Franklin Park

General Information

7 a.m.-11 p.m.
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Franklin Park is a 59.17 acre regional park in the Near East community. Visitors can enjoy a web of pedestrian paths that weave between beautiful natural features. Our Therapeutic Recreation Program is located in the Franklin Park Adventure Center. The park is also home to the Franklin Park Conservatory , which is a cherished gem of the city and is run by Joint Recreational District/Conservatory.


Franklin Park is an 88 acre park in operation since 1851. Before becoming a City of Columbus Park, it previously served as the official venue for both the Franklin County Fair in 1852 and the Ohio State Fair from 1874-1884. In 1992, the AmeriFlora International Horticultural Exhibition took place in Franklin Park. Some of the features from AmeriFlora are still enjoyed today. The Cascades is one such scenic water feature that, having received a major renovation in 2019, provides storm water benefits and critical urban wildlife habitat.

The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens exist on 13 acres within Franklin Park and feature the Palm House, the original conservatory structure dating back to 1895 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are operated by the Franklin Park Conservatory Joint Recreation District


Franklin Park’s parking lots are located off of E Broad St and Franklin Park W. For public transportation options, please visit


  • Open Air Shelter
  • Paved Path – 1.1 miles
  • Parking Lot
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Pond or Lake (stocked for fishing)