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National Arboretum in Washington, DC


National Arboretum in Washington, DC
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The National Arboretum in Washington, DC displays 446 acres of trees, shrubs and plants and is one of the largest arboretums in the country. Visitors enjoy a variety of exhibits from formal landscaped gardens to the Gotelli Dwarf and slow growing Conifer Collection. The National Arboretum is most known for its bonsai collection. Other special displays include seasonal exhibits, aquatic plants, and a National Herb garden. During the early spring, the site is popular spot to see more than 70 varieties of Cherry Trees.


3501 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002 (202) 245-2726.
The closest Metro stop is Stadium Armory Station.

National Arboretum Hours:

Effective May 13, 2013, the U.S. National Arboretum will implement cost-cutting and expenditure recovery measures, including closing the grounds of the Arboretum to the general public three days per week--Tuesday through Thursday. The facility is open Friday through Monday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. National Bonsai and Penjing Museum: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Closed December 25. Tours mid-April to October.


Free admission for parking and picnic grounds. Tour tickets are $4 per adult, $3 per senior, $2 for children ages 4-16 and free for children under 4.

Public Tours of the National Arboretum:

A 40-minute tram ride with a taped narrative highlights the history and mission of 446 acres of gardens, collections and natural areas. Tours are available on weekends and holidays and upon request. Scheduled times are 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

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