Escape the dreary, gray Columbus weather into the Orchids at the Franklin Park Conservatory from January 21 – March 12, 2023.
Thousands of vibrant orchid blossoms will fill the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse, bringing with them a warm, tropical escape for the senses.
Orchids will also provide pops of color and fragrance throughout the rest of the interior Conservatory.
Orchids Sale: January 21 & 22. Get 20% off all orchids, orchid pottery, books, and supplies.
Things to see at the Conservatory
While you’re visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory, be sure to check out the full scale exhibition, Chihuly Collection. Leave plenty of time for your visit, as there is truly a day’s worth of exploring at the Conservatory.
You’ll also get to check out El Color – ES, a gallery of work by local artist, Elena Osterwalder, featuring pieces of Ámate (handmade bark paper) and installations of hundreds of watercolor board tiles dyed with organic colors made from flowers and leaves.
The artwork was created using an ecologically friendly process and builds on the practices and color knowledge of ancient indigenous people from Mexico who revered nature.
If you visit with kids, let them run outside at the The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden. It’s open year round, so bring an extra layer if its chilly, because they won’t want to stop exploring the 2 acre garden.
Chihuly Nights Date Night!
Enjoy special date nights with Chihuly Nights on select evenings through the year from 7 pm – 10 pm. Chihuly Nights are an amazing way to see the conservatory after hours in a new light.
The 18 Chihuly installations will be illuminated with the botanical gardens as a backdrop. Check out the biomes in the conservatory and the historic John F. Wolfe Palm as it’s illuminated by James Turrell’s Light Raiment II.
The Conservatory food truck will serve a limited food menu, beer and wine. Botanica Gift Shop and Chihuly Gift Store will be open as well.
Special admission is $15-$25 for non-members, and $7.50-$12.50 for members. It’s an amazing date night idea! Also a good girls’ night out or friend outing!
2023 Chihuly Nights
January 21, 2023
February 14, 2023
March 11, 2023
Find more details about Franklin Park Conservatory, including Chihuly Nights, in this article!
Admission and Membership to Franklin Park Conservatory
Admission to the Franklin Park Conservatory is $19 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and $12 for children ages 3-12. Hours are daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Special events and evening hours have different rates.
Reservations are recommended for faster check-in, but not required.
Love to explore the various exhibits and events throughout the year? An annual membership would be worth the cost, as they range from $60 – $200. Senior (60+) memberships are just $45, and the $35 Access pass is for families who are eligible for benefit programs.
Access Members: $3 general admission and special engagement tickets are available for SNAP, EBT, WIC and Medicaid participants. Access Members also qualify for $3 special engagement tickets. Learn more.
Community Days: On the first Sunday of each month, the Conservatory is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus (with valid ID) during regular operating hours of 10am to 5pm. Click here for more information about the Conservatory’s Access Offerings.
Columbus Member Advantage Program
If you’re a member of select Central Ohio attractions, you can save $3 on general admission to Franklin Park Conservatory through the Columbus Member Advantage program. No coupon is necessary. Simply show your valid participating membership card when you visit! Limited to 4 discounts per membership per day; can’t be combined with other discounts.
If you’re already a member at FPC, use your membership to get discounts on admission to these attractions.
Member Advantage partners for 2022 include:
- Columbus Museum of Art and Pizzuti Collection (see our article)
- Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (see our article)
- Dawes Arboretum (see our article)
- Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (see our article)
- LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Columbus (see our article)
- National Veterans Memorial and Museum (see our article)
- Ohio History Center & Ohio Village (see our article)
- Wexner Center for the Arts (see our article)
- COSI (advanced tickets required)
- The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology (also qualifies for ASTC reciprocal admission)
For a full list of discounts and offerings, check out our article about Franklin Park Conservatory.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1777 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43203