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. The Wharf Ice Rink reopens on November 22, 2023. 

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Roast S'mores at Camp Wharf

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 Municipal 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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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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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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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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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 over 17 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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Play Golf, Mini Golf, and Tennis

The Wharf is adjacent to East Potomac Park, a 400-acre US National Park featuring three golf courses, a driving range, the nation's oldest putt-putt course, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, as well as bike paths and picnic tables.

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Places to 'Go'

The Wharf is home to five publicly-accessible restroom facilities. Learn more about restroom hours and view The Wharf map to find the closest restroom.

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Free Public WiFi

The Wharf offers free high speed WiFi network throughout all outdoor plazas, parks, and piers. Whether you're traveling to DC or teleworking outdoors for the day, connect to network Wharf Guest and stay connected.

Featured Event

Friday Night Dancing: Swing Dance (RESCHEDULED TO 7/19)

calendar icon July 19, 2024
clock icon 7pm – 9pm
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Friday Night Dancing on Friday, July 12, 2024 has been rescheduled to Friday, July 19, 2024 due to inclement weather.

We’re combining the two best Friday night activities this summer: going dancing and enjoying cocktails al fresco. Join us for free themed dance nights with live music on Transit Pier on the second Friday in June, July, and August at 7pm. Each night will feature a different style of music and dancing.