May 2013


It’s that time of year again! (Finally!) Time to request a seat on the patio. Not EVERYONE loves to dine in the great outdoors, but a lot sure do. You just need to try to get a seat on any patio in Dublin for lunch or dinner to see the proof of that statement.

Lucky for all of us, there are a lot of ‘al fresco’ options in and around Dublin. That part is great.

Not so great is being asked to list my 5 favorite. If I had a choice, I would do 10, but alas….

I will give it a try.

Tucci's Patio

Tucci’s Patio

Tucci’s ~ Wonderful patio, umbrellas over every table. It is situated on Dublin Rd. so there is some traffic noise but it is nicely separated by the sidewalk and landscaping. Enjoy a Tucci Tini or sample one of many specialty drinks.

Cafe Istanbul ~ It would be tough to beat this patio. It is located behind the restaurant along the Scioto River. The stone walls, landscaping, natural surroundings and authentic Turkish food makes it a true escape.

El Vaquero (Shawnee Hills location) ~ If  you’re in the mood for Mexican food, then this is  the patio for you. One of the best things about this patio is that it is bigger than most, so more people get to enjoy it!  It is fully covered with open walls that can be closed if the weather demands it. Very nice….

Matt The Miller’s ~ Pond side patio on the east side of the building so on hot nights you get the shade of the building. You get a little Avery Rd traffic noise, but you won’t notice it much as you sip your $4 glass of wine under the umbrellas during happy hour!

Montgomery Inn ~ A little more formal than most patios because it has a full roof with walls that can close so the tables, chairs, and decor can be more ‘inside’ style. It’s view up on the hill is very pretty and we love the stone fireplace. A BBQ lovers paradise!

What’s your favorite patio to enjoy the nice weather in Dublin?

For additional family friendly restaurants, happy hour specials, date-night restaurants, girls night out places and kids eat free specials visit KidsEatOut.com

Guest Post By Dawn Scheurle

Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Owen, an energetic four year old who LOVES the new “Dinosaur Island” exhibit at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium that just hatched this week. Owen loved the “Dinosaws” so much that his mom had to go through the exhibit twice in one day!

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Owen with the T-Rex at Dinosaur Island

Q: Owen, what did you see today?

A: Dinosaws! Lots of them. Their wings went up and down and made noises. They had babies with eggs! The lady gave me pictures of all the dinosaws so I could see if they eat meat or leaves. The sand pit had cool, soft sand and bones in it, but i couldn’t take them home. The long dinosaw was eating a tree, then the man buckled my seat belt, but I told him I can do it. He didn’t want me to fall out of the boat. 

Q: What happened on the boat?

A: We saw even more dinosaws and they squirted me a little, but mostly got mommy wet. And do you know what?

Q: What?

A: I ate a big pretzel after!

Q: Did you do anything else after?

A: I climbed and slided then we saw penguins, elephants, lions, monkeys, pretty birds, a dark building…. then we went to see the dinosaws again!

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Dinosaur Island

Owen’s mom had a lot of great tips for seeing this fantastic new exhibit. They toured it first thing in the morning and there was no line. Stroller parking was easy as there was an area by the ticket booth as well as an area close to the boat ride if your little ones prefer to ride as long as possible. The attendants at the ride were great in making sure all the kids were buckled in safely  and if you would enjoy staying a little dryer- sit on the right hand side. The dinosaurs were all throughout the ride on both sides and very easy to view. There was nothing scary for any age. 

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has many areas for picnicking- Owen and his mom found a shady spot by the Aquarium building. The Grange Insurance Stings, Wings N’ Playthings Park is very close to Dinosaur Island and a great place to rest while your kid enjoys the playground. 

When they returned mid-afternoon for round two of Dinosaur Island, there was about a ten minute wait for the ride itself, but you don’t notice the line because you were enjoying a shady walk beside the river with lots of dinosaurs at every turn. The waiting area by the boats also has a shaded cover and moves quickly. 

The “Zoo-it-All” wristbands are available at the front gate for $9.99 and include unlimited entry into Dinosaur Island, the Carousel, Bob Evans Express Train Ride and Jungle Jack’s Landing. They do not include entry to the zoo.

If you are planning a trip to the Zoo this summer, check out the Columbus Zoo/COSI Family Getaway Package  that includes discounted tickets to the Zoo, Zoombezi Bay and COSI!  

Now that the long awaited warm weather has graced us with its presence, it’s time to get outside! Pack up the family and head to Dublin this weekend to see some art in public places, visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium or splash around at Zoombezi Bay on their opening weekend!

Zoombezi Bay

Zoombezi Bay

Zoombezi Bay has attractions for every member of the family. Fly down 17 state of the art water slides, bob in the wave pool or relax in the lazy river (Crocktail Creek is my personal favorite spot).

