Columbia Hidden Treasures
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There’s no place better to get immersed in California’s Gold Rush history than in Columbia State Historic Park where you can stroll along wooden sidewalks, ride an authentic stage coach, pan for riches of gold and chat with knowledgeable and friendly townspeople dressed in period attire. Historic inns, restaurants, working blacksmith shop, old-fashioned bowling alley, theatre and shops supplied with treats and trinkets add to the ambiance of the town where a new surprise is around every corner.

Get up close with Columbia in our Virtual Tour!

And don't miss these top things to see and do on your trip:

  • Take a stagecoach ride through the limestone remnants of the mining industry on the outskirts of town
  • Pan for gold
  • Find that unique gift in the eclectic shops of Columbia State Historic Park operated by Gold Rush era-costumed shopkeepers, don’t forget to pick a Columbia Soda Works sarsaparilla to drink along the way
  • Stay the night in a historic inn in the heart of this working Gold Rush town
  • Outfit yourself in period attire and pose for an old-fashioned photograph at Kamice's Photographic Establishment
  • Make your own candle the old-fashioned way—your one-of-a-kind souvenir
  • Take in a live performance in the historic Fallon House Theatre
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209-770-2540 Map
Located in Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia Clothiers & Emporium is a charming store with wonderful friendly service! A late 1800's style department store offering historical clothing, hats, accessories, and housewares for the whole family. Open daily 10am-5pm. 
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22711 Main St
Columbia, CA 95310
Seasonal farmers' market (May-September) on Main Street in the heart of Columbia State Historic Park, open Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00pm
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Main St
Columbia, CA 95310
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Year-round, indoor farmers' market open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.
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10800 Airport Rd.
Columbia, CA 95310
209-532-4978 View Website Map
Old ranch hospitality since 1852. Full hookups, cable TV, store, propane, laundry room and WiFi. Clubs and seniors welcome. Modern and friendly. AAA and Good Sam approved. Serving Columbia State Historic Park.
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PO Box 49
Columbia, CA 95310
209-533-0446 Map
Adjacent to Columbia State Historic Park, 24 newly renovated units  include AC, WiFi, Satellite TV, in room coffee, refrigerators and  microwaves. Seasonal swimming pool. Mining charters and mining supplies offered.
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22646 Broadway St.
Columbia, CA 95310
209-532-1850 Map
This gem located in Columbia State Historic Park, offers espresso, blended drinks, sarsaparilla, lattes, hot & cold sandwiches, scratch made stuffed pretzels, ice cream, fresh baked goods and so much more! Local honey, jams and coffee. Open daily 7am to…
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22760 Main St
Columbia, CA 95310
209-532-6249 View Website Map
1/2 to 3-day rafting trips on the Merced, Tuolumne, Kings and American Rivers. Family group discounts, great food, experienced guides. Call today, raft tomorrow!
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22517 Parrotts Ferry Rd
Columbia, CA 95310
209-536-9047 View Website Map
Located in historic Columbia State Park, we offer beautiful handcrafted candles and goat milk soaps. Candles are made daily in our shop and at our candle courtyard summers and weekends, weather permitting. Incense, candle and soap-making supplies available.
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22719 Broadway St.
Columbia, CA 95310
209-532-3120 View Website Map
Enjoy professional award-winning live theatre in the ambiance of the fully renovated historic 134 year-old Theatre, offering 265 seats, including balcony. Musicals, comedies and dramas are produced year-round by Sierra Repertory Theatre. Tickets are $32-$47, with student, child, senior, and…
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11175 Washington Street
Columbia, CA 95310
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22801 Main St
Columbia , CA 95310
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