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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted.  ~Tonya, Dexter and Angel Nutter

Dexter the Dog and I were looking for a walkable dog-friendly trip and decided to visit Dublin, Ohio. Dog-friendly travels are always better with friends, so we invited Levi the Dog and his mom, Chris.

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We started our day in Dublin with a stroll at one of Dublin’s breathtaking waterfalls, Indian Run Falls. Dexter and I are always attracted to water and water features. I was very pleased that we had easy access to view the waterfalls. It was just a short stroll from our car to the many observation platforms and bridge.

Dexter was feeling exceptionally spry, so we took the rugged path down to the water and the actual falls area. Dexter and Levi both delighted in walking the rocks, drinking the pristine water, and appreciated some pets from other guests enjoying the park. The cool water was a perfect way to get relief from the hot and humid weather we were experiencing.

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Indian Run Falls

After our great outdoor adventure, we hopped in the car and drove ½ mile to Historic Dublin. Parking was a breeze in the free Town Center Lot. There were plenty of parking spots available, and it was right in town and centrally located. We walked around town window shopping, talking with the locals, and taking lots of fun photos. Everyone we ran into was very nice, social, and loved saying hello to Dexter and Levi.

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Historic Dublin, Ohio

We walked to La Chatelaine and asked if the dogs were allowed on their outside patio. We were given the green light. La Chatelaine serves fresh salads, soups, sandwiches, and fresh pastries. This French bistro and bakery has a very warm atmosphere and the staff were very pleasant and sociable. The food, that was amazing! I ordered a classic spinach and artichoke bistro sandwich. I had to order a slice of their La Chatelaine chocolate cake, too. Oh, it was so rich and velvety smooth. Just what my chocolate obsession needed.

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After lunch, we walked to the Dublin Springs Park. This unique park is located along the river under the Bridge St. Bridge. It offered great views and a nice little gazebo, perfect for a packed lunch or just to watch the river. With the great walkable riverfront access, this park would be a great spot for fishing, something I will have to share with my stepdad.

After working off our lunch, an ice cream treat was in order. We walked back up to Johnson’s Real Ice Cream for both puppy ice cream snacks and human snacks. This Irish Approved business makes a special ice cream just for dogs. The nice ice cream barista explained that the ice cream is lower in calories and fat for the dogs. Me, I went for their popular salty caramel chocolate pretzel in a sugar cone. Yes, this was my second dessert for the day. I loved every caramelly and gooey lick. No regrets.

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Doggy Ice Cream

With full bellies, we decided to jump into the car and view some of Dublin’s public art sculptures. The program began in 1988 and has over 70 sculptural elements and collections both large and small throughout the city of Dublin. The Dublin Arts Council’s Dublin Art in Public Places program is a wonderful way to enjoy the city. If you prefer to make it a walking tour, head to Coffman Park where you can see a variety of sculptures.

We ran the boys all around Dublin and found great sculptures and learned a lot about the town in the process. Our favorites were the Field of Corn, Chief Leatherlips monument, Kiwanis Frog Jump statue, Giant Dancing Rabbits and Splash Pad, Watch House, and the Dublin Tunnel Mural.

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Dog-Friendly Attractions in Dublin, Ohio

After a fun, but tiring day, it was time to head to our pet-friendly Dublin, Ohio hotel. We were staying close to the historic Dublin at Home2 Suites Dublin. Home2 Suites Dublin isn’t just dog-friendly, but welcomed us with open arms. The dogs were allowed to be with us throughout the hotel, and outside on their two outdoor patio areas. They also had a HUGE grassy, well-lit pet area right in front of the hotel, making potty breaks very safe.

The contemporary King one bedroom suite had more than ample space for the four of us, including a large workstation and table that pulled out. The full-sized sofa bed was very comfortable as was the luxurious bed. The kitchen area had a large refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, flatware, microwavable cookware, coffeemaker, and toaster.

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After we unpacked for the night, it was time to order some dinner. Since we were going for the Dublin feel without leaving Ohio, we placed an order with the Dublin Village Tavern. The Dublin Village Tavern is a Dublin staple. Since opening in 2000, they quickly became the spot for locals and visitors alike. Dublin Village Tavern is known for their Irish-inspired menu, you can enjoy savory dishes such as the Irish Kettle Dinner, Irish Egg Rolls, and Irish Sliders.

Chris ordered their award-winning Irish Egg Rolls that were filled with corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese served with a side of 1000 Island. She also went for the Irish Sliders which were a blend of fresh ground banger sausage and ground beef topped with Irish Cheddar, Irish Rashers, and red onion. Served with Irish Country Relish on the side. I’m a burger gal, so I ordered the Guinness BBQ Burger topped with cheese, bacon, and the house BBQ sauce.

Good, doesn’t begin to describe the food. Mouthwatering and very unique. The Guinness burger was one of the best cheeseburgers I’ve ever had. It was cooked perfectly and had a great flavor, and their sauce was amazing. But, I thought it would be a good idea to make the day a three-dessert day, so I also ordered their Triple Irish. A warm triple-chocolate brownie with Guinness-whiskey caramel and Baileys whipped cream. Yes. It was as good as it sounds.

