Cocktails at the Conservatory on December 7 is SOLD OUT! Conservatory Aglow will be closed on December 7 for this event.

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Conservatory Explore Nights: Splish, Splash, Explore!

Come enjoy all the fun that summer has to offer at Franklin Park Conservatory! New this summer, in June, July and August, we will be open late for a new Special Engagement: Conservatory Explore Nights.

Each night will offer a lively festival experience including: live entertainment, food trucks, facilitated discovery stations, signature cocktails & mocktails, crafts, and a scavenger hunt. This month’s theme is: Splish, Splash, Explore!

The Conservatory also invites kids to dress up like their favorite water-themed characters whether that’s pirates, fish, little mermaids, or dolphins. We want to see them!


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Experiencing Conservatory Explore Nights: Splish, Splash, Explore!

All there is to do and see during the evening!

Steel Drum Performance From 6-8pm in the Sunrise Lawn
Ohio Aquatic Animals Investigate and identify insects living in local streams and ponds at the Discovery Station. From 5-8pm
Pacific Island Water Garden Scavenger Hunt Explore around the Conservatory as you seek to find the different water features and learn about the fish and friends living in them.
Shell Craft Create your favorite sea creature using seashells! From 5-9pm in the Redbud Lawn
Live Mermaid Say hello to a real-live mermaid from 6-8pm by the Floating Frame! There will be several photo opportunities.
Refreshments Drinks:
Signature Cocktail (21+): Tipsy Mermaid (Echo Spirits White Rum, lemonade, blue curacao garnished with mermaid and lemon slice)

Non-Alcoholic: Little Mermaid (Sierra Mist, lemonade, blue curacao garnished with mermaid and cherry)

Food Trucks:
Ono Turo Turo Food Truck
Kona Ice
Conservatory Food Truck


June 3 - September 10, 2023 Garden Safari Thirty larger-than-life animal topiaries will be on display this summer! Explore the Conservatory Courtyards, Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden and Grand Mallway to discover topiaries filled with plants and colorful moss that mimic the colors and textures of fur, skin, scales and feathers.
June 3, 2023 - January 7, 2024 Paul Busse Garden Railway Journey with the trains through a miniature world of 47 botanical models made from all-natural plant material. Special elements to add to your itinerary include an enchanted tree hollow, two waterfalls, a bubbling brook and plantings specific to each themed destination.
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