July is the SWEETEST month of the year, and there’s a proclamation (#5219 to be exact) to prove it! In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as “National Ice Cream Month” and July 15th as “National Ice Cream Day”. He described ice cream as having “a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food” that is enjoyed by 90% of Americans, and though the years may have passed, our love for ice cream has not! So, in honor of this tasty time, we at the Dublin CVB thought it would be appropriate to   share our
favorite flavors, and where you can find them!

I already dug into mine!

  • Scott – Buckeye Blitz from Graeter’s / Salty Caramel from Jeni’s
  • Josh – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from anywhere (he’s not picky!)
  • Mary – Reisling Soaked Poached Pear from Jeni’s/ Strawberry Sorbet from Graeter’s/ Key lime from Menchies (technically fro-yo but still yummy!)
  • Katie – Strawberry Chocolate Chip from Graeter’s / Sweet Corn and Blackberry from Jeni’s (Katie describes this as “summer goodness on a cone”)
  • Sam – Mint Chocolate Chip from Graeter’s
  • Dawn (Me) – Chocolate Chocolate Chip from Graeter’s

Also, in honor of the holiday and their birthday, Graeter’s will be offering single-dip cones for $1.42 (a cent for every year they’ve been in business) on Sunday.

Craving more frozen fun? Be sure to check out these other delicious Dublin-area destinations and their sweets!

Chai Tea Ice Cream from TehKu Tea Company!

~ Post by Dawn

I always struggle with what to get my nephews and niece for Christmas. Like most kids I know—they definitely do NOT need any more toys, games, etc. Columbus Zoo Wildlights(Of course, they’ll never admit that.) They have many adult relatives (with more money than I have) that cover their wish lists.  Still, I strive to be THE coolest aunt. (The women in my family are extremely competitive in this way.)

So, I decided last year to give them experiences. Basically, it goes like this: I ask each of them to come up with a list of (a) cool places in Ohio that they’d like to visit (b) fun things they like to do (i.e. ice skating, amusement parks, etc.) and (c) where they like to eat. Then we go through the list together, come up with a compromise and go! Some things get eliminated from the list if they are too expensive (my option). Some things get eliminated if they aren’t a good fit for everyone—(i.e. my nephews would never go for a day of mani/pedis and shopping … much to the chagrin of my niece and I).

This year, I think I’ve found a crowd pleaser that will make everyone happy. Actually, I found it without leaving my desk at work. It’s close-to-home. It’s inexpensive, all packaged up and ready to go. (And it helped that—as part of my job—I helped to create this fun getaway for visitors.) The official name for the package is Kids Go Free-Columbus Zoo Wildlights Getaway. The official details of the package are: (a) It can be booked online Nov. 20-Dec. 31 (b) It includes an overnight stay at a choice of Dublin (OH) hotels (c) It includes free kids passes to Wildlights at The Columbus Zoo (d) It includes a free kids meal at Bob Evans and a free junior scoop for kids from Graeter’s Ice Cream.

The unofficial reasons why I would book one of these packages? (a) The cost of the packages with hotel and Zoo tickets starts at $79 for a family of four. (Yes, you read that right.) That’s less than I would’ve spent on their combined Christmas gifts. (b) Staying at a hotel is WAY more fun than just driving to the Zoo, going out for dinner and ice cream and driving home (i.e. SLUMBER PARTY!, swimming etc.) (c) Contrary to popular belief, Dublin CVB staffers don’t get stuff for free.  But my biggest motivation is completely selfish. After I last planned one of these experiences, my 6-year-old niece gave me a hand-written thank you note that said, “Ant Mimi … you are the bast Aunt EVAR!!!!!!!!”  This year, I’m gonna top that.

