Dublin is less than an hour away from downtown Oakland as well as downtown San Francisco. There are many things to see and do in Dublin in addition to their renowned annual Saint Patrick’s Day Festival which goes on for days and includes a fun run, pancake breakfast, and a parade. Learn about the area’s rich history at Dublin Heritage Park & Museums, take in its natural beauty at Dublin Hills Regional Park, or spend time having some family-friendly fun at places like Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl or Dublin Iceland. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Iron Horse Trail
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The Iron Horse Trail is a disused railway track that has been converted to a rail trail through California’s East Bay Area. It mostly follows what was once the route of the Southern Pacific Railway and will give you the chance to see some stunning views of Contra Costa counties and inland central Alameda. Walking, biking, and horse riding is allowed on the trail, making it a great multi-use space that the entire family can enjoy. Be on the lookout for some historic aspects along the way such as the converted railroad bridge which crosses over Walnut Creek.
2.Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl
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Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl is where you want to be for a fun night out with the family. The recreational center has forty championship lanes and state-of-the-art scoring system, making it just right for serious bowlers as well as those just there for a good time. Snack while you play with their full-service snack bar and full-service bar. Afterwards, head to their designated Lotto area or their spacious lounge, which has a big screen television making it a perfect place to watch sporting events. If you’re in Dublin for a while, you may want to consider joining their bowling league - they have several leagues for people of all ages.
6750 Regional Street, Dublin, CA 94568, Phone: 925-828-7550
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3.Dublin Heritage Park & Museums
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A visit to the Dublin Heritage Park & Museums will be a fun and educational experience for the entire family. You’ll be able to go back in time at the ten-acre park which comprises lawns and picnic areas, the Dublin Pioneer Cemetery, and several historic buildings. Some of the buildings you’ll come across during your adventure there are the historic house museum, Kolb House, and an 1856 Murray Schoolhouse which houses a permanent exhibit of Dublin’s history. Other aspects also include the Kolb Sunday School Bar and an 1859 St. Raymond Church. There’s tons of events and hands-on activities you can participate in while you’re there such as milking their model cow, doing laundry on a washboard like they did then, and hand churning butter.
6600 Donlon Way, Dublin, CA 94568, Phone: 925-452-2100
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4.Rockin' Jump - The Ultimate Trampoline Park
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A great place for kids and adults alike, the Rockin’ Jump is Dublin’s ultimate trampoline park. They combine the necessity of exercise with lots of fun, allowing you to skip the treadmill and stair climbers for large, bouncy spaces. You can jump into pits of soft foam cubes, soar in their open jump arenas, do somersaults and flips, or play a game of trampoline dodgeball which is guaranteed to be 100 times more fun than regular dodgeball. There’s tons of special activities and events host at Rockin’ Jump throughout the year such as Neon Jump Nights every Friday and Rockin’ Tots, where the entire space is dedicated to little ones for an exciting and safe visit.
5875 Arnold Road, #100, Dublin, CA 94568, Phone: 925-828-7676
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5.Dublin Ranch Golf Course, Dublin, California
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The first and only golf course in Dublin, the Dublin Ranch Golf Course has a Robert Trent Jones Jr. par 63 layout. Boasting of eleven unique par 3’s, five solid par 4’s, and two demanding par 5’s, golfers of all age and skill level are sure to have a good time. As you play, you’ll come across gorgeous rolling hills and valleys that are sure to take your breath away on the smooth and fast greens. The exclusive private club also includes a shaded patio, the Hilltop Cafe, the Hilltop Restaurant and Bar, and an expansive foyer which leads into the grand adjoining ballroom.
5900 Signal Hill Drive, Dublin, CA 94568, Phone: 925-556-7040
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6.Dublin Hills Regional Park
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Spanning around 654 acres, Dublin Hills Regional Park is an undeveloped space that give you an authentic outdoor experience while in Dublin, California. The park’s trails have clear access while also including a segment of the Calaveras Ridge Regional Trail. You can go hiking, biking, or horseback riding at the park, each of which will provide you with the opportunity to see amazing panoramic views of the surroundings. You will go across large expanses of open grasslands, dense coastal areas, woodlands, minor valleys, creeks and other bodies of water. There’s an interesting array of flora and fauna which you may come across including California horned lark, northern harrier, coyotes, Pacific tree frogs, and much more.
