Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus

#1 of 18 in Parks in Columbus
Must see · Art Gallery · Garden
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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  • Trukly a great experience...the art,,,the bonsai, the quiet of the surroundings..just a A for certain..well worth the visit  more »
  • I love botanical gardens and conservatories and wanted to check this out when we were in town. Franklin Park has numerous rooms with Chihuly sculptures scattered throughout. And I will admit I was so....  more »
  • So much fun! I went with my mom and my 1 year old daughter and we had a blast. The butterfly exhibit was amazing. We got to watch them release the butterflies and one flew straight to me and stayed with me until we left. The gardens are spectacular. It was such a nice, calming experience and a great way to get some light walking in with a beautiful view. Also, if you're a library member you can get a pass to go for free for two adults and one child which was awesome! You just have to stop at the library first to get the pass and then head on over. Honestly, I would definitely go again, absolutely beautiful if you love nature. They also have some shrubbery cut into things like flamingos and other animals and fun objects.
  • I have always loved this place. The butterfly biome is beautiful. Now that they have added the children’s garden I’m blown away. We love to come during the holidays as well. Exhibits are always changing, pumpkins, poinsettias, and tulips...just to name a few. The cafe is just okay, prices are what you would expect to pay at a museum. If you have kids it’s much better to just pack a lunch, they have plenty of picnic tables outside. They have a coat room but no lockers. Bathrooms with changing table but no dedicated nursing area. I have a family membership and highly recommend if you plan to come more than twice a year.

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