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U.S. National Arboretum

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Address: 3501 New York Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20005
Phone Number: 202-245-2726
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Activities: Walking
Description: Established in 1927 by an Act of the United States Congress, this national...
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.
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I've been here with my son 3 times now, and we love it - discover something new every time. It's a fantastic place to go get the feeling of being out of the city for a great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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College Park, Maryland
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College Park, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I've been here with my son 3 times now, and we love it - discover something new every time. It's a fantastic place to go get the feeling of being out of the city for a great outdoor walk. We always go see the columns (because they're awesome), and we're making the Asian gardens part of our regular routine as... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The park at first seems rather inauspicious for an arboretum with NATIONAL designation. It feels less like a manicured garden and more like a sprawling, unwieldy wilderness underfunded and under-managed, too many trees to tend to and not enough hands. I was particularly disappointed that the fountain at the capital columns were not in operation. I've been to other arboretums... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit. Not everything was blooming yet but enough was so that there was a nice fragrance throughout the arboretum. We brought our lunch and had a picnic. We'd definitely go again.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Living in the DC metro area for more than 4 years, I had never heard of the US National Arboretum until a friend told me it existed. This is because it is not as easily reachable as other attractions and is not metroable. However, it must be noted that this attraction has a lot to offer, not to mention ample... More 

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Columbia, MD
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

If you have been to DC before and want to see something different, take a trip to the National Arboretum. It's in the city, but you really do need a car to get there. Highlights are the bonsai collection, the herb gardens, the classical columns that were previous at the capitol building. If you go in the spring, you can... More 

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Wall Township, New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

If you like plants, there is nothing not to like here. There is no charge. It have many exotic plants nicely displayed in different environments. Each room has a different climate so that the plants thrive. They are nicely marked. I wish they had a gift shop because we would have loved to try to grow some of them ourselves.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We have taken many friends to the Arboretum. Almost no one seems to know about it. It is always a great tour. The exotic plants are phenomenal. It is conveniently located near the capital building and you can combine a visit here with several other Smithsonian museums as well as the Capitol building. Highly recommended.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Trees from all over the world, a bonsai garden including some staggeringly old examples and a koi pond, filled with curious, open mouthed fish.

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Lawrence, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

It was a snow-covered ground when we visited but we stopped to see the bonsai which were fabulous. Some of the bonsai are as old as being from the 1700's. They truly are impressive. We took a drive through the arboretum and I could just imagine how it looks when everything is in bloom. And it's free!

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This is a small arboretum (certainly by National standards) but it does offer an interesting collection of plants. Visiting Kew Gardens or even Honolulu's Foster Botanical Garden will impress you much more than the National Arboretum.

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