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Staycations: How to get down in Dublin

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You may overlook Dublin, Ohio as a destination to explore if you’re not a golfer or a country club socialite, but we promise there is much more to Ohio’s Emerald City than golf polos, soccer moms, and roundabouts (be careful, they’re everywhere up there). Take our advice, Dublin is becoming one of Central Ohio’s best destinations for food, entertainment, and late night shenanigans. In addition, countless parks, outdoor events, and sightseeing opportunities give this enormous Columbus suburb its own personality worthy of your time this summer.

Head into Old Dublin on a sunny day to walk beneath the trees as you head towards the  waterfalls at Indian Run Falls. You’ll find these peaceful and secluded walking paths provide more than enough separation from the busyness and noise of campus. After enjoying your stroll, stop by Dublin’s Jeni’s ice cream location which is just a quick walk from the falls, or grab a table at Mr. Sushi for fresh seafood and a great happy hour. Sushi not your style? Not a problem. Old Dublin has other favorites all within walking distance like Harvest Pizzeria.

If you’re in the mood for something more upscale, head across the river to Dublin’s newest dining, retail, and residential location known as the Bridge Street District. This “urbanburb” has transformed a former driving range into a haven for our generation. Growing every week with new stores and places to eat, Bridge Street has already become the perfect place to spend an evening in Dublin.

Head over to Cap City Diner, a brand new location for one the best of Cameron Mitchell’s dining experiences. Keep the classy vibe going with cocktails at the AC Lounge, the swanky new hotel bar located on the ground floor, or head on up to VASO, a rooftop bar that sits eight stories up and overlooks the entire district. Of course it’ll be hard to ignore all of the noise and fun you hear from the new PiNS Mechanical Bar and it’s just a short walk away.

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If this all sounds a tad too expensive, have no fear, food trucks regularly rotate through the district every weekend. If you’re lucky you may be graced with the Cousins Maine Lobster truck for lobster rolls that may put you in a food coma on the spot. We can assure you that all food served from a truck after 1AM tastes like pure bliss.

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If you decide to venture deeper into the city, Napa Kitchen + Bar is a quiet and authentic Italian restaurant that might cost you your whole budget but promises to serve you a meal you won’t forget. Just off of the highway, Flannagan’s remains one of Dublin’s favorite places to drink and listen to live music.

Flannagan’s

As with any city, there’s much more than the food that makes it worth visiting. We’ll assume that if you’re into golf you already know your way around the country clubs and won’t waste our time recommending places to play. While it may not come to mind as top place to visit, the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium has been an excellent place to spend the day with family and friends. Winning countless awards over the years, Columbus’ zoo is an easy thing for us to take for granted if we have grown up going as kids, but if you haven’t been recently or have never been then we advise you bump this up to the top of your to-do list this summer.

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Travel to NYC for under $30? Flixbus bringing service to Columbus

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A new service launching in Columbus wants to get you to destinations such as Pittsburgh and New York City at a fraction of the cost of traveling by air.

FlixBus will begin offering a route connecting Columbus and New York City, with stops in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, on March 5. The cost to travel from Columbus to NYC will be around $29.99, and just $9.99 will get you to Pittsburgh.

Aside from its low prices, FlixBus sets itself apart with amenities such as free on-board wifi, power outlets at every seat, free on-board entertainment through an app, and free carry-on and checked luggage.

For information on FlixBus' rates, routes and more, check out their website.

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2 new cheetah cubs are “huge accomplishment” for Columbus Zoo

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In a groundbreaking scientific breakthrough, two cheetah cubs have been born through in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer into a surrogate mother at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

While the cubs’ biological mother is Kibibi, the cubs—one male, one female—were delivered on Wednesday, February 19 by Isabelle (Izzy).

Izzy, a first-time mom, has been providing great care to her cubs at this time, reported the Columbus Zoo in a release.

“These two cubs may be tiny but they represent a huge accomplishment, with expert biologists and zoologists working together to create this scientific marvel,” said Dr. Randy Junge, the Columbus Zoo’s Vice President of Animal Health. “This achievement expands scientific knowledge of cheetah reproduction, and may become an important part of the species’ population management in the future.”

According to the release, attempts to artificially inseminate cheetahs often have not been successful, with the last one occurring in 2003. The achievement at the Columbus Zoo brings the potential to help ensure the survival of cheetahs in their native range.

“I am very proud of the team for this accomplishment,” said Jason Ahistus, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Carnivore Curator. “It gives the cheetah conservation community another tool to use in cheetah management, both in situ and ex situ. It really opens the door to many new opportunities that can help the global cheetah population. This is a big win for the cheetah.”

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New comedy club bringing laughs downtown this summer

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Started as a small improv group around the fall of 2012, Hashtag Comedy Co. has since grown into a full-fledged improv comedy company offering shows, classes, and training to comedy fans in Central Ohio. 

Now, Hashtag has announced a new downtown headquarters to help keep the laughs coming. Opening Summer 2020 at 346 E Long St. at the corner of Long and Grant in downtown Columbus, the venue will focus on improv comedy but also provide audiences with standup, sketch, and variety shows.

“Opening a space for people to be creative and showcase their comedy has been a dream of ours for nearly our entire time together,” Sarah J Storer, founding member, co-owner and Artistic Director at The Hashtag Comedy Company says on their website. “When this opportunity came to us to open a venue in the heart of the city we love, we knew it was the right time and place to make it happen.”

The venue will hold 45-55 patrons on most nights, but can open to accommodate up to 90 for specialty shows and engagements. Stocked with a bar in the theater space and right next door to gourmet to-go kitchen Cluster Truck, patrons will be able to enjoy a great meal and a drink while taking in a show. Classes and corporate workshops will occupy the space during weekends and non-show nights as well as working hours during the day. 

To learn more about how you can get involved with The Hashtag Comedy Company, visit hashtagcomedy.com

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