United States Botanic Garden, Washington DC

4.6
#2 of 36 in Parks in Washington DC
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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  • December is a great month to visit the gardens as there are two special exhibits. One is the trains which are so spectacular. The other is the main buildings in DC are replicated in an exhibit made fr...  more »
  • This place is wedged in the east end of the mall, check it out though. The inside is neat as well. The climate controlled areas take you through several different climates and the plants that thrive t...  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.

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