There is certainly no shortage of excellent family activities or great amenities in the capital region of Missouri. Whether you choose to make Jefferson City, Columbia or any one of the charming smaller towns in between your new home, you're sure to be happy. Both cities have great shopping options like the Capital Mall. You'll find all your favorite stores here from Dillards to American Eagle to Bath & Body Works. Or, head to Wildwood Crossings, one of many excellent shopping centers, to find other staples like Pier One Imports, Walmart and Old Navy. There are a ton of great outdoors opportunities in these cities too. Be sure to to the Missouri River Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge for a leisurely afternoon and some amazing views of the Missouri River. Another great outdoor amenity here is the Katy Trail State Park, a 237 mile long trail that, in part, traces Lewis and Clark's expedition pathway. Get more in touch with nature at the Runge Nature Center, and experience one of the best parks around at the Cosmopolitan Park in Columbia. Between the two cities, there is an abundance of excellent cultural and educational opportunities. Check out the Jefferson City Symphony for some beautiful performances. Or, head to the Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation Museum, the only museum dedicated to veterinary sciences. Over in Columbia, there are several museums associated with the University of Missouri. The whole family will love the Museum of Art and Archeology and the amazing fossil collection at the Geology Exhibits at the college will wow, especially the extensive dinosaur collection. Other local attractions include Central Dairy, a huge local ice cream shop that your kids will be begging to go. Columbia has some great antiquing at places like Artichoke Annie's Antique Mall and Columbia Coin and Stamp. Get delicious local produce at the Boone County Farmer's Market, where you'll be wowed by the variety and selection of Missouri produce. All in all, people of the capital region of Missouri are happy folks. With all of the great activities and amenities this area offers, it's easy to see why. Let New Home Source get you on your way to happiness with our large selection of new homes in Jefferson City and Columbia. And older adults, don't forget to check out our great selection of active adult communities.