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U.S. National Arboretum

3501 New York Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20005
202-245-2726
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Ranked #39 of 252 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails
Activities: Walking
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... more » 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. « less
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Beijing, Beijing, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

An absolute must see if you like bonsai trees. Well kept gardens with a wide variety of things to see from trees, herbs, to bonsais. The bonsai is exhibit is second to none of any collection that I have ever seen and has some of the most impressive pieces in the world. It is also free. Worth coming for a... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 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.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 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.... More

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 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... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 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.

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Washington DC
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25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 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... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Great to hang out during a long dog days of summer. Just god forbid you let you dog off the leash in the very backside parking lot with no one around they will call three security vehicles on you like you committed a felony. But I chalk that up to an idiot staffer with a power complex. I very nice... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

A great place to enjoy a break from the busy Mall museums and to stroll around the colorful, eye-opening multi-regional plantings. Great for warming up on a chill winter day in the wonderful hot-house.

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Fair Haven, VT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

A friend told us to check out the National Arboretum and especially the Bonsai areas. So we did this past week. What a delight! First we explored the Herb gardens. Who could ever guess there are so many varieties of lavender or of pepper plants? There are many exotic plants I had never seen, and numerous theme gardens that opened... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The U.S. National Arboretum is a Department of Agriculture research/education facility and a 'living' museum. While most people, locals as well as tourists, know about the Botanical Gardens, the Abroretum is usually 'off the radar'. I recommend driving as a car lets you cruise the 446 acres and, if you're there in the heat of the summer, will help you... More

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