This Historic Estate One Hour North Of Columbus Has The Most Enchanting Gardens

An hour north of Columbus, a magical outdoor experience awaits.

The Kingwood Center Gardens are stunning and if you haven’t heard of this fantastically beautiful spot before, don’t feel bad. It’s criminally underrated and a bit of a hidden gem.

During times like these, the importance of beautiful outdoor spaces can’t be overstated. Kingwood Center Gardens Director Chuck Gleaves recognized that in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the public is yearning for safe, outdoor experiences.

“The essence of our attraction is 47 acres of beautiful, open outdoor gardens,” said Gleaves. “Kingwood offers a safe and much-needed oasis for anyone looking for a change of scenery and those who may be suffering from the stress of the pandemic.”

This stunning garden estate was once the home of industrialist Charles Kelley King. Known for its distinctive floral displays, unique plant specimens, woodland trails, historic mansion and gardens, duck pond, and peacocks, Kingwood hosts a variety of events for thousands of guests throughout the year.

Kingwood Center Gardens has recently undergone a massive Garden Gateway expansion and improvement project. A Garden Gateway Visitor Center, updated and expanded perennial garden areas, a new café, gift shop, pavilion, and retail greenhouse are part of the project. A new exhibit gallery will highlight King’s business and historical legacy, along with other exhibits on regional history from 1926 until today.

With $5 admission (free for children 12 and under), Kingwood Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Garden Shop is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’d like to visit the gardens on a budget, you can stop by on the first Monday of every month when admission is free.

For right now, there are certain guidelines that visitors will need to be aware of before visiting Kingwood Center Gardens.

  • When in any indoor location that is not a residence unless seated while actively eating or drinking
  • When outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household

For more info about planning your trip to Kingwood Center Gardens, you can visit their website here.

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