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United States Botanic Garden

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Neighbourhood: National Mall
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Address: 100 Maryland Ave. at First St. SW, At the east end of the Mall, Washington DC, DC 20001
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+1 202-225-8333
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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A truly green spectacle, with a jungle, a National Garden with a First...

A truly green spectacle, with a jungle, a National Garden with a First Ladies water garden, a rose garden and exhibits on ecology and evolutionary biology.

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Honestly, although I do enjoy gardens, we came in here just to get warm. It's not a very large area, but it has some lovely displays. The kids enjoyed an activity where they got... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Honestly, although I do enjoy gardens, we came in here just to get warm. It's not a very large area, but it has some lovely displays. The kids enjoyed an activity where they got stickers/stamps for finding certain plants in the conservatory.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I attended a 1 1/2 hour class on the history, geography, biology and production of sugar. Sounds kinda boring? It was terrific. People of all ages attended and it was clear by the class participation that the whole group was intrigued. Best part: it was free with a reservation. They offer an ongoing selection of classes and tours, most of... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was on a par with gardens I have seen in other cities. Steps from the capital, it can be seen in 15 minutes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Flora grouped and arranged nicely. Travel from temperate climates to the tropics and into to the desert without having to buy airplane tickets or travel on four wheels.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful experience. Free, open to the public and welcoming. Perfect place to retreat on a cold day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

These botanical gardens are apparently the oldest (established in 1820), continuously operating gardens in the US and are open every day from 10.00 to 17.00. The other good thing is that they are free and full of treasures, both vegetable and non. Situated at the end of the National Mall to the right of the Capitol, the admittedly modest gardens... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nice retreat on a cold January day-- green galore. The flowers can help change your mood if the cold is getting to you.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to see this over the holidays and really enjoyed the gardens. The line for the trains took about one hour but was worth the wait. If you have not been, GO. It's free!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All the different plant species were beautiful! The kids enjoyed observing all of the different plants! Super enjoyable!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to know about. If you are a tourist in need of a break and some fresh air or a local resident wanting to see some beauty this is a great spot. A couple of observations. I love that you might see a wee mouse run across the floor at an exhibit but was surprised by... More 

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