Dublin Ohio Parks

Winter is here. There is snow on the ground, and it won’t be long until the kids are back in school, and I can look forward to a regular schedule (thinking about a ladies lunch at TehKu)… But wait! The kids will soon be out of school for a couple of long weekends. Here are some ideas for winter family fun that are easy on the budget and appropriate for all ages.

Sled Scioto

The Zoo is so much fun to explore in the winter because many of the animals like the snow. There are many heated indoor buildings to explore when you need a break from the outside. Have you been to Habitat Hollow? My kids love to crawl through the trees and see the fish. The tropical oasis in the Dark Australia building is a great place to play “I Spy” while you are warming up. So many gorgeous birds and plants that you truly forget you’re in Ohio in winter! Don’t forget that the Zoo offers ½ price admission in January and February!

Have you ever been to the Dublin Arts Council? Their gallery is FREE and open on Tuesday from 10 am to 7 pm, Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. The exhibit “Forest Remnants” by Char Norman is on display now through the end of February. See these unique works and be inspired to make some natural art with your family.

Caro Sled

A great place to gather supplies for your natural art would be in one of Dublin’s many parks. The path through the Indian Run Falls is breathtaking when the waterfalls are frozen over. Crunching through the snow in the woods at Glacier Ridge is a fun place to spy animal tracks. Dublin sports two great sledding hills: Scioto Park and Ballantrae Park. Ample parking at both locations, straw bale “paths” so you can climb the hill without being run over and you will see lots of families having a great time outside. Our family likes to sled early and then head over to Sunny Street Café for a big pancake breakfast!

If your kids like history, stop by the Dublin Visitor and Information Center for a Historic Dublin Walking Tour. This free, self-guided tour takes you all around Historic Dublin and you can learn a great deal about the buildings we see every day. End your tour at the Dublin Village Tavern (Kids Meals) or Our CupCakery (Cupcake Bar) or Sisters Sweet Shop (freshly baked cookies) for a great treat.

Hope to see you out in Dublin!

~ Post by Katie

It’s hard enough getting out of your house to go grocery shopping, but why hibernate when there are so many cool things going on around town during the winter? Wake up and get out to explore a world of raptors, theatre, tornado alleys and professional baseball bat making. Below is a list of activites happening around Dublin, Ohio this week and through February.

Raptor Hike Search for owls and hawks at Glacier Ridge Metro Park on this 1.5 mile hike led by a Park Ranger. Meet at the bulletin board by the picnic shelter. Sunday, January 29th at 2 pm. Free. 9801 Hyland-Croy Road. 891-0700.

Echos in Time Theatre: Ruth Lyons Meet beloved pioneer broadcaster Ruth Lyons (1905-1988), said to have “invented” talk TV. “Mother” as she became known to millions of fans, hosted the 50/50 Club, one of the most popular shows on Cincinnati station WLW from 1949-1967. Portrayed by Robin Schuricht, the performance will start at 1 and 3 pm. Saturday, January 28th. Performance is included with your admission to the Ohio History Center. 800 East 17th Ave., Columbus. 297-2300.

Support Your Local Artist Day is this Saturday, January 28th. Come to TehKu Tea Company in Historic Dublin to see local art and enjoy a hot cup of tea! 55 South High Street. 761-3808.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium wants to thank everyone for their record breaking attendance last year by offering half-price admission through February 29th. Adults will be $7, $4.50 for children ages two to nine, and $5 for senior citizens age 60 and over. Be sure to see the polar bears Aurora and Anana swimming in their geothermal heated pool or enjoy the warm indoor exhibits like the aquarium at Discovery Reef, gorillas in the African Forest or the Manatee Coast buildings.  9990 Riverside Drive. 645-3400.

COSI is having their Family Friday Night this week. A special admission rate of $9 provides non-stop fun from 5-9 pm. Experience all their exhibits plus a movie in the Giant Screen Theatre.  Current features are “African Adventure – Safari in the Okavango” and “Tornado Alley”. 333 West Broad Street, Columbus. 228-2674.

Phoenix Bats is open for tours during the winter! Tours run every Tuesday at 6 pm and on Thursday and Friday at 1:30 pm. During the one-hour tour, you will learn how the business began, how they work with professional baseball players and teams, the process of creating a bat and will also spend time in the shop seeing a close-up view of the bat making and finishing process. 7801 Corporate Blvd., Plain City. 873-7776.

