6 Columbus Parks & Gardens Perfect For A Spring Stroll

Wildflowers and cultivated gardens around Columbus alike are coming to life.

As we’re thawing out from a very snowy winter, it’s exciting to see new buds springing to life around central Ohio.

There’s something so refreshing about taking a sunrise walk, when the dew is still hanging onto the blooms and the sky is all lit up. Of course, no one’s saying you have to get up in time for sunrise. Sunset is equally as gorgeous. But no matter when you choose to get out and explore, it will definitely leave you feeling lighter.

Nature is good for you. That’s a proven fact. So get out there and enjoy this spring weather, Columbus. You never know when it will randomly get freezing cold again and we’ll be stuck dreaming of warmer days.

Schiller Park | German Village

Schiller Park is one of my favorite strolls, no matter what season. But in the spring, they have beautiful flowers, a tranquil area to chill near the Umbrella Girl fountain, and beautiful (but smelly) dogwood trees. It’s a prime spot for photo session and park picnics and I never get sick of soaking up some sun near the pond.

Inniswood Metro Gardens | Westerville

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Inniswood Metro Garden is a magical place. I’m talking straight-out-of-a-fairytale kind of magic, people. From the wisteria covered archway to the babbling brook and waterfall feature, there’s no corner of Inniswood that will disappoint.

Scioto Mile | Downtown Columbus

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is. Taking a walk along the Scioto Mile is always a good idea. You get fantastic views of the city and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of some birds along the Scioto River.

Columbus Park of Roses | Clintonville

I adore the Park of Roses. Although the Formal Rose Garden doesn’t reach peak bloom until late spring/early summer, the heritage garden will be in full bloom by mid-spring. If you’re looking for a place to chill out and relax after your walk, the Park of Roses has plenty of shady spots where you can relax with a good book and get your daily dose of Vitamin D.

Franklin Park Conservatory | Franklin Park

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If the weather is looking a little questionable, but you’re still hoping to enjoy some nature, swing by the Franklin Park Conservatory. There you’ll find gorgeous spaces indoor and out where you can take a glimpse at some of the most beautiful plants. Spring also happens to coincide with one of their best annual exhibits, Blooms & Butterflies.

Battelle Darby Metro Park | Galloway

Stroll through fields of wildflowers, take in scenic views of the creek, and admire the majesty of bison when you visit Battelle Darby Metro Park. The park is huge, with a variety of trails and trail difficulties. One of the best things about a visit to this park is that after you’ve worn yourself out exploring, you can head over to the hammock nook and have a relaxing swing in the trees.

If you’d like to learn about the types of wildflowers blooming in parks across the state, you can visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website here.

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