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Summer Fun Awaits At Franklin Park Conservatory

Looking for something fun and magical to do this summer?

Look no further than the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. This place is buzzing with exciting exhibitions that are perfect for a family day out, a date, or even a solo adventure. Let’s dive into what’s hot and happening at the Conservatory this season!

Get Creative with Color, Fly, Butterfly

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First up, check out the Color, Fly, Butterfly exhibition in the Cardinal Health Gallery. This immersive experience lets you color your own butterfly and watch it come to life in a beautiful digital Pacific Island Water Garden.

Just pick a butterfly design, color it at one of the stations, and scan it at the kiosk. Then, sit back and watch as your butterfly flutters around, swooping down to snack on virtual flowers. It’s like magic! This exhibition runs from June 1 to November 17, 2024, so there’s plenty of time to create your own butterfly wonderland.

Journey Through the Seasons with Through the Vines

Next, mark your calendars for June 8, because that’s when Through the Vines: A Seasonal Journey opens in the Grand Mallway. This brand-new, site-specific installation by Applied Imagination is a must-see. Vine arches will guide you through a sensory exploration of the four seasons.

Experience the vibrant blooms of spring, the warmth of summer, the rich colors of fall, and the serene beauty of winter all in one place. It’s like taking a year-long journey through nature’s most beautiful moments. This stunning exhibit will be on display until January 5, 2025.

All Aboard the Paul Busse Garden Railway

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Train enthusiasts and fairy tale lovers, rejoice! The beloved Paul Busse Garden Railway is making a grand return on June 1. This enchanting exhibit features four magical themes: Fairytale Land, Wild West Town, European Travels, and Who Lives Here.

With over 1,122 feet of track and nine g-scale model trains, there’s so much to see and explore. The trains even pass overhead in some sections, adding an extra layer of excitement. Whether you’re young or just young at heart, this is a delightful experience that runs through January 5, 2025.

The Franklin Park Conservatory has been a gem in Columbus since it first opened.

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The Grand Mallway. Rendering courtesy of Franklin Park Conservatory

Over the years, it has grown and evolved, becoming a beloved destination for both locals and visitors. And guess what? The Conservatory is gearing up for an exciting expansion! With new gardens and exhibits on the horizon, there’s always something new to look forward to.

So, if you’re ready to embark on a colorful, enchanting, and magical adventure, head over to the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens this summer. It’s the perfect spot to make unforgettable memories with loved ones. See you there!

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