Whetstone Park of Roses
3923 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214
The Whetstone Park of Roses has got to be THE best place to take someone you love. It is a very romantic location, even if you aren't all that romantic. It's so tranquil and picturesque, you forget you're in the state capitol! We are pretty lucky to have this place in Columbus. (Can you tell I like this place??)
The first couple of times I went to the Whetstone Park of Roses, I didn't get to see the roses! This is because I did not do my research and therefore did not know where in this MASSIVE park the roses actually were (plus, I was just riding on the bike trail, which is not quite near the rose garden). Once I finally saw where the roses were, my jaw dropped! I couldn't believe how beautiful this park was and what I had been missing!
When you arrive at the Whetstone Park of Roses, you will see a fishing pond, soccer fields, a portion of the Olentangy Bike Trail, and a building by the parking lot. To find the roses, go BEHIND the building (I am such a genius).
There, you will find rows and rows of, you guessed it, roses! Roses of all kinds...all different colors and classes. There is a gazebo, amphitheatre-like area, benches, a trellis, and a large, black wrought iron tower you can climb to get a great view.
Even in November, when the roses are not in bloom, the garden is rather pretty. Please keep this in mind when viewing the pictures below, which were taken by OHventures in November. I know this all seems pretty strange coming from a guy, but a place like this really is much needed for anyone who lives in such a big city: it sets aside the pavement and honking cars for a minute to get you to enjoy nature. If you too need some therapy from city life, come here for a spell and you will be on cloud nine!
Quick Park Specs: Gardens, Soccer Fields, Fishing Ponds, Playground, Bike Path, Running