Group Activities in Dublin, Ohio

Enjoy a variety of stops along the way on your tour through Dublin, Ohio. Indoor or outdoor, sporty or trendy, we have something that accommodates everyone!

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was made famous by director emeritus "Jungle Jack" Hanna's memorable appearances on the David Letterman Show and Good Morning America. The Zoo rests on hundreds of naturalistic wildlife habitats and includes the Zoombezi Bay Waterpark and Safari Golf Club. The Zoo features nine world regions representing over 700 species and is one of the only three facilities outside of Florida to exhibit and rehabilitate the endangered West Indian manatee. (Kids: $9.99, Adults: $14.99, Seniors: $10.99; behind-the-scenes tour: $25/person)

Driving Tour of Dublin** Discover little known secrets about our emerald city while relaxing on the coach during this step-on driving tour. How did Dublin get its' name? What is the "Field of Corn"? Who was "Leatherlips"? We'll offer some rich history, funny tales, and even a ghost story! (Note: Step-on tours are COMPLIMENTARY for groups staying in one of Dublin's 17 hotels and working with the Dublin CVB! - VIP)

Irish Dance 101- What's a reel? How did Irish step dancing evolve into the celebrated "Riverdance" style recognized today? Visit one of the foremost Irish dance schools in North America and meet a professional Irish dance instructor (who danced with Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance). Learn the answers to these questions while watching some young, costumed dancers engage in fancy footwork. ($5/person; 25 person minimum - VIP)

Irish Penny Whistle Class** Learn a little history about the Penny Whistle- or Irish flute. Try a few notes, then attempt a simple tune! Everyone goes home with their own Penny Whistle, good memories, and a newfound appreciation for this fun little instrument. ($9/whistle; instructor works for tips - VIP)

Lucky Charms Jewelry Making- Visit one of the largest bead emporiums in Central Ohio and discover an enticing and glitzy world of possibilities. Tour the store, then design and create your own pair of earrings to take home! Add a wee bit o' Ireland with their green and Irish themed beads. ($10/person for earrings, $15/person for bracelet - VIP)

Phoenix Bats- Picture yourself as a Major League baseball player when you tour the ONLY professionally approved bat maker in Ohio! In just two minutes, see a tube of wood turned into a game bat suitable for a big leaguer. ($10/person, includes mini-bat; can have shamrock engraved - VIP)

Shopping in Historic Dublin- Stroll through the quaint shops (many of which are Irish approved businesses!) in Historic Downtown Dublin where many buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Whether it is clothing, jewelry, sweets, or authentic Irish gear, everyone is guaranteed a great souvenir. Dublin CVB can provide foot maps and coupon books (free - VIP).

Dublin Arts Center and Gallery- View rotating artwork in an elegant French-eclectic style building that was constructed in 1941 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Fletcher Coffman Homestead- This Civil War era, brick house and adjoining farm buildings typify American farm life of the 1800s. Built around 1862, the two-story house has been restored to interpret the lifestyle and tastes of a middle-class farm family of that area. Available by appointment in summer months. 

Brand New for the 2017 Tour Season:

  • Shamrock String Art- Join Creatively Stated to learn about the unique process behind local, handmade products including the opportunity to create your own Irish-inspired string art masterpiece. 

  • Mrs. O'Connor's Sewing Class- This quilting shop is a destination in itself with 4,000 square feet of quilting fun! Learn different techniques from sewing masters and try your hand at an Irish-inspired wool craft to take home as a souvenir. ($10/person - VIP)

  • Cookie or Cupcake Decorating- Local wedding cake designer offers a 1-hour, hands-on guided instruction and demonstration for 4-cookies or 4-cupcakes decorated by the guest in a seasonal or Irish theme. Box provided to take to share your masterpieces with friends and family. ($15/person - VIP)

  • Celtic Creations Painting Workshop- Get your creature juices flowing under the instruction of a local artist. Feel like a true artist while learning painting techniques to create your own art piece with a bit of Irish flare. This isn't your typical paint-by-numbers class! ($20/ wine glass painting, $35/ canvas painting, $45/ canvas painting with wine and hors d'oeuvres; groups over 25 must be off-site - VIP)

