Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
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The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is a unique memorial, with statues on a smaller scale than the other memorials, but more spread out. You can walk past more and more scenes from Roosevelt's time in office including some from the Depression, such as a bread line or a fireside listen to the radio, and they are interesting. Eleanor Roosevelt is the first First Lady to have her own statue. There are waterfalls and big rocks that kids like to climb. I would have loved this memorial more if the waterfalls didn't smell really bad. They need to add some chlorine and take better care of this special memorial! The water features look brown instead of blue-green like they used to look. 

The memorial on the Tidal Basin. Make sure you walk to the south (eleven minutes) to see the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, which is truly spectacular. Walk five minutes north to see the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, also unique with its white granite against the blue sky and breezy, open location on the Tidal Basin.
To delve into another president's life, visit Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, where there's a world-class museum about his life.

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Late afternoon shadows.

Lots of space.

Eleanor Roosevelt's "room."

Waterfalls and lovely trees.

Roosevelt and his dog.

Kids climbing the rocks.

"I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded...I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed."

Rocks and beautiful trees.

"We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization."

Roosevelt put in place important programs during the Depression.

"I propose to create a Civilian Conservation Corps to be used in simple work..more important, however, than the material gains will be the moral and spiritual value of such work."

The Great Depression "room" at the memorial.

"I never forget that I live in a house owned by all the American people and that I have been given their trust."


Walkway along the Tidal Basin.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is located at 1850 West Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242. 
You can park on Ohio SW Dr, and it's a seven minute walk or so, depending on how far away you have to drive to find a spot.
Another option is to park in the Tidal Basin Parking Lot, which google lists as 1500 Evens Maine Parking, Washington DC. It is a 17 minute walk if you go around the north side of the Tidal Basin past the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, or a 19 minute walk if you go around the south side of the Tidal Basin past the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.


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