Waterfronts

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

DC On the Water: 12 Waterfront Activities & Things to Do in Washington, DC

The District’s two rivers, the Potomac and the Anacostia, shine brightly once the warm weather of spring and summer settles on the city. Fortunately for visitors, there are plenty of ways to explore Washington, DC’s waterfronts , with family-friendly outdoor recreation that include being both on...

Kayaking on the Capitol Riverfront - Family Friendly and Waterfront Activities in Washington, DC
Past, Present & Future: The Evolution of Washington DC's Southwest & The Wharf Neighborhood

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

Southwest Waterfront skyline
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
13 Things to See & Do in the Southwest & The Wharf Neighborhood

A renaissance is happening along this riverfront community, and the new development is called The Wharf . Despite big changes, this historic neighborhood maintains many important remnants of its past including its historic seafood market, world-class theater, leisure cruise boat pier and riverfront...

Sunny Fall Day at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Dining, Shopping and Entertainment Destination in Washington, DC