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The school year is winding down, the trees are blooming and it looks like the warm temperatures are here to stay – finally! Enjoy the warm weather this spring or summer by booking a trip to Dublin through our Columbus Zoo/COSI Family Getaway Package.

Big Boa Falls at Zoombezi Bay Water Park

Big Boa Falls at Zoombezi Bay Water Park

The package is an affordable way for the whole family to discover the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (#1 Zoo in America, USA Travel Guide), COSI (#1 Science Center in the nation, Parents Magazine), Zoombezi Bay Water Park, the Ohio History Center, Columbus Clippers Baseball and more at discounted prices! Here’s how it works:

When you check in to one of our participating Dublin hotels, you can purchase discounted tickets (up to a 26% savings) to favorite area attractions like:

  • The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
  • Zoombezi Bay Water Park (opening 5/18)
  • COSI

When you check in, you will also receive a kid’s activity sheet with coupons to area attractions, restaurants and shops such as:

Columbus Clippers, Ohio History Center, The Candle Lab, Our CupCakery, Graeter’s, Sisters Sweet Shoppe, Sunny Street Café, The Dublin Village Tavern, Menchie’s and 1 Stop Bead Shop.

Finally, those participating in the package have the opportunity to win a 2014 Columbus Zoo Membership! All you have to do is turn in the form from the kids activity sheet and drop it in the designated box at the Dublin Visitor Information Center.

Sun, savings, science and more await you and your family in Dublin this spring and summer. Book your Columbus Zoo/COSI Family Getaway today!

Contact the Dublin CVB if you have any questions at 800-245-8387.

Post by Sam

Easter is coming up soon and it’s a great time to hop out to Brunch with the whole family!  Here is a list of the Easter Brunches that will be available in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, March 31st.  Please call ahead for reservations as restaurants are filling quickly.Easter Lilly

  • Matt the Miller’s will be serving an upscale Easter Brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carving stations and enhanced Chef selections will be served in addition to their already fabulous Sunday Brunch. Be sure to enjoy the Bloody Mary Bar! Adults $24.95, Children 5-10 $7.95, children 4 and under are free with paying adult. www.MtMTavern.com 6725 Avery-Muirfield Drive. 614/799-9100.
  • The Venue at Corazon is having a Family Brunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy an exquisite buffet of traditional Easter fare in a family-friendly setting with children’s activities. Don’t miss visiting with the special guest – the Easter Bunny! $24.95 Adults, $9.95 children 3 to 11, children under 3 are free. www.theVenueatCorazon.com 7155 Corazon Drive. 614/504-5240.
  • Whole Foods of Dublin is serving a fresh All-You-Can-Eat Easter Brunch from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. in their store. Enjoy Herbed Leg of Lamb, Fresh Carved Ham, Made to Order Omelets, French toast and Pancakes, Pasta Salads, Fresh Fruit and Veggie Salads, Desserts and much more. Adults $25, Children under 10 $12, Children under 5 are free. www.wholefoodsmarket.com 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus. 614/760-5556.
  • Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel – The Dublin Metro Bar & Grill (at the Crowne Plaza Dublin)  is offering a dynamic Easter brunch from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. that includes a chef’s carving station, omelet and crepe stations, breakfast and dinner items, children’s buffet, ice sculptures and live piano music. Reservations required. $28.95 adults, $19.95 seniors, kids ages 6-11, $14.95. Children under 6 free.  600 Metro Place North. 614/764-2200 www.crowneplaza.com/dublinoh
  • Columbus Marriott Northwest will be hosting an upscale buffet from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Jelly, Prime Rib of Beef, Roasted Turkey Breast will be a few of the hot items available along with traditional sides. Chilled Shrimp, smoked scallops, crab claws and poached salmon will also be featured, as well as breakfast items like made-to-order omelettes and waffles, bacon, sausage and fresh fruit. Fresh baked Danish, muffins and croissants will be available in addition to a bountiful array of pastries and chocolate. Adults $32.95, Seniors $24.95, Children 5-12 are $14.95 and children under 5 are free.  www.columbusmarriottnorthwest.com   5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin. 614/791-1000.
  • Golf Club of Dublin will have two seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Enjoy brunch favorites of Baked Ham, Prime Rib and breakfast items as well as fresh fruit, salads, side dishes, pastries and desserts. Adults $22.95, Children under 12 are $12.95 and children 4 and under are free. www.golfclubofdublin.com  5805 Eiterman Road. 614/792-3825.
  • La Scala of Dublin is having their annual Easter Brunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Baked Ham, Belgian Waffles, Homemade Manicotti and other breakfast and lunch favorites will be available. Adults $19.95, children under 10 are $11.95. www.lascalaitalianbistro.com 4199 West Dublin-Granville Road. 614/889-9431.