-Post by Mary

I LOVE that there are plenty of cheap/free things to do right here in Central Ohio for kids of all ages.  Here are a few of my favorite Ballantrae-Splash-Padpicks … just in time for summer vacation:  

  • Family Nights at the Columbus Zoo. (4-8 p.m. Wednesdays from June 24-August 20) See the awesome animal exhibits (the North America region is always an exciting place to wander at sundown), take part in family activities at the Water’s Edge events park and more!  
  • Dive In Movies at Zoombezi Bay.  Surprise the kids with a night at the movies—viewed from atop a floating raft in the Wild Tides Wave Pool! They’ll be talking about this experience for years to come.  
  • Feed their need for speed with a visit to SportsOhio for a spin on one of the 30 Go Karts, with designs inspired by Nascar cars. Drivers must be 40” tall and driven by someone age 18+ ($5 for five minutes)—but the Rookie Track caters to ages 4-10 ($2 for three minutes). 
  • The Abbey Theater (tucked inside the Dublin Community Recreation Center), offers great children’s programming year-round. Summer family-friendly shows include “Pushcart Players” (June 25), “That 70s Cindy—Abbey Players” (July 6-10) and Madcap Puppet Theatre (Aug. 20).  Show prices range from Free–to-$7/per person.
  • Ballantrae Park Splash Pad. You’ve heard us talk about this no-cost, wet wonderland before. Put the kids in their suits, pack a picnic then let ‘em play, climb the hill near the Dancing Hares sculptures and have fun! Free!
  • Go Ahead & Play with your Food! Central Ohio is rich in factory tours (most of which are free or cheap). Discover the secret of the French Pot method of ice cream making during the self-guided tour at Graeter’s Bethel Road location (free). Watch the movie “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”—then go see the real step-by-step process of making fine chocolates during the Anthony Thomas Chocolate Factory Tour (also free). Or check out The American Whistle Factory–so your kids can see for themselves how they get the little ball inside the whistle. ($4/per person, includes whistle.)

Need more ideas? Visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau’s online Calendar of Events.

-Post by Mary

The countdown to St. Patrick’s Day is ON! Are you feelin’ the Irish Attitude yet? Then POST your favorite Irish saying, toast or Limerick on our blog.  We’ll pick the best four and send you a Buy-One-Get-One-Free coupon for Graeter’s delicious Shamrock Sundaes! (Think mint chocolate chip ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate sprinkles and green mint whipped cream.) YUM!

Our 2009 Official Dublin, Ohio Visitors Guide is (finally) under production. (Woo hoo!) We should have Slainte Thursdaysthe proof back soon to double check everything before it goes to the printer.  The guide has the distinct honor of being our most requested publication–with 45,000 copies being distributed each year.  

Since you’re among our favorite peeps, we wanted to give you a sneak peak at a little of the content … some fun “Insider Tips” known mostly only to locals.

These establishments offer some great deals (since we’re ALL about a deal in this economy), plus a little Irish attitude to go with your “green” experience.  As always, we want to know if you have uncovered a great little gem in town that we’ve overlooked. Share and share alike. (For addresses, phone numbers, etc., check out our official web site: http://www.irishisanattitude.com 

The Brazenhead 56 N. High St. Historic Dublin $3 Burger night – Wednesday 4-9 p.m.  Happy Hour: M-F 4-7 p.m. 

Digger & Finch Scottish Grille & Pub 6720 Riverside Dr.  Happy Hour M-F: 4-7 p.m. Drink specials, plus fried pickles & chicken wings

 

Dublin Village Tavern  27 S. High St. Historic Dublin. Great Happy Hour specials; Live Entertainment 8 p.m. Tues. & 7 p.m. Thurs.

 

BW-3 Buffalo Wild Wings 6595 Perimeter Loop Dr.  Wednesday Family Fun night. $1.99 kids meals. Balloon guy.

 

LaTavola 6125 Riverside Dr.  Half-price appetizer and drink specials during Happy Hour, M-R. (Not to mention the awesome patio view overlooking the quarry.) Live Jazz Quartet on Sundays.  

 

Sisters Sweetshop 45 N. High St. Free Shamrock Snack for first time, out-of-town visitors.

 

Audacious 4365 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. (Cool chick gifts. Purses, jewelry, etc.) Girls’ Night Out specials. Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.

 

Graeter’s Ice Cream Dublin  6255  Frantz Rd. The local favorite is the “Shamrock Sundae,” created at the Dublin location.

 

Sláinte Thursdays Historic Dublin. Third Thursday celebrations (during warmer months). Named for the Gaelic term for “Cheers!,” these multi-sensory grazing events include live music, pub specials, extended shop hours, etc.  

 

-Post by Mary