Explore Columbus’ Abundant Urban Green Spaces

Relax and unwind after work in these lovely Columbus Parks

Living and working in the heart of Columbus has many benefits. The city if full of awesome amenities including plenty of accessible green space to explore. If you’re lucky enough to have an office space in Columbus you can take advantage of all the nearby parks to enjoy a walk, run, or lunch in one of the many neighboring parks during your lunch break, or after work.

If you don’t have work near town, the proximity to outdoor recreational space is just one of many reasons why you should consider finding an office space in the area. Be sure to check out all of our local commercial properties available in Columbus to find one that suits you needs!

Columbus Park Of Roses

Stop and smell the roses

Columbus Park of Roses garden
Image courtesy of @columbusmeetings IG Treat all of your sense with a stroll through this beautiful garden

3901 N High Street

This unique public garden, in the Whetstone neighborhood, was created in 1953 and has grown to include over 12,000 roses of more than 400 varieties. There are also herb and perennial gardens and display beds of annual plantings.

Genoa Park

The park with a view and cool public art

Deer sculpture at Genoa ark in Columbus
Image courtesy of @hunkiestmikko IG The deer sculptures are insta-worthy spots for a portrait or selfie

303 W Broad Street

Genoa Park is the Franklinton neighborhood has many features to enjoy. From its Riverfront Amphitheater with stunning views that features a dynamic LED light display to the Lucas Sullivant Statue and the Scioto Lounge Deer Sculptures. You can also take in the fountains comprised of 24 bronze basins housed in 12 stone pedestals along Washington Boulevard.

Clinton-Como Park

Hiking and recreational spaces near OSU

basketball courts at CLinton Como park
Image courtesy of YelpPick up a game of b-ball or Pickleball in the park’s rec area

301 W. Pacemont Road

Clinton-Cosmo park in the Riverview neighborhood has a Northern and Southern section, that each contain a section of the Olentangy Greenway Trail running along the river. Bikers and pedestrians can also cross the river at the Southern end of the park to the Ohio State University wetlands area. While exploring you can play in the updated shelter, basketball half-court, Pickle ball court, or the playground.

Franklin Park Conservatory And Botanical Gardens

World-class botanical Gardens to explore

Franklin Park Conservatory And Botanical Gardens exterior
Image courtesy of @allsnwndrlnd IG A historic conservatory and botanical garden to explore

1777 E. Broad Street

This stunning conservatory in the Franklin Park neighborhood, contains more than 400 plant species. Biomes representing global climate zones include: Himalayan Mountains, Tropical Rainforest, Desert, and Pacific Island Water Garden. Additional plant collections include a Bonsai Courtyard, Showhouse with seasonal displays, orchids and tropical bonsai collections, and Palm House with more than 40 species of palms. As a horticultural and educational institution, it showcases exotic plant collections, special exhibitions, and Dale Chihuly artworks.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

Wooded park featuring a lake and fields

Picnic table and lake at Sharon Woods Park
Image courtesy of @prosodic IG Explore wooded trails along the lake

6911 Cleveland Avenue

Sharon Woods Metro Park in Spring Hollow has a mix of forests and fields with towering oak, hickory and beech trees, with an 11 acre lake in the southern part of the park. Within the 761-acre park is the Edward Thomas Nature Preserve, which is named from the renowned Ohio naturalist and one of the founders of the park system. There are many different seasonal pools that are present and provide a habitat for amphibians and other wildlife.

Inniswood Metro Garden

Lovely gardens with in an urban nature preserve

Inniswood Metro Garden bridge
Image courtesy of @wbns10tv IG A stroll through Metro Gardens is stunning at sunset

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S Hempstead Road

The 123-acre Inniswood Metro Gardens in Edenbrook, nestled within a scenic nature preserve, is a source of inspiration for all ages. The streams and the woodlands that are filled with wildflowers and wildlife help provide a majestic backdrop to the already beautiful landscaped areas.

Columbus Commons

Downtown green space to enjoy

Columbus Commons ampitheater
Image courtesy of @columbuscommons IG Take in a meal or concert in this urban park

160 S High Street

Columbus Commons is a 6-acre park and green space in the Uptown District of Columbus, located on the site of the former Columbus City Center mall. The park features gardens, a performance stage, carousel, reading room, a NEOS play system and two cafes.

Battelle Riverfront Park

Riverview trails perfect for a stroll or run

Trail and sculptures at Battelle Riverview park
Take in the stunning skyline and peace river along these walking trails

Battelle Riverfront Park

25 Marconi Boulevard

Battelle Riverfront Park, named in honor of Ohio industrialist Gordon Battelle and funded through the Battelle Memorial Institute, is located on the eastern bank of the Scioto River, across the street from City Hall. The park is home to numerous monuments and memorials to take in on a peaceful walk.

Schiller Park

Bursting with amenities in the center of German Village

Schiller Park pond
Image courtesy of @sfrey32 IG There’s so much to do in Schiller Park!

Schiller Park

1069 Jaeger Street

Schiller Park is the second oldest park in the City of Columbus, runner up to only Goodale Park, established in 1857. The numerous amenities including a recreation center, picnic areas, softball diamonds, fishing pond and stage for the Actor's Summer Theater, not to mention the beautifully landscaped gardens, make Schiller Park the jewel of German Village.

Topiary Park

The park that is also a work of art

topiary rower sculpture
Unique topiary sculptures can be found throughout the park

Topiary Park  

480 E Town Street

Topiary Park is a landscape work of art. The garden features sculpted shrubs in the shape of humans, animals, and boats that represent the famous “A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte” painting. Guests can see “the painting” from the artist’s point of view by standing on the eastern-most hill to the left of the bronze plaque.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

A sprawling riverside park with activities for everyone

climbing structure at Scioto Audubon Metro Park
Image of Courtesy of Facebook Plenty to do for guests both young and old

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

400 W Whittier Street

This 120 acre park along the Brewery District includes nature centers, obstacle courses, rock climbing, sledding, boating, and biking. A dog park includes a separate area for large and small dogs. Pet trails are the perfect place to walk your animals and enjoy nature.

Glen Echo Park

The perfect place for a peaceful wooded walk

Trail underpass at Glen Echo Park
Image Courtesy of Ryan S. on Yelp Escape the hustle and bustle with a walk along the creek

Glen Echo Park

510 Cliffside Drive

The 4.20 Acre Park in Glen Echo features an escape from the busy street noise and contains a walking trail along a beautiful creek. Located north of the Ohio State University campus, the peaceful park is perfect for relaxing and leisure activity. The abundance of wildlife and birds provide a serene environment to enjoy in your daily routine.

There is such an abundance of lovely green space around Columbus to enjoy, whether you’re on a break from work, or heading home after a long day at the office. If you’re looking for a new office space in Columbus, be sure to check out our current listings!

Lani Redinger

Lani Redinger is a professional writer, editor, and bibliophile from Pittsburgh, PA