Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus

(4.7/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
Built in 1895, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens features exotic plants, exhibitions, and work by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The conservatory houses more than 400 species of plants grouped by biome, such as Himalayan Mountains, Tropical Rainforest, Desert, Succulent Patio, and Bonsai Courtyard. The Palm House features 43 species of palm trees from around the world, many of which are either endangered or threatened. One of the original trees in the Palm House, the Ficus lyrata, or Fiddle-leaf Fig, is a highlight. The conservatory and gardens were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Take a look at our Columbus vacation generator to schedule your visit to Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The Conservatory does a butterfly exhibit to is really nice. The butterflies land on you and it is a nice experience. The different kinds and colors on these insects is amazing! They also have a lot o...  more »
  • The conservatory has an impressive collection of plants divided into various climate zones. Woven into these displays are an impressive collection of blown glass pieces. There is usually a special sho...  more »
  • The Conservatory remains a great in-town day trip. It's location is convenient. The cost is tolerable. Research the date when the butterflies are released and have a once in a life experience. 
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  • What a wonderful place for children and adults. The grounds are beautiful with many interesting structures and plants. My grandson and I explored it for over an hour before we went into the Conservatory. The conservatory has a butterfly wing, tropical, rain forest, desert and children's hands on areas. Through out the conservatory were origami structures. I want to go back. Every month there are new activities. It is worth more than one visit.
  • A gorgeous place. I have a membership and it's so worth it. They change up their art exhibit frequently and the plants are seasonal too. I would recommend a membership as it pays for its self in a few trips.
  • Great place to spend a day. The best part of this botanical garden is the way they have organized the different geographical areas. Himalayan , Tropical and desert areas are good. Butterfly section is good. There are a lot of exotic plants everywhere inside the conservatory. Then there is a vegetable and fruit garden outside the conservatory for those who never saw tomatoes or kale growing. The play area for kids is one of the best i have seen . There are nice walking areas you can have nice strolls on
  • Plenty to do here! Not just butterflies. I attended one of the cooking classes and had a lot of fun. The glass blowing demonstrations they have is very educational and the kids like to see how it's done
  • Excellent local attraction. The indoor part requires an admission fee, and includes a great variety of interesting plants and plant-scapes, a couple of different courtyards, and artistic features from Chihuly, as well as others on rotation. The navigation inside the Conservatory is a bit awkward if you're trying to see everything. The outdoor areas are slightly more interesting than an average park, and enjoyable for a walk, run, or time of relaxation.