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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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Not worth the drive - visit the U..S. Botanical Garden on the Mall instead

Located outside the main attractions of Washington DC the arboretum in August was a total... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Oahu, Hawaii
why have i never been here before??

My husband and I decided to take a ride down to DC to just hang out really as we love going there... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 1 week ago

Located outside the main attractions of Washington DC the arboretum in August was a total disappointment from the moment we arrived. We followed our GPS and arrived at a gate that was supposedly closed - although it was open but the security guard made us...More

Thank S L
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I decided to take a ride down to DC to just hang out really as we love going there. But we wanted to find someplace we had not visited before-and I found the National Arboretum and in particular, the Bonsai and Penjing...More

Thank Sharleen56
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are too lazy to walk, this is a perfect place for you. Parking friendly, senior people friendly.

Thank Yiquan Z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We learned so much about plants... especially those used for medicines. This will be a place we will return o see again...

Thank danrobin2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome collection of trees, flowers and fauna from around the world. It is a great place to enjoy nature and relax in a quiet area. The grounds are well-maintained for a government facility. We felt perfectly safe, security was present but not overwhelming. There are...More

Thank Lindsey P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very pretty and a great place to walk through. The area is beautiful and it's a great place to take photos.

Thank airam626
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located well away from the tourist-jammed mall, the U.S. National Arboretum has impressive assets (especially the bonsai collection, herb garden and capitol columns) but I get the feeling that funding has not kept up with needs. This is a USDA facility and I can imagine...More

1  Thank GPBurdell67
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Visitors to DC should seek out this under-utilized oasis. The arboretum has several distinct areas. My two favorites are the amazing bonsai display and the oriental collection. If you are able bodied, it is so worth the walk down through the oriental collection to the...More

Thank creekdweller48
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

It was a great way to get out into nature and away from city living for awhile. It almost makes you forget you are in DC. It is also a great place to walk your dog with plenty of shaded areas to escape the heat...More

Thank Nicole F
Reviewed 17 July 2017

I was excited to visit as I enjoy botanical gardens and thought this was be amazing. It was nice but more trees and greenery than flowers and color. It had some cool exhibits such as the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. Other exhibits were not...More

Thank pdrocean
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14 April 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
18 January 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