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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

1777 E Broad St, Columbus, Ohio USA

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“Offering enjoyment of the natural world”

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a premier botanical landmark and cultural attraction featuring exceptional plant collections and gardens, seasonal art- and nature-based exhibitions, and a dynamic array of educational opportunities and special events for visitors of all ages. The Conservatory is situated in the 88-acre Franklin Park just two miles east of downtown Columbus. Featuring indoor gardens filled with exotic plant life and artwork, including a collection of glass works by artist Dale Chihuly, the Conservatory offers enjoyment of the natural world any time of the day or year. Outdoors, botanical gardens, art sculptures, open green space and a one-mile walking loop offer respite from everyday life. Central Ohio’s iconic sign of spring returns! Get an up-close view as hundreds of newly emerged butterflies are released into the Pacific Island Water Garden— a tropical haven where exotic butterflies of all sizes and colors fly freely and feed on nectar from colorful blooms. Learn about the fascinating life cycle and ecological importance of these amazing insects during daily educational presentations and related activities.

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Lesli Peterson

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Franklin Park is a staple of Columbus culture. The tailored botanical gardens provide enrichment classes and exhibits for visitors. For example, in Spring, the conservatory hosts a live butterfly exhibit in the Pacific Island Water Garden. In the Conservatory’s Hot Shop, visitors can watch daily glass blowing demonstrations. Bonus: you can purchase hand blown glass in the gift shop, too!

Families love visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens because of the inclusive nature of the establishment. For example, the Children’s Garden has a canopy walk, playground, and learning features for children to explore. Come summer, the Children’s Garden also has splash pads and other water activities to keep kids cool on hotter days.

We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in Columbus, Ohio!

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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

1777 E Broad St
Columbus, Ohio
USA

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Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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