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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

1850 West Basin Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20242
+1 202-426-6841
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This outdoor memorial is the most popular of presidential memorials, in large part because of its elegant design, which includes waterfalls and sculptures.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1850 West Basin Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20242
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Reviewed yesterday

Walk along the basin and you enter FDR's memorial amidst the trees and fountains. It tells a story as you progress among the rocks and sculptures. A "hidden gem" is cliche, but appropriate in this case. Thanks for noting if this was helpful because I...More

Thank HepAdvisor
Reviewed yesterday

This is sooo worth the walk around the water.. all the buses stop here, all the tours include it but its still not too busy and so worth the walk if you are not on the tours. The quotes recorded on the memorial are as...More

Thank Debsiebee
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well worth a visit. We went back at night to see it with the lights on. Some lights were off and two falls were off. A little disappointed.

Thank MilesL44
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was one of my favorite memorials. The story of FDR and wife Eleanor was great and the various stations to depict all of his years in office did great justice to his tenure.

Thank MomNagel
Reviewed 2 days ago

I had heard this was one to skip, but we were so glad we didnt. Beautiful memorial to our longest sitting President

Thank missiewalter
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was a large monument dedicated to Roosevelt. It had sections for each of his years in office. Each area had its own waterfall and described that year. It was great to come here with a guide to explain more.

Thank Kelly F
Reviewed 3 days ago

I love this memorial. I think it more beautiful at night when the light come on. Its an easy bike ride from the Jefferson, MLK, or Lincoln Memorials.

Thank pdrocean
Reviewed 4 days ago

This memorial very much needs to be seen with a guide to interpret that high degree of symbolism. If you cannot attend a guided tour from one of the many DC area tours then at least follow a group to listen to the explanation of...More

Thank Gerald H
Reviewed 6 days ago

This may sound silly, but as a child of the 80s, one of my first memories of FDR came from the movie, "Annie." I know, strange, but growing up, I learned about his 12 years in office, the Works Project Administration (WPA), and his role...More

Thank RoadlessWandering
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is definitely worth a visit but I don't think it's in the same ballpark as others on the tour. Nevertheless, would be pretty impressive in any other country.

Thank Nick M
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