Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus

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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. Using our international travel planner, Columbus attractions like Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I absolutely LOVED the Chihuly glass exhibit! Since the pieces are mixed throughout the building, I felt like I was on a treasure hunt. I also loved the topiary pieces outside and the Paul Busse... 
    I absolutely LOVED the Chihuly glass exhibit! Since the pieces are mixed throughout the building, I felt like I was on a treasure hunt. I also loved the topiary pieces outside and the Paul Busse...  more »
  • We were visiting from out of town and our host hadn't been to the gardens in a while. We are fans of Chihuly glass and enjoyed seeing the different installations among the gardens. Each section is... 
    We were visiting from out of town and our host hadn't been to the gardens in a while. We are fans of Chihuly glass and enjoyed seeing the different installations among the gardens. Each section is...  more »
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  • I'll start by saying that I haven't been to the Conservatory in over 20 years. I remember visiting during the grade school and seeing the butterfly exhibit. Very fond memories ☺️. I have visited recently after the latest renovations and make overs, and it's beautiful! All the latest editions are fantastic both inside and outside. The different biomes are great and the butterfly is even better than I remember. The outdoor activities for children is a nice edition, and there is so much space and places to explore. You can easily spend a good part of your day here. You do have to pay for entry, and if you plan to go often, getting a seasonal pass might be better (especially if you have small children). I would recommend The Conservatory if you're looking for a fun indoor/outdoor activity with a lot of flowers, plants, and nature.
  • We love the Franklin park conservatory experience. The children's garden is one of a kind and one of my favorite places to bring my kids. So much to explore and discovery in a hands on environment. Great activities and spaces for the kids to play. The butterfly exhibit is lovely in the spring/summer. The train display is also a highlight of the trip for us. Community Sunday is a perfect way to enjoy without breaking the bank, and their participation in the Columbus Museums for All program is wonderful.

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