  • Irish Fairy Door Trail** Discover 8 magical Irish fairy doors while wandering the quaint shops of the historic district. Search for fairy names while experiencing an Irish imports store, sweet shops, boutiques and more. Find all the names and redeem your free t-shirt! ($6/person; VIP)

​Just Outside of Dublin:

  • Candle Lab- In this hands-on experience, participants will embrace the smells of spring and Ireland as they visit The Candle Lab (Powell location) and pour their own long burning, higher quality candle using soy wax, cotton paper wicks, and pure fragrance oils. Select from a variety of fragrances and create a lovely candle with customized label to take home or give as a gift. ($15-22/candle depending on candle size)

  • Signature Wines- Experience Ohio's only female-owned winery in a unique, urban setting. While sampling wine, guests will tour the winery with the winemaker and learn all the steps to transform the grapes into the wine in their glasses. ($25/person; Irish wine labels available)

  • Ohio History Center & Ohio Village- Explore the museum where you will find everything from exhibits about life in the 1950s to extinct and endangered Ohio species to an exquisite collection of restored Civil War battle flags. Stroll the streets of Ohio Village in the summer months, which is a replica of a town in the 1860s. (Groups can book special Irish-themed programs)

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Our group tours are unique because we offer a variety of programs to explore during our time in Dublin, Ohio. All things Irish inspired, these programs help bring in the experience!

  • Wake Me When It's Over** Visit with Cait Seo Rua, the daughter-in-law of "Pat Murphy" who is the guest of honor at an old-style Irish Wake. She will guide you through the customs and folkways of this curious and disappearing three-day tradition as it would have been circa 1898. ($60/program - VIP)
  • The Ancient Saints of Ireland- "In Downpatrick three saints one grace do fill: Patrick, Brigid, and Columcille." Two were former slaves, all were miracle workers, and one was even master of the Loch Ness monster- St. Patrick, St. Brigid, and St. Columba (Columcille), the patron saints of Ireland. Hear author Cindy Thomson tell stories about their lives and legends- and learn how to weave a St. Brigid's cross to take home. ($150/program + $2 per person- VIP OR $15 per person + museum admission if at the Ohio History Center)
  • Irish Blessings to Take Home- Author Cindy Thomson will discuss some Irish blessings, both those well known and some you may not have thought of. While DIF boys in boatresearching her books, she has uncovered some Irish blessings and sayings that she's quite fond of. Do some have deeper meaning? Are there specific blessings for your home, your pets, your journey? Let's talk about some wee bits of Irish wisdom and wit, and then you can choose two to place on Irish bookmarks so you can take your blessings with you! ($150/program + $2 per person (for souvenir)- VIP)
  • Test Your Knowledge of Ancient Ireland- Did you know there are three patron saints of Ireland? Author Cindy Thomson will test your knowledge of ancient Ireland while conducting a game of Bingo. The top two winners will take home a prize, something the ancients would have appreciated, and everyone can take home their bingo cards and amaze their friends with their wisdom. ($150/program + $2 per person (for souvenir)- VIP)
  • Saints Preserve us! The Irish in America** Come hear the tale of an 1830s era Irish immigrant. Guests will meet Sean O'Shaughnessy, and be enraptured at his moving story of leaving Ireland with his young bride and arriving in America- the land of golden opportunity. (Made possible through partnership with Ohio Historical Society). ($150 + mileage/program - VIP)
  • "Leave some food on the table" Irish Christmas Traditions in America** When the Irish came to American they brought with them traditions, beliefs and customs that have become apart of our American culture. Candles in the window, a glass of milk etc., all traditions that come from "the old sod". Listen as Sean O'Shaughnessy, an Irish immigrant to American in the 1840's, talks about the preparation for the Christmas season. Enjoy this humorous and educational presentation. ($150 + mileage/program- VIP OR $15 per person + admission to museum if at the Ohio History Center )

Enjoy the full Irish experience with one of these rentable entertainers to keep up the Irish flare during a meal or even while crafting at one of your stops along the way. The entertainers keep up the Irish Attitude and give you and your group an experience of a lifetime!

  • Fiddler: $85 for 30 minutes or $100 for 45 minutes
  • Bagpiper: $150 per performance
  • Irish Dancers: $50 for 30 minutes or $100 for 60 minutes

** = Experiences offered exclusively to guests staying in a Dublin hotel

VIP = Very Irish Experience