A Day in the Park With a Twist

One day last fall, I set out determined to explore the U.S. Botanic Garden. Growing up near Pittsburgh, Pa., my parents often took me to the Phipps Conservatory (also a botanical garden) and upon moving to D.C. I was determined to revisit the wonder that day last fall. Plus, D.C. museums are free-well, some of them.

After convincing a friend to join me in my quest, I set out driving to try to find the U.S. Botanic Garden. After what seemed like hours of being lost, I realized all to late that I had confused the Botanic Garden with the U.S. National Arboretum in Northeast D.C. Nonetheless, I discovered another free hidden treasure that day.

I’ve since gone to the Botanic Garden too, also free, and really enjoyed it almost as much as I enjoyed Phipps as a child. Check them both out for free fun. Try the Botanic Gardens if you’re in the mood for the a refreshing, tropical experience (you can also smell bountiful herbs, scented oils and spices) and the Arboretum for a “day at the park,” experience outside.

  • Botanic Gardens: plant collections, herbs, special exhibits, walking garden (outdoors)
  • Arboretum: 9-miles of walking, biking or bus toursMap of Arboretum
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