United States Botanic Gardens

Washington, DC

Where are we going?

United States Botanic Gardens
100 Maryland Avenue Southwest


What is there to do?

Love nature? Then check out the three acres of gardens at the United States Botanic Gardens in Washington DC, including a state-of-the-art building holding over 4000 plants from all over the world - tropical and seasonal plants and it's FREE!! 

These beautiful gardens are a living plant museum, where exhibits interpret the role of plants in supporting our planet's fragile and diverse ecosystems. Along the way, kids will learn all about how plants enrich human life!

The gardens and surrounding parks and terraces were established all the way back in 1820, making the US Botanic Gardens one of the oldest in the entire country! That's pretty amazing!

The conservatory is home to permanent collections of plants from a number of regions, including arid, tropical and subtropical. You can even see plants that were around in the Jurassic era! 

You can see first hand a number of rare and endangered plants, where kids can learn about conservation, and make a trip through the National Garden, featuring beautiful Mid-Atlantic plants, as well as Bartholdi Park just across Independence Ave.

A beautiful day surrounded by nature in the nation's capital, the United States Botanic Gardens is a great way to spend a relaxing day with the family, taking in the best that Mother Nature has created!

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free!

Children: Free!


Need a little extra help?

The Conservatory and outdoor gardens are wheelchair-accessible and we have wheelchairs available for loan. Please come to our Visitor Services desk at the front of the Conservatory to borrow one.


When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily (7pm close Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Year round


Any top tips?

Free 45-minute highlight tours of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory may be available on the day of your visit so just check at the Visitor Information Desk upon your arrival.

I’m Hungry!

Bring your own brown-bag lunches and eat on the beautiful grounds. In addition, they are located across from the Capitol near the National Mall where a multitude of dining opportunities are offered.

Familydaysout.com - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
© Family Days Out 2019