TIP: If your little one likes or loathes being splashed- there is a large barrel that dumps 500 gallons of water every few minutes in Barracuda Bay. Listen for the ships bell that dings when the barrel gets full to either prepare to get soaked or make a quick escape!

Many new additions have been made at Zoombezi to enhance the experience.

 NEW THIS YEAR

  • Cabanas with overhead fans, refrigerators and safes have been placed throughout the park
  • The new ZOOMPASS is a virtual ride reservation that holds your spot in line while you maximize fun!
  • Zoombezi Bay will have several special offer days:
  • Mondays: Students in the Sun- $10 discounts with student ID or grade card.
  • Tuesdays: Season Pass Appreciation Days- discounts on food and beverage, gift shop items and ZOOMPASS.
  • Wednesdays: Safety in the Sun- learning programs and discounts for the achievement of safety programs.
  • Thursdays: Fun in the Sun- Live entertainment at various times throughout the day.
Zoombezi Bay

Dolphin Dash, Zoombezi Bay

Opening Weekend Hours: May 18 & 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Zoombezi Bay opens daily beginning May 23 at 10:30 a.m. Closing times vary each day.

Visit www.zoombezibay.com for more info.

If you’re planning on going to the Zoo and Zoombezi Bay, check out the Family Getaway Package that includes discounted tickets to the #1 Zoo, Zoombezi Bay, the # 1 Science Center, COSI, and discounts at Dublin area attractions and restaurants!

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching – Sunday, May 12th this year. Have you planned to make Mom’s day extra special this year? Here are some great tips for local brunch ideas and great specials for Mom. Please call ahead for reservations as locations sell out quickly!

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Columbus Marriott Northwest: Elegant Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Assorted Salads, Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Claws, Poached Salmon, Quiche, Omelets and Waffles made to order, Carving station, Assorted Pastries and Chocolates. 5605 Blazer Parkway. 614/791-1000. www.ColumbusMarriottNorthwest.com

Crowne Plaza Hotel: Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with Omelet and Crepe station, Carving station, Wide array of Breakfast and Dinner Entrees, Fresh Salads and Baked Goods, Special Kids Buffet, Scrumptious Dessert Bar.$28.95 Adults, $14.95 children 6-13. 600 Metro Place North. 614/760-7939 www.Crowneplaza.com/dublinoh

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Free admission for Mom on Mother’s Day with a paid admission for their child or grandchild. 9990 Riverside Drive.614/ 645-3400. www.columbuszoo.org

Golf Club of Dublin: Elegant Brunch served at two seatings: 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Enjoy Prime Rib, Shrimp Cocktail, Grilled Salmon, Duck Tenderloin, Fresh fruit, Belgian Waffles, French toast, delicious desserts and more. 5 years and under are free, $9.95 for ages 6-12, $21.95 for 13 and older. 5805 Eiterman Road. 614/792-3825. www.golfclubofdublin.com

Ha penny Bridge Imports: In honor of their 30th anniversary, spend $30 for Mom and receive a free gift! 75 South High Street. 614/889-9615. www.hapennybridgeimports.com

La Scala Italian Bistro: Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., regular menu will be available all day. Enjoy assorted garden salads, breakfast favorites, homemade sausage and peppers, homemade ravioli, chicken Milanese, Penne pasta ala Vodka, assorted sides and desserts. Adults $22.95, Children under 10 $13.95. 4199 West Dublin-Granville Road. 614/889-9431. www.LaScalaItalianBistro.com

Matt the Miller’s Tavern: Special Mother’s Day Brunch menu from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., regular menu service in the evening. $24.95 Adults. 6725 Avery-Muirfield Drive. 614/799-9100. www.mtmtavern.com

Mezzo Italian Dublin: Special Brunch menu will be available from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. Exclusively created for Mother’s Day, Mezzo will feature a selection of breakfast fare, salads and Italian entrees including items such as ricotta pancake cannolis, fried green tomato eggs benedict, and eggplant “aubergine”. 12 West Bridge Street. 614/889-6100. www.mezzoitalian.com

Tehku Tea: Irish Mother’s Day Brunch and Afternoon Tea. Seatings are available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 55 South High Street. 614/761-3808. www.tehku.com

The Venue at Corazon: Family Brunch Buffet with a Complimentary Flower for Mom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $24.95 Adults, $9.95 children ages 3-11. 7155 Corazon Drive. 614/504-5240. www.theVenueatCorazon.com

Whole Foods: Special Mother’s Day Brunch available from 10 a.m.-2p.m. $25 Adults, $12 Children. 3670 West Dublin-Granville Road. 614/760-5556. www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Woodhouse Spa: Treat your Mom to an escape – right in Historic Dublin. Special Mother’s Day Spa packages are available. 19 North High Street. 614/790-8822. www.woodhousecolumbus.com

For more ideas, visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website: www.IrishisanAttitude.com