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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Address: 1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43203-2040
Phone Number: 614-715-8000
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Ranked #2 of 212 things to do in Columbus
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a premier botanical landmark and attraction...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

One of the places that we always take visiting friends. It's also great for the kids, at least the ones interested in learning. The butterfly room is always of interest, and the exhibits are many and varied, and change often. The grounds are also beautiful. The conservatory was founded in the late 1800's. The neighborhood around it had unfortunately gone... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

The flowers are always amazing, the rooms that represent different climates are beautiful, and it always smells wonderful. A great place to go any time of year!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This annual event is the best that the Conservatory has to offer. The stages of the butterfly are shown from egg to caterpillar to pupa to adult. Once the insect emerges from its chrysalis and its wings are allowed to dry, these beautiful jewels are released in the tropical biome for guests to admire and take pictures. This is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Tropical environment in the dead of winter! Easy access from downtown, right on Broad Street. Historic beautiful architecture. If you come to visit Columbus, this is a very worthwhile sidetrip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Gorgeous building, with wonderful exhibits. Do check what the feature exhibit is first - styles and content vary greatly. But the botanical gardens are gorgeous all the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Have to get out of the weather? Then head on over to the Conservatory and wander through the tropics, desert, and backyard settings. Check out the Bonsia collection and the Palm house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

As always, beautiful display of plants and other living things. Three days a beautiful, colorful and uplifting place to be.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Wonderful place to see wildlife, beautiful gardens, take a class, take a date, the family and take a walk with your dog. We visit every day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

What a beautiful place to visit on a winter evening. We went to hear some music and toured the gardens to see the orchids on display. What I like most is that this place has been in place for a long time so the gardens and displays are old growth and dense. One can hardly take it all in in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is such a beautiful place to do photos of the kids or the family. When we were there my daughter loved the fact that a butterfly landed on her shoulder while she was having her photo taken. After we got the kids and family photos done we had a nice time looking at all the different flowers, plants and... More 

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