Franklin Park Conservatory
Inspired by horticulture, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens elevates quality of life and connects the community through educational, cultural, and social experiences.
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.
Seasonal exhibitions include Orchids, and family favorites Blooms & Butterflies and Merry & Bright. The Conservatory hosts special, temporary exhibitions of works by national and international artists each year.
All ages can partake in a variety of special events and activities throughout the year. A full menu of classes, workshops and camps are offered in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness.
With its natural surroundings, both indoors and out, the Conservatory serves as a premier venue for special events and corporate gatherings.
This place is incredible! I have been coming here since I was a child. They have child friendly hands on activities on the lower level. I can see by the construction out side they are adding a new playground and other child centric items. I was especially excited to go today. It has been in the single digits foe a while and it was wonderful to feel like I was outside breathing fresh air without freezing.
This was my first time at the conservatory and I was very impressed. We went for the gardens aglow event and I would definitely go back just to see the flowers and other plants. The light display is one of my favorite light displays. They did a really good job integrating the lights with the plants and the garden. The gingerbread house competition was a fun addition as well. It's a good size conservatory and well worth a visit!
We have been members here for several years because there are always wonderful things to see at any season. The holiday displays change each year and are always beautiful. The annual orchids display is a great tropical escape during the winter. We also enjoy the butterflies in their season and many other programs throughout the year. Can't wait to see the completed children's garden!
This is one of the gems of Columbus. We've had a family membership for several years and get our money's worth. It's a good place to take out of town guests. They keep the exhibits fresh and interesting. The staff there is terrific. It's a pleasure to go there and the park/grounds it's on makes for a really nice walk. in season, the butterfly house is amazing
This place is magic. Wandering around and seeing the plants in the greenhouses has become a hobby of mine, especially in the winter when everything is dead. There are always interesting, fun events going on for families, and members enjoy cool perks like early plant-sale admission and discounts in the shop. I drag every willing friend I have here in hopes that the lovely exhibits make their life a little better, as they've made mine.