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Steeped in history, rich with tradition, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth's fragile...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
100 Mayland Avenue SW, At the east end of the Mall, Washington DC, DC 20001
National Mall
+1 202-225-8333
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Reviewed yesterday

Small but packed with plants from multiple climates. Some were very unique. Good short visit if you have some time. No where to get food or drink, not even a vending machine.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank honee68
Reviewed yesterday

Plan to spend enough time there to see it all. Stop and rest in between viewing the different areas. Use this place as a respite place to relax after more high power museums.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank jeanthestewart
Reviewed yesterday

We visited right after Christmas, and the poinsettias on display were impressive. There's a picturesque bridge over a brook. Lots of orchids and cactus plants. It is compact, but not too crowded for its proximity to the capital. And it's FREE! We will return whenever...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Chaperone2013
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have seen these gardens in all the season and it never disappoints. So much color in the summer but Christmas is particularly lovely with thousands of poinsettias on display

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MainsMuses
Reviewed 6 days ago

The government was shut down (and therefore most of the Smithsonians) but the Botanical Garden was open - and warm! We spent a while wandering around and through the indoor gardens. The tropical area was a great respite from the freezing, dry January air. My...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kmtom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes, there are many beautiful displays but as you walk through the various areas, you’ll be able to associate different plants with where they originated. While we were there, a person at a kiosk was available to describe the cacao tree and it’s associated fruit...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Itinerant_Foodies
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can choose your environment - a rain forest, a dry desert, or moss draped with humidity. Housed in an historic building with beautiful, old-fashioned touches.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Joe M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great break from the fast paced memorial hopping. Indoor facility...beautifully maintained. Great place to enjoy the flora and have a beverage.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Havepursewilltravel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great time there in the early spring. It's a place to spend many hours walking up and down hills hunting for blooming cherries (great collection). Fantastic bonsai gallery.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Lucyna W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I must admit to you upfront that not only am I a black thumb, but I don't much care to name the five types of oak or sourgum or various other types of flora found ... everywhere. Finding rare types of weed don't do much...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Kirstin E B
4 January 2019|
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Response from bailiej757 | Reviewed this property |
It's not really a kids attraction. It hardly qualifies as a national botanical garden being so small compared to other countries. Should be named D.C. city garden.
Kirstin E B
4 January 2019|
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Response from VVMomNh | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It is warm and beautiful anytime of the year.
25 December 2018|
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Response from llama_info | Reviewed this property |
I would not think so it is not busy most o the time it may be closed though.