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Visit Dublin, Georgia

by JonPharr

Nestled in the heart of the state, Dublin, Georgia, is a vibrant city that masterfully weaves together the charm of its past, the allure of its present, and the vision of its future—all driven by the good people that call it home. Hinting at an Irish namesake, one envisions leaping leprechauns and pubs on each corner. While a kiss of green still flourishes, the Dublin of today is voraciously embracing its Southern roots. It has evolved into a community of faces and places, motivated by moments and made by memories.

On a visit, become a student of history walking in the steps of Martin Luther King, Jr., as his words spoken in Dublin as a child, made way for a rise to greatness. Located at the gateway to Downtown Dublin and across the street from the First African Baptist Church, Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Park features art and an audio box retelling civil rights stories to inspire people of all ages to consider how they can effect social change.

Stroll the sidewalks of the revitalized downtown on a self-guided Downtown Dublin Walking Tour that includes a dynamic look at more than 70 historic landmarks, sites, and buildings in Dublin’s city center. Frame by frame, looking back through a collection of historic photography of each location, this tour gives visitors an in-depth look at the history and culture that shaped the history and architecture in Dublin.

Food is the way into hearts, and Dublin’s culinary scene will win you over! Beloved Dublin institution Lou Ann’s serves up mouthwatering Southern breakfast food with a dash of homemade goodness. Cozy up to the counter at Jack’s Hamburgers and Minute Grill to be transported back to when sodas, burgers, and fries made everything ok. Are you searching for the ultimate down home Southern soul food experience? You’ll find what you’re looking for at Miller’s Soul Food. A Dublin origination in comfort food, Miller’s Soul Food serves up the best fried chicken around, fresh fried fish, and oxtails that are slap your mama good. Company Supply incorporates dashes of influence from Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, and a little Mississippi fusing the perfect Southern twist to favorite traditional dishes. One slice of wood-fired pizza, and you’ll know why Deano’s Italian is nationally acclaimed and a favorite dining destination in Downtown Dublin, GA. Seaside flavors stack the plates at Saltwater Fishery and shake the sand out of your hair on The Flybridge, a rooftop bar where the stars shine as bright as the Dublin skyline.

Throughout the year, Dublin is home to events that celebrate what makes Dublin unique and bring together locals and visitors of all ages.

A nod to its Dublin namesake, for half-century St. Patrick’s Festival has grown into a super-sized tradition that includes weeks of fun across forty craic events. Let the good times roll during the Bon Temps Crawfish Festival, a street party with 2,000 pounds of fresh crawfish, live music, amusement rides, and an array of food trucks each May. The jubilant Taste of Juneteenth Festival is a weekend-long celebration featuring a parade, live music, food, and art in June. At Christmastime, Jingle & Mingle includes a community-wide Christmas tree lighting ceremony or twirl into lands far away with Dublin Nutcracker at the historic Theatre Dublin. No matter the season, there’s something special going on in Dublin!

There’s so much to love about small towns – historic architecture pleasantly preserved on downtown streets, neighborhood restaurants that know you by name, and rich history told by the ones that were there to witness it. The best of small-town America is right here in Dublin, Georgia.•


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