Water Activities

Launch your kayak or dangle your feet from the pier—at The Wharf, you can enjoy the waterfront any way you like. Our marinas welcome boaters from near and far, including those who want to learn how to sail, while there are plenty of opportunities for those who just want to sit back and relax on a pleasure cruise on the Potomac River.

DC Sail
DC Sail is the community sailing program of the National Maritime Heritage Foundation, offering sailing lessons, boat rentals, schooner charters, sailing camp, and fleet racing on the Washington Channel for both youth and adults.

Entertainment Cruises
Whether you want to go on a lovely dinner cruise, see the cherry blossoms from the water, take a historical tour or host a special event, Entertainment Cruises offers ample options for memorable outings. 

Carefree Boat Club
Boat when and where you want! Members of Careree Boat Club get access to a variety of boat styles with unlimited usage.

DC Dragon Boat Club
Founded in March 2008, the DC Dragon Boat Club, Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes individual and community participation in the team sport of dragon boating.

Kayak & Paddleboard
Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the waterfront from the Potomac River.

Free Personal Craft Launch
Bring your own kayak, paddleboard, boat—or whatever water vehicle you have—to our Recreation Pier for free water access and launch sites.

Come Play on the Potomac

The Wharf is your launchpad for all kinds of water activities—from leisure cruises and kayak tours to sailing lessons and paddleboarding, the Southwest Waterfront makes it easy to play on the river. Plus, our water taxi might just be the fastest way to get to Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria, or National Harbor.

Explore the Waterfront

Visit the Fish Market

Enjoy the freshest fish from one of the country’s oldest fish markets. Oysters on the half shell. Blue crabs by the bushel. Whole fishes caught that morning. And a low-key atmosphere that makes everything taste even better. Stop by for the food or the fishmongers—the Maine Avenue Fish Market never disappoints.

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