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United States Botanic Garden

Botanical Garden and Garden
Southwest Washington, Washington
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  • Naciye A.
    "I couldnt even count the different kind of orchids."(4 Tips)
    Samir L.
    "beautiful indoor garden and pond near the Capitol building."(5 Tips)
    Derek F.
    "Amazing free train exhibit"(3 Tips)
    Francesca F.
    "... is a must see, the rose garden is absolutely beautiful. I definitely..."(3 Tips)
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  • Derek F.
    Derek FromsonDecember 30, 2013
    Amazing free train exhibit if you happen to come during the holiday season. 2013's theme was World's Fair exhibits from the past. Mini replicas of famous Washingtoninan landmarks add a nice touch.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    For most visitors, it’s less about seeing how plants grow than making use of the benches, tables, and chairs that the park has to offer—not to mention wonderful views of the Capitol. Read more
  • veronika s.
    veronika siatkaFebruary 9, 2015
    It has several different sections from different parts of the world with many beautiful trees and plant and it was really my favorite part of Washington, D.C.!!!
  • Andrei P.
    Andrei PonzeAugust 10, 2013
    It was great!! Lotta strollers and packed with families and student groups. Not the usual herd of tourists but definitely worth while a visit before it gets too cool. Fantastic green house architectür
  • Paul K.
    Paul KrzychJuly 23, 2015
    This is truly the gem of Capitol Hill. A wonderful staff, beautiful flowers, and ever changing exhibits. A nice spot to dine al fresco.
  • The Transit Navigator
    The Transit NavigatorSeptember 25, 2011
    This wonderful garden is often overshadowed by the surrounding sites. Nevertheless, it contains a beautiful collection of plants and flowers. Definitely stop by, and bring a book to read on a bench!
  • Francesca F.
    Francesca FicaraFebruary 19, 2013
    The Botanical Garden in D.C. is a must see, the rose garden is absolutely beautiful. I definitely recommend going during the week though to miss the big crowds.
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphMarch 12, 2013
    3pm: Slow things down with a walk through the United States Botanic Gardens. Free tours last 45 minutes and take visitors through the Conservatory. Nearest Metro stop: Federal Center.
  • Donna T.
    Donna TroyJuly 31, 2013
    If you're packing a lunch for your DC tour, be sure to eat it here. There are plenty of tables outside in the garden with umbrellas to shade you from the sun.
  • Calla S.
    The entry room is all edible plants which is fascinating to see. Wandering paths outside are great for unwinding and watching birds. The rose garden smells great!
  • Emma M.
    Emma McTagueDecember 22, 2015
    Come during Christmas. The trains and mini wooden versions of world landmarks are worth the extra crowds. And it's open late Tuesday's and Thursday's then!
  • Ayman S.
    Ayman SirajMarch 19, 2016
    Good place to walk around and get to know about plants from across the world. Gets a bit crowded. There's a lake right outside for good photo op.
    HISTORYApril 1, 2010
    The garden is a living plant museum & was established by Congress in 1820. The Conservatory reopened in Dec 2001 after a four-year renovation,with approx 4,000 seasonal, tropical & subtropical plants.
  • Serhii L.
    Serhii Lutsko6 days ago
    The botanical garden looks fine especially some it is free. There is also a park from it so visit both
  • Jan M.
    Jan MorrisAugust 28, 2013
    The botanic Garden does not open till 10 but if you go early you can enjoy the outside gardens before the crowds arrive.
  • U.S. Capitol
    U.S. CapitolDecember 29, 2011
    United States Botanic Garden exhibits span 150 million years, the range of global environments, as well as botany, economy and culture all the ways plants are important to how we live. Read more
  • Rachel
    RachelApril 14, 2015
    Beautiful outdoor gardens and indoor greenhouse. I am so glad I checked this place out!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Visiting the museums? Security's tightened; many require visitors to pass through metal detectors & have bags searched. Some sites may limit which items may be carried inside. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Sarah
    SarahOctober 10, 2012
    Find a docent & enjoy the privilege of learning many interesting facts not otherwise obvious, like which trees were of the original 1839 collection. Who knew palms could get so old?
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 24, 2011
    Did you know? The gardens were founded in part to house plants acquired by the Wilkes Expedition to the South and Central Pacific. It was on this voyage that Antarctica was confirmed to be a continent Read more
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PAugust 24, 2013
    Explored this place by myself but great thing about it was that it was free! Close to all the museums and the Capitol!
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LNovember 3, 2014
    Awesome space if you're into botany or museums. It's free and has a great selection of flowers and plants. Make sure to visit every room.
  • Affinia Hotel Collection
    Located on the Capitol Grounds, the Botanic Garden features a variety of living exhibits and seasonal installments with environmental and educational features in the National Garden.
