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Know Before You Go

Make the most out of your visit.

Plan your visit to Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens using the following tips on what to bring and what to see and do while you're here.


Plan Ahead

Payment Options | The Conservatory’s Visitor Center, Garden Café, Mobile Café, Botanica and Botanica Too accept cash and all major credit cards.

Prohibited Items | The following items are not permitted on Conservatory property.

Recommended Items | The following items may enhance your Conservatory experience.


Explore the Conservatory

Visitor Parking | Free parking is available in the paved parking lots just east of the main Conservatory building.

Admission Prices | Cost of admission (listed here) allows access to the main Conservatory building, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden and The Grand Mallway. Exhibitions are included in admission price. Discounts include:

Hours of Operation | The Conservatory is open seven days a week, all year round, but closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Regular hours are 10am–5pm. Special holiday hours apply during the Conservatory Aglow exhibition.

Weather | Central Ohio weather can vary, but the climate in the Conservatory’s temperature-controlled biomes remains consistent, making the main Conservatory building accessible all year round.  In cases of inclement weather (heavy snowfall, thunderstorms, etc.) some outdoor spaces will not be accessible. Check the Plan A Visit page for closure alerts.

Wheelchairs | Wheelchairs and motorized scooters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and can be checked out free of charge at the Visitor Center.

Strollers | Strollers are allowed throughout the Conservatory with the exception of the Cardinal Health Gallery, Botanica Gift Shop, Garden Cafe and the Hot Shop. There will be designated stroller parking outside of the Hot Shop and within the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden. Stroller parking is limited and the Conservatory reserves the right to deny strollers in the Children’s Garden on high visitation days. If staff notices strollers blocking paths, in seating areas or in planting beds, they reserve the right to move the stroller to an appropriate location within reason.

Accessibility | We strive to make the Conservatory and its gardens accessible to all. Click here for the Conservatory’s accessibility information.

Photography | Guests are welcome and encouraged to take photographs that are designated for personal-use only. Tripods are prohibited in the Conservatory. Commercial photography requires registration with the Event Sales Department. View the full Photography Policy with detailed contact information.

Refreshments | While outside food is not permitted on Conservatory grounds, food can be purchased at the Garden Café (Monday–Friday 11am–3pm, weekends 11am–4pm) and Conservatory Mobile Café in The Children’s Garden (Daily, 10am–5pm). Light snacks and beverages are permitted. Glass containers not permitted in The Children’s Garden.

Explore the Grounds | Take a stroll to the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus, just a 5-minute walk from the main Conservatory building. Parking is available east of the Community Garden Campus.

Do & See | Drop-in educational programs abound at the Conservatory on a daily basis. Check out what is in store when you visit: