Frequently Asked Questions

Is The Wharf pet-friendly?
Yes, The Wharf is a pet-friendly neighborhood, including the Canopy, Hyatt House, and Intercontinental hotels. Please note that all pets must be leashed, and that you are responsible for picking up after your pets (there are pet waste disposal stations at 7th Street Park). Check with any shops or restaurants that you plan to visit about their pet policies. Please use discretion during events, when we often have conditions that may make pets uncomfortable, including large crowds, food, and loud sounds.

Can I take professional photos/video at The Wharf?
Commercial photography or videography is prohibited unless authorized in advance by the District Wharf Community Association and fees are paid in full. Please use the Contact Us form to email us your inquiry. General rules: No blocking roads, no risqué outfits or nudity, no fake or real weapons. Equipment must be approved and scheduled in advance.

Does The Wharf have security?
The District Wharf Community Association takes your safety and security very seriously. We employ private security with a command center that is operational 24 hours a day, with a robust camera system. We proudly partner with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS), and other law enforcement agencies. Please report any incidents or suspicious activities to the security officers onsite. All incidents are documented.

What are your site rules?
The following are prohibited in public areas of The Wharf:
•  Weapons
•  Unauthorized soliciting and vending
•  Pedicabs
•  ATVs
•  Fishing and crabbing
•  Coolers, lawn furniture, chairs, or tents
•  Sleeping
•  Food trucks or catering (unless permitted by The Wharf for a private event)
•  Amplified music (unless permitted by The Wharf)
•  Open flames or grills (unless permitted by The Wharf)
•  Fireworks (unless permitted by The Wharf)

Do you have a lost and found?
Yes; however, if you lost an item at a restaurant, bar, music venue, or hotel, please reach out to them first. Any items found outside at The Wharf are held by the District Wharf Community Association for two weeks. If you lost an item, please use the Contact Us form to email us your inquiry. We turn valuable items over to the MPD after two weeks.

Where are the public restrooms?
For your convenience, there are several public restrooms throughout The Wharf:
•  Jetty Terminal Building on Transit Pier (wheelchair accessible)
•  Water Street SW below 800 Maine Avenue, next to Harper Macaw (wheelchair accessible)
•  Market Pier
•  Fish Market

Can I smoke?
The Wharf is a non-smoking environment. Please limit smoking to designated areas on Maine Avenue. Smoking marijuana and using other drugs is prohibited.

Can I drink alcohol outside?
Consuming alcohol is only permitted in restaurant or bar establishments, or in permitted zones during special events.

How do I perform at The Wharf?
Please submit the form on the Contact Us page to be considered. Only authorized performers are permitted to perform at The Wharf.

Can I dock my boat at The Wharf?
Yes, please find more information about our docks here:

Can I have my event at The Wharf?
Yes. For more information about our event spaces, visit

What is there for kids to do?
Take a look at our kids’ page for a long list of activities and spaces to explore for your children:

What are the rules for the parks and piers?
Enjoy your visit and please be courteous to others. Observe all DC laws and regulations. Pick up and clean up after your pet (there are pet waste disposal stations at 7th Street Park). Remove all personal trash when you leave.

The following are strictly forbidden:
•  Smoking
•  Alcohol consumption and/or drug use
•  Amplified music
•  Off-leash pets
•  Feeding birds or other animals
•  Bike riding (please walk your bike)
•  Skateboarding or rollerblading
•  Motorized bikes or vehicles
•  Open flames or propane grills
•  Fireworks
•  Glass or glass bottles
•  Food trucks or catering
•  Fishing or crabbing
•  Swimming from pier
•  Sleeping
•  Tents, hammocks, or sun canopies
•  Leaving personal items unattended
•  Using chalk or spray paint
•  Posting flyers
•  Unsanctioned commercial activities

Parks and piers at The Wharf are privately maintained spaces created for public enjoyment, and may at times close for seasonal maintenance or private events. Failure to abide by the above regulations could result in immediate removal from the area. Thank you for your cooperation.

Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given at DC’s Southwest 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 live music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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Browse the Shops

Whether you’re looking for something specific or simply like to spend a few hours in our unique collection of stores, chances are you’ll find just what you’re looking for at our shops at The Wharf. And, of course, you can always treat yourself to a delicious dessert—or celebrate your shopping finds with a drink at one of our restaurants.

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