Waterfront

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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Docks, Marinas, and Yacht Clubs

The Wharf Marina

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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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Docks, Marinas, and Yacht Clubs

Market Docks

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

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.

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Boat Rentals

Sea the City DC Hot Tub Boat Tour

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Opening Hours
Monday-Sunday: 9:00am-6:00pm

Elevate your special occasions with Sea the City, the first and only Hot Tub Boat Tour in Washington, D.C. Book a Single hot tub for up to 10 people or rent out the entire boat for up to 20 people! Sea the City is an extraordinary and exhilarating way to see the sights of the Potomac, whether it's for an anniversary, family day out, or to create unforgettable memories. Book now for an unforgettable adventure on the water!

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Opening Hours
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-9:30pm
Friday-Sunday: 11:00am-9:30pm

New to The Wharf in 2023, Retro Boat Rentals DC offers a fleet of meticulously maintained and rare classic fiberglass runabout boats from the jet-age era (1958-1963).

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Opening Hours
Monday-Wednesday: 1:30pm-9:15pm
Thursday-Friday: 12:00pm-9:45pm
Saturday: 11:00am-10:45pm
Sunday: 11:00am-8:45pm

Potomac Paddle Club is the first and only pontoon pedal boat or 'cycleboat' in the nation's capital. An adventure on these active boats is the perfect way to sip, cycle, and celebrate out on the water. 

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

Be your own captain with GoBoat at The Wharf (formerly known as Float DC). 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, GoBoat 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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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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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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Sightseeing and Dining Cruises

Cru Classé - Sea Table D.C.

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Cru Classé - Sea Table D.C. offers private dining experiences aboard a 47 foot modern sailing yacht. Each experience is led by Michelin awarded Chef & Sommelier, Troy Knapp, aboard the luxury sailing vessel. Exclusively at The Wharf, Cru Classé - Sea Table D.C. is one of the most intimate special occasion venues in the city and is available every spring to late fall.

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Boat Rentals

Barton & Gray Mariners Club

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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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Docks, Marinas, and Yacht Clubs

Capital Yacht Club

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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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Sightseeing and Dining Cruises

Wharf Jitney

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The Wharf Jitney is a free boat service operated by The Wharf that ferries passengers between Recreation Pier and East Potomac Park. 

The Wharf Jitney operates 12:00pm - 6:00pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through November 2. Beginning November 3, The Wharf Jitney will operate from 12:00pm-4:30pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Wharf Jitney's last day of operation is December 2. 

Jitney operations are subject to weather conditions. View the current operating status through Boating in DC.

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“With the opening of The Wharf, D.C. has become a true waterfront community.”
— 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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