For more winter ideas visit: www.IrishisanAttitude.com

-Post by Allison & Katie

Trying to figure out what to do for your family reunion this summer?

The O'Reilly Clan's Reunion

Entertaining the toddlers, pre-teens, adults and everyone in between is no easy task. Common issues arise such as; Who’s bringing the potato salad? Uncle Larry is not going to want to sit in the heat. How long will everyone have to travel?

Here at the Dublin CVB, we believe summer is a time to slow down and have some fun. Check out our Planner Toolkit and see why Dublin is so great to hold a gathering (apart from our immense Irish Attitude) the Bureau’s Free Services help you find the right places to hold your reunion — perhaps one of our 52 accredited parks or our Riverbox/Geocaching adventure will suit you?

The Dublin CVB has about 30 experiences* that groups can enjoy. Our Irish activities bring out the ‘Irish Attitude’ in visitors and our local partner attractions.

The City also has great multi-cultural attractions that we want families to do if a wee bit o’ Ireland isn’t right for them.

The Dublin CVB’s new ‘Around the World in Dublin, Ohio’ experiences offer a behind-the-scenes look, taste, touch and smell of various cultures and regions. Did you miss our ‘Big Group Fun’ blog post?  These custom activities, like the tour of Ohio’s only professional bat maker, also provide new ways for local reunion planners to experience Dublin and show off their hometown to family members. Learn how Dublin locals can Bring an Event Home and Win a Weekend Getaway.

Tour of Phoenix Bat Company

But don’t just take our word for it. Read the story of the O’Reilly Clan featured in the latest issue of Reunions Magazine. They had their first combined reunion in Dublin, Ohio last August. Although they did not take advantage of the tourism programs, they did center their reunion around the Dublin Irish Festival. 

Here’s a clip of what the Rockford, Illinois planner had to say:

Dublin Irish Festival- Gatherings at the Pond

“I wish every family could experience having a reunion in Dublin.” Tim Reilly said. “70 year old men were hugging and kissing me because it was the grandest affair they had ever attended. The atmosphere in Dublin, Ohio is special. We were a part of the whole celebration. Everywhere we went we felt special.”

*Most tourism programs are available exclusively to groups staying at one of Dublin’s 14 hotels.

To learn more contact Allison Potter: apotter@IrishisanAttitude.com
Twitter: @alli_DublinCVB

Just in time for great weather … guest writer David S. Guion, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Dublin Arts Council, shares some great ideas to celebrate art, nature and warmer temperatures!

The weather is improving. It’s time to get out and about and enjoy our area parks. And what better way to discover hidden treasures than by finding Dublin Arts Council’s Riverboxes? Small 3D original works of art, the Riverboxes are hidden in our Dublin, Ohio parks and will bring you in touch with your creative side — and the environment. Riverboxes are modeled after the hobbies of Letterboxing or Geocaching and provide “an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming treasure hunt-style outdoor quest.” (Thank you to Letterboxing.org for that definition!)

Riverboxes contain a space that houses a journal, artist and site information and an artist-created ink stamp. Hobbyists bring their own journal and ink stamp, placing their “mark” and a note in the Riverbox journal, while also logging and stamping the artists’ stamp in their own journal.

We’ve discovered that it’s a perfect way for grandparents to spend time outdoors with grandchildren. It’s also a truly creative first date. You can begin this new hobby in Dublin and can enjoy it all over the world!

Dublin Arts Council began the project in 2007. Currently there are seven Riverboxes, created by Ohio artists, on view in Dublin parks that have access to the Scioto River. Three more will be unveiled on May 21 in Washington Township’s Homestead and Kaltenbach Parks. This collaboration with Washington Township is the first “Riverbox Tributary” project, linking Washington Township parks’ watershed environments with the Scioto River.

The new Riverboxes will be as unique as the artists who were selected to create them:

  • Giancarlo Calicchia of Cleveland. Calicchia was raised in Italy and works with natural materials, primarily stone. His artwork can be found in Italy, Mexico, Haiti, the U.S. and Canada.
  • Andrea Myers who creates abstract layered organic artwork. Myers recently moved to Columbus from Chicago. She currently teaches at the Columbus College of Art and Design.
  • Katlin Rothacher, a graduate of Kent State University who lives in Hartville, Ohio and works primarily in fiber and textiles.

