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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

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
Thank royalvagabond
Reviewed yesterday

Obviously my taste is spoiled, as I live in Pittsburgh and compare every botanic garden with Phipps. But this garden is really small, and there was a strong smell of chlorine in the main hall. The capital deserves better garden.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We really enjoyed our first time to the Botanic Garden, and it was nice to feel some tropical warmth in February! We knew it would be busy, as we decided to visit on a Sunday afternoon, but wish that there was a better way to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank KateMZ0
Reviewed 2 days ago

It is a great spot to start your day of museums on The Mall. It's a big glass greenhouse divided into different biomes -- rainforest, desert, Mediterranean, North America, South America, etc. Beautiful and calming. We went in February so the outside gardens were closed....More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Joseph M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I took my daughter here this week, we had a great time. She loved running around, and most sections felt like a jungle. They have a huge range of plants and flowers. As well as Tours, and events there. We were greeted by friendly staff,...More

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

The Botanic Gardens is a great oasis in the midst of a Capitol and Mall hike. There are special areas for various biomes, from rainforest to desert areas. You can get through the Botanical Gardens in 20 minutes, or spend several hours. My teen niece...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank marcain
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in the off season to see an exhibit of trains revolving through models of train stations throughout the United States. Exhibit was made of natural materials and very lifelike. We traveled beyond this area and saw the building divided up into regions- desert,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RoyM1336
Reviewed 1 week ago

This FREE garden has a wealth of information -- and labels on each plant -- so you know what you're seeing. On a very cold day, the tropical area is warm and soothing. Plus, if you visit in December, you can enjoy the annual model...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jmch491
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the US Botanic Gardens on a very cold but sunny day in January, and the warmth was very welcome. Beautifully maintained, and such a variety of plants. Papaya, ginger, kumquat, and so much more. I especially loved the ancient trees room and the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Wendy B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Where else would you want to be on a cold winter day but where the smells are intoxicating and floral. What a beautiful garden. I give thanks to everyone who tends to this magical place. What a treat !

Date of experience: January 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.