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U.S. National Arboretum

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Our dog had a blast!

I’m not sure why there is no option for “family” without teenagers or young children. We visited... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Richmond, Virginia
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Lovely fall afternoon

What a treat to explore the arboretum on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The Bonsai exhibit is extensive... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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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 3 days ago via mobile

I’m not sure why there is no option for “family” without teenagers or young children. We visited the National Arboretum during the Thanksgiving holiday. It was great to see an open green space inside DC. Our son’s dog had a blast, and so did we....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was so excited to see the US National Arboretum only to be disappointed. With it being November when I visited, the landscaping with not the prettiest. Not everything was open. Highly recommend going during the Spring or Summer time.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sweetanddandy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a treat to explore the arboretum on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The Bonsai exhibit is extensive and very informative. Walking among the columns in an unusual way to experience the Capitol’s history. The fields were flush with color. It was perfect picnic weather and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank creativecrew
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We always visit the Arboretum when we go to DC. It is so interesting to see the unusual plants. This is a great learning experience and very peaceful.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank boham2017
Reviewed 29 October 2018

You can drive around if you want, but this was a lovely place to just wander around. The Bonsai collection is the most obvious Thing To Do, and is well worth your time, but the whole area was peaceful and serene. The different collections have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank tripleplay97
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

A very relaxing place as it is intended. We didn't have enough time this time so we'll revisit to slowly enjoy the exhibitions and the surrounding.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tee E
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

Very pleasant fall walk with my wife and dogs. All sorts of plants, trees, open space and the Capitol columns are great.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lsalasor
Reviewed 16 October 2018

500 acres of trees asphalt trails, roads, hills, flower beds, world class bonsai, that will cost you absolutely nothing. Plenty of parking for any size vehicle or camper, lots and lots of grass for dogs. Restrooms, hundreds of trees identified and fun. The gift shop...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank JAMES H
Reviewed 11 October 2018

There are so many special parts of the National Arboretum. Even if you don't think that you like gardens, I think you'll find plenty to like. I believe that this would be a good place to bring kids, as well. Lots of room to run...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 437happytraveler
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Wonderful place for children on cold day in D.C. plants and flowers from around the world. Christmas time is good time for a visit as they have a huge Holiday display for Christmas.

Date of experience: January 2018
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31 October 2018|
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Response from edisong2013 | Reviewed this property |
Use Uber or Lift. There are no nearby metro stops and I have no idea which bus lines may stop near the Arboretum. Further, the area surrounding it is dicey to downright dangerous so I would not advise waiting outside the... More
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18 May 2018|
Response from edisong2013 | Reviewed this property |
No, but in warm months there is a snack truck.
16 May 2018|
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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.