Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus

4.7
#1 of 10 in Parks in Columbus
Garden Art Gallery
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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  • Came Here in early May, I was expecting to see more but it was a little disappointing. Butterfly room was most interesting thing there to see.  more »
  • If you are visiting from out of town or are a Columbus local, this is a must-see. The butterfly exhibit is amazing. Definitely stop in the gift shop and take home a chrysalis and watch the metamorphos...  more »
  • This is a beautiful botanical garden and conservatory. The conservatory contains numerous Dale Chuly sculptures and lots of topiaries. There are glassblowing demonstrations and the results are sold at...  more »
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  • This place is amazing! Each month has a new theme. This time it was topiary and butterflies. The rain forest rooms are so lush and have so many pretty and exotic plants, ponds, waterfalls and something new every month. During the butterfly month they released hundreds of butterflies and had a speaker who told you about them and where they are from...There is also an artist area where art is displayed and on sale. They also have a kids play room with a running toy train with fairies and lots of plants and a tunnel. My favorite thing in this room is the giant colidescope. And at the end they have a very nice gift shop and there is a glass blowing shop that does glass blowing demonstrations. Absolutely one of Columbus' best places to go!
  • In my opinion, hands down the best park in Columbus. Rolling hills, landscaped paths, wonderful public gardens, modern play structures, lakes, event venues, all maintained beautifully and surrounded by turn of the century mansions. Home to the awesome Asian Festival, and of course the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. What more do you want? Tennis courts and athletic fields, you say? Cross the footbridge into Wolfe Park for tennis, baseball, soccer, and the Alum Creek bike trail. I challenge you to find a park that has more to offer in the Columbus region.
  • I love this park! Not only do they have the amazing conservatory to explore, the grounds themselves have things to see and do. There are community gardens, playgrounds, event spaces, and just lots and lots of grassy areas to walk on. There are flowers and plants everywhere, and the trees are so tall and provide large amounts of shade so you can just relax and not get blinded by the sun. I visit this park at least once a month in the spring and summer months.
  • I absolutely love this place. I go with my family and we even got to watch some glass making at the hot shop. Chihuly's hand-blown glass is my favorite thing there but when they have the butterflies, I also love that. Such a cool place to visit.
  • I worked with the team at Franklin Park Conservatory for a client's wedding on May 27, 2017. While we did have some hiccups along the way, Brooke and their team were quick to look for remedies and were flexible throughout the process. I was impressed with Brooke who - when the facilities team was unavailable to take down the tent side we no longer needed - quickly jumped in to make sure the client was satisfied. Many venue coordinators will hide behind their clipboard and say 'that's not my job,' but Brooke's dedication to her clients is evident in the way she serves. The facilities are beautiful and they even have private suites for the couple should they need a clothing change or just want a private moment together before joining the reception. It's also close to many downtown hotels and churches. Definitely worth a look for those of you searching for a wedding venue in Columbus!

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Because Columbus serves as one of the country's major convention centers, its downtown offers comfortable rooms at all price levels. Hotels in the central part of town not only keep you close to all of the city's major attractions, but also provide you with modern amenities that include 24-hour room service, fitness centers, spa services, and on-site restaurants and bars. To stay in the city for a fraction of the price, consider an inn or motel near the Interstate exits.
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