Pawley’s Front Porch in Five Points or Rockaway’s Athletic Club in Rosewood. Both serve up tasty bites like raw cut fries, sweet potato fries, pimento cheese burgers, fried pickles and more. Barbeque is a southern delicacy that all visitors must try. May it be mustard-based, drenched in Carolina gold, or poured over with vinegar, pulled pork BBQ is taken seriously in the South. Visitors should try some of the Columbia region’s favorites like Doc’s Barbeque and Southern BuffetHudson’s Smokehouse andPalmetto Pig – to name a few. To end the meal, visit Nonnah’s in the Vista. With a mini novel serving as the menu, guests will have a hard time deciding between lemon cheesecake, triple mousse cake, Californian almond cake and chocolate raspberry fantasy. Need even more sweets?! Venture in Mast General Store on Main Street or The Peanut Man on Lincoln Street to satisfy those old-fashioned candy cravings.
 
Clearly there is an abundance to see, do, eat and experience while visiting The New Southern Hot Spot. We look forward to hosting the Mizzou Tigers in our neck of the woods this weekend and hope this trip isn’t your last!
 
Browse things to do, places to stay and more information on columbiacvb.com, drop by our Visitors Center while you’re in town or drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter while you’re here. For more game day information for your visit, be sure to check out our game day guide.

Countdown to Gameday: Arizona State

The Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 6:00 pm against the Arizona State Sun Devils.

FAMILY WEEKEND:

This weekend Tiger fans and families will also celebrate Family Weekend at Mizzou. Families can enjoy photos with Truman, pre-game meals, the Cub Carnival and more!

PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

Every gameday you can also participate in the Tiger Landing Tailgate hosted by the Mizzou Alumni Association! 3 hours prior to each home football game you can stop by the Reynolds Alumni Center and Carnahan Quadrangle to enjoy Taste of Mizzou food, cash bar, Mizzou gear for purchase, a Kids Zone with inflatable games, botanic garden tours and big screens in Reynolds! It’s a family fun event you don’t want to miss.

OTHER GREAT EVENTS: 

While in town for the game, you may want to take in the other sights and sounds of Columbia. Some events going on this weekend include Annie by Columbia Entertainment Company, Melvin’s Lite at the Blue Note, Mansions on the Moon + Cherub at the Blue Note, the Heritage Festival and WILCO: Live on 9th Street.

FOOTBALL FRIDAYS:

It’s Football Friday, every Friday of home football games at the Walton Building! Be sure to stop by the Walton Building, location of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, on Friday for visitor information and cookies!

We are so excited to have our Mizzou Alumni and opposing team fans back in town! Welcome!

Vote for Truman!

Tiger nation thinks that Truman the Tiger is one of the best mascots around. I mean, look at him!

Photo from the Columbia Missourian

Now, Truman is in it to win it with the Capital One Mascot Challenge. In his first round match up, Truman takes on the Scarlet Knight from Rutgers. While Truman has a commanding lead right now, he’ll need the help of Tiger nation throughout the season to come out on top. So, what we’re trying to say is…

VOTE NOW!

And, as always, go Tigers!