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U.S. National Arboretum

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3501 New York Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-1958
+1 202-245-2726
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An oasis in an urban jungle

The Arboretum has been one of my favorite weekend spots in all of Washington for several decades... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Edison G
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Bowie, Maryland
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Worth Getting To

We didn't find any public transportation to get us here from our downtown hotel... but it was well... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kim M
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Stephentown, New York
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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 good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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3501 New York Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-1958
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"bonsai collection"
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"capitol columns"
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"asian garden"
in 9 reviews
"fern valley"
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"administration building"
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"trees and plants"
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"love nature"
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"walking trails"
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"children's garden"
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"anacostia river"
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"picnic lunch"
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"beautiful flowers"
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"full bloom"
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"different areas"
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Reviewed 2 days 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't find any public transportation to get us here from our downtown hotel... but it was well worth the Uber rides in both directions! We spent an entire day wandering around this stunning place! Don't skip the bonsai museum!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Their collection of Bonsai trees is incredible. Worth visiting just to see this alone. Driving around the property afterward was a nice bonus.

Thank Kordell N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You really need a car as the place is huge. You can drive around and then park and visit different sections by foot. The place is peaceful with wonderful trees

Thank sdee101
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really nice. But need to time visit if you're looking for particular trees to be blooming. My favorite are the magnolias. Location is adjacent to some iffy neighborhoods, but if you drive straight in and park and out again you'll be fine. Don't leave valuables...More

Thank Yolande N
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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Every year our family has tried to time going to the US National Arboretum when the azaleas are blooming. This year we got it right! The azalea blooms were vibrant and breathtaking. It's always fun to see what changes they have made each year and...More

4  Thank Scottish05Lass
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

I love taking my dog to the Arboretum. There's always something in bloom and plenty of room for Toni Bear to run through the fields.

1  Thank Charles C
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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Miserable visit from start to finish. Contradictory signs made walking around frustrating and confusing. Apparently we inadvertently trespassed into a protected bald eagle protected zone?? Big dogs everywhere. muddy trails, not fun.

2  Thank TroisChatsLies
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

Very nice park, but a little disappointing. The columns were fenced off so you could not walk thru them. Also, I guess because of the flowers in blown, several of the roads within the arboretum were closed. The fish pond was empty and my previous...More

Thank P F B
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

OK, if you have lots of time, or just love plants and trees, then this is a nice quiet place away from all the noise of the city, but right there in the city. Big enough to get you to that secluded spot, but close...More

Thank John B
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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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Marien G
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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
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