This is a unique city as it has strong Irish roots and it has some of the largest Irish festivals in the US. Read on for things to do in Dublin Ohio, and may the luck of the Irish be with you!
Where Is Dublin Ohio?
Dublin Ohio is based in the Northwestern region of Columbus. This really is one of Ohio’s hidden gems that attracts people back time and time again. Dublin has an amazing Zoo, Aquarium, and a stunning natural waterfall. There are plenty of Hotels available if people wish to stay over for a break or a longer vacation. Dublin also boasts over 11 restaurants and bars. Everywhere in Dublin has a hint of Irishness about it, whether this is the shops or the bars. Below are listed the top attractions that can be enjoyed in this ‘little Ireland’ area of Ohio.
Indian Run Falls
Indian Run Falls is the place to come to if you want to see some natural beauty. The falls are tranquil and scenic, with a stunning waterfall and stream. Even though this is a very tranquil place, it is very close to downtown Dublin, so this is ideal for people who do not wish to visit by car. Indian Run Falls also has some facilities available for visitors that include viewing decks and picnic areas. There are also trails around the waterfall and this is the best way to appreciate the area.
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Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
Kiwanis Riverway Park
Kiwanis Riverway Park is a beautiful area that is located on the Scioto River. In this park, visitors are able to relax in a gorgeous area and it has some of the best views available of the river. There is also a boardwalk nature trail that takes people through the wetlands that are home to various types of plants and wildlife. The park is known for being peaceful and a great way to have some time out away from the bustle of the city.
Opening hours: 7 am – 9 pm (daily)
Hayden Falls Park
Hayden Falls Park is a 30-foot waterfall in a small park. This makes it the perfect place to visit if one is with small children or has mobility issues. It is known for being one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Ohio. It is a spectacular, scenic waterfall, but it is still close to Dublin. The area around the waterfall has a boardwalk and a specific railed viewing area. It must be noted that swimming is not permitted in the waterfall. There are some picnic tables available for visitors so that they can eat and drink whilst they admire the waterfall.
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Opening hours: 8 am – 11 pm (daily)
Ballantrae Community Park
Ballantrae Community Park is a large outdoor area that is perfect for all the family. There is a large green where the dancing hares are situated. Once again, like the waterfall, this is ideally situated close to downtown Dublin, so perfect for people who do not wish to use a car. The park also has some spray fountains and in the summer this is a great place to cool off. Along with this, the park also has a splash pad and water fountains available for use in the summer. There are also facilities available for visitors who wish to sit down for a picnic.
Opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm (daily)
Grounds Of Remembrance
The Grounds of Remembrance Park pays tribute to the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country, whether this was in wartime or peacetime. This iconic tribute has 500 dedication stones that are there to honor the war heroes. There is also a ceremonial area that has personal messages with the respect that they deserve.
Coffman Park is located in the middle of Dublin and it is also home to one of Dublin’s oldest homes. There’s also an opportunity for visitors to visit the art gallery and the park is also the home of the famous Dublin Irish Festival. There is also a skate park, a controlled fishing pond, and 2 large play areas. Coffman Park has a few paved trails that are great for walks and as they are paved, they are mobility-friendly. There is also a floodlit basketball court and tennis courts.
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
Matt The Miller’s Tavern
After a walk around some of Dublin’s fantastic parks, it is time to look at getting a bite to eat. Dublin is home to the first Matt the Miller’s tavern in the entire US. Matt the Miller’s Tavern has been feeding hungry locals and visitors alike since 2008. The diner has classic American food and some specialties as well. The Tavern is known locally and nationally for having fantastic food and excellent customer service. This is a fantastic way of enjoying some classic food and the Tavern is also children-friendly.
Opening hours: Fri – Sat: 11 am – 12 am; Sun: 10 am – 9 pm; Mon – Thu: 11 am – 10 pm
The Dublin Village Tavern
A visit to Dublin would not be complete without a visit to an authentic Irish pub. The Dublin Village Tavern is the perfect place to relax over a pint of the black stuff.
FUN FACT: even though Guinness is actually not black – it is a very dark ruby color. Don’t believe me? Order a pint and hold it to a bright light. You will see the ruby color shine through!
The Dublin Village Tavern has been serving drinks and food since 2000. There is plenty of Irish pub grub available like sliders, egg rolls, and Colcannon. Of course, there is also a large variety of drinks like ales, porter and Whiskey’s.
