Best Nature Park: Franklin Park Conservatory

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
1777 E. Broad St., Downtown, 614-645-8733,

What's not to love about this oasis of nature and culture? Between the inventive programming (Blooms & Butterflies!), the learning opportunities (classes for all ages in horticulture and cooking), the events to ogle or attend (weddings and Hat Day), there are - and always will be - the plants.

Whether you're pretending to hike the Himalayas, zoning out in the Zen Garden, breathing in the humidity of the Rain Forest or warming your bones in the Desert, the Conservatory offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with nature.

Runners-up: Highbanks Metro Park, Slate Run & Slate Run Living Historical Farm