Things to Do for Mother’s Day in Columbus

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Mother’s Day is coming up next month! The moms in our lives work so hard and give so much, so it’s important to take a day to make them feel special. Whether you’re celebrating your own mother, a step-mother, the mother of your children, or a friend who is a mom, here are some ideas of wonderful things to do with her.


Since Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday, it’s traditional for many people to take their mom out for brunch. This is always a winning idea, and in Columbus, there’s no better place for brunch than Katalina’s. Despite the less-than-chic exterior (it’s located in a 100-year-old gas station!), Katalina’s is a cool and funky café that has been written up in The Wall Street Journal and more. They serve up lots of “local goodness” to make the best breakfast in Columbus. The down-home style food has both Latin and Southern leanings. You have to try their original pancake balls! Other brunch favorites include Mexican French toast, migas (a Tex-Mex egg and tortilla scramble) with avocado toast, and hens-in-a-basket.

The Topiary Park

May is the beginning of picnic season! The weather is warming up, trees and flowers are blooming, and outdoor celebrations are a safe option during COVID-19. A great place to take your mom for a picnic locally is The Topiary Park. This unique, 9.2-acre public park has been featured in Atlas Obscura for its topiaries that recreate George Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon pointillist painting! After you eat, you can take a stroll through for a closer look at the topiaries.

Franklin Park Conservatory

A lot of people get their moms flowers for Mother’s Day – but how about taking her to see thousands of blooming flowers? The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a lovely place to spend Mother’s Day with your special someone. You can explore a large assortment of gardens, collections, and hothouses in addition to art – there’s currently a Chihuly glass exhibition ongoing at the garden! Make a day of it with lunch at the garden café and a stop at the Botanica Gift Shop. Finally, make sure you don’t leave without paying a visit to the Pacific Island Water Garden, home of the Blooms & Butterflies exhibit, featuring hundreds of butterflies flying free!

Refectory Restaurant

If your mom is more of the traditional type, you might want to treat her to a classy night out. Consider The Refectory Restaurant, which has been a staple in the city for over 40 years. The Refectory has earned 4 Diamonds from AAA, among other awards. You’ll dine in an elegant setting (the restaurant is housed in a former church) on classic French and contemporary American cuisine, and have your pick of over 700 selections from their wine cellar. You can either make a reservation for their dining room or order a home dinner for curbside pickup.

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