Planning a trip to somewhere new can be stressful. Where should you eat? What should you do? Rather than spending hours researching the perfect trip to Dublin, Ohio we asked our residents for their must-dos for first-time visitors.  

Here’s what they had to say:  

Must-Try Restaurant: North Market Bridge Park  

A family crossing the street in front of North Market Bridge Park

Why try one restaurant when you can try multiple? North Market Bridge Park features 17 independent merchants, farmers, and makers. Grab a slice of pizza from Gallo’s, a taco from Dos Hermanos and a lobster roll from COLO. Plus grab a few goodies to take home. 

Other must-try: Dublin Village Tavern, a local gathering place for Irish Pub fare.  

Must-See Public Art Piece: Field of Corn (With Osage Orange Trees)

Rows of giant concrete corn sculptures in a field

An iconic Dublin image, the Field of Corn is one of 70 Art in Public Places pieces inspired by the area’s long-standing farming legacy. Frolic among 109 ears of concrete corn and grab the perfect photo to remember your trip by.  

Other must-see: Leatherlips, Dublin’s first public art piece.  

Must-Do Activity: Dublin Food Tour from Columbus Food Adventures

Tasting cups set up at Fukuryu on the Dublin Food Tour

Get to know the city through your stomach! On the Dublin Walking Tour from Columbus Food Adventures, you can experience everything from well-known gourmet eateries to the city’s many lesser-known hidden culinary treasures.  

Other must-do: The Irish Fairy Door Trail, this free family-friendly activity will lead you to the homes of Dublin’s 11 resident fairies.  

Must-Visit Park: Riverside Crossing Park 

Riverside Crossing Park Family

Located in the heart of Downtown Dublin, Riverside Crossing Park puts you in the middle of the action. Cross the Dublin Link Pedestrian Bridge to access Historic Dublin, a quaint area where the original village of Dublin stood filled with charming shops and unique eateries. Or make your way into Bridge Park, Dublin's newest development that combines upscale residential living with one-of-a-kind dining, shopping and attractions. 

Other must-visit: Indian Run Falls, a hidden waterfall found just a 5-minute walk away from Downtown Dublin.  

Must-See Attraction: The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Dublin Zoo Preview

With its one-of-a-kind exhibits, conservation efforts and endless innovations, it’s no wonder the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been voted the number-one zoo experience in the country. The Columbus Zoo is just 15 minutes outside of Downtown Dublin, making it the perfect daytime activity while you’re in the area. Spend the morning with nearly 10,000 animals from all over the world, after lunch make a splash at Zoombezi Bay or unleash your inner adrenaline junkie on one of 20 amusement rides.  

Other must-see: The Morgan House, enjoy lunch in a historic log cabin before shopping the afternoon away 18,000 square feet of retail space.  

Must-Attend Event: The Dublin Irish Festival

Irish Dancers mid-air performing at the Dublin Irish Festival

If you want to see Dublin at its absolute best, then plan your visit during the Dublin Irish Festival! Spend the weekend walking through 38 acres of Irish entertainment, dancers, vendors and more at the world’s largest three-day Irish festival. Mark your calendar for August 2 - 4, 2024 for an Irish experience like no other. 

Other must-attend: The Dublin Market, shop and stroll through hundreds of local vendors at Bridge Park, every Saturday morning, May-September. 

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