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Tidal Basin

Tidal Basin and Ohio Drive NW, Washington DC, DC 20003
202-484-0206
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Ranked #34 of 252 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Hiking, Viewing foliage
Description: Springtime in Washington means the explosion of white-pink clouds of cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin.
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Germantown, Maryland
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90 reviews 90 reviews
32 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Visited on many occasions but a must-see during the spring Cherry Blossom festival. Pros: 1. Beautiful place to visit during the Cherry Blossom festival when its in full bloom. 2. Make sure to carry your own food/drinks as you walk along the basin. 3. Worth visiting the nearby Washington monument and memorials (World War, Lincoln and MLK). Cons: 1. Parking... More

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Derwood, Maryland
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86 reviews 86 reviews
34 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Tidal Basin is such a gem. In the spring time, you can't best the stunning cherry blossom beauty. It is stunning at night, reflecting the light from the Jefferson, MLK and FDR memorials. Lovely place to walk and a couple of hours on a pedal boat taking in all the DC sights from the water is great too. Never... More

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North Carolina
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42 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

While we were on an evening tour, we visited these monuments and walked around the tidal basin area to get from FDR to MLK. This area is very pretty & relaxing. There are some very low tree branches in need of trimming, but overall a nice place for a walk.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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61 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This was our first walk at the Tidal Basin despite having visited DC before. We enjoyed the stroll and the views. The area is a bit unkept in places but that did not deter our stroll. The area feels very safe and pleasant. Check the weather before you embark as there are few shelters and if you want to boat... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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32 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Enjoyed being able to boat to the Jefferson and MLK monuments. After all the walking in DC, it was a nice change. We took out a boat for 4 and switched positions halfway. One hour was long enough to see both easily. Jus wish they were open earlier or later when temperatures are more pleasant.

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Northville, Michigan
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

A wonderful area to walk around and through, especially enjoyable when visiting Jefferson and other presidential Memorials. Easy, pleasant strolling.

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Santee, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

If you like to walk (or jog or run), this is a wonderful loop. It goes around the tidal basin, under and between trees, and includes passing by memorials for Martin Luther King, Franklin Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson. There are some low-hanging branches, duck poop, and a little debris in the water along the way, but all in all it's... More

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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30 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The Tidal Basin is a beautiful area of DC, a little off the beaten track, but worth seeing, especially by Paddle Boats! My teen-aged grandchildren had a blast!! Paddled the entire tidal basin for 2 hours and loved every second of it! I was very happy that we made the decision to go there, as we had already done a... More

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kingston, ny
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42 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

especially during cherry blossom season and get the monuments as a backdrop. worth a stop while in DC.

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Dayton, Texas
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

So quiet and calming. If you ever need some alone time or time with that special someone, this is the place to go.

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