For other dining options in Dublin, Ohio, visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com or call the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/245-8387.

~Post by Katie

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is already here. Although winter is usually a time when we tend to stay indoors to keep out of the cold, there’s a great reason to get out of the house starting next week – Columbus Zoo’s Wildlights is opening!      

The 3 million lights displayed throughout the Zoo are enough to put even Clark W. Griswold to shame.  The event is an American Bus Association “Top 100 Event in North America” and offers a little something for visitors of all ages to see and experience.

This year the Dublin CVB has teamed up with some of our local hotels, the Zoo, and a few of our partner restaurants to make it easier and more cost effective than ever to bring your entire family to Dublin to see the Wildlghts through our Kids Go Free/Columbus Zoo Wildlights Package.

Here’s how it works:

When you book an overnight stay at one of our participating Dublin hotels, you will receive free kids admission tickets to the Wildlights (up to 2 per reservation – additional tickets can be purchased at the hotel). On top of receiving FREE kids admission tickets, you will also receive FREE kids meal coupons to participating restaurants (including Graeter’s Ice Cream for a sweet treat). To make your stay in Dublin even better, many of the hotels are offering free shuttle service to the Zoo, complimentary treats, and complimentary breakfast.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to bring the whole family to Dublin for a holiday getaway they will never forget!

-Post by Sam

Our friends at Experience Columbus are celebrating Columbus Day with some great incentives to encourage you to come to Central Ohio and discover the city this weekend (Oct. 5-8). This guest post comes from Joe Vargo, Interactive Marketing Specialist at Experience Columbus.

Each year, Experience Columbus partners with the city’s most popular attractions and the culinary genies that make up Columbus Dine Originals for Experience Columbus Days. During these four days (October 5 – 8) you can check out the city for cheap.

With America’s #1 Zoo, Science Center, and some of the best museums in the area, Columbus is THE place to be this fall! And, to make things even sweeter, during Experience Columbus Days you’ll get 50% off admission to over 20 attractions!

Columbus has been praised for its stellar food scene, and here’s your chance to sample it for yourself! Enjoy 25% off your food bill at some of the city’s best restaurants. The list of participating restaurants can be found here.

So, come, have fun, eat well. We know that once you get a taste, you’ll be back! To take advantage of these once-a-year deals, simply print or download this flier and present it (on your smartphone or old-school paper) at each participating attraction or restaurant.
For more information on Experience Columbus Days, visit www.experiencecolumbusdays.com.

~ Guest post by Joe Vargo, Interactive Marketing Strategist for Experience Columbus

When we were kids (WAY back in the day), summer meant packing everyone up in a hot station wagon and making the long trek south to a crowded beach—where we would all get sunburned and cranky, do cartwheels on the beach and eat too many deep fried clams.  Ah, good times.

A lot has changed since then. Nobody drives station wagons anymore (thank goodness), we’ve cut back on our deep fried clam intake (again, thank goodness), we use sunscreen AND we don’t have to spend  two days in the car to have some summer family fun that includes sun, pool time and a great hotel stay. (Although some of us might still be able to pull off a cartwheel, if pressed.)

One thing that hasn’t changed? We still want our summer vacations!

