Bicentennial Plaza in Dublin, Georgia
Guide to Dublin
The town of Dublin, Georgia, founded in 1812, was named for its counterpart in Ireland. There are countless opportunities for outdoor recreation, and the town is "painted green" for a month-long St. Patrick’s Day Festival in February and March. The town was the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s first public speech as a young high schooler. The thriving downtown has a number of unique shops and a relaxing bed and breakfast. It features award-winning restaurants like Deano's Italian and Company Supply, and a performing arts scene at Theatre Dublin.
Things to Do
Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Park
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s impact is felt at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Park. It features a mural by Georgia artist Corey Barksdale that depicts a young girl dreaming of the social change that King embodied.
First African Baptist Church
The nearby First African Baptist Church was the site of King’s 1944 speech as a 14-year-old student. He had won an essay contest that has continued in his honor. Established in 1867, it is the oldest African American church in the city. Tours are available by appointment.
River Bend Wildlife Management Area
Connect with nature at the River Bend Wildlife Management Area, which offers primitive camping, hiking, kayaking, walking trails, hunting and fishing. It’s a great place to hear Swainson’s warblers and other waterfowl.
Market on Madison
See what the the nearby agricultural communities are producing at the Market on Madison. This farmers market offers local and organic produce, artisan foods, preserves and farm-raised eggs every Saturday from April to October. The market also has handmade crafts and original art.
Southern Pines Regional Park & Equestrian Center
The 120-acre Southern Pines Regional Park & Equestrian Center features a splash pad, expo center for animal shows and rodeos, sports fields for baseball, softball and soccer, as well as walking trails and picnic areas.
Historic Downtown Walking Tour
Learn about local history on the Downtown Dublin Walking Tour, a self-guided tour of the historic downtown. It showcases more than 70 landmarks with historic photography from the Civil War to the civil rights movement. There is an audio tour as well as printed guides available from the Dublin Visitors Center.
Theatre Dublin was built in 1934 as the Martin Movie House but was restored in 1996 as a performing arts center. It holds more than 600 people for concerts, plays, movies and other special events.
Stubbs Park was designed by famed horticulturist Prosper Julius Berckmans of Augusta in 1908. It features a pet-friendly area, picnic pavilions, a playground, swimming pool, sports courts, an amphitheater and stunning landscaping. The neighborhood surrounding it has some of the area’s best examples of Craftsman and Cape Cod architecture.
Riverview Park Golf Course
Tee off at the Riverview Park Golf Course, an 18-hole public golf course that opened in 1977. It features more than 6,000 yards of golf with a par of 72. There’s a pro shop, rentals and lessons with three sets of tees for different skill levels.
Dublin Visitors Center & Dog Park
Take a break at the Dublin Visitors Center & Dog Park, which has plenty of information on area attractions, free WiFi, picnic tables and free coffee. There’s even a dog park where your four-legged friend can roam.
Places to Stay
Lay your head at one of Dublin’s comfortable accommodations.
Page House Bed & Breakfast
The Page House Bed & Breakfast was built in 1903 as a Greek Revival home with a large ballroom. Today, the home features five spacious themed rooms and two suites with hot daily breakfast.
Set on 30 acres of countryside outside of town, Dublin Farm features cozy rooms inside the bed and breakfast, an outdoor pool, lounge area and a restaurant. Each guest suites features luxurious bedding, flat-screen televisions and private baths. The farm is also equipped with free WiFi.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Travelers will enjoy the amenities at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, which has both comfort and value. Amenities include free WiFi, a pool, 24-hour fitness center, free daily breakfast, and thoughtfully designed guest rooms and suites.
Hampton Inn & Suites
The state-of-the-art Hampton Inn & Suites features plenty of outlets to charge devices, areas to socialize with fellow guests, strong WiFi and a pool area. There’s also free hot breakfast daily, an indoor fitness center, business center and convenient location in town.
Holiday Inn Express
Right off the highway, the Holiday Inn Express is conveniently located near major corporations, has high-speed Internet, a free 24-hour business center, and easy access to downtown Dublin’s shops and restaurants.
Where to Eat
Chow down at one of Dublin’s many great restaurants.
The menu at Company Supply takes its inspiration from the farms of the South. Favorite dishes include black eyed pea hummus, fresh oysters and rotisserie grilled chicken. Set in a 100-year-old dry goods store, the restaurant also has an extensive list of Georgia-brewed beers.
Named one of the country’s best pizzerias, Deano's Italian features wood-fired pizzas, shrimp and grits, burgers and Italian-inspired entrees. Their pasta and sauces are made fresh in house daily. And their Bruni pizza was named one of Georgia's 100 Plates Locals Love.
For the classic steakhouse experience set in a historic farmhouse, look no further than Tumpie's Steakhouse. The menu features prime rib, porterhouse, filet, ribeye and all your favorite cuts of steak. There is also seafood, burgers, pork chops and all the sides. And don’t forget dessert!
Ristorante da Maria
Located at Dublin Farm, Ristorante da Maria is a local favorite, bringing a taste of Tuscany to Georgia every weekend. The restaurant is known for its five-course menus, including creamy risottos and classic lasagnas. Reservations are required.
Family-owned and -operated for more than 30 years, Lou Ann's is a local institution. They serve Dublin’s best breakfast, including their famous homemade cathead buttermilk biscuits, served with eggs and country ham or a side of apple butter. They also serve lunch, including casseroles, greens and country fried steak.
Miller's Soul Food
For Dublin’s best soul food, visit Miller's Soul Food. This restaurant serves Southern favorites like fried chicken, fried fish, oxtails, and other meat-and-three options. Pair with collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and black eyed peas.
Located in Dublin’s historic skyscraper, Landmark Café serves fresh salads and sandwiches, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options made daily. The Power Spinach Salad and the Roast Beef Sandwich are among the favorites, as are the Surprise Brownies.
Peter's Café offers a taste of home in nearby Dudley. Owned by a native of Sicily, this humble cafe has authentic Italian fare like hand-rolled manicotti, crispy calamari, pizza and hoagies. Their garlic knots, topped with Parmesan cheese and warm garlic butter, are also a favorite.
The welcoming Hometown Grill has a menu that is sure to please, including baked chicken, meatloaf, hamburger steak and the Hometown Grill Burger. No matter what you order, be sure to save room for peach cobbler.
The authentic Mexican fare at La Joya will make your taste buds rejoice. The restaurant features homemade tacos, quesadillas, tortas and meat options, including carnitas, beef, shrimp, tilapia and tripe. Ask owner Yadira for suggestions, and save room for churros and flan.
There's no shortage of festivities in Dublin year-round.
St. Patrick's Festival
The biggest celebration in Dublin is the St. Patrick's Festival, a month-long affair that honors the town’s Irish connection. Made up of 40 events, there’s a barbecue championship, parade, arts and crafts festival, and a road race.
During the fall in nearby Montrose, Haunted Montrose transforms the small town into America’s best haunted attraction, made up of an old house, cemetery and cornfield.
DubJam is a free public music festival held over three days every August. Talent is found from throughout the state to perform in historic Stubbs Park. The event is open to all ages and covers multiple genres.
Start your holiday season with the Yuletide Glow. Stubbs Park is lit up with holiday lights. This fun, free event is open to all ages.