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Things to do in Columbia

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
State / Provincial Park
“Gold was discovered in the area that became Columbia on March 27, 1850, and was one of the richest finds of the California Gold Rush. The surface-level deposits were amenable to placer mining, but lacked water needed for such operations. Over the next seven years, a network of water supply aqueducts was built (at a cost of over $1 million) to the area to support mining operations. By 1852, sufficient water was arriving to support the development of a mining boom town, and large-scale mining operations began in 1856. The town was incorporated in 1854, and its population fluctuated in the 1850s between 2,000 and 5,000 people. The town was repeatedly struck by fire, and much of the construction after an 1857 fire was in brick”
  • 85 locals recommend
Tea Room
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“There are two places we always take our out of town guests: Alicia’s in Sugar Pine and Kate’s in Columbia. Amazing chicken pot pie, everyone’s favorite sandwich, scones, and the teas!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Theater
“Operated by the Sierra Repertory Theatre, the Fallon House is a fun way to spend an evening. They have a variety of plays throughout the year. Check out their website for what is playing during your stay.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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“Stop by The Charlie while you're out enjoying Columbia State Park. Family friendly, and some of the best pizza in town. Gluten free too!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bus Station
“This Gold Rush town is beautiful. You can mine for Gold. The streets are for perfect for walking, it's safe for kids and has a stage coach ride (horse drawn Stage Coach) Lots of Restaurants- Park entrance is Free.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This is a good place to have breakfast or lunch.. closes at 2 pm Close to Columbia Historic State Park ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Establishment
“Visitors time-travel to the 1850s, can experience a bygone era watching proprietors in period clothing conduct business in the style of yesterday. Ride a 100 year-old stagecoach, pan for gold.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Flight tours, based in Columbia aiport, but they can pick up here at the Groveland airport.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great Mexican Cuisine with the option of outdoor dining within walking distance to the Historic Columbia State Park”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“A Charming Community College with it's own lake. 1 mile to enterance road, or 1 mile hike thru the woods (Trailhead at North end of property). A beautiful setting for a campus. Ask about the LABYRINTH”
  • 2 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“The best preserved original gold mining town in California. Many original buildings and examples of authentic mining equipment, cute shops, a functioning blacksmith who you can watch work (or purchase a freshly-made metal item), ice cream, restaurants and bars, and you can even pan for gold. A SUPER family day of history, excitement, learning and playing. Something for every member of the family, and an important part of our western story. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Hotel
“The City Hotel is a Goldrush era hotel upstairs, an excellent restaurant downstairs and the What Cheer Saloon is adjacent.”
  • 1 local recommends
Winery
“If your looking for a fun group activity, this is it! Sign up for one of their cooking classes or you can schedule a private group dinner where you get to pick the menu. (12 minimum for private) Check their facebook page for current class offerings. A fun night of drinking wine, learning how to cook and being with friends and family. We always have an amazing time and like to go for birthdays, special occasions with a large group. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Store
“Delicious handmade candies made on site at this old-fashioned candy shop. The Nelson family has owned this candy store for five generations. They have fudge, licorice, candied apples, and every confection you can imagine. My favorite is the chocolate pine nut roll. I never go to Columbia without stopping here. There is also a location on Main Street in Murphys.”
  • 1 local recommends
State / Provincial Park

Top restaurants

Tea Room
“There are two places we always take our out of town guests: Alicia’s in Sugar Pine and Kate’s in Columbia. Amazing chicken pot pie, everyone’s favorite sandwich, scones, and the teas!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a good place to have breakfast or lunch.. closes at 2 pm Close to Columbia Historic State Park ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Mexican Cuisine with the option of outdoor dining within walking distance to the Historic Columbia State Park”
  • 3 locals recommend
Hotel
“The City Hotel is a Goldrush era hotel upstairs, an excellent restaurant downstairs and the What Cheer Saloon is adjacent.”
  • 1 local recommends

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