The artists visited the parks in February and are busy putting the finishing touches on their Riverboxes. We can’t wait to see what they have created!  All three artists will be on hand at the opening reception, May 21 from 10 a.m. -12 noon at The Homestead Park, Lakeside Pavilion, 4675 Cosgray Rd., in Hilliard, Ohio.  While there, visitors can make a potato ink stamp and paper bag journal and be among the first to receive clues to the whereabouts of the newest Riverboxes. As with almost all we do at Dublin Arts Council, the event, and the activity, are free of charge.

Please visit www.dublinarts.org for information about the unveiling and for clues and GPS coordinates for the whereabouts of all of the Riverboxes. To learn more about Letterboxing or Geocaching, please visit www.letterboxing.org, www.atlasquest.com and www.geocaching.com.  Please be sure to tell us about your experience in our online guestbook. 

~Guest blog post by David S. Guion, Ph.D., Executive Director, Dublin Arts Council.

Coming to Dublin for a sports tournament? Do you need to feed the entire team, coaches and some extra parents as well? Here are a few of the great group dining options for sports teams in Dublin, Ohio.

Sunny Street Café offers free delivery anywhere in Dublin for orders over $25 – even to the Soccer Field! Give Asch a call 24 hours in advance for delivery or give him notice by 11 a.m. and the whole team is welcome after the game!  7042 Hospital Drive, Dublin. 614/389-3640.

Mary Kelley’s welcomes groups of all sizes. This unique Dublin restaurant features American favorites with an Irish Flair. Call Kathy to set up a private dining room!  7148 Muirfield Drive, Dublin. 614/760-7041.

Tommy’s Pizza has a large dining room just for groups. Call ahead to let them know how many are in your party and come enjoy the best hometown pizza and a cold pitcher in Dublin!  4279 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Dublin. 614/764-3999.

Graeters is an Ohio favorite ice cream with signature chocolate chip flavors that are irresistible. Their sundae service can be delivered directly to you and includes pre-scooped ice cream with a variety of toppings – or stop by their Frantz Road location after your game!  6255 Frantz Road, Dublin. 614/799-2663.

Salvi’s Bistro is an Italian bistro that can accommodate large parties. Try their famous Pasta Salvi – creamy egg noodles encased in a deep-fried crunchy coating. Please call ahead for table reservations so they may accommodate your group quickly.  5000 Upper Metro Place, Dublin. 614/874-0466.

Hoggy’s is a casual barbeque stop here in Dublin. Try their Three Little Pigs – a sampler of barbeque!  Hoggy’s also offers kid friendly favs like Mac n’ Cheese, Hot Dogs and Grilled Cheese. Please call ahead for group seating. Hoggy’s Barbeque. 7509 Sawmill Road, Dublin. 614/791-8661.

Dublin is also home to several chain restaurants. Listed by area they include:

  • In the Perimeter Loop/Avery Road area: Subway, CiCi Pizza Buffet,  Jimmy John’s, Chipotle, Wendy’s, Tim Horton’s, Burger King, McDonald’s, Baskin Robbins, Cold Stone Creamery, Buffalo Wild Wings, Jersey Mike’s, Panera and Steak Escape.
  • Along Tuttle Crossing Boulevard/Mall area: P.F. Chang’s, Longhorn Steakhouse, Noodles & Co., Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Bob Evans, Taco Bell, Boston Market, Steak and Shake, Macaroni Grill, Panera and Ruby Tuesday.
  • Sawmill Road area: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Arby’s, Chipotle, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Boston Market, Panera, Ruby Tuesday, Jimmy John’s, COSI, Chuck E. Cheese, Pizza Hut, Golden Corral Buffet, Chili’s and Subway.

Need more info? Visit the Dining Section of the Dublin OH Convention & Visitors Bureau website for detailed listings–or call 800/245-8387.

~Post by Katie

If your house is like mine, we have a calendar full of summer play dates and vacation plans.  Baseball season is in full swing and the pool is beckoning.  It’s summertime in Dublin, Ohio!

