Waterfronts

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

11 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
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
Capitol Riverfront: From Shipyard to Sports & Entertainment Destination

In a city that’s been transformed over the past several decades, the Capitol Riverfront might be the zone that’s seen the most change. From the late 19th century until World War II, the area functioned as a working wharf and naval facility on the Anacostia River. These days, thanks to more than $3...

Early Fall at Yards Park Bridge on the Capitol Riverfront - Things to Do in 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
13 Things to See & Do on the Southwest Waterfront

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
13 Things to See & Do in the Capitol Riverfront Neighborhood

Since Nationals Park opened in 2008, the buzzworthy 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
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 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
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
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