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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
Phone Number: +1 202-225-8333
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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Beautiful displays

This is a hidden gem. Admission is free. Displays change seasonally. Train display highlighting the national parks runs in the winter months and attracts a large crowd on... read more

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Anaheim, California
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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a hidden gem. Admission is free. Displays change seasonally. Train display highlighting the national parks runs in the winter months and attracts a large crowd on weekends. Visit weekdays for easier access and less foot traffic. Wheelchairs are available for loan. Located adjacent to the capitol, and shuttle service is available between the capitol and the conservatory at... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We walked through the United States Botanical Garden on a cold morning in December. We did not go inside but wanted to appreciate the "Winter" version of the plants as they are beautiful in their dormant stage as well. What is especially attractive about the garden are the photos available of the Capitol building through the USBG trees and plants.... More 

Orlando, Florida, USA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was excited to see a good showing of the vegetation that grows all over the nation. Well isn't that what you would expect to see? There were a few cool things to see, but, overall, it is like navigating a hedge maze in the soupy humidity of Florida on an August morning. There is simply too much to do... More 

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Confluence, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to visit, free admission and terrific Christmas displays and decorations, BUT the place is overrun with strollers. Tried to view the train exhibit with special NPS buildings but the room is small and the gigantic strollers allowed make the experience a nightmare. I understand that people want to bring their children to a train theme but it's not... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just love visiting the Botanical Gardens, especially on a cold winter's day. The yearly model train exhibit never disappoints. This year, it was a tribute to our national parks and monuments. Amazing that all those wonderful creations are made from all natural materials. Children will love the exhibits and giant Christmas tree. It's a must see!

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Midlothian, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

They specially decorate with train displays, models of the monuments made from plant products. The theme of the displays change each year so it is always something new and beautiful

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I know this place must be amazing when it is completely functioning but we caught it as they were getting set up for Christmas. What was wonderful was the exhibit of all the monuments from DC made of natural materials!

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Denton, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is beautiful and is a must see for any flower lover. The orchid collection is lovely. I want to go back in mid-spring as we went in the heat of summer some of the outside plants were not in bloom.

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The botanic gardens are always a highlight when in the nation's capitol! The lines were long to see the train exhibit but that was to be expected over the Thanksgiving holiday. It was well worth the wait to see the various homes, national parks and monuments made out of plant materials. Our young grandchild greatly enjoyed the various trains.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Botanical Gardens were quite beautiful. We went through it in an hour or less, but thoroughly enjoyed it.

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