It's true! Summer is ending soon, and we want to make sure you have all the tools you need to make that much-needed break from reality. To help you plan your weekend in Dublin, here are five things to do to ensure that your time here will not only be soulfully saturating but also affordable, memorable and repeatable. 

1. Nature is Free. Use it!

On the water in a kayak with the Dublin Link pedestrian bridge in the distance.

Not only is a walk, hike or run good for rejuvenation of the spirit, but it’s easy on the bank account. That’s what we love about Dublin’s backyard- it’s practically begging to be explored. Walk the Dublin Link or discover Dublin's 60+ parks with the Dublin Park Pass to connect back with nature and get some fresh air. Whether it’s a family trip, a couples escape or a solo reconnects, let nature do what it does best.

2. Fill Your Belly and Save

mezzo food and drink

Food seems to be a direct portal to the contentment of the soul, so it’s important to nourish yourself and eat well. However, we know that finding good food at reasonable prices can be frustrating. Luckily for all you foodies out there, Dublin is chock-full of dining deals that will leave you fully satiated at a fair price. Don't forget about happy hour! Sip on a discounted drink while walking through Downtown Dublin's DORA. Eat well, and don’t feel bad about it.

3. We Know it’s There - Tap Into that Creative Genius.

Father and son looking at the Riverboxes guide book

Most of the time, the best memories are made with a little bit of creative ingenuity. Doing something new doesn’t have to be expensive; its uniqueness will make it rich in value. Take the family to find Riverboxes hidden throughout our parks and snap some photos in front of 70+ pieces of public art

4. Find the Mysterious Fairies

Fairy Door Trail - Our CupCakery

The community of Dublin is overflowing with creativity and passion and has magically concocted activities for residents and guests to experience the charm of the city without spending a lot of money. One such activity is the Irish Fairy Door Trail, a whimsical journey through the streets and shops to find 11 tiny fairy doors and their resident fairies. Great for the family or anyone looking to connect with their inner child. Download the trail guide here or pick one up at the starting point, the Dublin Visitor Information Center.

5. Shop & Stroll at the Saturday Market

People browsing the Dublin market through the streets of Bridge Park

Head to Bridge Park every Saturday until September 24th to experience the Dublin Market from 9 AM to 12 PM, rain or shine. Sample locally-grown produce, peruse unique craftsmanship and enjoy live entertainment without the pressure to spend too much. Don't forget to carve out some time to cross the Dublin Link and visit Pop-Up Dublin to check out the ever-rotating vendor list. 

Moral of the story- don’t stress about spending money to make memories. Go with your gut, use a bit of guided creativity and be spontaneous on your next weekend away.

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