6 Ways to Enjoy the Potomac at National Harbor

National Harbor is situated on the banks of the historic Potomac River, just minutes from the nation’s capital. National Harbor is a 350 acre mixed-use waterfront destination unlike any other.

National Harbor is situated in the middle of the South Potomac Heritage Corridor; a 10-mile stretch of the Potomac River that starts at the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, includes National Colonial Farm in Maryland and ends at George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Virginia.

Let’s talk about how you can get out and enjoy the Potomac next time you visit National Harbor!


Monumental Boat Tours

Be the captain of your own boat, even without a license! Plan for an unforgettable afternoon on the Potomac River on your very own two person catamaran called CraigCat. The ergonomic, side-by-side seating and dual-action controls will provide a one of a kind experience!

The expert tour guides at Monumental Boat Tours will craft an extraordinarily fun, memorable 2-hour outing as you take in local sights, including:

  • National Harbor
  • Jones Point Lighthouse
  • Mount Vernon
  • Fort Washington
  • Little Hunting Creek

This picture-perfect tour is filled with unique photo ops and plenty of Potomac River wildlife. Be sure to sign up for the sunset tour!

Float Boat 360

It is a great way to celebrate milestones, weddings, birthdays, or just because on your own mini party boat. This is a two hour rental around National Harbor Cove for seven people. You bring the friends, fun, and the drinks and Float Boat 360 provides your personal captain!

Water Taxi

Take the Water Taxi from the National Harbor Marina to Alexandria to easily reach DC’s many cultural offerings. This is also a great way to avoid DC traffic and tough parking while relaxing and enjoying your surroundings.


Need something with a little more adventure to get your heart pumping?

Boating in DC 

Enjoy views of National Harbor from the water with kayak, pedal boat and stand-up paddleboard rentals from Boating in DC. Explore the Potomac from the new hydrobikes – it’s a great way to get your fitness on! Bring a towel if you do the SUP just in case you take a dip in the water.

WaveOne Swimming

Have what it takes to get in the water? WaveOne offers open water swimming programs seasonally bringing experience and energy to anyone and everyone willing to put a toe in the water.

The National Harbor Weekly Swims are one hour, on a 300-400 meter marked and life-guarded course, following by a meeting at a National Harbor restaurant or bar. These swims are for practice and training, not clinics or learn-to-swim classes. You should be comfortable swimming at least 500 meters nonstop in a swimming pool. Want to join them?

Seasonally Sunrise Swims:
Every Sunday, 8:30am

Sunset Swims:
Every Wednesday, 90 minutes prior to sunset


Have your own boat?

Enjoy all the amenities of a waterfront resort, plus world-class facilities and staff. Whether you’re a permanent boating resident or here for the day, you’ll benefit from the centralized location. Moments from historic sites and a world of dining and entertainment venues, National Harbor Marina isn’t just a place to dock—it’s a destination to be discovered.


There is always something happening at National Harbor. Book your Harborcation today!