Explore the Potomac

The Wharf’s piers and waterside promenades not only provide opportunities for leisurely riverfront strolls but a real connection to water recreation and even transportation. From scenic marinas and convenient water taxis to kayaking, paddleboarding, and so much more, The Wharf turns the Potomac into a playground for all water enthusiasts.

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The Wharf Boathouse is closed for the season and will reopen in Spring 2022.

Whether you want to rent a kayak to get away from it all or get all your friends onto paddleboards for the first time, we have ways for everyone to enjoy a day out on the water. Just stop by The Wharf Boathouse on Recreation Pier to get geared up.

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Opening Hours
Monday-Tuesday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am-10:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 8:00am-10:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am-8:00pm

With both overnight and short-term docking, the Market Docks at The Wharf Marina is the perfect landing spot for boaters visiting The Wharf. The Market Docks are located off Market Pier, between the historic Municipal Fish Market and the shops, restaurants, and nightlife of The Wharf. Slips are available for short-term visits and boaters can take advantage of the adjoining facility offering showers, bathrooms, and ice for their convenience. The docks are staffed for new arrivals between 8am-10pm daily. 

Contact dockmaster@wharfmarina.com or (202) 595-5165 to reserve a slip. 

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

Contact dock staff on Channel 16/72 or at (202) 595-5165 for assistance when inbound.

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Opening Hours
Monday-Thursday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 12:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-8:00pm

Dock your boat at the Day Docks at The Wharf Marina, located between Transit Pier and Market Docks, and explore everything The Wharf has to offer. 

The Wharf Day Docks offer hourly side-tie dockage every day during the boating season. There is a flat fee for four hours of dockage ranging from $20-$60 depending on your boat size and the day of week. If your stay is longer than a few hours, check out the accommodations at Market Docks.

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Opening Hours
Monday-Sunday: 8:00am-6:00pm

Float DC is closed for the season and will reopen in Spring 2022.

Be your own captain with Float DC at The Wharf. Rent a 100% electric, Scandinavian designed, picnic boat and cruise past monuments & historic sights in the heart of the US capital.

If you're over 21 and have a valid drivers license, Float DC allows you to be your own captain and steer the electric vessel up and down the Washington Channel on your own. Gather up to 8 of your friends and set sail!

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From dinner cruises to sightseeing to longer excursions, City Cruises (formerly known as Hornblower Cruises & Events) offers water experiences beyond compare. Choose from a variety of dining and sightseeing cruises conveniently docked at The Wharf to explore the nation’s capital from the Potomac.


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Dock Office Hours
Monday-Sunday: 8:00am-5:00pm

This 309-slip marine facility provides a distinctive venue for local and visiting boaters seeking the best of all worlds—a boater’s lifestyle and the proximity to the cosmopolitan attractions of the nation’s capital. It’s the perfect on-the-Potomac escape, whether for a week, a season, or a lifetime. The marina security office is also open 24 hours a day. 

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

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A private membership club formed in 1892, the Capital Yacht Club has a rich tradition of boating with monumental views and warm hospitality. Join CYC as a member or visiting boater and get to know this unique community on DC’s Washington Channel.

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


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Barton & Gray offers membership in a fleet of crewed Hinckley Yachts at The Wharf and throughout the Eastern seaboard. Members have unlimited access to the entire fleet, all year long. Crew members organize and facilitate incredible experiences on the water, in the most desirable ports and destinations. Members have all the joys of yachting without any of the hassle.

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Opening Hours
Monday-Sunday: 9:00am-10:00pm

Book a private, captained charter boat tour of Washington, DC with Embark DC at The Wharf. Cruise past monuments & historic sights in the heart of the US capital.

Enjoy special DC events—such as Fourth of July fireworks, Nationals games, or The Wharf's Holiday Boat Parade—by boat, or celebrate your own special moments such as proposals, anniversarsies, birthdays, or graduation. Cruises are available by the hour and entirely customized to your needs.

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“The Southwest Waterfront has been undervalued and underused. What residents throughout the city and region want, is to have a development worthy of its location and the river.”
— Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman, District of Columbia

Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given on the 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 music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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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 Municipal Fish Market never disappoints.

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