If you’re from Ohio and you haven’t heard of Dublin, you’ve been missing out on your new favorite stay-cation. Just outside of Columbus, Dublin offers a family-friendly and affordable getaway for Ohio residents

Here are 5 reasons to visit Dublin if you live in Ohio:


Dublin is closer to home than you may think. In fact, driving to Dublin takes under 3 hours from almost anywhere in Ohio (from most places you can get here in under 2!). During your visit, be sure to check out the Columbus Zoo, voted one of the best in the nation and only a 10-minute drive from Downtown Dublin. Plan ahead and order your free copy of our Destination Guide to read on the way!

Duck pin bowling at Pins Mechanical Company

Historic & Hip

Unlike many other places in Ohio, Downtown Dublin shows visitors both history and innovation on either side of the scenic Scioto River. Historic Dublin showcases the city’s charm and preserves the past while Bridge Park offers travelers a modern, urban environment. Coming soon, a state-of-the-art Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge will connect the two sides creating a cohesive and walkable experience. Learn more here.

Bridge park UGC


In Dublin, Ohio you and your family will get a taste of Ireland at a fraction of the cost. In the downtown area, there is an abundance of free parking and garages close to the area attractions and restaurants. Lodging at the area hotels is also quite affordable. Click here for lodging options.

Dancing Hares at the Ballantrae Splash Park


Friendly-friendly fun is endless with our Irish Fairy Door Trail. Easily completed in one day, visitors can discover all 11 doors and redeem their passport for the prize: an official “Fairy Finder” t-shirt! Other family-friendly attractions include more than 70 public art installations and several other outdoor attractions such as waterfalls, parks, and bike paths. Click here for a guide to Dublin’s bike trails.

Bagpiper walking the streets of Historic Dublin, Ohio.

Irish Attitude

Here in Dublin, we say “Irish is an Attitude”. During your visit, you’ll be met with Irish hospitality from our residents and attractions. Get a taste of Ireland by visiting our Irish Approved businesses who offer Irish experiences all year-round. Sip your way through our Celtic Cocktail Trail and visit the 14 participating watering holes to enjoy drinks like the Mavourneen from Dublin Village Tavern and the Quiet Irishman from Mezzo. Plan your next visit during the Dublin Irish Festival, the largest three-day Irish celebration in the world.

Dublin is an affordable, hassle-free getaway for Ohioans. No matter what you’re looking for, you can find it right here in Dublin, Ohio.

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