FUN FACT #2: notice that it is Whiskey with an ‘e’ in it. Irish Whiskey is spelt with an ‘e’, whilst Scottish Whisky does not have the ‘e’ in it. There is also a happy hour available on select drinks and food.
Opening hours: Fri – Sat: 11 am – 1 am; Sun: 12 pm – 9 pm; Mon – Thu: 11 am – 12 am
Muirfield Village Golf Club
As said above, Dublin does boast some amazing places for outdoor activities. The Muirfield Village Golf Club is at the front of the queue. This is a stunning golf course that can boast an area of 89 hectares. This golf course boasts the fact that it hosts a PGA Tour Event every year, so this is a class golf course. It is classed as one of the best golf courses in the entire US and it can also boast that Tiger Woods had competed on this golf course. It has 18 holes with long fairways, with some water traps and bunkers. The perfect golf course to brush up on your handicap.
Opening hours: Tue – Sun: 7 am – 11 pm (closed on Mon)
Watch House And Circle Mound
The Watch House and Circle Mound is a wonderful place to visit and is part of the Art in Public Places initiative. This peculiar building sits on top of a small hill and has a small domed house sitting on a large circle. Did you also know that Dublin is also situated on a large sinkhole? The colossal mound on the house is part of the roof and this is made of copper concrete and bronze. This is a bit different and a unique experience, not just in Dublin, but anywhere else.
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
AMC Dublin Village 18 Theatre
This theatre is the oldest theater in the whole Columbus area. The theater was built in 1987. AMC Dublin Village 18 is the best venue to see trending movies around. The cinema was recently refurbished with the latest technology, so the viewing experience is as good as anywhere else. This Theater has 18 screens and a snack bar. Items that can be bought include Hot Dogs, Popcorn, and drinks from the bar as well. The theater also has leather reclining seats and is air-conditioned, perfect for the hot Ohio summers.
Abbey Theater is located in the Dublin Recreation Center. The Abbey Theater offers a variety of fantastic programs that entertain people, whatever their age. This theater is a 200-seat capacity theater and it hosts plays and musical performances. Movies are also played in this theater as well, plus lectures and performing art groups. The theater has modern seating and facilities, so this is the place to see a live performance.
Opening hours: Sat – Sun: 8 am – 8 pm; Mon – Fri: 5:30 am – 9:30 pm
Dublin, Ohio is always evolving and changing with the times! Bridge Park is no exception – they have recently added a new bridge!
Field Of Corn
You can not visit Dublin, Ohio without going to see the Field Of Corn! The corn sculpture was built to symbolize the history and legacy of farming in the Dublin community and as a memorial to rural landscapes. This field was once farmed by Sam Frantz and the site has now been named Frantz Park.
Where Can I Stay In Dublin Ohio?
Below is a selection of hotels that are available in Dublin, Ohio.
- Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Dublin – Website
- Hyatt Place Columbus Dublin – Website
- Red Roof PLUS+ Columbus Dublin – Website
- Holiday Inn Express Columbus – Dublin, an IHG Hotel – Website
- Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin – Website
- La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Columbus Dublin – Website
- Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Dublin – Website
- Hampton Inn Columbus Dublin – Website
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin – Website
- Sonesta ES Suites Dublin Columbus – Website
(Dublin Village Tavern) Visited the Dublin Village Tavern after a long day at the Columbus Zoo. The staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. The Hooley Egs were some of the best I’ve had and the fish and chips were tasty as well. Everyone in our party of five enjoyed their meals. I’ll definitely return if I’m ever in the area again.kghart (Trip Advisor)
Cindy’s Insider Ohio Tips!
When I visit Dublin, I appreciate the blend of historic charm and modern attractions. The Dublin Link bridge stands out as a beautiful example of modern architecture, and the Field of Corn offers a fascinating glimpse into the area’s farming history. It’s a city where the past and present come together in a unique and captivating way.
Where Is Dublin Ohio Located?
Dublin is a suburb of Columbus and is located in the Franklin, Delaware, and Union counties of Ohio. It boasted a population of 49,328 in 2020 when the census was taken.
Let’s Visit Dublin Ohio!
Have you visited Dublin, Ohio? We would love to hear about your favorite activity – did you visit the mall for a spot of shopping? Did you play a few holes on the golf course? Did you partake in a pint of Guinness?
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