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U.S. National Arboretum

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Our dog had a blast!

I’m not sure why there is no option for “family” without teenagers or young children. We visited... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Richmond, Virginia
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Lovely fall afternoon

What a treat to explore the arboretum on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The Bonsai exhibit is extensive... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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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
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Reviewed yesterday 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

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Reviewed yesterday

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.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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

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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.

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.

Thank lsalasor
Reviewed October 15, 2018

500 acres of trees asphalt trails, roads, hills, flower beds, world class bonsai, that will cost you absolutely nothing. Plenty of parking for any size vehicle or camper, lots and lots of grass for dogs. Restrooms, hundreds of trees identified and fun. The gift shop...More

2  Thank JAMES H
Reviewed October 10, 2018

There are so many special parts of the National Arboretum. Even if you don't think that you like gardens, I think you'll find plenty to like. I believe that this would be a good place to bring kids, as well. Lots of room to run...More

1  Thank 437happytraveler
Reviewed October 9, 2018

Wonderful place for children on cold day in D.C. plants and flowers from around the world. Christmas time is good time for a visit as they have a huge Holiday display for Christmas.

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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
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May 18, 2018|
Response from edisong2013 | Reviewed this property |
No, but in warm months there is a snack truck.
May 16, 2018|
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Response from John B | Reviewed this property |
University of Maryland in college park is about 20 minutes by car in good traffic.