7 Things To Do In Columbus During Those Cold Gray Days Ahead

So I admit, I love fall but it can be a bit of a drag at times.

There are so many dreary gray days that it tends to wear at your mood and generally just makes you a seasonally depressed Deborah-downer.

The natural thing for you to want to do is stay in, bury yourself in blankets, and watch oldskool black and white movies for 30 days straight. Trust me, I know the appeal. And for a while, it’s totally worth it. Hibernate, build a pillow fort while you’re at it (I don’t care how old you are, you still want to do it and you know it).

Then, as fun as all that seems, it inevitably gets tragically old. But hey, don’t fret, just because you feel the need to get out there and do something doesn’t mean you have to be outside to do it. Here are 7 of my introvert life hacks for getting out during those dreary gray days but still staying safe and warm inside.


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Yeah, you’re getting out there, being productive and learning awesome science stuff. Also? You’re warm and inside and that’s the best part. Not to mention I have it on good authority that they’ll be opening their dinosaur exhibit soon. Can you say,” COSI After Dark while drunk with dinosaurs?” Yeah, I knew you could.

Hit Up The Library

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I know you’ve been putting off those library returns for a while now. You probably also have a ton of stuff you want to pick up. Now’s the perfect time to stock up on materials for further hibernation. Go ahead, get the entire Akira Kurosawa Criterion collection and then head back to base for further movie marathoning. Trust me, you deserve it.

The Columbus Museum of Art

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It’s important to dust off the old brain cobwebs every once in a while. After all, it’s super easy to let the old thinker veg’ out as soon as the sun stops shining. Hit up the Columbus Museum of Art every once in a while and get your culture on. The best part? You guessed it. You’re not outside where it is evil and cold and obviously trying to kill you with sub-room temperatures.

Tour Watershed Distillery

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It’s important to warm yourself both from the inside as well as the outside. That’s when our good friend, spirit hooch, comes in. And besides, you know you’ve been wanting to go on the tour through Watershed Distillery anyway. This way, you’ll be getting out of the house, getting booze, and possibly bringing back a bottle as a souvenir. It’s a win-win-win.

Catch an Event at Gateway Film Center

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No one said you had to stop your indoor movie marathoning, just, you know, continue it somewhere with people and popcorn. An event at the Gateway has everything you want out of movie binging at home and so much more. We’re talking snacks, human interaction, the works. The only thing it doesn’t have is your cat, which would actually make it pretty much perfect.

The Book Loft

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I’m telling you, there’s nothing better than grabbing a hot cup of coffee and wandering aimlessly around the Book Loft until you’re asked to leave by the store employees when it closes. You can spend hours amongst the stacks of books, a cuppa the good stuff warming your hands, the gray outside world asleep as you browse the kitty calenders. If you want to get an introvert out of their house, dangle this lovely carrot at the end of their string.

Food Tastings

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Last but not least, shoving your face full of fried, simmered, or seared foods is just about one of the best ways to spend a chilly day or evening. Schedule a food tour or hit up one of those wine tastings that have all those awesome dinner samples and snacks. Eat your way into a food coma and then sleep through the rest of fall and winter. Trust me, by the time you’ve done everything on this list you’ll have deserved it.