United States Botanic Garden, Washington DC

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Stroll through the flowers at United States Botanic Garden on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol building. The land on which the conservatory and gardens stand was once swampland. Thomas Jefferson is believed to be the first to suggest cleaning up the area to beautify the nation's main reception. Look for the Bartholdi Fountain in the gardens as you admire the plants, which include local and exotic species. The conservatory erected in 1867 houses hothouse species. Plan to see United States Botanic Garden and other attractions that appeal to you using our Washington DC online vacation planner .
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  • A smaller version of Longwood Botanic Garden in Pa. Two level walkway. Still a delight to see. Even on a stiffling day, the attraction was fairly busy.  more »
  • Been to DC multiple times and had no idea this was here. Garden was established in 1820, and it's located very close to the national mall. This is not a large garden, but everything is done superbly a...  more »
  • Was able to stop off at the interior portion of the botanical garden. The tropical environment is truly amazing with three stories of space to contain the trees and plant life within. There were membe...  more »
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  • Going to the Botanical Gardens was an excellent DC experience for the whole family. Apart from costing except street parking, the facility is very well kept, with a vast assortment of gorgeous things to look at. With multiple levels showcasing plant life from all over the world, it is easy to spend many hours roaming both inside and around the building itself. There is also an entire area dedicated to children, who can plant and water flowers or play on a small playground. Although no food is offered inside, there happens to be a mass of food trucks located about 400 feet from the building. I would love to go back!
  • Awesome place, best part is how quiet it was when I was there. Saw loads of interesting plants I've never seen before, cocoa trees and vanilla orchids and the like. Spend 15 minutes or 2 hours. The best part of free stuff like this is that you can't not get value for money. I would 100% recommend doing a tour, it's great to wonder around and they point out to you the most interesting stuff, and a little extra information. Everything is really well done. Ask if the prickly pears are edible.
  • This is a wonderful spot to visit, especially if you get there early in the morning right as they open. It is very kid friendly, there's a children's garden. There is plenty to look at if you want to stay for a while and it's also great for short visits. It's separated into rooms by habitat and there are some pretty crazy plants. A lot of endangered plants, they do a very good job in preserving them.
  • Extraordinary exhibits with many gorgeous flower blooms emerging! One of the oldest botanic gardens in North America, the United States Botanic Garden is a wonderful place to visit any season of the year, including all weekends and holidays. Located across Independence Avenue from the Conservatory, the garden is also kid-friendly. There are interactive booklets with many activities to educate and inspire the young minds!
  • Love to go there. Entrance is nice cold specially when you get in from a hot summer. Variety of Flora and fauna to embrace. View from the first floor is awesome and something to be cherished. Location is great and enjoying the time with plants is a boon. Visited the place on weekday and it was quite calm and pacific. Benches are available inside and outside the botanical garden if you would like to rest a little. Customer service at the entrance so if you have questions better ask them. Entrance is super cool and flora augmenting to its beauty. You will discover a new world inside and will cherish the way is is being designed.Description of plants species is provided so it is certainly a great way for biologist to enhance the craving for the botanical classes. Some of the pictures I have clicked at botanical garden are absolutely fantastic and remind me of the wonderful trip I had to that place. Go on for a great adventure and spend some time with fauna and flora and be part of it.
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