Topiary Park in Columbus, Ohio Brings Fine Art to Life

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Topiary Park in downtown Columbus is one of the most unique parks you will ever visit, bringing a famous painting to life in topiary form!

I consider Topiary Park to be one of Columbus’ most precious hidden gems! Unless you hear about it from someone else, you might not even know it exists! But once you find it, you will realize you are seeing a work of art that is a masterpiece!

topiary park in Columbus, Ohio.

What is Topiary Park?

Topiary Park is one of the most unique parks in Columbus. The park is a plant-based recreation of the famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. While the original painting  hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago, you can visit a larger than life creation in downtown Columbus!

a close up view of the topiaries in the park.

Where is Topiary Park in Columbus?

Topiary Park is just east of Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library and can be found at the corner of E. Town Street and S. Washington Avenue in the Discovery District of downtown Columbus, Ohio.

The park is adjacent to the library which is a gem in itself! Heading out the back door of the library and into the park is the perfect ending to your visit to the library!

umbrellas on the patio of the Main Library.

Or, if you visit the park first, head inside to the library and grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat at Carnegie Cafe just inside! Besides the tables in the courtyard behind the library, there are benches to sit on throughout the park and picnic tables for having lunch or a snack.

What is there to See And Do in Topiary Park?

Topiary Park (also known as Old Deaf School Park) includes hand sculpted topiaries of people, animals and boats.

Old Deaf School Park sign in Topiary Park.

The area has been a park since the 1800’s but the topiary part of the park was sculpted in 1989 by James and Elaine Mason, Columbus residents.

Topiary animals in the park.

Seeing these topiaries in person is a really cool experience! It’s just one of the most unique things to walk amongst these larger than life-sized creatures!

The topiaries take up just a fraction of the park on the east side. The rest of the park has paved paths for walking and is very stroller friendly. There is a circular path to walk within the park as well as off-shoots of the path that lead out of the park on the west side.

As He Saw It

a metal engraving of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte from the point of view of Seurat.

Don’t miss “As He Saw It” which shows the view of the park from the scene as painted by Seurat. The hills and the pond in the park are meant to resemble the River Seine. It’s fun to match up what you see in the park with the painting!

the pond and hills meant to symbolize the River Seine.

Concerts and Events

The park is home to PB&J Jazz concerts for children which take place in the summer months. Often the park also hosts outdoor movies in the summer and other special events and it is decorated with lights during the holidays!

Tips for Visiting Topiary Park

When is Topiary Park Open?

The park is open from dawn to dusk and is in full bloom from April to November.

Topiary Park in Downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Where to Enter Topiary Park

There are a couple of entrances to the park with the gatehouse at the southeast corner being the main entrance. I find it easiest to enter through the Main Library but if the library is closed, you can park on the street and enter through the gatehouse on S. Washington Ave. near Franklin Avenue.

Where to Park when Visiting

The easiest access to the park is through Main Library and parking is available in the library parking lot for less than $.50/hour. The parking garage is only available when the library is open. There is also metered parking available on the surrounding streets. The park itself is public and free to visit! 

a Topiary boat in the pond.

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You will not regret a visit to Topiary Park, especially during the months when it is in full bloom! If you’re visiting Columbus, check out Over 100 Fun Things to do in Columbus, Ohio! Enjoy your visit!

two boys walking on the path in Topiary Park in Columbus, Ohio.

 

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, March 19-21, 2021

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Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these 13 family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

Please double check the link and/or call to make sure events are still happening! Lots of things are changing during this time and this information may change after it is published!

1. Skate Around the Town at Easton Town Center

From February 20-March 20 ice skating will be offered at Easton’s Town Square from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Skates are available to borrow and skating is free! There will be 15 skaters on the rink at a time and masks are required.

2. Blooms and Butterflies at Franklin Park Conservatory

Beginning February 20, 2021, the butterflies will be back in the Pacific Island Water Garden biome at Franklin Park Conservatory! Daily butterfly demonstrations will not be taking place but there will be virtual opportunities to watch the butterflies be released!

3. DIY Winter Hike with Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

Winter Hikes are happening at your own pace this year and each month different parks are featured. Pick up a Winter Hike Passport from a staff member and collect a patch for completing 7 hikes. 

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4. Drawing with Sheldon the Snail

Learn to draw with Sheldon the Snail and Miss Jean from Grandview Heights Public Library! This event will take place on Facebook Live on Friday at 10:30 AM.

5. Unicorn Magic Storytime (Livestream) with Westerville Public Library

Kids ages 3-6 will enjoy stories, songs and rhymes about unicorns! Watch on Facebook Live on Saturday at 10:00 AM.

6. Little Kid Fun Skates at Skate Zone 71

On Saturday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, little kids ages 2-5 can use Skate Mates and Fisher Price Skates to learn to skate!

7. Spring has Sprung l Pottery Event at Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio

Paint your own pottery on Saturday between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM. A $10 registration fee will be taken off the total price of your project.

