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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Off West Basin Drive, Washington DC, DC 20242
202-426-6841
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Ranked #9 of 252 Attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
Owner description: This outdoor memorial is the most popular of presidential memorials, in large part because of its elegant design, which includes waterfalls and... more » 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. « less
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We found the pathway not well marked to the monument. We left it for last and wished we has gone first to have more time. It is different from the other monuments. A type of meandering stone walk that highlights his quotes. This was our favorite of all the monuments.

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Salisbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

A short distance from the MLK memorial, this was a glimpse back in history to me. A snapshot of a moment when the US changed and began to set a standard of better quality of life for its citizens. I was inspired and proud as I walked this attraction.

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Itanagar, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This is one monument in Washington which is hugely popular with all, children, grown up, those from USA and those coming from outside. The layout is extremely good, with waterfalls, writings on the wall, statues and people can identify with the monument. It is good to remember that FDR has been and will always be the longest to function as... More

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth seeing. We were all over DC, but would really have missed out if we didn't check out this memorial. FDR was one of the greats and this memorial does him justice. The thought, time and effort put into this tribute makes it really special. Make sure you stand in line behind the men "waiting" and take a picture!

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Reno, Nevada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
26 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I believe they said it covers seven acres! We enjoyed it at night but not all aspects are well lit so truly FDR buffs will want to see in daytime.

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Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

If you were to take a poll among D.C.-area residents, the #1 place to visit would be the FDR Memorial, particularly on a pleasant day. The memorial is located half way around the Tidal Basin which is a wonderful walk in itself. But the memorial is the main attraction (except when the Cherry Blossoms are out, of course). Take the... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Getting there is half the fun! Walking from the Jefferson Memorial and around the reflecting pool can be a lovely walk. By the time you get to the FDR Memorial, you feel like you in "nature" in the heart of DC. The memorial is more of a continuation of your walk and a journey though some of the key events... More

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Greenwood, Indiana
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I was drawn to the FDR Memorial since I spent 2 years aboard USS FDR, CVA-42. Plus, we just visited Hyde Park last month. Plus, we walked to the Jefferson Memorial and had to go around the Tidal Basin to get to the Lincoln Memorial, so what the heck. I was stunned at the elegance, the size, the story it... More

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Granada Hills, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Saw this memorial on a segway tour and the guide from city segway tours gave a thorough explanation before hand so that we really enjoyed it. I recommend this tour.

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Kansas City
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

What a fantastic monument! It is 4 stages of rock and water, portraying his presidency. There are many quotes and statues. The most moving is the one that has still water for when he died. It was a gorgeous memorial! There is also a nice giftshop and there are restrooms.

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