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“Definitely my favorite of the Washington memorials”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
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Ranked #21 of 493 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: This outdoor memorial is the most popular of presidential memorials, in large part because of its elegant design, which includes waterfalls and sculptures.
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

This is my favorite memorial. I'm pretty sure I am the only one. It's not simply because I quite admire FDR, but because I feel the memorial really is an FDR memorial. It's outside in nature, which he enjoyed. It's flat to allow for handicapped guests. It utlizes water elements in each section, an element FDR was also fond of. And it's simplistic. Four rooms, all representing four periods. The rock walls have quotes but little else. Some of the sections have statues of the president (and his dog!). Water is part of all, which is particularly interesting. During the Second World War section, for example, the water is very tumultuous, while in the final section - you can guess what that means - the water lays perfectly still.

It's just an incredibly unique memorial. It doesn't have any grandiose building or architecture yet probably does a better job of actually representing the president than any other memorial or monument in Washington.

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Reviewed 4 December 2013

This memorial goes on and on. As you first approach it, there is a life-sized statue of FDR. My daughter remarked that she felt sorry for him because his statue was so small compared to Lincoln's and Jefferson's. By the time we finished winding in and out of the various sections, she said she didn't feel sorry for him any more.

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Reviewed 4 December 2013

Thankfully we visited this monument with a tour guide who explained all the water features which gave an additional dimension to this memorial. In order to understand the different rooms you need a little background information. This was an interesting piece of history but is not nearly as majestic as some of the other sights in DC.

Thank Donna H
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

Go to all the monuments you can in the DC area, they are beautiful, but do not miss the FDR memorial along the Tidal Basin. This memorial truly draws the visitor into the monument. One can meander through each of Roosevelt's presidencies, drinking in a serene visual and educational experience. I was fortunate to be there when few visitors were present, so having the monument mostly to myself surely added to the experience, but I believe the monument would still impress with others around. Don't miss it. The Jefferson and MLK Jr. monuments are short walks from here and are also worth a visit.

Thank Macbe
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

I was surprised by the size of this memorial, four sections to represent FDR's four terms in office during such a difficult time in our history.

This memorial would have been enhanced by a knowledgeable guide to interpret and bring it to life for the teens in our group.

Thank sp4301
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