September 29th, 2016322 views
If you're not yet ready to let summer go and would like to squeeze in a few final outdoorsy activities as the weather starts to cool down, consider heading over to the U.S. Botanic Garden. Autumn is an ideal time to see many of the garden's plants and flowers in bloom, as most are kept indoors and continue to thrive even while the weather begins to turn.
The garden is essentially a living plant museum, filled with a wide range of indigenous and exotic flora, including everything from roses and orchids to medicinal plants to a tropical rainforest grove. Kids might especially enjoy the outdoor butterfly garden or the conservatory's Jurassic garden, filled with huge, ancient fern varieties that were around when dinosaurs walked the earth. Whatever you’re most interested in seeing, be sure to set aside several hours for your visit, as this place is best when you can wander through at a leisurely pace.