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U.S. National Arboretum

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The First Rustle of Spring

The Arboretum must be one of the finest gardens to walk in and enjoy nature in this area. Today we... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Small, but nifty

This FREE arboretum is small, but packed with orchids, a picturesque bridge over a brook, etc. We... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Springfield, Virginia
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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.
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3501 New York Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-1958
+1 202-245-2726
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Arboretum must be one of the finest gardens to walk in and enjoy nature in this area. Today we took the dogs to see if spring had begun and we were rewarded with crocuses, daffodils, and some camellia trees in bloom. These gardens are...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This FREE arboretum is small, but packed with orchids, a picturesque bridge over a brook, etc. We visited right after Christmas and their poinsettia collection was impressive.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Chaperone2013
Reviewed February 9, 2019

This wonderful park is in an unexpected location off the well-trodden tourist map but worth the trip. Although interesting to visit in any season, it is spectacular when the azaleas are blooming, Also, if you are wondering how a tree or bush you're considering planting...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

I’m not sure why there is no option for “family” without teenagers or young children. We visited the National Arboretum during the Thanksgiving holiday. It was great to see an open green space inside DC. Our son’s dog had a blast, and so did we....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ravi4travel
Reviewed December 9, 2018

I was so excited to see the US National Arboretum only to be disappointed. With it being November when I visited, the landscaping with not the prettiest. Not everything was open. Highly recommend going during the Spring or Summer time.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sweetanddandy
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

What a treat to explore the arboretum on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The Bonsai exhibit is extensive and very informative. Walking among the columns in an unusual way to experience the Capitol’s history. The fields were flush with color. It was perfect picnic weather and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank creativecrew
Reviewed November 7, 2018

We always visit the Arboretum when we go to DC. It is so interesting to see the unusual plants. This is a great learning experience and very peaceful.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank boham2017
Reviewed October 29, 2018

You can drive around if you want, but this was a lovely place to just wander around. The Bonsai collection is the most obvious Thing To Do, and is well worth your time, but the whole area was peaceful and serene. The different collections have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank tripleplay97
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

A very relaxing place as it is intended. We didn't have enough time this time so we'll revisit to slowly enjoy the exhibitions and the surrounding.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tee E
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

Very pleasant fall walk with my wife and dogs. All sorts of plants, trees, open space and the Capitol columns are great.

Date of experience: October 2018
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March 16, 2019|
Response from Tee E | Reviewed this property |
I believe they don't have either. Maybe call for information, in case they provide other means to accommodate.
October 30, 2018|
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Response from edisong2013 | Reviewed this property |
Use Uber or Lift. There are no nearby metro stops and I have no idea which bus lines may stop near the Arboretum. Further, the area surrounding it is dicey to downright dangerous so I would not advise waiting outside the... More