Doing Stuff With Dad

Create lasting memories this Father’s Day with gifts that don’t need to be unwrapped. These experiential presents focus on spending quality time with Dad while delighting in his favorite pastimes — or helping him find new ones!

Taste The Town

When you make a reservation with Columbia Culinary Tours, Dad’s taste buds are in for a treat. These two- to three-hour walking tours take you on a tasty trek through downtown Columbia with stops at locally owned restaurants and specialty food shops. At each location, you’ll sample food and drink, and get a behind-the-scenes look at Columbia’s vibrant culinary community. Brunch, wine and food pairing, and craft beer and food pairing are a few of the themes on these public tours. You can also book a customized, private tour for a group of 10 or more.

For more information, go to, or call 573-808-6880.

Call The Shots

Both advanced and beginning shooters can enjoy an outing at River Hills Sporting Clays in Boonville. This shotgun sports facility is located on the bluffs of the Missouri River. It has all automatic traps and specializes in clay bird games. The main course caters to seasoned shooters with 15 stations, towers that range from 12 to 58 feet, and an elevated shooting deck. The clubhouse course is shorter and less challenging with seven stations. The property also features official-size skeet and trap fields and a five-stand range. After a day of shooting, relax with Dad in River Hills’ air-conditioned clubhouse or on the large covered deck.

For more information, visit or call 660-882-9130.

Bird’s Eye View

An exhilarating ride over the Lake of the Ozarks (72 miles southwest of Columbia) via helicopter or private airplane is an unforgettable experience. Lake Ozark Helicopters Inc. offers six different tours starting at $29 per person. The tours range from a quick six-mile loop to a comprehensive flight that soars over landmarks such as Bagnell Dam, Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Grand Glaize Bridge and Million Dollar Row. Each helicopter seats a maximum of three passengers. Those who prefer plane

travel can take a 30-minute scenic tour with AirLake Aviation. The ride ($99 for two) goes from Bagnell Dam to Ha Ha Tonka State Park with views of all the sights in-between.

For more information on AirLake Aviation, go to or call 573-348-1088. For more information on Lake Ozark Helicopters Inc., go to or call 573-302-0022.

Gone Fishing

Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon (122 miles southwest of Columbia) is a top location for fly-fishing in central Missouri. The Missouri Department of Conservation Trout Hatchery stocks about 400,000 rainbow trout in the park each year. Jim Rogers, director of the Jim Rogers’ School of Fly Fishing, has been teaching since 1975. He covers basic and advanced techniques in his classes at Bennett Spring. Reading’s Fly Shop, just minutes from Bennett Spring, offers a large selection of fly-fishing gear. Owner Charlie Reading provides one-on-one instruction in the store’s casting pond.

For more information on Reading’s Fly Shop, visit or call 417-588-4334. For more information on Jim Rogers’ School of Fly Fishing,call 417-532-4307.

Hot Wheels

If your father loves cars, mid-Missouri has him covered. The Auto World Museum in Fulton (23 miles southeast of Columbia) showcases 100 years of vintage and modern automobile history with more than 80 vehicles on rotating exhibit. Each era of transportation comes to life with detailed period sets, including nearly full-scale building facades. In Boonville (25 miles west of Columbia), you can visit the Mitchell Antique Motorcar Museum. Owner Lewis Miller is a third-generation descendant of the founders of the Mitchell-Lewis Motor Co. — an early American automobile company that pioneered mass car production. Miller’s extensive collection includes rare wagons, bicycles, motorbikes, cars and trucks from the 19th and early 20th centuries. He also displays historic photos, documents and advertising. The museum is open by appointment only.

For more information on the Auto World Museum, visit the website,, or call 573-642-2080. To schedule a tour of the Mitchell Antique Motorcar Museum, contact Katie Gibson with the Boonville Tourism Office at 660-882-3967 or email More information is on the museum’s website,