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U.S. National Arboretum

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Bonsai Bliss

I only came for the Bonsa exhibition. Hard to imagine that so much care was taken for so long to... read more

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First, this park is great just as a green space--trails and large open areas. I was surprised with... read more

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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 yesterday

I only came for the Bonsa exhibition. Hard to imagine that so much care was taken for so long to nurture these amazing trees. You'll definitely not be bored and the collection of trees from as old as 1867 is worth the OMG - how...More

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Reviewed yesterday

First, this park is great just as a green space--trails and large open areas. I was surprised with the sense I got of being "out" of the city. Of course, the Japanese and Chinese bonsai and penjing were amazing; however, I was truly impressed with...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I had visited once as a kid, and remembered it being smaller for some reason. The arboretum is large, with lots to see- all kinds of plants and trees. and it's FREE! The visitor center's architecture is really cool and there are a lot of...More

Thank Tracy E
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have never been in an arboretum that was so unfriendly to pedestrians. It was easy to get to the fern valley. But there are not alternative paths to get to the other gardens, especially on the east side. So you walk on the hot...More

Thank Patrick A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent the afternoon here and did about 2.5 miles of trails. Some of the most interesting plants on the grounds to see. Great for an afternoon outside of DC.

Thank David P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is lovely. Make sure you bring your bikes or even a basket with yummy food and drinks for a picnic. During the Spring is specially beautiful. Also, don't miss the old Capitol Columns. ;)

1  Thank Lorrane C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went early on a warm summer sunday. Plenty of parking. Very helpful staff at the visitor center. Maps are plentiful and accurate. Really lovely place to spend the entire day. Wear good walking shoes as there is so much to see. I packed lunch and...More

1  Thank Maura M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a hidden oasis in a part of DC that is undergoing rejuvenation. I love to meet here with friends and walk on a Sunday morning. Highly recommend for anyone who likes garden or nature walks. Probably more fun for a DC resident than...More

1  Thank Mary Beth F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Arboretum is a hidden gem of trails situated in North East. FANTASTIC bonsai exhibitions and great place to walk around with friends or with your pooch. Sometimes you can even see bald eagles nesting. Parking is easy and secure. Perfect for a light afternoon...More

Thank pelirroja01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Arboretum has been one of my favorite weekend spots in all of Washington for several decades. I used to run the challenging hills here when I was younger. These days I mostly walk the perimeter roads, about an hour and 4 miles every weekend...More

Thank Edison G
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Charles L
18 May 2018|
Response from Edison G | Reviewed this property |
No, but in warm months there is a snack truck.
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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.
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Response from Marc N | Reviewed this property |
Free parking everywhere. There are many parking lots near each collection, but you can park on the side of the road almost everywhere. Signs will tell you if you can't park somewhere, but basically you can pull over (not too... More