17 Fun Things To Do In Dublin, Ohio

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There are so many things to do in Dublin, Ohio from shopping and eating to exploring the outdoors and the arts.

There are lots of fun things to do in Dublin, Ohio!

Dublin is a suburb of Columbus, located just northwest of the city. It’s a fantastic place to live and work and a must-see if you’re visiting the Columbus area.

You’ll find lots of nods to the “other Dublin” (in Ireland, maybe?? ha!) throughout the city, like the Celtic Cocktail Trail and the Dublin Irish Festival. Plus, scroll down for information about Dublin’s DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area) aka you can walk around with a drink in your hand.

This is the only “what to do in Dublin, Ohio” guide you’ll need since it’s written by a local — yes, me! I live in the Dublin area and am so excited to share my hometown with you.

Fun things to do in Dublin, Ohio | Dublin is a suburb of Columbus, Ohio and home to tons of great activities, festivals, and restaurants.

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Dublin, Ohio at a Glance

Dublin is a northwest suburb of Columbus, Ohio, and a great place to visit if you’re in the area. This family-friendly city has great outdoor spaces, fantastic bike paths, excellent restaurants, and plenty of activities for kids.

The city is known internationally as home to the Memorial Golf Tournament, which was started by Columbus native and golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

Dublin is easily accessible from Columbus as well as these other cities:

  • Columbus, Ohio: 20 minutes
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Cleveland, Ohio: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Detroit, Michigan: 3 hours 5 minutes
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 3 hours 5 minutes
Dublin Ohio Location
Dublin, Ohio is a northwestern suburb of Columbus.

17 Fun Things To Do In Dublin, Ohio

Try these 17 fun things to do when you’re visiting Dublin, Ohio!

1. Dublin Link Bridge

The Dublin Link is a brand new pedestrian bridge that connects Historic Downtown Dublin to the Bridge Park Dublin area. This 760-foot-long S-shaped suspension bridge is the largest of its kind in the world. Riverside Crossing Park, is located on the Bridge Park side of the river.

This area is highly walkable and should be on top of your list of things to do in Dublin, Ohio!

Location: Between Historic Dublin and Bridge Park

Things to do in Dublin Ohio - Dublin Link Pedestrian Bridge
The Dublin Link pedestrian bridge is a must-see when visiting Dublin, Ohio.

2. Celtic Cocktail Trail

If you fancy an Irish-inspired cocktail, then Dublin, Ohio is the place to be! Grab a passport at the Dublin Visitor & Information Center (or download it here), then set out on the Celtic Cocktail Trail. There are 14 stops on the trail throughout Dublin. You’ll earn the official Celtic Cocktail t-shirt when you complete them all.

If you prefer zero proof cocktails, you’ll be delighted to know that 11 of the trail stops feature a non-alcoholic concoction! You’ll be able to earn a t-shirt when you complete all 11 zero-proof stops.

3. North Market Bridge Park

The North Market’s highly anticipated 2nd location in the Bridge Park area of Dublin is now open with limited preview hours. This 30,000-square-foot space features local vendors and fantastic food.

Location: 6736 Longshore Street, Dublin, Ohio

4. Irish Fairy Door Trail

The Irish Fairy Door Trail is great if you’re traveling with kids. Grab a passport and find all 11 fairy doors scattered throughout Historic Downtown Dublin. Then, return your completed passport to the Dublin Visitor & Information Center to receive a free Fairy Doors of Dublin T-shirt!

Location: Dublin Visitor & Information Center | 9 South High Street, Dublin, Ohio

Keep Exploring: Take a trip “next door” to Powell, Ohio to visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

5. Eat Amazing Ice Cream

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is a hometown favorite, and it’s absolutely worth every single calorie! You’ll find Jeni’s conveniently located in historic downtown Dublin. Flavors change seasonally so there’s always something new to try. I recommend Goat Cheese Cherry, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, and Savannah Buttermint.

If you want to try your hand at making your own, check out Jeni Britton Bauer’s book, Perfect Homemade Ice Cream.

Location: 1 W. Bridge Street, Dublin, Ohio

6. Explore the Dublin Market

If you’re visiting Dublin in the summer, be sure to check out the Dublin Market at Bridge Park. This farmer’s market is held on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. through September.

Location: Longshore Street between Tuller Ridge Drive and Banker Drive in Dublin

7. Visit a Waterfall

Dublin’s got everything…including waterfalls! Check out these natural beauties during your trip to Dublin.

  • Indian Run Falls: 700 Shawan Falls Drive
  • Hayden Falls: 4326 Hayden Run Road
  • Glick Park (O’Shaughnessy Reservoir man-made falls): 1 Glick Road, Dublin, Ohio
Things to do in Dublin Ohio - Indian Run Falls
Indian Run Falls

8. Eat Great Pizza

If you’re looking for the best pizza in Dublin (and in all of Columbus), check out Harvest Pizza in Dublin’s historic district. In addition to all of the traditional toppings, they offer vegan options like vegan sausage and cheese.

