Directions to DC's Waterfront

Get to The Wharf

No other location in the region is as easily accessible as The Wharf. Centrally located in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area, this waterfront neighborhood can be reached through all imaginable modes of transportation—from car and public transportation to bike and boat—and offers plenty of parking.



Pedal to the Waterfront

Ride your bike along the Riverwalk Trail System or see the sights and monuments of the National Mall before making your way to The Wharf. Once you arrive here, you’ll find plenty of places to secure your bike to explore this neighborhood further on foot.

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Dock at The Wharf

From the Potomac River, travel north on the Washington Channel to arrive at The Wharf’s marinas and piers. Please check with the marinas for availability and docking fees.

Wharf Coordinates: N 38° 52.600’ / W 077° 01.334’

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Driving Directions to The Wharf 

Whether you’re driving in from far away or coming from downtown DC, getting to The Wharf is easy—we’re just off I-395/I-695 and 7th Street SW. And parking is now even more convenient with our new garage off Maine Avenue SW.

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Public Transportation


Convenient for All

Washington, DC, has an extensive network of public transportation for our residents, guests, employees, and tourists. Whichever mode you prefer, you’re only a few blocks from two Metro stations, a VRE station, as well as several bus stations to connect you to wherever you want to go.

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Take a Stroll Through the Neighborhood

From the scenic views off the wooden piers to window-shopping along cobblestone streets, The Wharf offers plenty of places to explore. So saunter down the promenade. Meander through the parks. Browse the stores. Or march right up to your favorite restaurants for a leisurely sit-down meal. At The Wharf, you’ll never run out of things to do and see.

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Water Taxi & Wharf Jitney


Getting to The Wharf on the Water

If you’re checking out the region’s waterfront destinations—Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria, National Harbor/MGM, and more—there is no better way to get there than by water taxi.

The future Wharf Jitney, our Washington Channel ferry, takes people from Recreation Pier at The Wharf to East Potomac Park.

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Wharf Shuttle


The Wharf is launching a free bus shuttle service in Southwest DC. With daily service and 10-minute headways, it’s easy and convenient to take the shuttle between The Wharf, L’Enfant Metro/VRE station (7th and Maryland), the National Mall (7th Street at Independence Avenue) and L’Enfant Plaza on 10th Street (future home of the International Spy Museum). The low-emission CNG buses are sponsored by The Wharf, SWBID, JBG, and the International Spy Museum.

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“Our partnership with The Wharf offers a refreshing way to experience our beautiful city, as well as a convenient way to access Alexandria, National Harbor, and Georgetown.”
— Kenneth Svendsen, CEO of Entertainment Cruises

Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given at DC’s Southwest Waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to live music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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Browse the Shops

Whether you’re looking for something specific or simply like to spend a few hours in our unique collection of stores, chances are you’ll find just what you’re looking for at our shops at The Wharf. And, of course, you can always treat yourself to a delicious dessert—or celebrate your shopping finds with a drink at one of our restaurants.

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