According to a recent study conducted by Orbitz, most of us taking summer vacations in 2012 will be spending more than last year and likely will be traveling by car. Not so surprisingly, most of us will be weighing the increasing price of gas when making our decisions on which destination to visit. The BEST piece of advice found in the article? “Book a package deal.”  Amen.

Whether you are traveling across the country or just taking a “staycation”— here is the #1 GOLDEN TIP from your friends who work in tourism:  find the package deals.

Convention and Visitors Bureaus are DESTINATION MARKETING ORGANIZATIONS. That means that year-round, we are showcasing the best of our destinations to lure you to visit us. We track where people are going, when they are visiting, what their travel preferences are and how they are spending their travel dollars. So, we can tell you where to go and where to save. For example, every summer—we watch our Kids Eat FREE Columbus Zoo/COSI Getaway package numbers increase exponentially.  Why? Because visitors (a) want to visit the #1 Zoo and #1 Science Center in the nation, (b) they like discounted attraction tickets and free kids meals (c) they don’t want to spend 2-4 days of their vacation driving in the car with the kids and (d) they want a great experience.

So, look before you book. Start with your targeted destination’s convention and visitors bureau.  CVBs KNOW their areas. Really well.  Visit their web site. Call them for insider tips, ticket deals, hotel specials. Yes—you can do your own research—but why wouldn’t you talk with a local first? They’ll tell you their favorite restaurants, who has a half-price admission on Wednesday, and where the free factory tours and best splash pads are located.  Then pack the car (and your sunscreen), unplug and GO HAVE FUN!  And, if you happen to end up in Dublin, Ohio — be sure to stop by the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau and say ‘hi!’

~Post by Mary

Easter is this Sunday and it’s a great time to go to Brunch with the entire family!  Here is a list of the Easter Brunches that will be available in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, April 8 (2012)! Please call ahead for reservations as restaurants will fill quickly.

