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
The Best Places to Eat on the Southwest Waterfront

The Southwest Waterfront 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
12 Things to See & Do in the Capitol Riverfront Neighborhood

Since Nationals Park opened in 2008, the Capitol Riverfront has become one of DC’s emerging neighborhoods. The experiences continue to grow, and we've compiled some of our favorites to get you started on your adventure.

Family Friendly Things to Do on the Capitol Riverfront - Yards Park 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
8 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...

@angel_beil - Boating at the Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown - Waterfront activities in Washington, DC
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
12 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
18 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 the Southwest Waterfront , The Wharf features an accessible...

Recreation Pier at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Dining, Shopping and Entertainment Destination in Washington, DC
10 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
Past, Present & Future: The Evolution of Washington DC's Southwest Waterfront

Located at the confluence of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, the land has been shaped and reshaped by visionaries who profited from the Southwest Waterfront ’s abundant natural resources. Today, visitors have much to see and do in this unique neighborhood a few blocks from the National Mall . The...

Southwest Waterfront skyline