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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  • The US Botanic Gardens was wonderful. They have several different zones in the green houses, and open air parks outside. It's also free, so it's a great place to take kids. They even have a Kids Garden area. The center section has huge palm trees, and a catwalk you can walk on to get a birds eye view. It's really great. They have a Mediterranean climate Garden... With herbs and plants (like olive trees), that help shape the culture of the area. There is a Hawaiian zone, with incredibly dense foliage, and even a zone with medicinal plants, like cinnamon and foxglove. There are a surprising number of food-producing plans, like coconuts, olive trees, papaya, and bananas trees! They also had a scavenger hunt for kids... That my kids didn't see until after they were done for the day. The outdoor Rose garden wasn't in bloom... But it looks impressive already. The building doesn't have a place to eat, or buy food, but Bartholdi Park is right across the street, and has tables and chairs for a picnic. A wonderful trip, and I will totally be going back.
  • Beautiful and calm. We came to DC when it was pretty cold out and so we were very excited to walk around a the gardens with the warm and humid temperatures. We found the gardens to be really beautiful and calm. There is running water everywhere and lots of places to sit so it is very relaxing. It is pretty small so it does not take long to walk around everywhere but if you are looking for a place to come and just sit this is great!
  • Massive variety and natural beauty lies within the United States Botanic Garden! Upon entering, you're greeted by a fantastic assortment of flowers, plants, trees, and decorations that will visually amaze all. I visited during Orchid Festival and my word was the variety and display of these beautiful plants beyond fantastic (see pictures for a couple of photographs showing what they have). The place is organized well, most will be able to walk through it at a slow pace within an hour. Overall, I loved the Botanic Garden and I consider it to be a must-visit within DC.
  • They changed out the flowers in the big main room when you first walk in. It smells so good everywhere you go despite the amount of tourists traveling inside. There's a lot of foot traffic be warned if you try to take photos like me and my friend were, but they turned out beautiful. There were also artists painting while sitting at benches inside, so that was neat to see. Just be patient as you walk through and admire the different plants. 💖
  • I went here during a festival and it was great! Very pretty flowers and plants. You can feel the the different climates in each room. There's a scavenger hunt you can do as well as you're walking around. They have yoga classes here too! I definitely recommend going here.

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