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U.S. National Arboretum

#36 of 444 things to do in Washington DC Features Animals
3501 New York Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-1958
+1 202-245-2726
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Surprising gem!

Visitors to DC should seek out this under-utilized oasis. The arboretum has several distinct areas... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Great escape from city life

It was a great way to get out into nature and away from city living for awhile. It almost makes you... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Established in 1927 by an Act of the United States Congress, this national treasure contains 446 acres of fabulous flora and fauna and is especially known for its Asian, azalea and conifer collections.
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3501 New York Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-1958
+1 202-245-2726
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visitors to DC should seek out this under-utilized oasis. The arboretum has several distinct areas. My two favorites are the amazing bonsai display and the oriental collection. If you are able bodied, it is so worth the walk down through the oriental collection to the...More

Thank creekdweller48
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was a great way to get out into nature and away from city living for awhile. It almost makes you forget you are in DC. It is also a great place to walk your dog with plenty of shaded areas to escape the heat...More

Thank Nicole F
Reviewed 4 days ago

I was excited to visit as I enjoy botanical gardens and thought this was be amazing. It was nice but more trees and greenery than flowers and color. It had some cool exhibits such as the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. Other exhibits were not...More

Thank pdrocean
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was the first time I had visited the botanical garden at the Capitol. It was mid July so very hot. Great collection of plants. Will go back in more temperate season!

Thank Alracj
Reviewed 1 week ago

Many visitors to the DC area may miss this real gem. The National Arboretum is an amazing park where you can explore gardens, have a leisurely picnic, and still get some historical information. It's out of the way for a lot of visitors, unless you...More

Thank kimmy671
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you use a wheelchair or walker, you will find that there are really only a few attractions that are accessible; the Aquatic Garden and Koi Pond surrounding the Administration Building, the Friendship Garden, the National Herb Garden, and the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum...More

Thank Califanna348
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited to see the American Stone Hedge Actually an display of the original column from the US Capital . No flowering trees or shrubs in bloom. Worth a visit in spring when all are in bloom

Thank willows72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is little far away not on tourism map. Best is to have own vehicle or take Cab. We took Uber but remember after 2 pm wait outside main entrance as vehicles are not allowed in. I went specifically to see bonsai by great...More

Thank Hariom A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was such a beautiful day when we went. Free entrance and parking. No problems finding parking. The trees, the air, the sky was all amazing. You would not believe that we were in the city. It was very calming, clean and quiet. The Herb...More

Thank Jcastro86
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The arboretum is huge but much of it is large sweeps of tall grasses. Sprinkled around are a children's garden, forested hiking trails, a large herb garden and an also large collection of bonsai trees. The bonsai are fascinating and the placards tell a bit...More

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13 April 2017|
Response from gelatogirl72 | Reviewed this property |
You can walk from the entrance but you can also drive around by car (we needed to drive there last year as we had over 102 F and sun...too hot to walk). There are "internal streets" within the Arboretum. You will see the... More
Shelley H
18 January 2017|
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Response from GLearn | Reviewed this property |
The National Arboretum is located at 3501 New York Ave, NE Washington, DC 20002. Use 2400 R Street NE for GPS which will bring you to the R Street gate. Their website says: "There is free parking and a Capital Bikeshare... More