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U.S. National Arboretum

#37 of 447 things to do in Washington DC Features Animals
3501 New York Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-1958
+1 202-245-2726
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Great place to visit!

Love to get "lost" for hours in this place to get my walking on. A few good gardens and friendly... read more

Reviewed June 21, 2017
Greenbelt, Maryland

A great place to get away from the hustle bustle of the city. Peaceful! The US Capitol columns seem... read more

Reviewed June 17, 2017
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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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  • Very good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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3501 New York Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-1958
+1 202-245-2726
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Reviewed June 21, 2017

Love to get "lost" for hours in this place to get my walking on. A few good gardens and friendly staff.

Thank warrenmillerbsw
Reviewed June 17, 2017 via mobile

A great place to get away from the hustle bustle of the city. Peaceful! The US Capitol columns seem out of place but I'm glad they were salvaged and moved here. The bonsai gardens are not to be missed. Makes you want to learn this...More

Thank Olivia2840
Reviewed June 16, 2017

We recently visited the National Arboretum on a weekend visit to DC. It is a hidden gem in the heart of a busy international city. There are beautiful paths to hike and plenty of shaded areas. It is clean, safe and well maintained. It was...More

Thank nptp84
Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

Washington DC has a lovely arboretum in an odd location Good to amble or picnic, weather dependent Good for families and for nature lovers There is also a small and magical arboretum at the base of capital hill near the mall Come enjoy the flora...More

Thank RMJ11
Reviewed June 14, 2017

Not far from the center of town, accessible by car, Metro and bus, the Arboretum is a way to spend a few hours or a whole day away from crowds and buidlings. The Bonsai and Penjing Museum which is a whole section within the Arboretum,...More

Thank palekh
Reviewed June 11, 2017 via mobile

We stopped at the National Arboretum on our way home from visiting DC. It is easily reached by car, but not near the downtown area where museums abound. On a hot Sunday, it was not overly crowded, but there were people enjoying the open space,...More

Thank jennygirl57
Reviewed June 11, 2017

Once of the best experiences of my D.C. trip. Great place to break away from the crowds and hustle and bustle of the City. The city dwellers us this a running path, jealous I don't have such a lovely place for my walks. The absolute...More

Thank Dee C
Reviewed June 10, 2017 via mobile

I visited by myself on a hot June Saturday afternoon. Easy to give 5 stars. Easy to reach, plenty of parking available, free admission, and plenty to see. I particularly liked the exhibition of bonsai trees. The trees as well as the stories explaining some...More

Thank Willem K
Reviewed June 8, 2017

This one is truly a hidden surprise with acres and acres of plants and trees. Be prepared to walk since everything is quite a distance apart. Dogs are everywhere and well as children. Just a very beautiful place to spend several hours in nature.

Thank 64Kat2017
Reviewed June 6, 2017

Loved this Hidden garden right in the middle of a busy city. Different areas of the Arboretum to represent different regions. Well worth the visit.

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April 13, 2017|
Response from gelatogirl72 | Reviewed this property |
You can walk from the entrance but you can also drive around by car (we needed to drive there last year as we had over 102 F and sun...too hot to walk). There are "internal streets" within the Arboretum. You will see the... More
Shelley H
January 17, 2017|
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Response from GLearn | Reviewed this property |
The National Arboretum is located at 3501 New York Ave, NE Washington, DC 20002. Use 2400 R Street NE for GPS which will bring you to the R Street gate. Their website says: "There is free parking and a Capital Bikeshare... More