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United States Botanic Garden, Washington DC

Categories: Fountains, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web
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 itinerary planner.
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  • Like the title says, if you have interest in Botany and want to capture the details apart from observing different plants species, certainly a place to go. Depending on the level of interest a good 2-...  read more »
  • If you're in the area of the Senate, Capitol or Archives I definitively recommend to take time to stop by the Botanic gardens. The greenhouses are beautiful and very well cared for and it was a lovely...  read more »
  • When you think of visiting DC, you think of the monuments, the Capitol, the White House and the Smithsonian Museums. This garden doesn't get much hype. We didn't even know it existed until our hop on ...  read more »
  • I tricked my children into visiting this museum by saying that it was a shortcut to the science center. We spent over an hour looking at all the different plants. I like how they have it separated into regions. There is an area designed to let children dig, plant, and water the plants. After our visit, my children continued to talk about some of the interesting plants. So, overall, it was educational and interesting.
  • Wonderful exhibits, unique and impressive plant specimens - and perfect for very young to very old. There's even a children's garden where digging and planting are encouraged! Their annual holiday train exhibit, made entirely from plants, is one of our family Christmas traditions. Plus, don't miss the amazing outdoor gardens and fountains as well. We love this place and go at least once a season to see all the changes.
  • Awesome green place to spend a few hours in the heart of the city! Highly educational too - loved the demonstrations of the Venus fly trap and other rare and exotic species. Inside the Conservatory, they have sections dedicated to different climates and locales - such as tropical, desert, Mediterranean etc. And the best part is that there is no price to pay to visit!
  • What a great place! I came to see the corpse flower and it was impressive. I highly recommend you take their docent tour (it's free and about 45 min) to see things you may not otherwise notice. Well worth the visit!
  • Really beautiful and cleverly laid out, each door you walk through brings you into a different environment. I especially loved the medicinal garden and the Mediterranean garden. Those two, and the desert garden and the walkway through the treetops set this place apart from other botanical gardens I've visited. FREE! And lovely! Worth the visit!
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