8. Spring Fling: Bunny Arrival at Polaris Fashion Place

An Easter Eggstravaganza will take place at Polaris Fashion Place Lower Level on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. There will be free activities, a take home craft and welcoming the Bunny!

9. Minecraft – Virtual Paint Party- Just for Kids

Kids ages 5-12 can take part in a virtual painting class on Saturday at 12:00 PM to paint a Minecraft Creeper. Cost is $10 per artist.

10. Crafting with Characters! Presented by The Junior League of Columbus

This is a virtual event on Saturday at 1:00 PM that includes craft making, cookie decorating, stories and virtual interaction with the characters! You will receive a materials and ingredients list when you register.

11. Spring Krespie Treat! (DIY Basket Box) at Dublin Toy Emporium

Make a DIY Basket and a Krespie Kraft. Call or text to register. Times available on Saturday afternoon.

12. March Madness Skate at Skate Zone 71

Watch college basketball on the big screen while skating! Get reduced admission if you come in your favorite basketball jersey! This takes place on Sunday 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. 

13. All Ages Event! Colorful Butterfly with Maria at Wine and Canvas Columbus

All ages can paint a beautiful butterfly. Supplies are included. This event takes place on Sunday from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, March 12-14, 2021

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Looking for something to do this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these 15 family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

Please double check the link and/or call to make sure events are still happening! Lots of things are changing during this time and this information may change after it is published!

1. Skate Around the Town at Easton Town Center

From February 20-March 20 ice skating will be offered at Easton’s Town Square from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Skates are available to borrow and skating is free! There will be 15 skaters on the rink at a time and masks are required.

2. Blooms and Butterflies at Franklin Park Conservatory

Beginning February 20, 2021, the butterflies will be back in the Pacific Island Water Garden biome at Franklin Park Conservatory! Daily butterfly demonstrations will not be taking place but there will be virtual opportunities to watch the butterflies be released!

3. DIY Winter Hike with Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

Winter Hikes are happening at your own pace this year and each month different parks are featured. Pick up a Winter Hike Passport from a staff member and collect a patch for completing 7 hikes. 

Did you know you can get this list in your email each Wednesday night? Subscribe here:

 

4. Drawing with Sheldon the Snail

Learn to draw with Sheldon the Snail and Miss Jean from Grandview Heights Public Library! This event will take place on Facebook Live on Friday at 10:30 AM.

5. Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt at the Indian Mound Mall

On Friday from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM kids can hunt for hidden shamrocks, do a craft, get a free snack and more!

6. Be a Superhero! Portrait Experience at Pearlescent Luxury Portraits

On Saturday from 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM kids can get Superhero portraits taken. Several packages are available. Register online.

7. St. Patrick’s Day Reverse Parade at Darree Fields

A reverse parade means that you can drive through the park to see floats, inflatables, bagpipes and more celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ohio! You can also watch the past parades on YouTube! The parade will begin at on Saturday at 11:00 AM and will close at 1:00 PM. Check the link for a parade activity packet to keep your kids entertained as they wait in the car!

8. JCPenney Kids Zone

Stop by your nearest JCPenney store to pick up a free Easter basket craft activity for kids to take home! Pick up hours are 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Saturday.

9. Pony Rides & Carriage Rides at Kuhlwein’s

Pony and carriage rides will be available at Kuhlwein’s provided by Horse-N-Round Fun on Saturday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. No reservations necessary. See link for pricing.

10. $10 — St Patrick’s Day Mini Signs at AR Workshop Grove City

Make a mini St. Patrick’s sign during a 1 hour session on Saturday at 1:00 PM. Projects are $10. Register online.

11. Breakable Candy Kraft at Dublin Toy Emporium

RSVP for Irish Krafts including breakable candies. $10/crafter. You must register in advance. Times available on Saturday afternoon.

12. Irish Hot Chocolate Bombs or Shamrock Pretzels with Bookmark Kraft at Dublin Toy Emporium

Kids can make Irish Hot Chocolate Bombs and Irish Krafts! $10/crafter. Reservations required by calling or texting. 

13. PNO (Parents Night Out-Saturdays) at Dublin Toy Emporium

On Saturday beginning at 6:00 PM you can shop within the historic Dublin area while your kids participate in an activity at Kreation’s Play Kafe. You must register in advance for this event. See the link for details.

14. St. Patrick’s Day Family Friendly Event

On Sunday from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Worthington will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a family-friendly sip and stroll event.

15.  Family Day at the Dispatch Home and Garden Show

The Spring Dispatch Home and Garden show is taking place March 6-14, 2020 at the Expo Center. Family day is on March 14th.  Children can receive a Child ID from the Franklin County Sherriff’s office from 12:00 PM–4:00 PM  and kids can pick up a “take and make” project from the Lowe’s booth to build at home (while supplies last). Tickets must be purchased online.

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*


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