Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus

Categories: Gardens, Art Galleries, Museums, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 950+ 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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  • Took our boys for the first ever visit of a conservatory, we all loved the bonsai plants. It's very well laid out and a great building. 
  • Enjoyed wonderful farmer's market on each Wednesday at Franklin Park through the summer. Home grown fruit and vegetables - some of the best corn I have had all season. 
  • This conservatory is top knotch! If you even need something to do in Columbus on a day off or weekend, go! The different displays they put on are fantastic. The orchids are my personal favorite. I als...  read more »
  • This is a very spacious and magnificent park. There is so much space to walk, jog or run. Many people go biking here especially in the summer when the cool air hits you and the beautiful flowers a d scenery passes you by. There are many Columbus even staples held here like the Asian Fest. Also Many weddings and Family events are Open and held here. Don't forget about the botanical gardens and the Butterfly Exhibit. If you are in Columbus I really hope you take the time to explore and capture this amazing Park!
  • The Franklin Park Conservatory is an awesome place to go if you're interested in learning about different climates and plant life. Great for kids and dates. My grandmother took me here often as a child and I loved it!
  • Great local gem, membership worth it! The free grounds include paved walking grounds, pavilions, public art and botanical displays along with a newly renovated kids play area. It's a clean, safe place for an evening walk and to let the kiddos play and explore. FPC hosts some great programming besides it's normal and traveling exhibitions, making membership worth it if you're local. My 8 year old participated in some of their summer kids camps this summer and staff were excellent!
  • 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
  • The Conservatory is amazing, loved the butterfly exhibit. Mike from the Hot Shop was great and we had a very fun time making our glass bulbs. Remember though when you go to dress light, it is very hot inside in spots like a green house, because most of the plants are tropical they like the warm weather.
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