Local Columbus Bloggers Share Their Favorite Things to Do in the City

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Here at First Community Village, we’re continually looking for ways to enrich the lives of our seniors and help them flourish into their golden years. From planning resident programs to community events, we’re proud to have equipped our community with many fulfilling activities.

With that in mind, our staff is also aware that the great city of Columbus is waiting beyond our doors. That’s why we make other adventures such as day trips and off-site outings a viable option for our residents as well.

To find new places for our seniors to travel to, we reached out to two Columbus-area bloggers to gain insight on their favorite restaurants, shopping centers and more within the city. Their blogs are: 

  • BG by Christina – Christina is a lifestyle blogger in the Columbus area who posts about everything from her daily outfits to home décor tips. We enjoy her blog because it’s friendly, informative and appeals to a broad range of audiences.
  • What Should We Do Today Columbus? – Run by Julie, this blog has plenty of suggestions for activities to do in the city, categorized by the day of the week.  We appreciate this convenient way to find entertaining activities, and think the site’s a great resource for adventure-seekers. 

Q&A Interviews with Columbus-area Influencers

Both Christina and Julie have generously agreed to talk to us about their favorite kid-friendly activities, restaurants, and local neighborhoods in Columbus, as seen below:

1. What is your favorite Columbus-area restaurant and why?

Christina: I absolutely love Katalina's. They have the best brunch food (you have to try their pancake balls)! They also have a great, relaxed atmosphere and an adorable restaurant set up inside and outside.

Julie: My favorite restaurant in Columbus is Katalina's! love to go there for breakfast or brunch and I can never decide between the breakfast tacos or the pancake balls; so it's best to go with a friend and get both to share.

2. What is your favorite family-friendly Columbus activity to participate in on a weekend that kids would also love?

Christina: I love going to the Clintonville Farmers Market. It's a great activity for the whole family because there's so much there to see and try. There are always cool treasures to find and yummy food to snack on!

Julie: A great activity we enjoy is watching planes take off and land at the OSU Airport. You can also have breakfast at the attached Jack and Benny's Barnstormer Diner which opens up to the hangar and then go upstairs to the observation deck to watch the planes.

3. Columbus offers many plazas, outlets and malls. Which shopping area would you consider your favorite and why?

Christina: I really like the Short North area for shopping because there are so many unique shops to go in! I especially love going during the Gallery Hops because the shops usually go all-out with their merchandising. 

Julie: Easton Town Center is my favorite shopping mall in Columbus. I love the outdoor layout and there's something about it that makes it feel like a vacation.

4. With different neighborhoods attracting residents of all ages to the city, (e.g., German Village, Short North, North Market) which one is your favorite to spend a day in and why?

Christina: This is a tough one! I think right now it's German Village. It's a very pretty neighborhood with yummy coffee and treats. I love going to Winans Chocolates and Coffee for some chocolate and Pistacia Vera for some macarons.

Julie: If we are doing an outing that includes kids, we would include North Market, Rocket Fizz, Cub Shrub, Laughlin's Bakery and Big Fun. If it was just me and my husband, we would add pizza or burgers at The Rossi and hit up a lot more of the unique shops and boutiques.

5. What is your favorite museum, sporting event, festival, etc. that is held ONLY in Columbus? This would be for someone who is looking for activities that are unique to Columbus. (e.g., COSI, Memorial Tournament, Red, White & Boom, etc.)

Christina: I look forward to the Columbus Italian Festival every single year! I'm a big fan of Italian food. It's also in a good location to explore some of the city and it's always fun to watch the dancers and listen to the music.

Julie: I love the activities that go on at Columbus Commons during the summer. We love Commons for Kids on Friday mornings and the free concerts on Thursday nights. The carousel is $1 to ride and there are permanent food stands!

Visit Each Blog for More Suggestions for Columbus-area Activities

If you’re looking for even more ideas for places to visit as well as things to do and see in Columbus, visit both Christina and Julie’s online blogs: 

For even more Columbus-related content, you can also read through our other blog posts. And if you’re looking for senior living communities in Columbus, we’d also encourage you to contact our team today!

We look forward to hearing from you and helping to make your Columbus retirement a worthwhile adventure!