Washington DC Waterfront Activities

Here at Grayline, there is nothing we like better than exploring the famous city of Washington DC. There is nothing better than getting out with family and friends to enjoy some outdoor activities and Washington DC is one of the best places to enjoy some outdoor fun. For this week’s blog, we thought we would look at some of the ways in which you can enjoy the various waterfronts here in our famous city. The district has two main rivers, the Anacostia and the Potomac which shine brightly on sunny days. 

For visitors to the city or for local citizens looking for some activities, some water-based ones are a great option and there are lots to choose from too. One of our favorites is the Key Bridge Boathouse. You can find this located in Georgetown and on the Potomac River. This a great starting point for some on-water activities and it is here where you can hire a canoe, kayak or even a paddleboard. This will allow you to get out on the water and see the city from a different perspective. 

You will be able to catch some excellent views of the JFK Center for Performing Arts as well as the Washington Monument. You can even take a paddle over to the famous Roosevelt Island which is a popular tourist attraction itself. Next up, you can head over to the Jefferson Memorial for some more paddle boat fun. You can hire a boat for the day and explore the Tidal Basin. There are some excellent views of our favorite National Mall and this really is one of the most scenic spots in the city. 

Of course, all that paddling uses a lot of energy and won’t be for everyone. If you’re seeking something a little more relaxing then the DC boat tour is one of the best ways to sightsee in the whole city. It really is a stunning tour especially in the evening with both lunch and dinner tours available. You can customize your tour however you like to create truly tailored and personalized experience. You will find Entertainment Cruises on the Southwest Waterfront and you will be able to book from this point. 

Perhaps you want to enjoy the waterfront on foot and this can be done on lots of DC’s outstanding trails. The C&O Canal Towpath and the Capital Crescent Trail are excellent for a leisurely stroll or a bike ride. The C&O Canal trail is actually 185 miles long and really offers beautiful view of them ore quaint parts of the city. Some of the views are outstanding so this one is our recommendation for those who fancy cycling or simply want to go out for an evening stroll. 

Finally, we have our top destination of Mount Vernon. If you are a regular reader of our blog then you will know how fond we are of George Washington’s riverside estate. This elegant building sits right next to the Potomac River in Virginia and the scenery is second to none. There is plenty to do at this site and we can take you there on some of our bus tours. If you’re visiting the city it’s an absolute must see and a key attraction in Washington DC. 

If you would like any more information on any of the above locations then feel free to get in touch and we can help!