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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 #25 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
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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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Champaign, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed walking through the Botanic Garden. The temporary exhibition on Orchids was well-done.

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Minnesota
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

I must say: "As an avid gardener myself, I was totally captivated" with the ambience and beauty of the United States Botanic Garden. First of all, the Historic Essence of the Building itself is breathtaking. The massive amount of orchids was so wonderful. We were running a little short on time so we had to make it a brief trip.... More

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Oxford, OH
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is not the most extensive Botanical Garden in the US but as a lovely respite in the city it is great. They had a lovely orchid show when I was there and it was nice to stroll the rest of the greenhouses. Make sure you see Bartholdi Park "behind it". It has a large sculpture by Bartholdi, the artist... More

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Bristol, Maine
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Loved all the different varieties of Orchids. The music tracks playing were nicely selected. There was a man sitting there at a table with what appeared to me information about Orchids, but he never spoke to anyone and never offered to provide any information, even when approached. Not sure why he was there.

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

If you love plants the Botanic Garden is a must! We just returned from our second trip to the Washington DC landmark at the base of the Capitol and will happily visit again and again. The orchids were blooming and beautiful, some late cacti too and the other plants appeared well cared for and flourishing. Our first visit was very... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I am not the biggest fan of just walking around looking at plants but the botanic gardens were not like this at all! There is a tree top walk that you can take in the main room which is fantastic! There are so many different rooms to walk through that have a wealth of information. The gardens outside are also... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

As a child, my mother used to take me and my sister here. I visited some years ago and it was beautiful. I dont know what made me want to visit again but wow.... so glad that I did. The Orchid Symphony was on display and oh my gosh... it took my breath away. I love visiting gardens and I... More

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Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

Great visit, you can take as long or as little time you want! Phenomenal orchids! Everything is labeled for us non- gardeners... Making the trip interesting to everyone!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Very interesting display of regional plants. It is a good place to go to gather ideas for your home garden.

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Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

It was snowing and blowing the day we visited the capital. We did not originally intend to visit the botanical garden we went in because of the cold intending to stay just long enough to warm up. But it was so interesting we stayed much longer. The displays were quite fascinating. Even our young teen boys were captivated. The Orchid... More

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