The National Arboretum has are 446 acres and 9.5 miles of trails and features many different types of gardens to explore as well as the original national capitol columns, over 678 indentified plants, a library, museum and herbarium.
It’s a great place for a budding botanist or nature lover. Paved roads, dirt trails and boardwalks snake through different themed plantings such as Fern Valley, Conifers, Dogwoods, and Magnolias, to name a few. Gentle hills, open fields, ponds and creeks dot the landscape and encourage wildlife. The old columns from the original capitol building mark the center of the Arboretum. Dogs and strollers are welcome.
The Arboretum offers a mobile app (Arboretum Botanical Explorer) to help you navigate the vast grounds, and find and explore the collections. Kids will love the Agents of Discovery Mission app/game, that challenges kids to learn as they go through the National Grove of State Trees and the Washington Youth Garden.
The USNA has reopened and extended hours at the end of July. The Arboretum requires “visitors to follow all posted guidelines designed to maximize the safety and health of all visitors and employees. This includes following social distancing rules, entering the grounds via dedicated access points, and acknowledging that there will be limited services and amenities during this time.”
Grounds open Friday through Monday, 1–5 p.m., and Saturday–Sunday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Check out the National Arboretum website for more information on its collections and visiting.
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