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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 254 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Lovely place to visit - even though it was fall and outdoor gardens were in decline. It offers a peaceful place to walk and visit friends in the middle of the hectic pace of Capitol Hill. Indoor gardens offer varied habitats from rain forest to desert. They also have a nice collection of orchids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Walked in thinking, oh just a bunch of flowers, but when we left, we talked about it for days! Amazing flowers and plants and it's set up in the perfect way! Easy to walk through, lots to learn...some plants I have never seen or heard about before. Definitely glad we stopped!

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Washington DC
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174 reviews 174 reviews
29 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

After spending three hours touring inside a government building, visiting the Botanic Garden was like taking a mini vacation in the countryside. I was surprised and delighted to find so many areas that were small semi-secliuded spots of nature.It was very peaceful. The use of mailboxes to disseminate information about some sections in the outside garden was ingenious; I took... More

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Jerusalem
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63 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America, which shows the importance of diversity of plants, their aesthetics, cultural, economic, therapeutic and ecological significance. It has several sections with the various temperature adapted for each plant. In the garden court are beautiful orchids. Take your camera and you will not be able to stop taking photos. A... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I consider myself a regular here. The botanic gardens has extensive collection of plants that cover diverse continental climes- from desert to tropics to subtropical. Controlled environment means there is always a flower blooming at any time of the year.

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Clinton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Stopped in Sunday 10/12/14 for an incredible and relaxing walk through the gardens. Orchids are totally incredible. Very nice photo exhibit of special places in America... It's a must see in DC.

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MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We loved this place. It was large, quiet, and filled with beautiful plants and flowers. We enjoyed every inch of the place and definitely will go back!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I stopped by this place on a whim while waiting for my tour bus to come back around near the Capitol Building. I loved every minute of my fast walk through. It made me feel like I was far from the city in a floral paradise. The orchids were incredible. And, if you like photography, you will be sure to... More

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Bangor, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I think this was my favorite. I love plants and flowers and trees. The botanical gardens are absolutely stunning in their size and the number of specimens. This place is not only pretty to look at, but it smells WONDERFUL!

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Arcata, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A quiet lovely place to get away from the hustle and crowds. The different houses are all spectacular with different plants and weather depending on the region. I love the cacti. Watch for special events--we got to crash one evening at 5:30 when it was opening for a evening concert.

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