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United States Botanic Garden

100 Maryland Ave. at First St. SW, At the east end of the Mall, Washington DC, DC 20001 (National Mall)
202/225-8333
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Ranked #27 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Gardens, Fountains
Activities: Leisure education
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A truly green spectacle, with a jungle, a National Garden with a First Ladies water garden, a rose garden and exhibits on ecology and evolutionary... more » Owner description: A truly green spectacle, with a jungle, a National Garden with a First Ladies water garden, a rose garden and exhibits on ecology and evolutionary biology. « less
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Joliet, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

I couldn't believe how many types of exhibits were inside the US Botanic Garden! From an arid desert to a humid jungle and nearly everything in between, the conservatory has it all. There are examples of plants from throughout the US as well as from places around the world. I wish I had gone on a guided tour since I... More

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Denver, Colorado
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The botanic gardens are easy to visit, not too big and you can see some really cool plants. The guides work really well. This would be a great place to take a break or some quiet time or a take a picnic. It takes about an hour to do the gardens.

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Hyderabad, India
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242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The United States Botanic Garden is a living plant museum. The Conservatory (indoor garden) situated within has as many as 4,000 seasonal, tropical and subtropical plants..It offers special exhibits and educational programs throughout the year. The U.S. Botanic Garden is located on the National Mall across from the U.S. Capitol.and is a must visit place particularly for those who love... More

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

With limited time,we listened to the opinions of others who had experienced a great number of the attractions around the mall.This was a dont-miss from a stranger,whose advice we took and were very thankful.For 2 southern country boys always interested in plants and soil and the elements,we were captivated by trees,plants,flowers from around the world.Nearly a half day we felt... More

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Washington DC
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The Botanic Garden is the perfect place to visit any time of year -- and it's free. The indoor Conservatory has special shows much of the year and has a permanent collection that is a delight, making it an especially wonderful place to visit during the cooler months. During the summer, the outdoor National Garden is a walled wonder. You... More

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London
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Of all of the sights of Washington DC I had never heard of the Botanic Garden. It was a delightful refreshing oasis on a steamy hot and humid day. Wonderful range of plants, water features and surprising views of the Capitol. And then herbs and plants smell wonderful. Well worth spending some time even if you can only squeeze in... More

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alexandria, va
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I love the segmented areas of interest with indigenous plants from various areas around the world. Well worth the visit.

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Spencer, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Just a few blocks from the Capitol, he Air & Space Museum and National Museum of the American Indian, the US Botanic Garden offers a treasure trove of plants organized by US regions. The outdoor gardens .... butterfly gardens .... orchid room ..... 'jungle' room in the conservatory ... First Ladies' quilt-like fountain area.... and children's garden are just some... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I love coming here occasionally to get some inspiration! I love the greenhouse habitats - so diverse!

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Kenton, Ohio
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It does take some time to go through if you read about each plant but it is very interesting. I was surprised by the amount of plants and the different species and locales.

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