Things to Do

In addition to amazing restaurants and shops, The Wharf offers countless things to do and see—on and off the water. Take a stroll along the piers, rent a kayak to paddle past some of DC’s most famous attractions, or catch a concert at The Anthem. And don’t forget to check out our upcoming events to plan your visit.

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Events at The Wharf

From national festivals to regional favorites to local gatherings, The Wharf is host to a fantastic lineup of events in Washington, DC.

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The Wharf Ice Rink

During the colder months, one of the coolest amenities makes an appearance at The Wharf: our ice rink.

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Camp Wharf Firepit & S'mores

It's S'more fun at The Wharf!

Visit Camp Wharf where you'll find a wood-burning fire and a vintage Airstream trailer with everything you need to roast your perfect s'more—marshmallow, chocolate, graham crackers, and roasting stick. 

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The Fish Market

Explore the nation’s oldest continuously operating open-air fish market for some fresh seafood or to pick up the catch of the day to cook at home.

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Sample Washington, DC’s most exciting collection of restaurants, featuring nationally renowned chefs and local favorites.

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Enjoy the District’s most scenic shopping venue and browse the stores and boutiques for one-of-a-kind finds and more.

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Music & Nightlife

Check out a music and bar scene unlike any other in the District, from our concert halls to a wide variety of live music at many of our restaurants to outdoor gigs.

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Boat Rentals

Enjoy a day out on the water by renting an electric powerboat from Float DC or a kayak or stand up paddleboard from the Wharf Boathouse.

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Activities for Kids

Discover games, piers, parks, and lots of other places to explore for (safe) waterfront adventures.

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Parks & Piers

Explore our ten acres of parks, open green spaces, a stunning village green, and four distinct public piers along our waterfront.

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Fitness & Recreation

The Wharf offers myriad ways to continue your active lifestyle, from onsite gyms to water activities to nearby parks and trails.

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Nearby Attractions

The Wharf is centrally located to the monuments and museums along the National Mall, as well as countless other cultural points of interest in DC.

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Bicycle Rentals and Tours

Take an insider tour of Washington, DC with Unlimited Biking—bicycle tour and rental company at The Wharf. 

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Marinas & Market Docks

Whether you want to find a slip for your yacht, dock for the day, or just admire the boats, our scenic marinas are worth the visit.

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Water Taxi & Wharf Jitney

Try out one of the most convenient ways to view the District and travel to destinations on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers: our water taxi and Wharf Jitney.

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Featured Event

The District’s Holiday Boat Parade

calendar icon Dec. 4, 2021
clock icon 6pm – 9pm
map marker icon Entire Site

Join us on December 4, 2021 for the District's Holiday Boat Parade. Celebrate the holidays with this iconic DC event that features over sixty beautifully decorated boats parading along the Washington Channel. Get into the spirit with holiday ornament decorating, family photos with Santa, and live music under our lighted Christmas Tree. The celebration will be capped off by a fireworks salue at 8pm.