Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington DC

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Dedicated both to the memory of FDR and the era he represents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial spans over 3 hectares (7 acres) and features a famous bronze statue of the 32nd U.S. president and his beloved dog, Fala. The memorial's four outdoor spaces trace the 12 years Roosevelt spent in office with scenes of listeners tuning in to his fireside chats and unemployed workers standing in a long bread line. The memorial also includes a bronze statue of Eleanor Roosevelt, which is the only presidential memorial depicting a first lady. In consideration of Roosevelt's disability, the memorial's designers created a site easily accessible to those suffering from physical impairments. Take an interpretative tour of the memorial, available all day. With our international travel planner, Washington DC attractions like Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This memorial really is unique and is so packed with the emotion of the help needed by the people to get out of the depression.  more »
  • This memorial can be the most memorable of all if you take the time to stop, read, and reflect. The gift shop here is much better than most are at the memorials. It is very small but the products and ...  more »
  • This was a nice part of our walk along the tidal basin. None of our group had ever been here and were surprised at the size of the memorial. It was beautiful and had nice water features. The evening w...  more »
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  • I hadn't expected to be so moved by the FDR Memorial, but I was. The quotes were the most astounding. Clearly, they've been selected for their timelessness. Many of the tenets that FDR spoke of apply to today as well as they did in history. The waterfalls, fountains and statues are exceptionally beautiful. This tribute was incredibly patriotic, effective and impactful.
  • This is a good memorial to an important President. It is spacious, and each area concentrates on a different topic of his presidency. His wife has a special area as well. This is especially nice for children, as the park has room to walk and run, and the statues and waterfalls can be touched. This is a beautiful space, and although it's hard to find parking, it's worth the effort.
  • A gorgeous and quiet tribute to one of my favorite presidents. The whole site is a walking path that goes through the years of his presidency, filled with quotes by him but statues of the People. This memorial isn't as well publicized as others like the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials are, but it's so much humbling and befitting a man like FDR. Definitely my favourite to walk through.
  • Okay, so we didn't actually realize we were going to walk through the memorial area when we started our trek from the Jefferson Memorial to the White House. I'm really glad we did, though. The memorial was very pretty and I loved the quotes and the cherry trees everywhere! Such a peaceful area.
  • A well planned out, fitting memorial to FDR. Be sure to get a guided tour, or in the least grab a pamphlet as there is a lot of symbolism tgat is otherwise easily overlooked. The quotes really ring true- be sure to read them!

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