Dublin offers more than 1,000 acres of parkland, with 36 developed parks ranging from wooded natural areas and river frontage to intensely active athletic facilities.
Certain parks have facilities such as shelter houses that can be reserved for family or corporate outings. Call the Division of Recreation Services at 614-410-4550 for reservations and rental information.
Dublin, Ohio entertains visitors with unique attractions, festivals and special events. Dublin offers the closest hotels to Central Ohio's most popular attractions--the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Wyandot Lake Adventure Park and is located northwest of Columbus and minutes from The Ohio State University , the Columbus Convention Center, the COSI (Center of Science and Industry) and more.
Historic Dublin, Ohio
Come rediscover life in the slow lane. Meander the brick-lined sidewalks of Historic Dublin, Ohio ?a National Historic District. Nestled along the banks of the Scioto River, Dublin is one of the oldest communities in Central Ohio.
Browse through quaint shops for unique art, Irish imports, jewelry, home d?cor, fashionable gifts and purses, specialty teas, antiques, wine or fine yarns. Sip a cup of gourmet coffee or tea in one of the district?s quaint coffee or tea shops while soaking up the ambiance and enjoying charming examples of early 19th-century architecture. Dine at Biddie's Coach House (a charming tea room offering freshly made luncheons served in a country inn-style setting), Oscar's (consistently ranked as one of Columbus' Top 10 restaurants) or the Village Tavern (offering outstanding grilled sandwiches in a neighborhood setting). Later in the evening, stop by the Brazenhead--an authentic Irish pub--for a pint and some fish and chips...or experience fine dining at Tucci's--and enjoy fresh fish, pastas and other specialties.
Historic Dublin was once home to the original village of Dublin, and is located at North and South High streets - at SR 161, between Frantz Road and Rte. 33. (15 minutes Northwest of downtown Columbus.)
Stop by the Visitor Center for a copy of the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau's self-guided walking tour--to learn more about this charming district. Call 1-800-245-8387 or stop at 9 South High St., Dublin for a map of the area.
Many Historic Dublin shops and businesses are closed evenings and Sundays. Please call ahead for hours.
Dublin Irish Festival
With thousands of dancing feet, Irish music, savory foods, family entertainment, Irish culture and enough fun to fill a weekend, the annual Dublin Irish Festival is an event unlike anything you'll find outside the Emerald Isle. The annual event is traditionally held during the first weekend of August.
It has quickly become one of the nation's premiere Irish festivals, with over 90,000 people flocking to the city. Musicians from Ireland and the United States are the highlight of every Dublin Irish Festival, featuring a wide variety of performances ranging from Celtic rock to traditional Irish folk music, dance music to ballads.
The festival is filled with Irish dance -- from performances to lessons, and coincides with the Columbus Feis -- an Irish dance competition that brings 1,300+ of the best Irish dancers from across North America. In addition, the festival offers cultural workshops, genealogy, a "Wee Folk" area, Sunday morning masses and traditional Irish breakfast, an Irish Marketplace, Irish specialties and more.
Come early in the week and take classes ranging from tin whistle to Irish dance lessons at the Irish Academy. Things heat up Thursday evening as Historic Dublin hosts a pub crawl and the annual OhioHealth 5K Run.
Come, discover why the Dublin Irish Festival was named to the American Bus Association's list of "Top 100 Events in North America for 2005!"
For admission prices, online tickets, a schedule of events
or other information about the Dublin Irish Festival,
contact the City of Dublin's Division of Community Relations at
(877) 67-GREEN or visit the official web site:
Information obtained from www.DublinVisit.org
History of Dublin
Native Americans - Hopewell, Adenas, Delaware, Shawnee and Wyandot - were the first inhabitants of the countryside that was to become Dublin. Today's Dublin was originally part of 2,000 acres of land given to Lieutenant James Holt by the US Government as payment for service in the Revolutionary War.
After several real estate transactions, John Sells and his family purchased 400 acres of land along the Scioto River in the early 1800s. This area was platted as a village in 1810. Little did he realize that his Village of Dublin would develop into one of the most progressive communities in Central Ohio. Today, the site of Sells' original purchase is known as Historic Dublin. Through well-managed growth, Dublin has preserved its historic past, while enriching the quality of life within the community. Early 19th century architecture and dry limestone fences bordering its roads add to Historic Dublin's heritage. Many of its original buildings are listed in the National Register of Historical Places.
In the 1970s, Dublin was transformed from a rural village into a suburban business center, due largely to the completion of the I-270 outerbelt and development of the Muirfield Village Golf Club and residential community. The quality of Dublin's commercial construction was established early with the development of Metro Center, the headquarters of Ashland Chemical Company and the Midwestern Volkswagen complex. With rapid business and residential growth, Dublin officially became a city in August 1987