Intersection of Dublin Boulevard and Marshall Canyon Drive, Phone: 510-544-3030
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7.Dublin Iceland, Dublin, California
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Dublin Iceland was established in 1975 when the people of the community were looking for more family-oriented activities. It was started by the East Bay Iceland Corporation and offers several public sessions and skating classes to its patrons to this day. It’s a great activity for visitors of all ages and abilities; younger ones love participating in the skating school. You can build your skills with their array of figure skating classes, broomball games, or competitive ice hockey games. Dublin Iceland’s Camp Freeze and Junior Camp Freeze is a recreational camp that is available every summer for kids between the ages of five and eleven; during their time at the camp they will learn fundamentals, simple choreography, play games, and even learn about the workings of a Zamboni Ice Resurfacing machine.
7212 San Ramon Road, Dublin, CA 94568, Phone: 925-829-4444
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8.Denica's Real Food Kitchen, Dublin, CA
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Owned and operated by husband and wife team, James and Denica Freitas, Denica’s Real Food Kitchen was established from her dream to have a place where friends, family, and foodies can come together and enjoy delicious homemade cooking. The restaurant has a warm, casual atmosphere that will make you feel welcome from the minute you walk in. You’ll love dining at Denica’s knowing that their dishes use natural, local, and organic products whenever possible. Feast on items from the menu such as the chorizo and egg burrito, Bella’s berry waffles topped with fresh strawberries and real whipped cream, and lucky boy crepes filled with bananas, strawberries, and Nutella.
6058 Dougherty Road, Dublin, CA 94568, Phone: 925-829-6200
9.Amakara, Dublin, CA
Amakara is a wonderful restaurant in Dublin which is renowned for their contemporary Japanese cuisine. They opened in 2008 with an aim to serve local and visiting customers with common favorites made tremendously better with a unique flair. Start your meal with salad, tempura, or raw & carpaccio appetizers, and move on to your choice of sushi rolls, sashimi, nigiri, hosomaki, or an entree of noodles or rice. Some of the dishes that have proven to be popular with their diners include the beef teriyaki and rice, salmon shioyaki, chasu ramen in pork broth, tempura asparagus rolls, and the red dragon roll which is filled with spicy tuna and tempura shrimp.
7568 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568, Phone: 925-803-8485
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10.Pacific Catch, Dublin, California
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Pacific Catch is a casual eatery and sports bar that known for their delicious dishes with flavors inspired by the Pacific Rim. The modern and comfortable Westcoast Fish House creates a dining experience which combines the laid-back lifestyle California is known for with immaculate fine dining. The menu explores several ingredients and preparation styles which can be found throughout the Pacific; their lunch and dinner menu highlights several seasonal offerings such as salmon chowder, smoked salmon wasabi dip, firecracker shrimp sushi rolls, Korean BBQ bowls, west coast lobster roll with tarragon dill, and poke chirashi with salmon avocado, original ahi, and soy-wasabi sauce.
5251 Martinelli Way, Dublin, CA 94568, Phone: 925-999-8053
10 Best Things to Do in Dublin, California
- Iron Horse Trail, Photo: Courtesy of Alessandro - Fotolia.com
- Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl, Photo: Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl
- Dublin Heritage Park & Museums, Photo: Dublin Heritage Park & Museums
- Rockin' Jump - The Ultimate Trampoline Park, Photo: Courtesy of Jivchik - Fotolia.com
- Dublin Ranch Golf Course, Dublin, California, Photo: Courtesy of simonefiorino - Fotolia.com
- Dublin Hills Regional Park, Photo: Courtesy of Yuval Helfman - Fotolia.com
- Dublin Iceland, Dublin, California, Photo: Courtesy of hedgehog94 - Fotolia.com
- Denica's Real Food Kitchen, Dublin, CA, Photo: Denica's Real Food Kitchen
- Amakara, Dublin, CA, Photo: Amakara
- Pacific Catch, Dublin, California, Photo: Pacific Catch
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