One of our favorite annual summertime events: the Sundays at Scioto concerts held Sunday evenings at Scioto Park from 7-8:30 p.m.  (Note: Scioto Park is located at 7377 Riverside Drive in Dublin, north of the I-270 overpass and south of Hard Rd. It is just five minutes south of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.) It is such a wonderful FREE event and a great way to wind down the weekend.  It’s easy because all you need is a blanket and a picnic.  No tickets or planning involved, it’s just a question of do we or don’t we, and off we go!  We grab takeout food and take turns choosing from some of our favorite places.  One child always picks Italian Subs from Tommy’s and the other likes Sunflower Chinese.  They do sell Jeni’s Ice Cream at Scioto Park for a cool treat during the concerts!

Parking is available on site with minimal walking. There is a children’s playground located in the park, near the river–if you arrive early. If you like treasure hunting/geocaching, be sure to search for the Riverbox!  We like to sit up on the hill above the stage, so the kids have room to roam. (Then, if we need to make a quick exit, we don’t disturb other concert goers.)

This summer’s Sundays at Scioto Concert lineup includes:

  • June 20: The Ark Band (Roots Reggae)
  • June 27: Westminster Faculty Jazz Quartet
  • July 4: Brass Band of Columbus (British Brass Band)
  • July 11: Spikedrivers (Rust Bucket Rock)
  • July 18: Eric Dove & Green Light Go (Country Rock)
  • July 25: British Invasion (British pop/rock)

Hope to see you there! 

For more information about these and other Dublin, Ohio arts events and exhibits, visit www.dublinarts.org or call 614/889-7444.  To plan a fun summer getaway itinerary in Dublin, Ohio–visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com)

-Post by Katie

I’ve learned a lot about this Emerald City. One thing I’ve noticed is the special pride that pulses through a Dubliner’s veins. You could say we “bleed green” and collectively I know we make this city’s heart beat. Our professional workforce, entrepreneurs, educators, religious groups, service volunteers even our seasoned golfers work together with a fantastic hum that keeps this community so alive.

Dublin (OH) Irish Festival

Those that have left Dublin, Ohio still take a piece of Irish Attitude with them and now–that connection can mean influence.  That’s why I am inviting Dubliners, local and abroad, to help make Dublin, Ohio an even better place to live and work. All you have to do is Bring Your Event Home.

You may have your “real job” but at the same time you might be affiliated with another organization. This organization could directly relate to your career or maybe it’s your favorite hobby. For instance, you could work for Cardinal Health by day and be a toy tin train collector by night. Perhaps you’re looking for wedding accommodations or you’re planning a reunion? Whether your group is professional or of personal interest, you can positively impact Dublin by referring your events to the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau.

What do meetings mean to the City of Dublin?

The economic impact of a meeting or function in Dublin reaches far and wide. Meeting and event attendees who stay at Dublin’s hotels spend money directly in the City on dining, transportation and entertainment. Could you imagine a Dublin, Ohio without these vital programs, services and events? Here are just some of the things that are funded (at least in part) by the City’s bed tax:

Old Man's Cave Chalets Hocking Hills OH

What do I have to do?
You don’t have to be your organization’s decision-maker or meeting planner. Most likely referrers are professionals actively involved in government agencies, medical or trade associations, hobby or religious groups on either a state or national level. You just have to let me know some basic information about your group. You can stay involved throughout the bid, if you choose. Having local influence during the selection process has proven to help the city be chosen. Open your group’s eyes to Dublin and I’ll try my best to bring them here.

What do I win?
Every month, those who submit a qualified lead will be entered into a drawing to win dinner for two at one of Dublin’s signature restaurants. If the lead you submit is booked at one of our 15 Dublin hotels, you could receive our Grand Prize–
A free weekend stay at Old Man’s Cave Chalets in the beautiful Hocking Hills. You’ll be able to wander through Ash Cave and see its waterfall or explore Conkle’s Hollow. With more than 10,000 acres of deep forests, hidden trails, soaring cliffs, and sheltering caves, Hocking Hills offers some of the most unique outdoor attractions in Ohio.

Who do I contact?

Allison Potter

Feel free to give me a call or an email– I would love to hear from you!

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