The National Arboretum is one of Washington, DC's best kept secrets that first-time visitors to the District will not want to miss. The National Arboretum comes alive in the spring as April showers bring May flowers and the 446 acres of lush greenery transforms into a garden of paradise. In the fall, you can skip driving out to the traffic-packed Skyline Park in Virginia and instead walk, bike or run through the changing colors at the National Arboretum located at 3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC.
The koi fish pond will amuse young and old, particularly as the fish make their way to the water surface in search of food (but beware. do not feed the fish). The Bonsai garden along with the original columns from the US Capitol, renovated in 1958, are also highlights of a visit the National Arboretum. Additionally there is a hands-on children's garden. While reachable via foot, it can be quite a walk for the little ones. But hey, they'll sleep well come bedtime!
- Pack a picnic and enjoy it at one of the courtyard tables.
- In the summer, bring plenty of drinking water. It can get hot and there isn't any place on site to buy some.
- If you are visiting in the fall, bring a sweater or light jacket in case the cool wind picks-up.
- Wear sunscreen and a ball cap.