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The National Arboretum

3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington DC 20002

8am-5pm every day except December 25

$

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Want to Take A Hike in DC? Head to The National Arboretum

The US National Arboretum in DC, which offers 446 acres of outdoor fun, is a fabulous place to take the kids to run around or do some family hiking without having to leave the city.   Admire the National Capitol Columns, an arrangement of twenty-two Corinthian columns that were a part of the United States Capitol from 1828 to 1958 and then head to Fern Valley for a stroll through the woods or a visit to the Children's' Garden.  In addition to the wide-open spaces and wooded trails, there's a fabulous bonsai exhibit and a beautiful koi pond.  You can easily spend a morning here and then head to the nearby Union Market for a bite to eat or grab something to refuel or cool off at Tropical Smoothie Cafe at Dakota Crossing in the nearby Gateway neighborhood. 

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