As a documentary Columbus Ohio Family Photographer, 9 times out of 10 you’ll find me capturing the beautifully honest moments that unfold around my clients’ homes. That said, I still know all about the best places to take pictures in Columbus Ohio!

Realistically there may be times when it’s not feasible to have a photo session in your home. Or maybe you have older kids who love adventures, or you’re a graduating senior looking for a different vibe. Maybe you just want to pick up your own camera, get outside, and get creative. Whatever the case, central Ohio is bursting with great photo spots. Here’s my rundown (with GPS pins so you know where to go!):

Downtown in front of the skyline is one of the best places to take pictures in Columbus Ohio

best places to take pictures in columbus ohio

City/Community parks & gardens

Bicentennial Park – also has a splashpad for kids in the summer!

Chadwick Arboretum at The Ohio State University  

Scioto Mile/East Bank Park 

Goodale Park – see also Italian Village / Short North 

Schiller Park – see also German Village

Frank Fetch Park – see also German Village

Columbus Park of Roses

A family on a sidewalk at Frank Fetch Park in German Village, demonstrating one of the best places to take pictures in Columbus Ohio


934 Gallery – outdoor art gallery that changes every couple years  

Cosi – great spot to take photos of the skyline

Franklinton Arts District 

German Village 

Historic downtown Dublin 

Historic Old Worthington – Farmers market on Saturdays from 8-12

Italian Village & Short North Arts District 

Main Street Bridge – also great views of the skyline, and cool architecture 

North Market (downtown)

Ohio State UniversityMirror Lake, the Oval, Thompson Library, and the rotunda outside the stadium.

A lady wearing graduation attire at the stadium rotunda at Ohio Stadium, demonstrating one of the best places to take pictures in Columbus Ohio
The Ohio State University
A family walks across an arched bridge at sunset in downtown Columbus Ohio
Scioto Mile in downtown Columbus

Museums & indoor locations

Columbus Metropolitan Library 

Columbus Museum of Art

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens (not free, but the outdoor Community Garden is)

Ohio Statehouse – there is a permitting process. More info here.

A teenage girl in a white dress sits on the patio at the Franklin Park Community outdoor gardens in Columbus Ohio
Community garden at Franklin Park Conservatory

Metro/state Parks

Most metro parks are most ideal in summer and fall, but some have early Spring blooms (Inniswood + Scioto Grove + Three Creeks). 

Alum Creek Beach in Lewis Center

Blendon Woods – watch out for the turkeys!

Blacklick Woods

Highbanks in Lewis Center – a good combination of wooded areas, airy fields, and a walkable creek 

Hoover Reservoir Park/Hoover Dam Nature Trail

Homestead in Hilliard

Inniswood Metro Gardens in Westerville – this is the busiest location on this list, especially in the Spring and Fall. However, if you go early in the morning or on a weekday, it’s usually not too crowded.

Prairie Oaks in West Jefferson

Sharon Woods in Westerville

Scioto Audubon 

Scioto Grove in Grove City – bluebells bloom in early Spring

Three Creeks in Groveport – bluebells bloom in early Spring

Walnut Woods in Groveport – Tall Pines is a quiet area, with a wandering path weaving its way through towering trees

A mom in an emerald green sweater gives her toddler son a piggy back ride at a park in Columbus Ohio
Sharon Woods Metro Park


Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala – no specific rules on photography but every car must purchase a bag of apples

Budd Dairy Food Hall

Book Loft of German Village

Kid-friendly breweries in Columbus 

Oakland Nursery – Dublin

Groovy Plants Ranch in Marengo – not technically Columbus, but worth the drive! This place is good all year long.

An indoor greenhouse at Groovy Plants Ranch in Marengo Ohio
Groovy Plants Ranch in Marengo
The book loft of German Village in Columbus Ohio
The Book Loft of German Village

This “Best Places to Take Pictures in Columbus Ohio” list is updated twice per year. If you’d like to submit modifications or additions to be included, feel free to email

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I’m Daisy, and you’re very welcome here.

I’m a documentary Columbus Ohio family photographer offering stress-free and fun portrait experiences. I hope you enjoyed Where to take photos in Columbus Ohio, and if you’d like to chat about your own family photos, smash that button below. Can’t wait to hear what wild and wonderful things you’re dreaming up!

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