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Irish Restaurants in Dublin, Ohio

After eating all this great food, you would think I would hit Home2 Suites Spin2 Cycle, to run on the treadmill, but instead I hit the bed to relax in my king-sized Serta Suite Dreams® bed with microfiber sheets.

In the morning, the dessert guilt was kicking in, so I decided to be a little more health conscious at breakfast. Luckily, Home2 Suites offers a free Inspired Table™ with both healthy and delicious options. I choose hot porridge with an assortment of fruits and nuts. I even had an egg, ham, and cheese frittata which was a bit out of my wheelhouse, but it tasted great!

After we checked out of our dog-friendly Dublin hotel, we headed to Nando’s Dog Park. This dog park in Dublin was named for Nando, the City’s first Police Canine. Nando served the City with dedication and spirit, both as a four-legged officer and as a liaison to Dublin children.

The off-leash dog park offers small and large dog areas for dogs to run, play, and mingle. There are benches in both the large and small dog areas and covered picnic tables in the large area. I would imagine a lot of locals and visiting dogs love the opportunity to run and play.

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Nando’s Dog Park in Dublin, Ohio

Our last stop was to Ha’Penny Bridge Imports of Ireland. This Irish Approved business is located in a Historic Dublin house and offers a wide selection of authentic Irish and Celtic merchandise. Dexter and Levi were welcomed inside since they are so well-behaved and did not disrupt the merchandise. It was a real treat speaking with the owner and learning they were celebrating their 35th year in business. The store had an amazing assortment of jewelry, clothing, gifts, kilts, art, and Ireland travel information. It was the perfect last stop on our Dublin, Ohio visit.

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We really enjoyed our trip to Dublin, Ohio. Dublin offers a variety of unique attractions, sculptures, parks, dog-friendly restaurants, and quite an Irish attitude. We are already talking about our next Dublin adventure because there were so many things we wanted to do but just ran out of time. Dublin is a must-do and a do-over!

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66 thoughts on “Dog-Friendly Dublin, Ohio Day Trip. Dog-Friendly Ohio Vacations and Day Trips. Bonus Video

  1. Awww… Your dog is just so cute! It’s a good thing there are a lot of dog-friendly spots in your place. My pug and I only get to stroll in the park. 🙁

  2. It looks like Dublin is a very pet friendly destination. I don’t have a dog but I can imagine that some places are very strict for people who prefer to travel with their pets. Great that Dublin is the opposite.

  3. How sweet! It’s always nice when you can find dog friendly places. I don’t have dogs though, only cats, and they wouldn’t be pleased to be taken out.

  4. Your dogs are so cute I have always loved the King Charles Cocker Spaniel breed. I have never been to Ohio but now that I know is dog-friendly I am getting inspired as I could bring my Bella with me.

  5. Wow..What a cute cute dogs you have. Its really a dog-friendly spot. I am jealous of you. I had a cat. I also want a dog like yours.

  6. The dogs are just so beautiful; for a fact, I would also tag them along for my trips if I had such pets. You’ve got them all trained and they enjoy so much…this is so sweet. The falls would be my favorite spot too.

  7. I’ve been hearing a lot recently about Dublin, Ohio, and now I see several reasons why. Dexter is adorable, and I’m glad he had such a good time exploring. Doggy ice cream–great idea!

  8. Omg your dogs are absolutely adorable! It looks like the had the best time in Ohio! Dublin looks super dog friendly!

  9. Your dogs are so cute! It’s amazing to be able to take your pets with you when you travel. I sometimes take my cat to work but I would never take him while i travel ahah

  10. That’s so cool all the different places you can take your dog too. It would be nice to take my dog with me to more cultural places like this. This is very cool.

  11. I love this! We’re only a few hours away, and it’s nice to know places to take the youngest (and furriest) member of our family!

  12. This town really takes its connection to Ireland very seriously. The field of corn is hilarious. And your dog is so freaking cute. I love the bow tie.

  13. This really makes me happy to know there are places that are dog friendly or pet friendly. I really appreciate you doing this and letting your readers know this, especially us, pet lovers 🙂

  14. wowww.. these dogs are so lucky for having a vacation! lol
    my dogs are just happy everytime we went out even if we’re just only going to the backyard of my neighborhood. lol

  15. Dexter and Levi are so adorable and I am sure it must break your heart if you cannot take them along on a trip.It is so good that there are places in Ohio and Dublin that allow our furry friends full access.

  16. Awe they are so cute. So glad there are so many dog-friendly options available to you. We live in a much more rural area and not nearly so dog-friendly.

  17. Your dogs remind me of my dog. We lost her years and years ago, but everytime I see a cocker spaniel, I always think about her.

  18. Oh how lovely you could travel with your pets! The whole trip and the wonderful hotel. I wish I could take my cat everywhere, but not sure about my cat liking it:)

  19. OMG, this is so adorable. I never knew that Dublin, Ohio was so dog-friendly. How amazing is that? We have two and we travel often so, I will have to check them out!

  20. Oh these babies looks adorable! Glad there are many dog-friendly vacations in Dublin. These little furry babies are considered customers afterall.

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