The Most Beautiful Parks in Columbus, Ohio

Eliza Jorn

Many of Columbus’ parks combine recreational venues, artwork, and the natural beauty of America’s heartland. Spot some unusual topiaries in the Discovery district or watch the sunset downtown on the Scioto Mile. Read on to learn more about the most beautiful parks in Columbus, Ohio.

Schiller Park

1. The Topiary Park


1. The Topiary Park
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The Topiary Park is a landscape of a painting of a landscape – yes, you’re reading that correctly. Artist James T. Mason crafted the bronze structures that are now the topiaries of various figures from Georges Seurat’s painting ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jette.’ The pond represents the river Seine in Paris, and the fountain makes the entire park reminiscent of Versailles. The garden is comprised of 54 human figures, eight boats, three dogs, a monkey, and a cat. Admission is also completely free.

2. Hayden Falls Park


Whetstone Park of Roses
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Hayden Falls is an actual waterfall in the middle of Columbus, only a few miles away from a major shopping center. The Scioto River has carved a gorge near Griggs Reservoir to create a cascading waterfall. A lush park leads to the wooden staircase that circles around the falls, which provides easy access and ample opportunity for photos. Take a break from the downtown crowds in this beautiful natural oasis.

Whetstone Park of Roses

The Whetstone Park of Roses is 13 acres of over 300 types of roses, surrounded by a lush central park. This charming spot is a popular wedding venue in the Victorian-style gazebo overlooking a sea of beautiful blooms. The rose park connects to the central Whetstone park along the Olentangy Trail and acres of greenery, ponds, and recreation centers. Be sure to catch the roses when they’re in season from mid-June to mid-September.

Whetstone Park of Roses, 3923 N. High St, Columbus, OH, (614) 645-3300

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