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“Green Get-Away in the Heart of DC” 5 of 5 stars
Review of U.S. National Arboretum

U.S. National Arboretum
3501 New York Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20005
202-245-2726
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Ranked #36 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Walking
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Owner description: Established in 1927 by an Act of the United States Congress, this national treasure contains 446 acres of fabulous flora and fauna and is especially known for its Asian, azalea and conifer collections.
washington, dc
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“Green Get-Away in the Heart of DC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2010

Although not Metro-accessible, the Arboretum gardens (free entry) are a wonderful spot to enjoy nature year-round without leaving DC. The National Capitol Columns at the center of the gardens are of particular historic interest. The nearby Congressional Cemetery is another good attraction to pair with a visit to the Arboretum.

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“had big expectations”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2010

Visited on April 21, 2010. I guess I was expecting more of a botanical garden. The gift shop was very small. There were lots of nice trees and azaleas. I enjoyed the botanical garden by the capitol a lot more. I would recommend the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, The NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx (#1) and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Who know? The highlight of the visit was when we left and went to Ben's Chili Bowl for lunch.

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“Well worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2009

Visited the National Arboretum in D.C. today. Nearly a hundred thousand commuters drive on New York Avenue heading in and out of downtown DC but few realize they passing on the capital's major parks and even fewer ever visit it. This is a shame because the gardens of the park are one of the city's treasures.

It was a late fall day, the leaves were off many of the trees and only a few plants were in bloom, yet there was still a grand diversity of native, exotic, and cultivated plants to admire in their year-end regalia. We wandered through the Azalea Gardens, the aptly named Fern Valley, and then the Asian Collection overlooking the Anacostia River. This last area still had a dazzling display of plants in bloom as well as lots of color in the foliage; it also seemed to be the favorite of flocks of blue jays and cardinals. And we didn't visit half the areas of the park.

On the way back, visited the Bonsai & Penjing Museum which houses the largest collection of bonsai trees - many in training for decades - that I have yet seen. Could have spent hours in these pavilions alone.

Can't wait to go back and visit the Arboretum again in the spring.

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“Off the beaten path, worth the effort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2009

It's not at the mall, nor does it have crowds. This place is beautiful. bring a lunch and stay all day. You can find history here too. Plants, Plants, and more plants. Walking, hiking, over sculptured acres of land, special exhibits too. Japanese gardens, you name it folks, it;s got it. A must for outdoors lovers. Don't miss this. On weekends there is a $4 tram tour through the gardens. AAA+

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“Wander Through the Azeleas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2009

I really enjoyed my day at the National Arboretum. I went during the end of April when the Azaleas were blooming, which was nice. They Azalea collection is on a wooded hill which you can see by walking on the trails. It was neat to see them in full bloom, azaleas of every color.

Besides the Azaleas there is a lot to see at the National Arboretum. There is a small visitor center which is a good place to start, there are maps and guides for each of the gardens in the Arboretum. From the visitor center you can walk to the Bonsai Museum which is pretty much worth the trip itself, These trees are amazing to see up close, how perfectly maintained they are.

Across the street is the herb garden, which is pretty, and you can get a good view of the Capitol Columns. The Columns are also only a short walk from the visitor center, which are worth checking out.

I think everyone would enjoy the Arboretum. I would not consider it a must see it you are visiting DC for the first time, but if you have seen most of the major attractions and looking for something else to do, it is worth checking out, and its free!

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