The Very Best Waterfront Activities In Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.’s Potomac River Waterfront is one of the most scenic places in the entire city. It is nestled largely between Georgetown and Downtown Arlington, VA. There are tons of fun activities for the entire family, for couples young and old, for friends of any age, and for the solo traveler. Sometimes you just need a breather, even from D.C.s amazing museums and national sites. Read on to hear about the activities thrilling and serene at Washington D.C.’s waterfront district.


On The Water

The Potomac River can be seen by different types of aquatic vehicles. You can take a ride in one of only six coast-guard-certified historic paddleboats in the entire country with Potomac River Boat Company. Their famous boat, the “Cherry Blossom” has been used by dignitaries and more. Former Vice President Al Gore once hosted a dinner on the vessel for the Russian Prime Minister. They offer plenty of different ways to see the water. These include Dining Cruises, Water Taxis, and even dog-specific Canine cruises.

For a more private on-the-water tour, try Embark DC. This company will take up to 6 guests on a captained motorboat cruise. You can bring your own fishing poles, your own food, and beverages (including alcohol), and you can even bring your dog. Embark D.C. has canine-specific life vests.


In The Water

If you prefer to get in the water and splash around, look no further than Boating In D.C. There you can rent paddle boats, kayaks. canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and more.   Learn how to use a paddleboard here. They offer aquatic strength and fitness classes, sunset and cherry blossom tours, and even bicycle rentals for those staying dry during the aquatic fun.

Near The Water

The historic and ever hip Georgetown neighborhood is within walking distance to the Potomac waterfront. It is the perfect place to grab some food or a cup of coffee. The vibrant M Street is packed with delicious restaurants and some of the best shopping in Washington D.C.

For a fantastic meal try il Canale for Italian and Chaia Tacos for vegetarian tacos that people can not get enough of. Just want a cup of coffee? Head over to Blue Bottle Coffee Company, famous for their dedicated approach to finding the best coffee and furthermore the best time after roasting to drink each type of coffee. Grab a cream puff to go along with it from the world-renowned Toyko-founded chain Beard Papa. And for true dessert lovers, there are two essential bakeries. Some say that for the best cupcake of your entire life Georgetown Cupcake is the only way to go, while others will die by Baked and Wired as the real champion of bakeries. The only way to tell who is right is to taste both for yourself.

While you’re in Georgetown be sure to stop in at Urban Outfitters, Reformation, All Saints, Rag & Bone, Bluemercury, and Free People for the latest and trendiest shopping there is.

Getting There From American Guest House

The Potomac waterfront is a short car ride from our Washington D.C. Hotel, only 5 minutes. You can also walk or bike down there on one of Washington D.C.s public bicycles in under half an hour. This is a part of Washington D.C. that truly comes alive in the spring and summer and is a must-see for anyone visiting in the coming months. Especially once D.C.’s cherry blossom season beings. We hope to see you here with us then!

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