Sure, winter means shorter days and gray skies. But Dublin doesn’t let colder temperatures stop the fun and neither should you.  

Make the most of the season with the ultimate winter bucket list:

Warm-Up at Sweetwaters 

No perfect winter day can start without a hot cup of Joe. Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea in Bridge Park combines classic coffee favorites with cultures from all over the world.  The signature Dragon Eye is a blend of their house coffee and sweetened condensed milk to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Discover the top 5 coffee shops in Dublin here

Sweetwaters Latte

Visit Arctic Animals 

Learn to embrace the cold from the best! The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is home to over 600 species of animals including the Arctic Fox and Polar Bear, who thrive when temperatures drop. Not to mention the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is offering half-priced admission through March 11.

Arctic Fox

Cozy Up with Comfort Food 

There's something special about eating your favorite comfort food on a day when temperatures are unbearably low. And Dublin is serving up all of the classics. You’ll feel like a little kid again when you try the Farmstead Classic Tomato soup with grilled cheese dippers from Zoup!.  Still looking for more? Check out these 5 must-try soups in Dublin.  

Tomato Soup & Dippers from Zoup!

Have an Ice Day

Lace-up your skates on Dublin’s newest outdoor ice-skating rink! Riverside Crossing Park has added winter fun to its repertoire. With a picturesque background featuring the Dublin Link, the park's new temporary skating costs just $10 a person, skate rental included, and can be enjoyed in temperatures up to 60 degrees. For those extra cold days make your way over to Coffman Park and take a spin on the free rink. Find out whether the ice rink is open here

Outdoor ice skating rink in Riverside Crossing Park

Warm it up with Whiskey 

When hot chocolate just doesn't cut it, it’s time to bring out the big guns. Whiskey! Dublin has several spots to find a whiskey warmer but Hen Quarter offers an entire menu dedicated to it. Find options ranging from $12 to $200 that can be enjoyed neat, on ice or in a cocktail. Find more whiskey in Dublin.  

Whiskey Cocktails - Hen Quarter

Hit The (Sledding) Slopes

Eat. Sleep. Sled. Repeat. Just a few minutes from Downtown Dublin lies Scioto Park and a speedy sledding hill that will have you laughing all the way down. You won’t want to miss the views of a captivating snow-covered Scioto Riverscape from the top. Before you go, check if the sledding hill is open here

Sledding in Coffman Park Family

Play Inside 

For those days when the temperatures are too much, keep the fun inside. From getting creative at Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio to experimenting at COSI, Dublin has multiple indoor playspaces to make your day great even when the weather isn’t.  

Young girl riding a high wire unicycle inside COSI

Play Outside 

Ready to go outdoors this winter and explore over 60 Dublin Parks? Every month through March the Dublin Community Recreation Center will be hosting Polar Hikes to take you and your family through the winter wonderland that is Dublin during the snowy months. Sign up for Polar Hikes here.  

Watch House Public Art Installation covered in snow during the winter

Wrap up in Local Items 

Nestled in the charming snowy streets of Historic Dublin, Extravagifts is your one-stop shop for gifts and souvenirs to commemorate your winter day in Dublin. Shop Dublin-inspired items such as their Dublin Link collection or grab a cozy blanket to keep you warm on the drive home.  

Extravagifts Blanket

Dine in an Igloo 

Every season is patio season in Dublin. Enjoy dining al fresco without facing the elements at VASO Rooftop Lounge. These iconic igloos allow you and up to seven guests to feast on unparalleled tapas and handcrafted cocktails with stunning rooftop views while staying warm with cozy fur-covered chairs, blankets and heaters. Discover more unique outdoor winter dining options here.  

Colorful outdoor igloos lit up with on VASO's rooftop patio with people dining inside

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