Warmer Weather Means Fun on and Around the Water at National Harbor
From kayaks to dinner cruises, sightseeing by boat and floating with friends, National Harbor has many ways to have fun on the Potomac River
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., April 7, 2021—As the weather gets warmer and everyone wants to get outside, there are more opportunities than ever for exploring and enjoying the Potomac River from National Harbor. Whether your goal is recreation or just kicking back, National Harbor has many options. Various options are open now with more opening in May and all getting into full swing by June. Check boat company websites for info.
New this year are hydrobike water bikes. One of the newest water crazes, these bikes are non-polluting, easy to ride, lightweight safe and stable with 400 pounds of flotation. These may be enjoyed by ages 8 and up and are available from Boating in D.C. at National Harbor. The company also offers kayaks, paddleboards with paddleboard lessons available, swan and dragon pedal boats. Pedal boats and hydrobikes are now open Wednesday through Sunday. Additional days will be added in May.
The Freedom Boat Club is new this year and is a membership-only program where guests can rent a boat from one of their 250+ locations. A boating license is required. Maryland Yacht Charters has added an additional boat for National Harbor this season. Here, you can rent a boat with a captain for 2-4 hours and BYOB.
Last year, National Harbor introduced Monumental Boat Tours’ new two-person CraigCats. These are available along with a knowledgeable guide, in a separate boat, who provides history and exploration on a two-hour tour from National Harbor to Mount Vernon. Boaters will see Jones Point Lighthouse, Fort Washington, a lot of Potomac River wildlife and more. Monumental Boat Tours opens on May 1.
Also new last year, and back this year, is Float Boat 360. This boat allows up to six friends and/or family to hop on for a fun-filled cruise. It comes with a boat operator. It allows guests to bring food and drinks. Float Boat 360 is now open Thursday – Sunday. Expanding to full schedule in June.
“We are excited to have so many boating options and experiences available,” said Jackie Saunders, AVP of marketing at National Harbor. “It’s a great way to explore the Potomac River and a fun way to spend time with family and friends.”
Potomac Riverboat Company operates a water taxi that runs from National Harbor to Alexandria and into Washington, D.C. The company also operates tours, sightseeing options and dining cruises for anyone wanting to celebrate a special event or commemoration.
And, the National Harbor Marina provides the opportunity for those cruising over in their own boat to fuel both their boat and their stomachs.
All of the boats and boating equipment are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between uses. Face masks are currently required while on the docks but may be removed by guests during tours. Guests are asked to book online to minimize contact. Reservations may be made on each boating operator’s website.
For those who prefer to remain on the shore, Capital Bikeshare has bikes throughout National Harbor with a bike trail along the waterfront that goes into Virginia and Washington, D.C. It’s another great way to experience the waterfront.
For more information on National Harbor, visit www.NationalHarbor.com.
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About the Waterfront District at National Harbor
Situated on the banks of the Potomac River and just minutes from the nation’s capital, National Harbor is a waterfront resort community unlike any other. The vibrant Waterfront District at National Harbor offers unique boutique shops and well-loved stores along wide, walkable streets. More than 30 restaurants include award-winning Succotash; The Walrus Oyster and Ale House; Grace’s Mandarin; and Bond 45. Highly recognized for its iconic Capital Wheel, a 180-foot observation wheel offering panoramic views that include D.C. monuments; the Waterfront District features seasonal activities and concerts. Capital Bike Share makes it possible to bike to the Waterfront District on National Harbor’s newly paved waterfront trail. There are also many exciting special events and activities. The property was named as one of the top places in the nation to observe spectacular sunsets. For more information, visit www.NationalHarbor.com.
Contact: Vicki Bendure