Location: 45 N. High Street, Dublin, Ohio

Harvest Pizza in Dublin, Ohio
Harvest Pizza in Dublin, Ohio

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9. Visit Glacier Ridge Metro Park

Ok, so “technically” Glacier Ridge Metro Park is located in Plain City, Ohio…but it’s literally across the street from Dublin, so I’m going to say it counts as Dublin-ish! Plus, if you ask a local where Glacier Ridge Park is, more than likely, they’ll say, “Dublin.”

I absolutely love this place because it has so much to offer. This 1,000+ acre park has everything you could want:

  • 25-foot tall observation tower
  • Bike paths
  • Challenge Course
  • Dog park
  • Disc golf course
  • Horseback riding trail
  • Natural play area with a kid-friendly zip line
  • Picnic shelter
  • Traditional playground
Things to do in Dublin Ohio - Glacier Ridge Metro Park
The natural play area at Glacier Ridge Metro Park is perfect if you’re traveling with kids!

10. Dublin Irish Festival

If you’re visiting the Columbus area in the summer, check out the Dublin Irish Festival. This festival is a BIG DEAL in Dublin, Ohio! It’s 3 full days of all things Irish — entertainment, food, drinks, music, dance, shopping, kids activities, and more!

Dates: August 6-8, 2021 (the 2020 festival has been canceled)

Location: Coffman Park Drive and Emerald Parkway in Dublin, Ohio

Read More: 60+ Festivals and Annual Events in Columbus

11. Check Out Cool Public Art

Dublin, Ohio has some interesting public art to check out. Here are some of the highlights:

Dancing Hares

  • This 24-foot bunny sculpture is located on a hill overlooking a splash pad (so it’s a great stop for kids!)
  • Located in Ballantrae Park | 6350 Woerner Temple Road | More information

Chief Leatherlips

  • A 12-foot sculpture of Wyandot Native American Chief Leatherlips
  • Located in Scioto Park | 7377 Riverside Drive, Dublin, Ohio | More information

Field of Corn

  • Includes 109 human-sized ears of corn
  • 4995 Rings Road, Dublin, Ohio | More information

Jack Nicklaus Statue

  • Statue honoring Columbus native and golf legend Jack Nicklaus
  • Located in the median of Avery Muirfield Drive at Brand Road in Dublin | More information

Dave Thomas Statue

  • Life-sized bronze statue of Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas
  • Located at the Wendy’s Flagship Restaurant | 4555 West Dublin-Granville Road, Dublin, Ohio | More information
Things to do in Dublin Ohio - Ballantrae Bunny Statues
Kids will love visiting the giant dancing bunny sculptures…and the adjoining splash pad.

12. Take a Baking Class

Explore the sweet side of Dublin by taking a baking class at Our Cupcakery. They offer classes for both kids and adults that focus on different types of baking. Classes change seasonally.

Location: Our Cupcakery | 54 South High Street, Dublin, Ohio

13. Take a French Coffee Break

For a taste of France, stop into La Chatelaine for a quick bite. You’ll find French favorites like croissants, quiche, and croque-monsieur as well as salads, soups, sandwiches, and more.

Location: 65 West Bridge Street, Dublin, Ohio

Keep Exploring: Fun Things To Do in Columbus, Ohio

14. Visit a Rooftop Bar

Vaso is a hip, rooftop bar (above the AC Hotel by Marriott) in the Bridge Park district of Dublin. In addition to great views of the Scioto River and downtown Dublin, you’ll find great tapas, a full bar, and even igloos in the winter.

Location: 6540 Riverside Drive, Dublin, Ohio

Things to do in Dublin Ohio - Vaso Rooftop Bar
Vaso Rooftop Bar has great views of downtown Dublin and the Scioto River.

15. Take an Art Class

If art is your thing, why not take an art class while you’re visiting Dublin? Terra Gallery & Creative Studio, located in historic downtown Dublin, offers group and private art lessons. Their group classes have plenty of themes to choose from, including Paint Your Pet, Mixed Media, and Acrylic Pouring.

Location: Terra Gallery & Creative Studio | 36B North High Street, Dublin, Ohio

16. Go Shopping

There’s no shortage of shopping in Dublin, Ohio. Check out these fun, local stores for clothing, gifts, and Dublin souvenirs:

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17. Go Back In Time

No, Dublin doesn’t have a Back to the Future museum, but what it does have is the Fletcher Coffman Homestead. This Civil War-era house has been restored to represent a typical middle-class farm family’s home during that era. It’s open to the public on the first Sunday of the month (May-September) from 1-4 p.m.

Location: Fletcher Coffman House | 5300 Emerald Parkway, Dublin, Ohio

Dublin’s DORA

Dublin, Ohio has an official DORA area. DORA stands for Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area. That means you can buy an alcoholic drink at a restaurant or bar and take it outside with you.

The DORA’s official hours are Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Participating establishments will serve drinks in official DORA cups.

The DORA area is split into 2 sections — one is in Bridge Park and the other is in Historic Dublin. These areas are separated by the Dublin Link Bridge, which is not included in the DORA area. There are signs and sidewalk decals showing the designated DORA areas. Click here for an interactive map of the DORA areas.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Jennifer Ciha

    My kids would love the natural play area at Glacier Ridge Metro Park! What a fun spot!

    1. It’s a great spot. My daughter loves it and it’s fun to see how kids play on it since it’s not a typical playground.

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