Dublin, Ohio is home to many hidden gems - beautiful outdoor spots that locals and visitors alike love to explore! Dublin is home to over 60 developed parks; each one offering a unique experience. Pair that with some of Dublin's favorite restaurants and you are ready for a scenic picnic. Whether you're looking for a quick lunch and some adventure or a relaxing meal in a quiet spot, Dublin has something you will love.


Coffman Park

Coffman Park at Sunrise

@dublinohio snapped this picture perfect sunrise while setting up for the 30th Annual Dublin Irish Festival at Coffman Park.

Located in the center of Dublin, Coffman Park is the site of City Hall and one of Dublin's oldest homes, the Coffman Homestead. It's an art gallery and the grounds of the famous Dublin Irish Festival. This has been home to many weddings, family reunions, frog jumps, and a Guinness Book of World Record-setting Irish Jig. Today, this park is home to lighted basketball and tennis courts as well as a skate park.

Ballantrae Park

Ballantrae Park Dancing Hares & Splash Pad

Ballantrae Park is the perfect place to go with kids! They will love the spray fountains surrounded by hills, perfect for climbing and splashing. Bring a blanket for the grassy area or post up at one of several permanent tables. This location is home to one of Dublin's most-loved pieces of public art, the Dancing Hares.

Darree Fields Park

Darree Fields Playground

@doubleimedia snapped this photo of one of the playground and shelter areas at Darree Fields Park. Click here to see more of their aerial images around Dublin.

Set outside of the hustle and bustle of the center of Dublin, Darree Fields Park has walking paths, playgrounds, and public art. On the weekends, the fields at this park will be busy with youth soccer and baseball games, but there are plenty of places to play and open shelters to enjoy a picnic in.

Scioto Park

Leatherlips structure at Scioto Park

@debgavin posed for a photo with Leatherlips at Scioto Park.

With river access, public art, and open shelters, Scioto Park has plenty to offer as a picnic destination. Have lunch with Leatherlips, a 12 foot sculpture of the Wyandot Native American Chief. This is a perfect spot for a picnic and a photo opp. Snap your own photo with Leatherlips!

Amberleigh Park

Amberleigh Park Water Access

@growingcoburns snapped this photo while exploring the water access point at Amberleigh Park.

Amberleigh park is perfect for those with younger children. The playground at this location is set up like a little village. Your kids will enjoy living like little adults for the day. Take your lunch to their large covered seating area and refuel after a fun day of playing. This park is unique in that it offers river access as well as a kayak slide that takes you right into the river!

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Quick Eats

Barry Bagels

Barry Bagel Turkey Sandwich

@barrybagelsdublin believes that everything is better on a bagel - even a turkey sandwich.

Barry Bagels is the perfect place to pick up some bagels, sandwiches, soups or salads to enjoy on your day out at the park. Everything is perfect for your day on-the-go.

Giant Eagle Market District

Giant Eagle Market District Hot Foods Section

@chefcicipants kicked off Dublin Irish Festival by whipping up some Irish classics at Giant Eagle Market District.

At Giant Eagle Market District, you can get a bit of everything and do it quickly! They offer a salad bar, sushi, deli options and much more.


Uno's Deep Dish Pizza

Uno's offers almost anything you could want for your day at the park. Pizza, entrée salads, burgers, or sandwiches; it is all good at Uno's!

Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs at a picnic

@firehousesubs shows that their food is totally picnic & instagram worthy.

Pick up a sub or a salad form Firehouse Subs on your way to your day out at the park! Their specialty subs are fairly large and perfect to share. Grab a bag of chips and packaged cookie or brownie on the side.

Harvest Pizzeria

Harvest Pizza

Box up a pie and head to the park. Harvest Pizza offers all the classics you love, but specializes in unique tastes like almond pesto pizza and the Geary Street, topped with ocean clams. Ask about their current specials when you visit - they are always unique and delicious.

Whole Foods

Salad from Whole Foods

@sar.anne.dippity created this beauty at the Whole Foods salad bar.

If you have ever been to the prepared foods section of Whole Foods, you know that there is a lot to choose from. Pick your favorite or get a bit of everything to enjoy on your day out and about! They offer pizza, a hot bar and a salad bar as well as made to order burgers and sandwiches.

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