  • Salvi’s Italian Bistro – The Grand Buffet at Salvi’s starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 8 p.m. The day begins with Scrambled Eggs, bacon, sausage and all your breakfast favorites and transitions to Roast Lamb, Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Baked Ham and Baked fresh Fish. Side items include fresh fruit, cheese platters, green beans, chilled shrimp, bowtie pasta and don’t forget the Pasta Salvi! Adults $25.99, Children ages 5-11 $12.99 and children 4 and under are free. www.salvisbistro.com 5000 Upper Metro Place, Dublin. 614/874-0466.
  • J. Liu’s – Known for their great combination of American and Asian favorites, J. Liu’s Easter Brunch will include Prime Rib of Beef, Baked Ham, Omelets made to order, French Toast and Shrimp–in addition to Crab Rangoon, Spring Rolls, Spicy Chicken, Fried Rice and a large assortment of other wonderful sides and specialty desserts. Their buffet begins at 10 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Adults $25.99, Seniors $22.99, Children ages 4 – 11 $12.99 and children 3 and under are free. www.jliurestaurant.com  50 West Bridge Street, Dublin. 614/718-1818.
  • Matt the Miller’s will be serving an upscale Easter Brunch this Sunday from 11-4pm. Carving stations and enhanced Chef selections will be served in addition to their already fabulous Sunday Brunch. Adults $24.95, Children 5-10 $7.95, children 4 and under are free with paying adult. www.MtMTavern.com 6725 Avery-Muirfield Drive. 614/799-9100.
  • Whole Foods of Dublin is serving an organic fresh All-You-Can-Eat Easter Brunch from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. in their store. Enjoy Herbed Leg of Lamb, Fresh Carved Ham, Made to Order Omelets, French toast and Pancakes, Pasta Salads, Fresh Fruit and Veggie Salads, Desserts made to order and much more. Adults $25, Children under 12 $12.50, Children under 5 are free. www.wholefoodsmarket.com 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus. 614/760-5556.
  • Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel – The Dublin Metro Bar & Grill (at the Crowne Plaza Dublin)  is offering a dynamic Easter brunch from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. that includes a chef’s carving station, omelet and crepe stations, breakfast and dinner items, children’s buffet, ice sculptures and live piano music. Reservations required. $27.95 adults, $18.95 seniors, kids ages 6-11, $14.95. Children under 6 free.  600 Metro Pl. N, Dublin 614/764-2200 www.crowneplaza.com/dublinoh
  • Columbus Marriott Northwest will be hosting an upscale buffet from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Jelly, Prime Rib of Beef, Roasted Turkey Breast will be a few of the hot items available along with traditional sides. Chilled Shrimp, smoked scallops, crab claws and poached salmon will also be featured, as well as breakfast items like made-to-order omelettes and waffles, bacon, sausage and fresh fruit. Fresh baked Danish, muffins and croissants will be available in addition to a bountiful array of pastries and chocolate. Adults $31.95, Seniors $24.95, Children 5-12 are $14.95 and children under 5 are free. www.columbusmarriottnorthwest.com   5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin. 614/791-1000.
  • Golf Club of Dublin will start their brunch at 12:30 p.m. with a fun Bunny Hunt for the children. Enjoy brunch favorites of Baked Ham, Prime Rib, made to order Omelettes as well as fresh fruit, salads, side dishes, pastries and desserts. Adults $21.95, Children under 12 are $12.95 and children under 4 are free. www.golfclubofdublin.com  5805 Eiterman Road, Dublin. 614/792-3825.
  • The Bogey Inn will be hosting an Easter Brunch from 10 am to 3 pm. Enjoy Carved Prime Rib, Turkey and Ham, an omelette station, breakfast favorites and delicious sides and desserts. Adults are $18.99 and children are $8.99. www.bogeyinn.com  6013 Glick Road, Powell. 614/766-1900.
  • Tucci’s Bistro invites you to enjoy either a brunch buffet (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)or a dinner buffet (4-8 p.m.). Both buffets will feature chef stations, a selection of fresh salads, shrimp, smoked salmon, grilled chicken, assorted side dishes and mini desserts. The full menu can be found online at www.tuccisbistro.com. 35 North High Street. 792-3466.

For other dining options in Dublin, Ohio, visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com or call the Dublin Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/245-8387.

~Post by Katie

 

This insider Guest Post comes to us from Katie Ronske, Communications Assistant at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Since Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was named one of the American Bus Association’s Top 100 Events in North America, we knew we had to go bigger and brighter than ever before … and that’s exactly what we did!

 This year, we’re spreading Wildlights cheer to the whole world, literally! In addition to millions of LED lights decking the halls, trees and bushes, guests will find a 24-foot in diameter, 8,200 lb. globe in the center of Conservation Lake that serves as the centerpiece for Global Celebrations, a brand new animated music and light show. The 8-minute light extravaganza features new songs and new designs and runs every thirty minutes from 5:45 p.m. to close.

In addition to Global Celebrations, Polar Pete’s Holiday Wishes Tree will help light up the chilly winter nights this year. This 28-foot-tall artificial sequoia tree shines bright with 15,500 LED lights. Here, guests can stop and say “happy holidays” to Rodney Reindeer and Wally Walrus before having their photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Of course, we had to stay true to Wildlights tradition. Guests can still see Santa in his holiday home at the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost, visit his reindeer at Polar Frontier, take a ride on the Polar Bear Express or the Mini Kiddie Sleigh Ride, hear sounds of the season at the Animals on Safari stage and more.

Celebrate the season at Wildlights now thru January 1, 2012. Festivities take place from 5-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information please visit www.columbuszoo.org
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Give your family the gift of fun! Treat them to a Columbus Zoo Wildlights Getaway package–featuring an overnight stay at a choice of 6 Dublin hotels, plus complimentary kids tickets to Wildlights and free Kids Meal coupons. Packages start at just $99 and are available through 12.31.11. Visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com or call the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau 800/245-8387 to learn more.

*Wildlights is efficiently powered by gridSMART from AEP Ohio.

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