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah SolbachMarch 20, 2011
    of all the places in D.C. that I've visited, this little gem is my favorite. Make sure you go up on the mezzanine in the Jungle section. Beautiful!
  • P J.
    P JAugust 7, 2014
    One of DCs hidden gems. A great place to sit and relax in the middle of the busy mall
  • Rodwell S.
    It's an indoor forest. I prefer the National Arboretum more but this is a great indoor plant-lovers dreamscape. Swing on by-just to knowze in. 😄
    USA TODAYNovember 22, 2010
    Renowned for the rose garden, butterfly gardenand First Ladies' water garden, the facility has educational offerings too, including water conservation, composting and waste reduction. Read more
  • S
    SApril 15
    lovely place, it has from tropical to medicinal flowers and herbs, this place is a must in your visit
  • Alexander M.
    Alexander MorozovJuly 28, 2013
    Orchid lovers come to botanical garden. There is a special room with them.
  • Olivia D.
    Olivia DiNucciOctober 14, 2012
    Looking for a unique place to study or read? This is your place..they provide a bunch of super comfy outside seating.
  • Tim F.
    Tim FMarch 29, 2016
    Great seasonal and holiday exhibits! Our kids love it
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandApril 20, 2015
    Stunningly beautiful. A must-see for anyone who appreciates nature.
  • Zümra U.
    Zümra U. GülerJuly 6, 2013
    A great place to see the plants you'll never see again. After a hot day, AC and garden feel like heaven.
  • Leslie G.
    Leslie GottliebJune 19, 2012
    Lots of beautiful plants. The children's area has a bamboo grove to hide in and plants to water.
  • Brett p.
    Brett payneJuly 8, 2015
    You have to check out the regional garden on the side it's a real delight
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 29, 2015
    Revel in the beauty of over 4,000 seasonal, tropical and subtropical plants at this living plant museum
  • Miguel d.
    Miguel de LeonMay 19, 2015
    Neat space with lots of little nooks for different plant habitats.
  • Everton B.
    Everton BatistaJuly 23, 2013
    Beautiful variety of plants an flowers from around the world.
  • Samir L.
    Samir LJune 29, 2016
    Relaxing and beautiful indoor garden and pond near the Capitol building.
  • Shannon B.
    Shannon Babe-ThomasNovember 26, 2012
    The holiday display is amazing!!! In the evening you can enjoy the display while listening to holiday music.
  • Armie
    ArmieJune 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Explore & Discover! by checking out upcoming programs at
  • Niels S.
    Niels SwimbergheMay 10, 2015
    I just come here to relax, also great place to eat your lunch.
  • Marcello M.
    Marcello MarcheseOctober 30, 2015
    Unexpectedly pleasant and interesting. A nice break from government buildings.
  • veronika s.
    veronika siatkaFebruary 9, 2015
    A place you definitely need to visit!!!
  • U.S. Capitol
    U.S. CapitolDecember 29, 2011
    Bartholdi Park was created in 1932 and named for Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor of the historic fountain located at its center. Read more
  • Toby U.
    Toby UlmJuly 23, 2012
    All the plants go to bed at 5pm. So get there before then. It's a very nice place to be.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsMay 22, 2016
    A wonderful place that is both a learning and fun experience !
  • Naciye A.
    Naciye AciyanAugust 13, 2013
    I couldnt even count the different kind of orchids. Its amazing
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JorgensonNovember 6, 2014
    Decent gardens with a wide variety of cultivars.
  • Jenn F.
    Jenn ForagerApril 23, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Hoorah! The Children's Garden and Southern Exposure Garden are open again!
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANJuly 14, 2010
    Established in 1820, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. Check out this video for more on its history. Read more
  • Jared D.
    Jared DegnanNovember 15, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    here's a tip...see those signs on the water garden that says you're not supposed to reach into the water? yeah, that goes for your kids too...respect the beauty, keep em out of it
  • Tai F.
    Tai FungNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Do yourself a favor and don't bring a stroller if you come to the train exhibit.
  • Anna F.
    Anna FaderDecember 6, 2015
    Really small but lovely conservatory.
  • Meghan Kathleen
    Meghan KathleenJuly 23, 2009
    Definitely make sure you spend time at the Botanical Gardens. It's right off the mall, near the capital, and a beautiful escape, especially on a hot summer day.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGNovember 22, 2015
    Cool garden and all decked out for the holiday season.
  • Bianca L.
    Bianca L.July 9, 2013
    Amazing, incredible, blissful retreat.
  • Bob S.
    Bob StovallDecember 5, 2010
    The garden railway was designed by Paul Busse of Applied Imagination in Alexandria, Kentucky. Awesome
  • jeyo
    jeyoDecember 14, 2015
    So beautiful, and there's currently a very exciting Christmas display going on!
  • Mario F.
