Excitement of every sort.

Pure fun, planned out or on the fly, National Harbor is more than a destination. It’s an experience. We’re committed to providing you an endless variety of things to do, including the many immersive sights, scents, tastes and sounds of our waterfront wonderland. From fresh artisan cheese and cinema al fresco to family-friendly fun—with all the things to do at National Harbor, you’ll be back for more in no time.

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The Capital Wheel

Soar high above the Potomac River in your own private gondola to take in the area’s many iconic sights from a truly unique perspective.

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The Capital Wheel

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Soar 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront to marvel at the area’s most iconic sights and hidden gems.

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The Carousel

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Enjoy an Americana-themed carousel featuring whimsical creatures, a newly-built playground, toddler play area and picnic tables.

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MGM Casino

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Try your hand at slots, blackjack, poker and more on one of the country’s largest gaming floors outside of Las Vegas.

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Topgolf

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Parents and older kids will love this updated take on golf, complete with great food and other family activities.

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Lake Arbor Jazz Summer Concert Series

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The Lake Arbor Jazz Outdoor Concert Series takes place every Thursday – Sunday during the month of July and features some of the nation’s and the region’s finest contemporary jazz and R&B artists including Gerald Albright, Maysa, Jeff Bradshaw, Najee, Norman Brown, Avery*Sunshine and more!

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Boating in DC – Hydrobikes, SUP, Pedal boats & Kayak Rentals

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Enjoy views of National Harbor from the water with kayak, pedal boat, stand-up paddleboard and hydrobike rentals from Boating in DC.

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Art Collection

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National Harbor is home to works from local, national and international artists. Learn all about each piece with our self-guided audio walking tour.

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African American Travel

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The impact of African-American heritage can be found all around National Harbor. Learn the local history and celebrate great artists and business owners.

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Bobby Mckey’s

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Request your favorite hits as talented pianists and singers belt out requests at the DC area’s premier dueling piano bar.

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Shopping

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Explore the wide range of retail experiences, including local boutiques, specialty stores, essential stops and more.

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Muse Paintbar

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Muse combines painting lessons with a restaurant and bar, hosting painting sessions seven days a week. All ages are welcome and no prior experience is required.

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Dining

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Foodies will love our diverse culinary destination, which features a wide array of flavors and options for every visitor.

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Movies On The Potomac

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  • Waterfront Activities

Every Thursday, pack chairs, grab food from one of our delicious restaurants and meet us at the Plaza screen for free fun!

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Harbor Trail

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This paved walking path invites you to stretch your legs along the banks of the Potomac River and our cove.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

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  • Historic Sightseeing & Landmarks
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George Washington's Mount Vernon is the historic home of George and Martha Washington, located just 12 miles from National Harbor in Northern Virginia.

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Oxon Hill Manor

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  • Historic Sightseeing & Landmarks

Constructed in 1928, Oxon Hill Manor sits high on a hill with a picturesque view of the Potomac River. Its lush grounds, expansive views and stately rooms make it an immensely popular site with a long heritage.

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National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park

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  • Historic Sightseeing & Landmarks
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Located in Prince George's County, this living history museum depicts a middle-class family farm on the eve of the American Revolution. The heritage breed livestock and seed saving programs ensure heirloom crops and animals are preserved for future generations.

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Water Taxi

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Take the Water Taxi from Gaylord National or the National Harbor Marina to Alexandria to easily reach DC’s many cultural offerings.

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Salute the Sunset Concert Series

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Take in free live performances by military bands on the Plaza stage every Saturday night and select Wednesday nights, May 29–September 25.

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Capital Bikeshare

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Pedal through the National Harbor on a Capital Bikeshare bike.

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Float Boat 360

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Float Boat 360 is a charter/ rental boat. It is a great way to celebrate a milestone, wedding, birthday, or just because. Read more at- floatboat360.com

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MGM Conservatory

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Larger-than-life works of art take over this unique space to create a wonderland that invites you to mingle with the display as you walk through.

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Washington Metropolitan Area (D.C.)

  • Historic Sightseeing & Landmarks

National Harbor is just minutes from the Washington Metropolitan Area. Explore all the things there are to do in the nation's capital.

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National Monuments

  • Historic Sightseeing & Landmarks

Visit the famous monuments and memorials in Washington DC just miles from National Harbor.

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Divine Nail Spa

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Open by appointment only. Call 301-485-1476 to book.

A fume-free natural nail spa, Divine offers an extensive selection of pampering spa treatments for your hands, feet, face and body.

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Marina & Piers

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Nestled along the Potomac River in Smoots Bay, National Harbor Marina is the premier marina and pier in the Chesapeake Bay region.

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Make A Stay Of It

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It’s impossible to see everything we have in one day or night. Extend your visit to take advantage of all we have to do.

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MGM Art Collection

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Browse this destination’s eclectic mix of works that range from photography and paintings to large-scale sculptures.

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Irish Whisper

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This Irish pub & restaurant features traditional cuisine, nearly 80 Irish whiskeys, scotches and bourbons and a full beer and wine menu in a cozy setting.

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Monumental Boat Tours

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Cruise the Potomac River aboard your own two-person catamaran boat, also known as a Craigcat Boat. Experience the monuments and Washington, DC, or the Maryland/Virginia waters and Mount Vernon all from your own boat! Our knowledgeable guides create fun, memorable outings.

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WaveOne Open Water Swimming

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WaveOne Swimming offers some of the most current and creative open water swimming programs in the area.

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Tours & Sightseeing Cruises by Hornblower

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Dinner, monuments, Mount Vernon: choose your way to cruise the water and see some of DC’s iconic landmarks.

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Fort Washington

  • Historic Sightseeing & Landmarks

Built to defend the river approach to Washington, DC, Fort Washington has stood as silent sentry for over 200 years. As technologies advanced so did Fort Washington, from the brick and stone of the 19th century to the concrete and steel of the 20th century. Joining the National Park Service in 1946, the park continues to protect the Potomac River. Located just 8 miles from National Harbor.

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