Blooms & Butterflies At Franklin Park Conservatory Is The Perfect Escape From Winter

One of my favorite annual events in Columbus is back.

Franklin Park Conservatory is once again inviting the public to take in the beauty of Blooms & Butterflies. This is the 27th year of the exhibition and it’s always a treat. Hundreds of colorful butterflies fly freely throughout the Pacific Island Water Garden, making for one majestic visit to the conservatory.

As you walk through this tropical paradise full of gorgeous blooms, you’ll see a variety of butterflies basking on plants and fluttering overhead. It really is one of the most joyful ways to spend an afternoon in Columbus, especially on snowy winter days.

The exhibition opens on February 20 and any children under 12 who visit on opening day will be able to take home a butterfly-inspired craft project and cookie (while supplies last). Normally, there would be daily butterfly releases at the conservatory. But to encourage social distancing, a virtual butterfly release will be available for patrons to enjoy instead.

Butterflies & Blooms will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from February 20 through May 31. When visiting Franklin Park Conservatory, there are a few things you should know before you go. The conservatory asks that patrons only visit with members of their immediate household. Capacity is limited and all tickets will need to be reserved in advance.

While visiting, patrons will need to maintain 6 feet of distance from other groups and everyone is required to wear a face mask. If you have a medical exemption, disposable face shields will be available.

Franklin Park Conservatory is located at 1777 E. Broad Street. For more info,

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