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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 253 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Im not really a boater but we did walk all the way around the tidal basin... Great sights of nature, culture, and watching people. Shady walk between monuments... Nice places to picnic, or rest.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The monuments here are beautiful. From the portraits of African Americans on the sides of the Lincoln monument to the quotes surrounding MLK, the details are amazing. The lesser known monuments such as Roosevelt are also worth a visit. Beware, this is a long hard walk particularly on a summer day and not particularily well served by taxis and the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We sat at the Tidal Basin and toured around it a bit when looking at the Memorials. It wasn't anything too special and depending on the time of day, many spots were flooded out due to the tide tables. It was interesting that there were kiosks along the tidal basin that sold food, beer, and ice cream. It was hot,... More

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Wheelersburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Although it can be tough to find a place to park, it is a neat experience to walk around the Tidal Basin. Providing neat views of the city, we enjoyed our walk between the Jefferson, FDR and MLK Memorials. Neat to see both in the day and in the evening.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Being far from the ocean, some may wonder why the Tidal Basin is in DC. That’s because Atlantic tidal swells push Potomac waters upstream and fills this basin surrounded by the famed cherry trees that Washington didn’t cut down. Those trees were a gift from Japan’s emperor in 1912, but Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, upon returning from her visit to Japan... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I don't really know how this place looks like throughout the year, but atleast during the Cherry Blossom this is the epic center of all the action! The place is actually where you can see exhibits of the different variants of the Cherry Blossom flowering during the peak blooming season. The place is flooded with visitors from within US as... More

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Tidal Basin is popular during the time when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. It is spectacular in the spring. During the summer, people walk or jog around it. There are paddle boats for rent. I used to bring my children here when we would visit Washington. My father told me that I learned to walk on the greenery... More

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I am not sure how much there is to say about it but it was a nice stroll along here and I sat on some steps leading from the FDR memorial and just quietly reflected. It was peaceful

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I love walking and running around here. It's a beautiful place, and this is where all the famous cherry blossoms are in the spring! Go see the Jefferson and FDR memorials, and the MLK Jr. Memorial is there, too--the latest addition.

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Germantown, Maryland
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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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