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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43203-2040
614-715-8000
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Ranked #3 of 76 Attractions in Columbus
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a premier botanical landmark and attraction featuring exceptional plant collections, indoor and... more » Owner description: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a premier botanical landmark and attraction featuring exceptional plant collections, indoor and outdoor gardens, seasonal art and nature-based exhibitions, and a dynamic array of events for visitors of all ages. Current and Upcoming exhibitions include:Bruce Munro: Light: A special evening engagement featuring the light-based works of artist Bruce Munro. On view Wednesday–Friday evenings, September 25, 2013–February 8, 2014. Merry & Bright: The Conservatory's annual holiday celebration featuring festive poinsettia and evergreen displays, a gingerbread competition and special entertainment. November 23, 2013–January 5, 2014. Orchids: An artful and imaginative display of hundreds of orchids in the warm Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. January 11–April 14, 2014. Blooms & Butterflies: The 20th anniversary of this popular exhibition features hundreds of colorful, exotic butterflies flying freely in the Pacific Island Water Garden. March 8–September 28, 2014. « less
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Reynoldsburg, Ohio, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This used to be a fantastic destination for photography. The management there now seems pretty hostile to working professionals, as they charge exorbitant fees photograph there. So much so, that it is to much to pass the cost on to clients. This applies to the inside facility, which requires you to post to enter. I was a member there for... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Real enjoy our trip, really enjoyed the butterfly release and the glass blowing, only disappointment was that the Palm room was closed due to a wedding and getting around the conservatory is a little confusing, some conservatories have you just make left turns so as not to miss anything, also I think your cafe would greatly benifit from having fresh... More

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This place never disappointing. Any time of the year you can come here for the amazing exhibitions, great gardens, amazing plants and flowers, waterfalls, and many more. It such a gem for the city of Columbus! this place is never boring. as the resident of Columbus OH, it makes me proud. I highly recommend visitors to check it out. You... More

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Gales Ferry, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful place! They have flowers and gardens and butterflies and gorgeous glass artworks everywhere. The gift shop is great too. I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon exploring the Conservatory and I highly recommend it as a way to spend a lovely day in Columbus!

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Florence, AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit tremendously. The conservatories were actually more impressive than the gardens but this could have just been the time of year we were there. Although the outside garden areas were immaculate (and we saw many garden workers present), some of the areas looked newly planted (like the conifer garden). The terrace area that overlooks a great lawn... More

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Brighton, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Glass blowing demonstration, art, Chihuly glass, distinct biomes, butterflies and even a few birds! Although I would have been delighted with just the plants, I loved the way other features and attractions were integrated. I'm so glad that I had an opportunity to stop-over in Columbus. The staff was wonderful and friendly and the entrance fee is very reasonable.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We have been here many times and I would have a hard time telling you how many different rooms and habitats there are in tropics, dessert, alpine, bonsai, seasonal displays and don't forget the Chihuly glass from master glass artist Dale Chihuly whose works are installed at several different locations. The cafe has tasty sandwiches and salads for you to... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Franklin Conservatory and Botanical Gardens were interesting and educational. A friendly staff. The butterfly release was fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It was nice to see all the plants and butterflies, but I wouldn't recommend if you're not interested in that stuff. We were trying to pass time on a rainy morning, this was a nice way to do that.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is one of the most awesome places to visit for residents AND out-of-towners. There exhibits are wonderful and easy to get around and see. I love the Chihuly glass especially. The Bruce Munroe exhibit was awe-inspiring.

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