The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

In case you are planning a trip to Columbus, Ohio or you are there already, there are plenty of places to visit. One of our top recommendations, however, is an absolute must-see while you’re visiting Columbus. 

The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens should be a ‘must-stop’ resort during your stay in Columbus.

The park and garden is a slice of heaven on Earth. It has a large expanse of land that not only tells of nature’s wonder, but can also serve as a venue for an amazing outdoor events like a wedding reception.

Visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens gives you the opportunity to watch, explore, or participate in various exhibits going on in the park and garden.

The best thing about this park and garden is that it showcases natural beauty while preserving Earth’s species. It features an exotic layout of nature’s glory and a phenomenal array of events where you can learn more about the flora and fauna.  The botanical garden’s well-structured greens are carefully picked and planted from all over the world. There is also an aquarium and mini zoo, so you can see both plants and animals during your visit. 

If you are visiting during the Christmas season, then there is even more reason to visit the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. During the holidays, you can enjoy the landmark annual Christmas lighting ceremony, which is a dazzling sight to see. The gardens are decorated for the holidays, making this a great place to get some Christmas spirit. 

This park and garden is not just another random park or garden strictly embedded with plants and relaxation spots. It’s more like its own small city with a life of its own. The entire conservatory thrives with life, as it harbors all living things: plants, animals, birds, fish, and the wide range of people that visit every year. 

The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden is a popular destination for tourists and natives of Columbus, so you should plan ahead for your trip. Here are a few things you should know before visiting: 

Access to the park

The park is not to be explored and visited for free. You can either purchase a membership card if you will be visiting often, or you pay a visitor’s fee when you get to the park and garden.


Taking personal photos of yourself or the surroundings is not prohibited, but you cannot take commercial photographs for sale or commercial use. You also can’t bring in a tripod, regardless of what you’re taking pictures for. 

Items not allowed in the park:

  • Arms (weapon or firearms)
  • Pets (except service animals). You can bring in your pets in the outdoor park but not into the inner parts.
  • Scooters, roller blades, bikes (Wheelchairs are allowed)
  • Pool toys (like beach balls…)
  • Food or beverages from outside (The Garden Cafe sells food and beverages)
  • Foldable chairs
  • Glass containers (not permitted in the children’s garden)

Things you should bring to the park

  • Light snacks and bottled water
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel and water-safe clothes


Parking is free

Young Guests

Any guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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