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Brookside Gardens

1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, MD
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Wheaton
Type: Gardens
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This is the hidden gem in Wheaton. I visited in the spring, and it was absolutely stunning. Unfortunately, you cannot bring your dogs (my children) to this section of the park, but it's still a great place.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I have visited Brookside Gardens many times. I find it especially lovely in the spring when everything is blooming and in the fall when the leaves are turning colors. I also enjoy seeing the geese, ducks, squirrels, chipmunks, and turtles. Did I mention that it's free?

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

One of our favorite places to visit as a family. We have been going back again and again. The tropical garden in the conservatory is beautiful all year long and a perfect place to see plants and flowers from different parts of the world. They keep the place very well. Everything is well labelled so you get to know the... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
3 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Lots of room to relax on blankets. Well maintained colorful place that wows me every year. The butterfly exhibit should not be missed. Live butterfly's lilt around you indoors during the summer months. Great place for all ages.

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Frederick, MD
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175 reviews 175 reviews
27 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Bookside Gardens is a lovely place to visit. My favorite is the butterfly garden, which is a small enclosed area. There's quite a variety. Be sure to bring bottled water if you visit on a hot day. It's humid inside. Got some great photos of the butterflies. The grounds are beautiful and it's nice to walk around. Planning to return... More

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Bowie, Maryland
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148 reviews 148 reviews
53 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Lots of walking trails, lots to see, do and hear. Visit the nature center and all of the different flower gardens. The rose and tulip gardens are my favorites; lots of aromatics and colors. There is a bit of construction currently going on, so parking was a bit hectic...long wait to get into the parking lot because one of the... More

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

It was so wonderful to see the greenery, cherry trees, and colorful tulips. Every few years it gets renovated to add more gardens or pathways or upgrade the visitor center. It's a great place to stroll and relax. The conservatory, filled with tropical plants and flowers, is also fun to see. We took loads of photos.

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Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
47 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I've heard so much about this place and decided to stop in during a trip to DC. It was a delight! I only had time to go through the conservancy area but could imagine how wonderful it must be--the grounds are much larger than I expected. The only downside: parking is limited.

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Oneonta, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We have visited this local treasure in the spring, when all the flowers put on a most beautiful show. We have also visited in JUly, when despite the heat, the gardens were still most impressive. This is a large botanic garden, with an impressive collection of plants, artfully arranged, and complete with plant "nametags" for curious amateur gardeners like myself.... More

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Rockville, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

The brookside gardens are beautiful year round. We especially love them in spring. In winter, the holiday light exhibit and train demo are great for the kids. We usually bring our toddler with a tricycle, but watch out for downward slopes.

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