A New Destination Among DC Landmarks
No other city in the United States has as many monuments and museums as Washington, DC. And with its location just south of the National Mall, The Wharf is within easy reach of most of the attractions of our nation’s capital.
The National Mall & Smithsonian Museums
Stretching from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, and from the White House to the Jefferson Memorial, the National Mall is probably among the top things to visit in Washington, DC. In spring, the Cherry Blossom Festival is a big draw along the Tidal Basin. In summer, the Mall serves as backdrop to dozens of events, including Fourth of July Fireworks. Fall’s more temperate weather brings out people to play ball, bike, and have picnics. And of course the Smithsonian museums are open year-round and offer something for everyone.
Our next-door neighbor is DC’s largest not-for-profit theater dedicated to American plays and playwrights, and is a part of the Mead Center for American Theater. Founded in 1950, it was a pioneer in the Regional Theater Movement. Extensive renovations in 2010 incorporated the theater’s stages into one building surrounded by a glass curtain wall and added a small third theater for new productions. Arena Stage has garnered many accolades, from being the first regional theater to transfer a production to Broadway, to receiving the Regional Theater Tony Award.
East Potomac Park & Hains Point
Right across the Washington Channel—and reachable via The Wharf boat shuttle or a quick trip across the bridge—lies East Potomac Park. This man-made island has a surprising amount of amenities, from a public golf course, driving range, and miniature golf course to a public swimming pool, tennis courts, and several athletic fields. It is also a popular destination for fishermen, cyclists, walkers, inline skaters, and runners.
Besides the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, visitors to Wharf are also within close reach of the Holocaust Museum and, coming in fall 2017, the Bible Museum. The International Spy Museum will move to its new building on 10th Street SW in 2018.
Nationals Park & Navy Yard
Just a few blocks east of The Wharf, baseball fans can cheer on their team at the Nationals Park—or root for their favorite president in the traditional Presidents Race during the fourth inning. The surrounding Navy Yard neighborhood invites visitors to explore the historic naval facility that is its namesake, as well as a park with views of the Anacostia River and a variety of shops and restaurants.
Buzzard Point & Soccer Stadium
Following the Washington Channel south to the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers takes visitors past Buzzard Point. This tip of the peninsula not only houses Fort Lesley J. McNair, a United States Army post, it is also the future home of D.C. United’s new stadium slated to open in 2018.
Nearby Waterfront Destinations
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Whether you like to be on the Potomac or prefer the sparkling views from land, The Wharf offers ample things to do and ways to enjoy the water. Dine in one of our fabulous restaurants. Browse our shops. Or join us during one of our festivals. Take a look at our upcoming events to plan your next visit.Explore the Waterfront
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.Explore Restaurants