Waterfronts

Discover riverside attractions, restaurants boat cruises, tours and more within the Washington, DC area’s waterfront communities.

Map of Washington, DC-Area Waterfront Destinations

The country's best collection of riverfront communities are only a water taxi or river cruise away in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Explore the area's waterfronts from Georgetown and The Wharf to Old Town Alexandria and more and see why the banks of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers are flourishing...

Washington, DC-area waterfront destinations - Aerial view of Potomac River and Jefferson Memorial
19 Things to See & Do at The Wharf in Washington, DC

Home to the nation’s longest continually operating open-air fish market, The Wharf has transformed into one of DC’s most exciting waterfront destination. The sustainable entertainment, dining and retail connects the rest of the District to Southwest & The Wharf and features an accessible...

Recreation Pier at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Dining, Shopping and Entertainment Destination in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat on the Capitol Riverfront

After a decades-long hiatus, baseball returned to DC in 2006, as the Washington Nationals came to town after relocating from Montreal. By 2008, the city had a brand-new ballpark in the form of Nationals Park, which revitalized the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Now, there are numerous notable...

Bluejacket Brewery on the Capitol Riverfront - Brewery and Restaurant in Washington, DC
9 Exciting Things to Do On & Around the Waterfront in Arlington

Home to national treasures like Arlington National Cemetery, the Marine Corps War Memorial and the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Arlington has lively neighborhoods and several great spots to access the riverfront. Make your way to the water by bike or trail, just minutes away from great...

@e7y6 - View of Arlington skyline and Key Bridge from Georgetown waterfront - Waterfronts in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in Southwest & The Wharf

Southwest & The Wharf has long been a place where local seafood lovers visited on weekends to snap up fresh fish and other seafood at the neighborhood’s open-air seafood market. While that tradition continues, the neighborhood has become a whole new destination with the opening of The Wharf , a...

@mishaonfoot - Diners at Cathal Armstrong's Kaliwa - Asian restaurant at The Wharf in Washington, DC
16 Exciting Things to See & Do Along the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront

Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic site museums and happenings right on the waterfront. Visitors will enjoy a walkable downtown lined with beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Founded in 1749, this...

King Street in Old Town Alexandria - Historic waterfront destination in Virginia near Washington, DC
12 Amazing Boating Experiences You Need to Try on the Water in Washington, DC

As exciting waterfront destinations pull more visitors and locals closer and closer to the river, you might be surprised to know what’s waiting just beyond DC's shoreline. The area’s top boating and tour companies provide plenty of unique experiences on the water and there’s never been a better...

The best boating and on the water experiences in and around Washington, DC - Fourth of July fireworks over the Potomac River and National Mall
17 Exciting Things to See & Do Along the Waterfront at National Harbor

National Harbor is an ideal destination for individuals, couples and families. Located along the Potomac River on 350 acres, the waterfront development holds more than 160 shops, 40 restaurants and eight hotels, as well as multiple entertainment venues and options for water-focused adventures. Read...

National Harbor shops and Capital Wheel at night - Waterfront things to do in Maryland near Washington, DC
11 Exciting Things to Do On & Around the Water in Capitol Riverfront

An urban riverfront neighborhood is a rare find, but that’s the beauty of Capitol Riverfront . Set along nearly two miles of the beautiful Anacostia River, this fast-growing neighborhood provides waterfront activities for all ages during the warmer months of the year. The river gives visitors an...

Children playing in Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront - Things to do on the water in Washington, DC
9 Exciting Things to See & Do Along the Georgetown Waterfront

While Georgetown’s cobblestone streets, cupcake stores, historic bars and stylish boutiques account for many of its charms, Washington, DC’s oldest neighborhood also sports a bevy of waterfront recreation that any visitor can thoroughly enjoy. From on-the-water revelry to dining accompanied by...

Standup paddling on the Potomac River in Georgetown - Things to do on the Georgetown Waterfront in Washington, DC