These three unique parks in Columbus, Ohio provide beautiful scenery for your next walk in the park!
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Columbus has so many parks to explore! Parks are great options for families because they allow space for little kids to run around and they don’t cost a dime to explore!
While Columbus is full of playgrounds and parks, these three parks are particularly unique. They offer not just paths for walking, but some of the most beautiful and interesting scenery along the way. These three parks are one of a kind and are three of the must see parks in Central Ohio!
Three of the Most Unique Parks in Columbus:
1. Topiary Park
- 480 E Town St, Columbus, OH 43215
Topiary Park in downtown Columbus is truly one of the most unique parks in Columbus, if not Ohio and beyond! It is the only known park of its kind – plants depicting art! Obviously, the best time to visit this park is in the spring and summer when it is in full bloom.
This public park features a recreation of Georges Seurat’s painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of LaGrande Jatte. With larger than life size plant sculptures (created with yew trees), it’s a sight to behold! The garden consists of 54 people, boat sculptures and animal sculptures. (By sculptures, I mean created out of trees!).
(Surprise your kids by reading them this picture book featuring the scene before or after you go!)
You can enter the park through the you can visit the park through the Main Library or through the gatehouse on Washington Ave.
2. Inniswood Metro Gardens
- 940 S Hempstead Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
Inniswood Metro Gardens is arguably the most curated of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks! The 123 acre park is filled with gardens and hidden gems.
There is an herb garden, a rose garden, water features and more. The Sister’s Garden is specifically geared toward children with a small house to play in and a water pump to splash in. The trails are beautiful to walk! This park is in bloom in the spring and summer and the foliage is spectacular in the fall as well!
Don’t miss the tree house with its suspension bridges and wooden walking paths! It’s one of the best places for kids to play in the park! (Please note, no food or drink is allowed inside the park but there are picnic tables just outside if you’ve brought a packed lunch!)
3. Park of Roses
- 3901 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214
The Park of Roses was opened one 1963 and covers 13 acres in the Clintonville neighborhood featuring over 12,000 rose species.
There are several distinct rose gardens, plus additional gardens displaying perennials, trees and herbs. . The park is in peak bloom June through September and admission is free.
There is a structure you can climb to view the gardens from on high – lots of fun for kids! And the park makes for a beautiful place to take a walk on a warm summer night!
- Related: 12 Columbus Parks to Try This Summer
I hope you get the chance to enjoy these unique parks in our beautiful city! I have enjoyed spending time in these parks with my family and they also provide educational experiences for our kids! What are some of your favorite parks in Columbus?
More Parks to Visit in Columbus:
- Inniswood Metro Gardens
- The Columbus Park of Roses
- Topiary Park
- Franklin Park
- 12 Columbus Parks to Try This Summer
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