Plan an Amazing Day in Dublin, California
Dublin, California, is a city on the rise. This thriving community is known as the “Crossroads of the Bay Area.” Many stay here because of its location and easy access to transit. Two major highways intersect here, Interstate 580 and 680, allowing visitors to pop over to exciting nearby attractions. However, Dublin’s not just a place to take off from. It’s a fun, family-friendly getaway.
This sophisticated yet casual hub has an abundance of shopping, restaurants and more. In fact, more than 2100 businesses can be found in the city. It’s home to exciting and innovative tech and medical companies, putting it at the cutting edge of modern life. Yet, it still pays homage to its past.
Dublin is an all-American city with international roots, and it’s dedicated to preserving its fascinating heritage. Dublin is smack dab in the heart of Mount Diablo’s three valley region known as the Tri-Valley. It’s history as a crossroad started 200 years ago when travelers would make a pit-stop the Alamilla Spring.
It was originally settled by a Mexican soldier who’d been granted the land for his years of service in 1835. But in 1850, a trio of Irish teenagers made their cross-country trek to California and purchased 1000 acres for new homesteads. The village continued for more than 100 years before being incorporated as the city of Dublin in 1982. The area has never forgotten its Emerald Isle heritage.
Things to Do With Your Family in Dublin
Dublin is only 35 minutes from the world-class attractions, food and culture found in thrilling San Francisco. However, don’t be in a hurry to leave this vibrant city. There are a ton of sights to see and things do right here in Dublin and the Tri-Valley area.
Get into nature at one of Dublin’s 18 city parks or nearby trails. However, you won’t want to miss diving into Dublin’s rich history at their preserved historical sites, such as:
- Dublin Heritage Park and Museums: Dublin is proud of its past. Built on the back of Irish settlers, see how the city got its start at the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums. The 10-acre park includes places where you can picnic with your family and historical buildings. There’s the Murray Schoolhouse built in 1856 or St. Raymond’s Church, where members of the Donner Party Expedition are buried.
- The Wave: Dublin’s own 31,000 square-foot aquatics facility, The Wave, has both indoor and outdoor pools, a waterslide tower and tons of fun water play in the splash zone.
- Dublin Hills Regional Park: See nature beautiful and untouched at Dublin Hills Regional Park, which gives visitors to the East Bay glimpse of what the area looked like before being developed. Your family will enjoy beautiful views as you hike, bike or ride horseback through the hills.
- Iron Horse Trail: Once a portion of the track for the Southern Pacific Railway, the Iron Horse Trail is a converted multi-use path that allows pedestrians, equestrians and bicyclists to explore some of the most beautiful scenery in the East Bay Area. Once completed, it will span 40 miles from Livermore through Dublin and into northern Contra Costa County.
- Livermore County Wine Country: See and experience California’s oldest wine country. Be sure to visit the tasting rooms of some of the 50 local wineries, attend a wine festival or take a tour of this beautiful region.
- Mount Diablo State Park: If you travel about 20 miles north of Dublin, you can enjoy the natural wonder of Mount Diablo State Park. Hike the trails and get a bird’s eye view of the Tri-Valley cities and beyond from the Summit Museum.
Hotels in Dublin
Dublin and the Tri-Valley region can’t be experienced in a day, so be sure to take up lodging at one of the local hotels. They’re comfortable, have great amenities and offer easy access to the exciting attractions in the East Bay region. Plus, you’ll feel comfortable and safe out of the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Popular hotels in the area include:
- Holiday Inn Dublin-Pleasanton Hotel
- La Quinta Inn & Suites Dublin-Pleasanton
- Hyatt Place Dublin/Pleasanton
- Pleasanton Marriott
Where to Dine in Dublin
Well-known American favorites and outstanding international dining characterize the flavor of Dublin cuisine. Sample incredible global fare, from Afghani to Vietnamese, or try a bit of something at a local Irish pub. The restaurant scene in Dublin is not to be missed.
- Caps and Taps: Dubliners know good beer. The brothers who founded Caps and Taps wanted to open their bottle shop and tap room in a place where people appreciate fine brews and a relaxed atmosphere. They sell an extensive selection of craft brews produced both locally and beyond. They don’t sell food, but you’re welcome to bring your own grub to eat as you enjoy a refreshing beverage. Simply put, this is the place where beer-lovers gather.
- Red Tractor Café: If you’re looking for delicious, traditional American fare, look no further than Red Tractor Cafe. Its old school home cooking with all the fixins includes hardy sandwiches like meatloaf and BLTs, tasty sides including garlic mashed potatoes and gravy and oh so yummy Signature Farmhouse Platters. You can even get party platters for your family gatherings or other catered events. Don’t miss this Dublin local’s favorite.
- Yalla Mediterranean: Yalla Mediterranean has redefined the concept of healthy food for the 21st century. Not only do we serve the freshest fare that’s both locally sourced and farm-to-table, but we also cater to all our patrons’ specific dietary needs. Whether you’re vegetarian, gluten-free or vegan, you’ll find hardy and tasty meals to suit any taste.
Patrons in Dublin like our eco-friendly business habits. They also love the rich Mediterranean flavors served up fresh every day. Be sure to try the Beet & Pear Salad or our famous house-made Greek frozen yogurt topped with chopped Baklava.
Order your food online or get it delivered straight to your hotel room via DoorDash. Yalla is the healthiest takeout around.
Dublin’s Annual Events
If you’re here during the greenest day of the year, don’t miss Dublin’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The town turns Irish and celebrates with a parade, live bands and even a 5K run.
As summer comes to a close, Dublin sends it off with a bang. Splatter is an end of summer event that celebrates the arts, wine and incredible family fun.
To celebrate Dublin’s rural heritage, the Harvest Fair every October gives families a day of old-fashioned fun, which includes:
- Harvest activities
- Butter churning
- Tractor-drawn wagon rides
- And more
No matter what time of year you decide to visit Dublin, Yalla Mediterranean is open. Visit us for a healthy, fulfilling meal during your trip.