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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Off West Basin Drive, Washington DC, DC 20242
202-426-6841
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Ranked #11 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
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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126 reviews 126 reviews
23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

There's a way to weave through it so it tells a story - I didn't get it right the first time, but caught on. This memorial more than many others integrates the statues and the words to create an experience that tells a story of a long complex presidency. You felt the burden of the war, the suffering of the... More

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Bryan, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I never knew it was there--it's a large garden area with modern fountains lit for night (we were there on a night tour) and great statues and quotes. Very near the MLK memorial, which is a similar style. I want to go back.

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Tokyo, Japan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This was by far my favorite "new" memorial. It was so peaceful and covered his life so beautifully. My children loved it too and spent tons of time looking at all the little details you would not normally see if you just rushed through it. Go see it

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Walker, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We visited this and wanted to take in as many of these sites that we could see. Was very well done and a great tribute for him.

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Virginia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful monument! It is so beautifully done and very enjoyable. Many surprises as you walk around.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

FDR is the only man to serve four terms as President and finding his memorial is worth the trip. For each term there is a section depicting what was taking place at the time. The most memorable one for me was the bread line. It's hard to believe so many good men and women were forced onto the street because... More

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Chester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Roosevelt might have asked for only a small memorial but this memorial spreads over 7.5 acres with various water features which were explained so well by our guide on the Evening Big Bus Tour (highly recommended)

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This memorial, when compared with those to other Presidents located around Washington, is quiet, unassuming and modest. It is perhaps all the more in keeping because of that.

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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is one of the more calming and peaceful monuments displaying the grace and humility that Roosevelt subscribed to in his own life. Amazing visit!

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Jackson, Mississippi
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This memorial is simple, yet moving. It is a quiet place that is good for meditation. Be sure to walk all the way through so that you see Eleanor Roosevelt also. On the return walk, stay to the river side of the memorial. You will get a photo opportunity of the Washington Monument.

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