New To Columbia Perspective: Discover Your Passion in Columbia



New To Columbia Perspective: Discover Your Passion in Columbia

Everyone has something that makes them tick; something that stirs their soul like the branches of a tree on a windy day.

If you have found your passion, Columbia is here for you to pursue it. If you’re still looking, you can find it in Columbia.

Adventure seekers can find their next thrill on the Susquehanna River. Places such as kayakLanCo, Chiques Rock Outfitters and Susquehanna SUP offer endless opportunities to try new river activities, including kayaking, paddleboarding and even yoga on the water.

  • KayakLanCo offers adventurous trips and gear rentals to help everyone get on the river.
  • Chiques Rock Outfitters also offers gear rentals for kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and bicycles as well as group excursions for first-timers.
  • Susquehanna SUP is a key resource for those looking to try stand-up paddleboarding. They offer group rentals, guided paddles at the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge and multiple classes including Intro to SUP, SUP Yoga and SUP Kids.

Each of these places can help you experience the water in a whole new way.

The Northwest River Trail provides plenty of adventure if you prefer to stay on land. The trail has options for every level of adventure seeker whether you want to get into biking with an electric bike rental from Let’s Roll or finally transition from the gym to outdoor rock climbing on Chickies Rock.

Chickies Rock is the perfect playground for newly minted outdoor rock climbers. There are single and multi-pitch routes with gradings starting at 5.0 and ranging to 5.11-. It is the largest exposed anticline on the East Coast with about 57 routes to conquer.

Snap some photos!

Additionally, the trail offers unlimited photography opportunities for budding photographers. Each new season brings a different color palette to the trail waiting to be captured. There are trickling creeks to discover, tunnels to go through and endless views of the iconic Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge.

Get Creative

Create Columbia, a non-profit organization, is also on a mission to promote creativity in Columbia. They hold multiple events including ‘Art in the Park & Books in the Basement’, ‘Art in the Garden’, a ‘Roaring 20s Masquerade’ party and more throughout the year to help encourage art consumption and creation.

If you have felt the call to be more involved with your community and are looking to give back, there are places you can make an impact in Columbia. Volunteer at the Columbia Animal Shelter or join the Columbia Lions Club to help those in Lancaster County.

  • The Columbia Animal Shelter has options to help with animal enrichment, cleaning and administrative support, meaning all skill sets are welcome. You can make an impact on the most vulnerable members of Columbia.
  • The Lions Club is comprised of over 50 diverse individuals, ranging in age from 25 to 87, who have been helping the youth and adults in Columbia dating back to March of 1939. They serve the community through various events such as blood drives, preparing hot meals for seniors, curating Christmas food boxes and more.

Get fit with friends

For those wanting to get more active but haven’t found the activity for them, Rock’s CardioBox and Fitness is here for you. With a focus on women and children, Rock’s helps people balance fitness, nutrition and mindset through cardio-focused activities, strength and conditioning classes, country line dancing, pickleball and more.

Events, events, and more events

Columbia events are always happening. The river town holds many unique events throughout the year that are perfect for helping you find your next interest. History enthusiasts can learn the history of the burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge at Riverfest while enjoying live music, participating in a combined land/water race and witnessing reenactments.

Year-round history buffs can explore the Wright’s Ferry Manion on Second and Cherry Street and take a tour between May and October to learn about John Wright’s daughter, Susanna Wright.

Car lovers can stroll the street and take in vintage cars and motorcycles on the third Saturday in June at “Thunder on the River”. For one day only, participants can witness over 400 vintage vehicles lining Locust Street.

Antiques and Vintage Destinations

Those passionate about sustainability and incorporating history into their home will appreciate the countless antique shops scattered around Columbia. More than 10 huge antique stores filled with treasures to explore are located in the river town.

Wild Briar Vintage, Burning Bridge Antique Market and Bootleg Antiques are just a few of the magical stores that can transport you back in time.

There is something for everyone at every stage of life in Columbia. If you want to pursue a passion, you will find the tools to do so in Columbia.

For those ready to find their passion in Columbia, reach out and follow Discover Columbia on IG for further inspiration.