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United States Botanic Garden

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Neighborhood: National Mall
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Address: 100 Maryland Ave. at First St. SW, At the east end of the Mall, Washington DC, DC 20001
Phone Number: 202/225-8333
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Leisure education
Description: A truly green spectacle, with a jungle, a National Garden with a First...
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.
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A Tropical Escape on a Cloudy Day

The US Botanic Garden is just to the right of the US Capital building - when looking from the National Mall. It's free admission just like the museums. On a cloudy cold day it's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The US Botanic Garden is just to the right of the US Capital building - when looking from the National Mall. It's free admission just like the museums. On a cloudy cold day it's a tropical oasis inside it's many greenhouses, one with a 2nd story catwalk. Highlights for me were the tropical garden - including orchids, and the desert... More 

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Matawan, New Jersey
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

At first I was hesitant to go here because there are so many sites to see in DC. But I'm glad I did. It's really beautiful inside and a cool different learning experience. They have a wide variety of botanicals. It's not very large so it doesn't take a lot of time to walk through.

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Minneapolis
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful place with wonderful plants. It is a great respite from wintry DC. Informative, too. Take your camera!

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Ross on Wye, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We always visit installations like this when out and about, and this one stands up well against others. It is quite small, does not take long to look around, but then that is useful when you have so much to see. Some of the plants were stunning and, unlike some examples, they all looked really healthy. There is an upper... More 

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Emporia, Kansas
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We had a short time in DC before a flight and decided to visit thinking we could do it quickly and it was close to our hotel. We were surprised at both the size of the facility as well as the quality. Plants from all over the world are available for view in distinct areas and a considerable amount of... More 

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Mill Valley, California
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Perhaps the garden is best viewed in Spring or Fall, in Winter it was dormant. The conservatory area had several nice rooms with flowers and plants, but it's small for a city of this importance.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Stepped out of the cold and into the tropics. flowers and fruit from all over the world are there to smell and touch.

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Woodstock, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This was not on the itinerary, but I am so happy we stopped for a visit. It is incredibly beautiful and peaceful, especially after a harsh winter!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

DC native, this is my very favorite DC institution in the wintertime. In the midst of lots of dry overheated offices in winter, its just a delight to head down for the gentle humidity and lush color of glorious orchids when its gloomy and grey outside. Must see!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

From the moment you enter you are surrounded from the warm temperatures, which was very welcome on a cold day. Several types of plants from different regions throughout the inside rooms. Would love to go back when outdoor gardens in season. My son also had fun watching the ducks play in the pond outside. Nice, quick stop right by the... More 

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