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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.

Mask Advisory

In light of Columbus Public Health issuing of a mask advisory inside buildings and crowded areas, we would like to remind guests that Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens remains safe for guests.

The Conservatory provides acres of outdoor experiences perfect for all ages. Current exhibitions and attractions include Topiary Takeover, the Paul Busse Garden Railway and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden. And with fall just around the corner, guests can enjoy autumn with Harvest Blooms and Pumpkins Aglow which are also outdoor exhibitions.

In addition to the outdoors experiences, indoors the Conservatory is equipped with PlasmaPURE AutoClean 1500 air purification units in its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

The Conservatory recommends guests wear masks indoors but will not mandate that masks be worn.

Plan Ahead

Hours of Operation | The Conservatory is open seven days a week, all year round, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Regular hours are 10am–5pm. Special hours apply during special engagements (Chihuly NightsPumpkins AglowConservatory Aglow, etc.).

Ticketing | Reserving tickets before visiting is encouraged but not required. Reserving tickets in advance makes the check-in experience efficient and guarantees your visit during your preferred date and time.

Admission Prices | Cost of admission includes access to the main Conservatory building, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden and The Grand Mallway. Exhibitions are included in the admission price.

Admission Discounts | Several discounts are available for qualifying individuals. Please see a staff member at the Visitor Center for assistance reserving tickets with these discounts.

Payment Options | The Conservatory’s Visitor Center, Garden Café and Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse accept cash and all major credit cards.

Reserve Tickets In Advance | Reserving a ticket online before your visit allows for the best check-in experience. Please arrive with your ticket barcode printed or on your phone and ready to scan.

Tickets cannot be reserved on the first Sunday of the month as these are Community Days. Please check in at the Visitors Center.

Accessibility | We strive to make the Conservatory and our programs accessible to all. Please review the Conservatory’s accessibility information and Access Offerings.

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. The Conservatory building and its grounds are accessible with the use of ramps, elevators and paved pathways. Please let us know if you need assistance.

Pets | Pets (excluding Service Animals) are not permitted at the Conservatory, including the outdoor areas.

Weather | Refunds are not available due to inclement weather but tickets can be rescheduled. 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.

Strollers | Strollers are allowed throughout the Conservatory with the exception of the Cardinal Health Gallery, the 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.

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

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

Exiting | Departing guests may depart through the doors by the Visitors Center.

Explore the Conservatory

Visitor Parking | Free parking is available in the paved parking lots just east of the main Conservatory building. The parking lots are accessible from E. Broad Street. Please remember not to leave unsecured valuables in your vehicle and always lock your doors.

If the Conservatory is busy, parking lots may fill up quickly. Additional parking is available within Franklin Park, but it is a greater distance from the main entrance. Any guests with mobility challenges can be dropped off in the bus loop right outside the main entrance.

Hot Shop | The Hot Shop features daily glassblowing demonstrations between 11am–2pm by local, professional gaffers. Every step of the process is described in informative, 25-minute sessions. The Hot Shop is open April–January.

Refreshments | The indoor Garden Café and outdoor Food Truck are open from 11am-3pm on weekdays and 11am-4pm on weekends. The Café is open daily and the Food Truck’s schedule is posted weekly here.

Food and beverages are not permitted in the art galleries.

Food from outside the Conservatory is permitted.

Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden | Starting in May, the Children’s Garden offers education programming.

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.

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.

Virtual Experiences | Virtual tours, educational programs, and video experiences of the Conservatory are available for all to enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is admission?
GENERAL ADMISSION (ages 13–59) | $22
SENIORS (Ages 60+) | $19
CHILDREN (Ages 3–12) | $15
MUSEUMS FOR ALL (SNAP, EBT, WIC, Medicaid Participants) | $3
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Columbus Arts and Culture Fee: For all tickets, a 5% Columbus Arts and Culture ticket fee will be applied. The Columbus Arts & Culture Fee helps make the arts available to all by funding exemplary artists, arts organizations and programs that educate and engage audiences throughout Greater Columbus
What are peak visitation hours?

Peak visitation hours at the Conservatory are 10am-2pm.

What if I arrive before or after my reserved time?

If there are tickets available at the time you arrive, we can adjust your tickets. If there are no tickets available, we can reschedule your tickets for any open future time slots.

For timed-entry tickets, do I have to leave when my time window is over?

No, the ticket reserves your entry time only. You can stay for the remaining admission hours after your arrival.

Separate admission tickets are required for the daytime and evening experiences. Guests cannot reserve a general admission ticket for the daytime and then stay through an evening experience.

What if I need to reschedule my ticket?

Tickets are nonrefundable, but can be exchanged one time, up to 24 hours prior to the date by calling 614-715-8002 with your name, desired date and/or time and order number. Exchange is based on availability and is not guaranteed.

How can memberships be renewed?

Memberships can be renewed online, in-person, over the phone, or by mail. Visit the Membership page for more information on renewal options.

There are step-by-step video instructions available for how to renew your membership online. Otherwise, please contact the membership department at 614-715-8054 or if you have questions.

I have a complimentary voucher for admission, how do I reserve my ticket?

Please speak with staff at the Visitors Center or call 614-715-8002 for assistance with making a reservation.

Will there be emergency evacuations for severe weather?

In the event of severe weather, guests will be evacuated to their cars. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden will be evacuated if there is lightning in the area. Once severe weather has passed, guests will be allowed to resume their visit.

Will reciprocal memberships be accepted?

Yes. Guests who are a part of the American Horticulture Society Reciprocal Admissions Program or Columbus Member Advantage should see a staff member at the Visitor’s Center or call 614.715.8002 during normal business hours and a staff will assist you with booking your reservation. If a staff member is not immediately available to take your call, please leave a message and we will respond promptly.

Will maps be provided?

A map is available at the Visitor Center to take a picture of and available online to download.

Can I take classes at the Conservatory?

Yes, we offer a variety of classes on horticulture, gardening, culinary, arts and crafts and more. View our calendar to see upcoming classes.

Can I book an event at the Conservatory?

Yes, please fill out our Event Contact Form for more information. 

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