Address: The National Mall, Washington, DC
Day Pass Cost: Free!
Food Services: None.
Age Range: All ages.
Stay Length: Expect to spend 1-2 hours.
Worth the Trip?: Not a must see. It’s a lovely little oasis and a great place to go on a cold day.
The United States Botanic Gardens was another place we enjoyed taking the kids. It’s open all year round and there’s a large indoor conservatory so you can see some rich green colors even in the winter. A couple sections including the children’s garden are closed during the winter but there is still a lot to see. And like so many DC attractions, it’s free too.
The Botanic Gardens are located to the South East of Capitol Hill. They are the oldest continually operating gardens in the United States and is home to almost 10,000 plants, some over 165 years old.
It was cold the day we went here (actually that pretty much described every day on our trip) so it was a really nice break to be able to walk through the warm indoor gardens.
Gordie has always been fond of flowers so we were pretty sure he was going to enjoy our visit too.
And there were some really interesting flowers.
We let Gordie use our pocket camera so he could take some picture too.
Inside the main room there there a couple of bridges which Gordie loved walking over and terraces along the walls that you can go up and see the gardens from a different perspective.
There are a number of smaller themed rooms including dessert plants, and medicinal plants that you can access off the main room.
There is also a room that talks about the the countless ways in which plants enrich human life. In one part you can smell different kinds of plant derived fragrances. Gordie thought that was a lot of fun, and the display with all the metal flowers was really pretty too.
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