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Address: 7931 E Boulevard Dr, Alexandria, VA 22308-1307
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+1 703-768-5700
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

River Farm is the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society....

River Farm is the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. Situated on 25 landscaped acres overlooking the Potomac river, it is an idyllic escape within the Washington, D.C. area. Enjoy walking in our gardens and four-acre Meadow. Bring kids to enjoy the Children's Garden. We are open year-round Monday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm. From April through September we are also open Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm.

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Hidden mansion on a beautiful property known to few but open to all

This is a beautiful place to relax on the porch and read a book or soak up the sun while having a picnic on the lawn. There is a nice flower garden which is a good spot to snap... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
chris m
Fort Belvoir, Virginia

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Fort Belvoir, Virginia
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

This is a beautiful place to relax on the porch and read a book or soak up the sun while having a picnic on the lawn. There is a nice flower garden which is a good spot to snap some photos of your kids or significant other when everything is in bloom. Just don't let your kids bring any balls... More 

Thank chris m
Dixon, Illinois
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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped to check out River Farm - lovely! Early in the season but many buds and early bulbs. View was wonderful - enjoyed our visit!

Thank nancylee54
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

I am one of the fortunate ones in that I live reasonably close to River Farm and can & have visited frequently over the past 10 years. I can directly relate to my title "Beauty in the Fall, Spring, Summer and Winter." My last visit was on November 17th, 2016 and it was breathtaking with the transition from Fall to... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

One of George Washington's five farms, it was originally his brother Laurence's. The house itself is available for parties (large tented area) outside or in. View of the Potomac is lovely and the grounds reflect native species but not so manicured as to be fussy.

Thank jane o
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

I discovered River Farm, home of the American Horticultural Society, when I visited it as a possible wedding venue for my daughter. A short drive along the Potomac River on the GW Parkway (minutes out of Old Town Alexandria), you enter through a low fence onto beautiful grounds (planted yet very natural-looking), lovely flowers and trees, overlooking the river. Walk... More 

Thank 100pplaces
RiverFarmHost, Public Relations Manager at River Farm, responded to this review

How nice to hear the story of your initial visit here as a wedding planning mother, and your return visits just for fun! Many thanks from all of us for your kind words about River Farm. Perhaps we'll see you at our free Holiday Open House, Saturday, December 10 from 10-3? More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

No crowds, few people, colonial architecture, quick strolls thru botanical grounds, nice little children's garden, a little exposed to sun on those hot and humid days. Not heavy on historical info, but a nice quick stop on the banks of the Potomac enroute to Mt Vernon, though if your are on bikes it's on the opposite side of the Parkway... More 

RiverFarmHost, Public Relations Manager at River Farm, responded to this review

Happy you enjoyed your visit here! A nice tie-in with Mount Vernon, since George Washington once owned River Farm (one of his five local farms). The foundations of our Estate House are colonial era, but the buildings you see are from the early 20th century. Come back again in the fall for wonderful color, and bring a picnic! More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

River Farm is a lovely place to visit. Their outdoor gardens are absolutely lovely. I recommend taking a picnic with you as there are not any eateries there. Only downside is that they have limited hours so check the website before you visit.

Thank G H
RiverFarmHost, Public Relations Manager at River Farm, responded to this review

We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit here! And we agree -- River Farm is an ideal place for a picnic. We do rent out River Farm to private parties (and there are many summer weddings), so we're open to the public on Saturdays 9-1 from April through September. We're open year-round (except holidays) Monday through Friday from 9 to... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

The historical setting and setting for weddings are mentioned by several reviewers. We recently visited with our daughter and young grandchildren and were impressed by the beauty and charm of this peaceful oasis. The garden is small but exquisite, and there are lots of beautiful walkways, shady trees, and park benches that entice lingering. The garden has shaded picnic tables... More 

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RiverFarmHost, Public Relations Manager at River Farm, responded to this review

You wrote so poetically about River Farm! Thank you for sharing your experience and we do hope you will visit often. More 

Houston, Texas
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330 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016

this is a lovely setting, many children's programs and activities visit pretty gift shop and stroll the gardens right on the river, extraordinary views.

Thank gay e
RiverFarmHost, Public Relations Manager at River Farm, responded to this review

Thanks so much for commenting about your visit here -- come back soon! More 

Alexandria, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 503 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2016

We came here today for the annual garden and flower show sponsored by River Farm's owner, the American Horticulture Society. The mansion has a very pleasant exterior and some very attractive rooms that are well appointed with period furniture and objects of art. The home is good sized but it is not a mansion. The home is situated on 25... More 

1 Thank VAChuck
RiverFarmHost, Public Relations Manager at River Farm, responded to this review

So glad that you enjoyed our annual Spring Garden Market! Thanks for writing to let others know about it. We always have an unusual mix of plant and garden decor vendors. They raptors and alpacas usually attend and are favorites with both kids and adults. In 2017 the Spring Garden Market will be on Friday and Saturday, April 21 -22. More 

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