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.

Itineraries

Plan the perfect visit for every person.

Plan a

Girl’s Night Out

  • 5:00 PMDivine Nail Spa
  • 6:00 PMFlight Deck/Capital Wheel
  • 8:00 PMCadillac Ranch

Plan a

Bachelorette’s Night

  • 7:00 PMBond 45
  • 9:00 PMBobby McKeys
  • 11:30 PMThe Capital Wheel
  • OvernightAC Hotel

Plan a

Bachelorette’s Day

  • 9:00 AMRelâche Spa & Salon - Gaylord National
  • 11:30 AMThe Walrus Oyster and Ale house
  • 12:30 PMFerry ride to Alexandria

Plan a

Kid’s Birthday Party

  • 2:00 PMThe Carousel
  • 4:00 PMPeeps & Company
  • 5:00 PMThe Awakening
  • 6:00 PMSunday Movies on the Potomac

Plan a

Anniversary

  • 6:00 PMThe Tasting Room
  • 8:00 PMGrace's Mandarin
  • 9:00 PMBlossom
  • OvernightHarborside Hotel

Plan a

Bachelor Party

  • 3:00 PMMiguel Wilson Collection
  • 6:00 PMSuccotash
  • 8:00PMTopgolf National Harbor
  • 11:00 PMMGM Casino

Plan a

Convention Attendee Free Time

  • 11:00 AMDanforth Pewter
  • NoonGaylord National circulator to Tanger Outlets
  • 4:00 PMPeeps & Company

Plan a

Family Fun Day

  • NoonNational Colonial Farm
  • 3:00 PMUrban Pirates
  • 5:00 PMGuide By Cell Art
  • 5:30 PMBuild-A-Bear

Plan a

Dog Night

  • 5:00 PMPublic House
  • 6:00 PMDog Park
  • 7:00 PMMovies on the Potomac
  • OvernightWestin Hotel

Plan a

Riverside day

  • NoonBoating in DC
  • 2:00 PMThe Walrus Oyster and Ale house
  • 4:00 PMStroll Along the Harbor Trail

Plan a

Rainy Day

  • NoonLunch at the Pienza Marketplace
  • 1:00 PMMuse Paintbar
  • 4:00 PMMGM National Harbor Conservatory

Plan a

1st Date

  • 7:00 PMGranite City
  • 8:00 PMThe Capital Wheel
  • 8:30 PMBen & Jerry's

All Activities & Attractions

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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

  • Date Night Activities
  • Family Friendly Activities
  • Waterfront Activities

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

  • Family Friendly Activities
  • Waterfront Activities

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

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Salute the Sunset Concert Series

  • Family Friendly Activities
  • Summer Activities
  • Waterfront Activities

Take in performances by military bands during free shows on the Plaza stage every Saturday night, May 12–September 22.

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Boat & Kayak Rentals

  • Waterfront Activities

Rent a kayak, pedal boat or stand-up paddleboard on your own, or take in the sights with an evening kayak tour.

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Movies On The Potomac

  • Family Friendly Activities
  • Summer Activities
  • Waterfront Activities

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

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Art Collection

  • Art & Culture Activities
  • Family Friendly Activities
  • Waterfront Activities

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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Urban Pirates

  • Family Friendly Activities
  • Summer Activities

Ahoy! Climb aboard a pirate ship to to dress, talk and play games like a true pirate with water cannons and hidden treasures throughout the harbor. Urban Pirates 54′ Pirate Ship docks at the base of the Capital Wheel at the end of the pier.

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Fitness Activities

  • Health & Beauty Activities

Run the harbor walk, rent a kayak, paddleboard through the harbor or take part in our special fitness events to stay in shape while exploring our other offerings.

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Summer Events

  • Summer Activities

Every area of National Harbor is home to seasonal happenings that offer entertainment for people of every age.

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Gaylord National

  • Art & Culture Activities
  • Family Friendly Activities

This 19-story glass atrium overlooking the river features sights, sounds and shops that change seasonally. Each season this area is home to artful displays that tie into the surrounding scenery or current holiday, featuring themes like cherry blossoms and Santa’s workshop.

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MGM Casino

  • Date Night Activities
  • Nightlife Activities

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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The Theater at MGM

  • Nightlife Activities

See some of the biggest names in music, comedy and more at this intimate venue that makes every seat feel like it’s front row.

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MGM Conservatory

  • Art & Culture Activities
  • Summer Activities

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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Topgolf

  • Date Night Activities
  • Family Friendly Activities

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

Water Taxi

  • Family Friendly Activities

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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Bobby Mckey’s

  • Date Night Activities
  • Nightlife Activities

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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Muse Paint Bar

  • Date Night Activities
  • Family Friendly Activities
  • Nightlife Activities

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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Throughout The Area

  • Family Friendly Activities
  • Waterfront Activities

We’re more than a Waterfront District. See how you can leverage everything the area has to offer.

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Capital Bikeshare

  • Waterfront Activities

Pedal through the Waterfront District after picking up a bike from stations on the corner of Waterfront Street and Fleet Street.

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Harborwalk

  • Date Night Activities
  • Waterfront Activities

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

WaveOne Open Water Swimming

  • Waterfront Activities

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

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Oxon Hill Manor

  • Art & Culture Activities

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

  • Art & Culture Activities

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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Tours & Sightseeing Cruises

  • Waterfront Activities

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

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Dining

  • Date Night Activities
  • Nightlife Activities
  • Waterfront Activities

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

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Shopping

  • Waterfront Activities

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

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Make A Stay Of It

  • Nightlife Activities
  • Summer Activities

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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Pose Nightclub

  • Date Night Activities
  • Nightlife Activities

Take Gaylord National’s elevators to the 18th floor for a rooftop escape unlike any other. This modern lounge is the perfect place for late-night refreshments.

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Relâche Spa

  • Health & Beauty Activities

Located inside Gaylord National, this center of relaxation features a full a menu of spa treatments that will leave you rejuvenated.

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MGM Spa & Salon

  • Health & Beauty Activities

This 27,000-square-foot oasis includes 11 luxuriously appointed spa rooms, a full-service salon, an advanced fitness center, and other private amenities.

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Divine Nail Spa

  • Health & Beauty Activities

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

Marina & Piers

  • Waterfront Activities

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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Beach

  • Family Friendly Activities
  • Waterfront Activities

J. Seward Johnson’s beloved sculpture (and impromptu playground), “The Awakening,” emerges from our sandy beaches.

Gaylord National Summer Package

  • Summer Activities

This 19-story glass atrium overlooking the river features sights, sounds and shops that change seasonally.

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Have A Nightcap

  • Date Night Activities

End your night with a cold beer, craft cocktail or other creative concoction at our local bars and lounges.

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MGM Art Collection

  • Art & Culture Activities

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

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Flight Deck

  • Date Night Activities

Set below The Capital Wheel, this outdoor lounge is the perfect place to linger over beer, wine, Prosecco and sangriaWheel tickets and reservations not required. Want to sip while you soar? Purchase a commemorative souvenir cup for $5 and take your drink on The Capital Wheel while sharing in the incredible views.

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