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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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Beautiful Space

Went early on a warm summer sunday. Plenty of parking. Very helpful staff at the visitor center... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Maura M
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Reston, Virginia
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Great green space in DC

This is a hidden oasis in a part of DC that is undergoing rejuvenation. I love to meet here with... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mary Beth F
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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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"asian garden"
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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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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went early on a warm summer sunday. Plenty of parking. Very helpful staff at the visitor center. Maps are plentiful and accurate. Really lovely place to spend the entire day. Wear good walking shoes as there is so much to see. I packed lunch and...More

1  Thank Maura M
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a hidden oasis in a part of DC that is undergoing rejuvenation. I love to meet here with friends and walk on a Sunday morning. Highly recommend for anyone who likes garden or nature walks. Probably more fun for a DC resident than...More

Thank Mary Beth F
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Arboretum is a hidden gem of trails situated in North East. FANTASTIC bonsai exhibitions and great place to walk around with friends or with your pooch. Sometimes you can even see bald eagles nesting. Parking is easy and secure. Perfect for a light afternoon...More

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Reviewed 1 week 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 3 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!

1  Thank Kim M
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Reviewed 3 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 3 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 3 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 29 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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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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