Catching monumental views you’ve never seen before from the top of the Capital Wheel. Cozying up on a blanket for a family movie. Exploring a world of ICE! at Gaylord National.
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Plan Your Day of Family Fun
Get ready for a day on our waterfront, filled with excitement for all ages. Here are some suggestions to get your wheels turning:
ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World at Gaylord National, shopping at Tanger Outlets, and over 2 million twinkling lights make for a holiday to never forget. Make it a staycation with hotels deals you can’t resist.
A world-class, four diamond Resort Hotel & Convention Center located on the banks of the Potomac River near Washington, DC. Gaylord National features a 19-story high, glass atrium with lush indoor gardens, award-winning restaurants, a full-service luxury spa & salon, and more.
The Harborside Hotel allows guests to rejuvenate in this newly inspired lifestyle hotel. Your stay will be complete with complementary parking, a full service hotel experience, a contemporary restaurant & lounge, an airy comfort bed, free Wi-Fi throughout the facility, and capped off with a complementary vibrant breakfast.
National Harbor’s the perfect place to play for parents with older kids. Here are some ideas for a day of exciting activities with your family.
Harbor Holiday Movies
Enjoy a festive outing this season with National Harbor’s Holiday Movies on the Plaza screen! Each Saturday afternoon from November 19-December 17, we’ll play a FREE family holiday film on the Plaza.
We’ve made a day out with your toddlers as simple as s’mores. See a sampling of what you can do on our waterfront.
ICE! at Gaylord National
Everyone from age 3 to age 93 will appreciate the magic of more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and slide down two-story ice slides. All kept at a chilly 9 degrees!
Put the textbooks down; your kids will be thrilled to experience history and culture firsthand. Here’s a few ideas for making a lesson plan out of your fun family day out.
National Harbor has whole gallery’s worth of outdoor art lining the plaza and streets. Parents and kids can grow their appreciation for beautiful mosaics and impressive sculptures.
More Ways to Harbor
There’s enough fun on our waterfront for the whole family. It’s lined with must-see attractions that’ll keep everyone smiling for hours. Take a look at a few of our recommendations or see them all.
The Awakening Sculpture
Is it art or a jungle gym? Your tiny tykes will have a blast climbing all over “The Awakening”—a massive sculpture by J. Seward Johnson, Jr.
No matter what kind of fun you’re planning, we’ve got the things you need to make your trip as seamless as possible. See a few options for shopping, dining, and more:
This Is How You Date Night
National Harbor is a great place to bring your special someone for one-of-a-kind experiences, romantic meals, and amazing sunsets. Check out our recommendations for your next date.
This Is How You Getaway
Kick back at a riverside resort or take advantage of everything our waterfront has to offer—whatever kind of trip you’re planning, we’ve got you covered. See a few of our ideas on how to make the most of your getaway.