Attention Dublin Locals! Did you have to cancel your family vacation? Are your kids itching to get out of the house? What if we told you your next family trip is closer than you think?

Before the kids go back to school plan a family staycation in Dublin! We’ve rounded up the best ideas to give you a taste of the tropics right in your own backyard.

Make a Splash

Grab the family and escape the summer heat at Zoombezi Bay! Staycation adventurers will love speeding down one of their tall water slides while your young ones will stay safe and have fun in the Tiny Tides area. BONUS - with your Zoombezi general admission purchase, you also get free entry into the Columbus Zoo!

Two young girls tubing down slide at Zoombezi Bay.

Discover Wildlife

Find more than 6,000 species of wildlife at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. Your kids will love visiting the Manatees and exotic fish in the Shores & Aquarium region. New to the Zoo this year is Adventure Cove, where you can catch 360-degree views of the 10 sea lions that call Dublin their home.

Learn more about the Zoo here.

Polar Frontier - Columbus Zoo

A Taste of Hawaii

No staycation is complete without pizza. Get a taste of the tropics at Dublin’s newest pizza place: Beer Barrel. Check out the Pineapple and Ham pizza and don’t forget to grab some frozen Tropical beverages off their cocktail menu for mom and dad.

You can learn more about Beer Barrel Pizza here.

Beer Barrel Pizza and Grill

Walk the Walk

Missing the beachside boardwalk? Hop off your back patio and get a change of scenery at Kiwanis Riverway Park. Located along the east bank of the Scioto River, the wooden boardwalk trail takes you winding through wetlands where you will find an abundance of native plants and wildlife. You won’t find any seashells here, but you could discover hidden artwork along the river.

Kiwanis Riverway Park - Spring

See our New Seafood

Nothing says vacation like a big seafood dinner with the family. Try out our dining destination in Downtown Dublin: the Pearl. Guests can enjoy coastal-inspired entrees like Shrimp & Grits and the ever-popular Fish N’ Chips. Don’t miss their impressive selection at the Oyster Bar.

Oysters from The Pearl

Frozen Delights

Take your taste buds on a trip to the South and get the scoop on summer’s favorite ice cream flavor: A Little Peach of my Heart from Johnson’s Real Ice Cream. This Historic Dublin scoop shop is both whimsical and fun. Complete your staycation with a couple scoops and sit on the patio for a front-row seat to the hustle and bustle of Downtown Dublin.

Use this coupon to get Buy-One-Get-One-Free scoops. 

Two Johnson's Ice Cream cups filled with color scoops of ice cream

Plan a family staycation in Dublin and you’ll have the best “trip” you never knew you needed.  

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BONUS: Dublin hotels are offering discounted stays to make your staycation more affordable. Book below and share your memories with us using #SoDublin.