    Mario Fernandez JrSeptember 18, 2011
    Fountain looks great, but during the summer beware of huge swarms of mosquitoes.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MascarenasJuly 18, 2013
    Air conditioners by the restrooms are life savers in the summer
  • Sam P.
    Sam ParkerNovember 30, 2013
    For a good time eat all the mushrooms you find.
  • Foster
    FosterApril 10, 2012
    Great place to relax and get warm when touring DC in the colder months.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan CoffmanJuly 10, 2010
    Gorgeous and relaxing (when it's not terribly busy) urban refuge. Highly recommended spot.
  • Runnin' Donna
    Runnin' DonnaDecember 30, 2015
    Can get crowded over the Christmas holiday!
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsMay 22, 2016
    The setting and the way it is designed !
  • Michael S.
    Michael SalesMarch 19, 2013
    Bring a camera! You'll be snapping pictures all over the place! Beautiful!
  • Kristal K.
    If you are serious about photographing, reserve a tripod permit before you come!
  • David L.
    David Lubin3 weeks ago
    Nice respite on a hot day
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CApril 15, 2015
    The jungle inside the building is the best part.
  • Kylie
    KylieAugust 7, 2012
    Great place to cool off. Head outside and soak your feet in the fountains :).
  • Sean H.
    Sean HackbarthJune 7, 2016
    The tropical flowers are a peaceful respite.
  • Nawan G.
    Nawan GyaltsenAugust 29, 2015
    Nice Flowers, Plants, and Trees.
  • Stephan M.
    Stephan MatanovicDecember 27, 2016
    Worth braving the crowds. Plus, live music!
  • Evan F.
    Evan FalchukSeptember 10, 2012
    If you were a spy in a movie this would be a terrific spot for a meeting.
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 20, 2011
    Be sure to take the catwalk through the leaf canopy in the jungle room.
  • Le M.
    Le MinhApril 9, 2013
    Short n sweet. Avoid big groups because the pathway s really small
  • JH H.
    JH H-DFebruary 23, 2012
    Beautiful selection of bonsais on display
  • Yvonne L.
    Yvonne LeeMay 19, 2014
    Beauty to be seen.
  • Sallie B.
    Sallie BeihlJune 3, 2010
    This is a super romantic spot if, you don't suffer from pollen allergies.
  • Pablo R.
    Pablo RamosApril 16, 2015
    great for a casual date
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BaconMarch 24, 2014
    You will not want to miss this one!
  • Cicely L.
    Cicely LOctober 10, 2015
    Fun place to spend a nice afternoon.
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilkesJanuary 13, 2016
    So beautiful but soooo many slow tourists!!!
  • Speed H.
    Speed HillAugust 23, 2016
    really pretty views!
  • Stefan Z.
    Stefan ZettermarkJuly 21, 2011
    Avoid large tour groups like the plague. The paths are very narrow and they will ruin your visit, because they DO not move.
  • Dale S.
    Dale SweetnamApril 30, 2015
    The Orchid room is pretty sweet.
  • Jen K.
    Jen KMarch 23, 2013
    Beautiful. DC go-to must
  • Jim S.
    Jim SnowdenNovember 25, 2010
    The train exhibit that opens on Thanksgiving and runs through New Years is an annual highlight.
  • Davide
    DavideDecember 7, 2015
    Plan 1h for this trip, it's beautiful but not huge
  • Ron C.
    Ron CostiganJune 2, 2014
    Bananas! And lots more...
  • Nawan G.
    Nawan GyaltsenAugust 29, 2015
    Great plants!
  • Mikaela L.
    Mikaela LozanoJanuary 18, 2015
    Just beautiful
  • Shannon A.
    Shannon AMarch 13, 2012
    Check out orchid exhibit!
  • Mauricio B.
    Mauricio BlancoDecember 29, 2015
    Flojera in winter
  • Tim C.
    Tim ChampneyDecember 31, 2015
    Holiday jazz performance free
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KulpDecember 27, 2015
    Plants and holiday trains
  • Crista M.
    Crista MarchantMay 17, 2015
  • Cenk N.
    Cenk NiksarliMay 31, 2013
    Closes at 5pm.
  • Todor P.
    Todor PeevSeptember 15, 2014
    Not so impressive!
  • Oya I.
    Oya IşıkMay 26, 2016
    Harika bir botanik park.. , görülmeye değer
  • KakVseBylo
    KakVseByloJuly 24, 2013
    В ботаническом саду Вашингтона зацвел «трупный цветок». Фоторепортаж пользователей Foursquare из Вашингтона, США. Read more
  • Kadriye Ö.
    Kadriye ÖztürkJuly 10, 2014
    Sicak ve havasiz
  • Vladimir L.
    Vladimir LiraOctober 18, 2013
    Зашибись! Приятно просто гулять там и дышать воздухом. :)
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