Fun Things To Do On the Water this Summer in Washington D.C.

Beautiful view of the State Capitol reflected in the riverWashington D.C. may be known for museums and monuments, but there is so much more to discover! In fact, D.C.’s abundant recreational opportunities on the water provide a cool spot to visit in the warmer months. So, while summer is sizzling, here are a few travel gems to get you right where you want to be – on the water in D.C.

Travel back in time a hundred years or so and you would find the riverside blocks south of the U.S. Capitol were home to the industrial Washington Navy Yard.  Fast forward to today, however, and you will find a distinctively different vibe. The Navy Yard has become the Capitol Riverfront and is a haven for sports fans, nature lovers and foodies galore. As you explore this happening area, you will discover Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals and their beautiful ballpark, a plethora of restaurants and bars, and numerous recreational possibilities.

The warm summer months certainly make the water look refreshing! The good news is there are many options for renting boats, kayaks, canoes and even stand-up paddle boards. Try Capital SUP or Ballpark Boathouse for water sport rentals, lessons, race training, and tours. Just imagine taking a Twilight Tour and enjoying the sunset from your kayak!

If fishing is your game, then head to Diamond Teague Park on Friday nights between 5-8pm for FREE catch and release fishing. All equipment is provided, including lessons, making this a fun and affordable family event! Click here for details.

Enjoy free live music every Friday night this summer at the Yards Park. In its 8th season, the Capitol Riverfront Friday Night Concert Series provides a grassy open space to sit and enjoy river views and talented bands with family and friends. Pack a picnic or try one of the fabulous restaurants just minutes away.

Would you like to enjoy wine with a view? D.C.’s first urban winery, District Winery, offers wine tasting, tours, and a full-service American restaurant, Ana. Sip and savor great wines on one of the city’s best patios overlooking Yards Park and the Anacostia River. After trying five of their carefully selected wines, purchase a bottle to take home with you. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the date night specials!

After a wonderful day spent out and about in D.C., head back to your comfortable and inviting guest room at American Guest House. Centrally located in Kalorama by Adams Morgan and DuPont Circle, we’re right in the heart of it all! Reserve your favorite room now to enjoy all that D.C. has to offer on the water.

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