We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tidal Basin

Tidal Basin and Ohio Drive NW, Washington DC, DC 20003
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Customized Private Sightseeing Tour of DC
More Info
and up
Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour
More Info
and up
Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Springtime in Washington means the explosion of white-pink clouds of cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“cherry blossoms” (323 reviews)
“full bloom” (54 reviews)
Tidal Basin and Ohio Drive NW, Washington DC, DC 20003
Write a Review
Reviews (1,288)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,113 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

We enjoyed viewing the tidal basin, and the views all around, as well as strolling along with the locals.

Thank Mark42139
Reviewed 5 days ago

I walked along the Tidal Basin in the off season of the Cherry Blossoms and it still lovely. The trees were just starting to turn and the yellows and oranges of Autumn were picturesque. An awesome reflective walk from the Lincoln Memorial to the Thomas...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to the Jefferson Memorial around the tidal basin and though it is always pretty, it had rained the past few days so the path was full of large puddles and lots of mud. We had to wait for others to pass to get...More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Tidal Basin is beautiful from a distance and has some very meaningful memorials ( MKL Jr., FDR, Jefferson) along its walkway. However, the basin can have debris floating, there are biting insects and the walkway can be interrupted by over grown trees which makes...More

Thank K O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our dog for a walk around the basin , and even without the cherry blossoms in bloom, found it was a pretty place to take in the views of the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Memorial, as well as the water inside the basin...More

Thank M H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately the Cherry Blossom photographs of the Tidal Basin make it hard to appreciate it when not in bloom. We enjoyed the shade the trees provided but the pictures we took look nothing like the peak time to visit.

Thank A C R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A national gathering place! Families, kids, strollers, young couples, teens, seniors, Americans, all nationalities, all ages, races, ethnicities. On a lovely DC evening it's an amazing collection of human beings coming to see the great monuments of our nation.

Thank Nancy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be cautious walking around the Tidal Basin. There are no handrails between the walkway and the water and the concrete is not smooth.... trip hazards in places.

Thank BubbleMarker
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is nice place to walk around and also sit down and relax for sometime with lot of tourist attractions in the walking distance.

Thank SureshLR
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you take a tour with a company such as Bipartison Tours you will get the history of the development of how the tidal basin came about along with the FDR vs the cherry tree ladies conflict, or how the chery trees came to be...More

Thank Sylvia B
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Sweet Home Cafe
100 reviews
.58 miles away
Potbelly Sandwich Works
92 reviews
.66 miles away
117 reviews
.63 miles away
USDA Headquarters Cafeteria
38 reviews
.61 miles away
Nearby Attractions
White Crow Tours
10 reviews
.39 miles away
Korean War Veterans Memorial
8,495 reviews
.34 miles away
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
8,923 reviews
.48 miles away
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
9,322 reviews
.47 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Caroline C
June 6, 2017|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
Response from MizCharli | Reviewed this property |
Yes, lower level of Jefferson Memorial and at FDR Memorial.
Robin R
March 22, 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from OldRoyalGirl | Reviewed this property |
I've never been there by "driving". But, if you walk the National Mall, I'll give you my steps: First, get your hands on a map of The Mall. Print a page from online if you want to be prepared ahead of time and then grab... More
July 11, 2015|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from Anthony-Susan | Reviewed this property |
It is open 24 hours. There are no gates, no fences. It's particularly pleasant in the evening. During the day, there are paddle boats to rent. Otherwise, it's an open area where you can also visit the monuments around the... More