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United States Botanic Garden

Address: 100 Maryland Ave. at First St. SW, At the east end of the Mall, Washington DC, DC 20001 (National Mall)
Phone Number: 202/225-8333
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Ranked #23 of 242 Attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Fountains, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Leisure education
Fee: No
Owner description: A truly green spectacle, with a jungle, a National Garden with a...
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Type: Fountains, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Leisure education
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Dallas, TX
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119 reviews 119 reviews
22 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Anyone who enjoys plants should give this 3-4 hours of a DC visit. The gardens are both visually stunning and informative, and they are a photographer's dream. Washington has too much to see for a short visit. Allow a morning or afternoon for the United States Botanic Garden. After all, it's free in the sense that taxpayers have paid your... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

During the summer, the Botanic Garden features outdoor demonstration gardens that are really great. So go in the summer, cool. The holiday exhibitions are terrific, especially for families with kids. The trains and monuments built out of natural materials really are worth seeing. The hours are limited, and the place closes at about 5, but if you can get there,... More 

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Courbevoie, France
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The most amazing collection of orchids I ever seen all over the world so far with rare and beautiful varieties of different orchids. A must to see absolutely for Orchids lovers!

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The United States Botanic Garden is a very good attraction for families or those looking for something other than museums and monuments during their time in DC. We visited in December and enjoyed our time here. This is the wrong time of the year for optimal visits to the outdoor garden areas however, the conservatory is temperature controlled, making for... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Business Trip. My colleagues and I were walking down The Hill back to our Hotel and popped in. We had passed the unique looking structure many times. It's like a greenhouse on steroids. They had plant and flowers from different areas of the nation. We walked around for about 30 mins,and it was OK (keeping in mind we were not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

My family and I visited on Jan 16. It wasn't as crowded as other Smithsonian places, which was nice. A couple of the rooms were closed for the season but there was still plenty to see. I think we spent about an hour looking around. I liked the orchid and medicinal plant rooms the most. However, I thought the medicinal... More 

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Sanford, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We went into use the bathroom and warm up. It was not really a planned stop but it was a nice surprise. We ended up staying for awhile enjoying the beautiful flowers.

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Rockville, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Even as a long time resident of the Washington DC area, this was my first visit to the gardens. What a nice surprise we found during a weekday morning at the end of December . The gardens were decorated for the holidays and we were so pleased to see so many blooming plants. The staff was helpful when we asked... More 

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Jefferson City, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

It was very busy just after Christmas. Just a really nice place to see and learn about plants. My exchange students enjoyed it very much

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Dublin, New Hampshire
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We didn't have time to see it all, but went through the special Christmas decorated areas, and through the jungle, it was great!

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