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“The koi fish are gone” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of U.S. National Arboretum

U.S. National Arboretum
Ranked #37 of 418 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The koi fish are gone”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

We have been visiting the aboretum for years. The highlight was always buying fish pellets and feeding the scores of koi fish in the beautiful pond. We are so sad that it is gone. There is no information on the USNA web site about whether it will be back.

Visited August 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Perfect place for a picnic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

I love coming to the Arboretum, particularly after stopping at Union Market to pick up some picnic fixings. The grove of State Trees is the best place to grab a table and enjoy the wide open area of the park. It's very quiet and a bit out of the city, so you can relax and enjoy your picnic in peace. After, you can stroll by the old Capitol Columns, the Bonsai Garden, and several other areas throughout the park. Being a large park, I'd recommend bringing a bike.

Visited April 2014
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 attraction reviews
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“Not well tended but still interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

This place is not very well cared for. The waterworks near the visitor center are dry, several garden paths are closed because they are in a state of disrepair, the lawn near the visitor center is quite dead, and it is evident that ordinary garden maintenance like weeding, trimming and deadheading is not happening very frequently if at all. In spite of this there are several interesting things here. My family enjoyed the bonsai collection and the garden immediately opposite the bonsai museum that has fruits, herbs and spices alongside flowers. I had never before encountered the plants that produce bay leaves, cardamoms and lemon grass. My children were fascinated by the various kinds of mints and fruit trees. The place is huge, so one can probably keep going back in various seasons and discover new points of interest.

Visited July 2014
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“Crowded and Hot”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

Beautiful facility and would be great for a wedding or private party. We found it teeming with visitors and hot. Although the foliage was beautiful, our kids were crying a begging to leave within minutes of arrival.

Visited July 2014
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Washington DC
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196 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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“Visit the Bonsai and Suiseki Collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

This is one of DC's treasures! One of my favorite places to take visitors. Nothing could be more pleasant than strolling through the bonsai, some of which are 500 years old, contemplating the beauty and admiring the dedication that has gone into producing these miniature works of art. And don't miss the amazing suiseki nearby (these are naturally occurring rocks that resemble landscapes and are prized by collectors - sounds strange, but this is really wonderful). And its free. An adult experience - not likely to entertain children.

Visited May 2014
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