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Water Taxi from Wharf or National Harbor

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

See the famous monuments of Washington, DC from an entirely new perspective on this narrated sightseeing cruise. Hop aboard a riverboat and enjoy the breathtaking view of our nation’s capital on an afternoon or evening excursion. Travel along the Potomac River to see the plethora of famous monuments and landmarks, with stunning reflective views of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington Monument, Arlington Memorial Bridge, and more. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington, DC.
  • Boat cruise along Washington DC's Potomac River
  • See top Washington DC attractions such as the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery
  • Listen to narration about DC's history and sights as you admire the views from your boat
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
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70-minute sightseeing water taxi ride
Roundtrip ticket from National Harbor or Wharf
Gratuities
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1: 950 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
2: 145 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This narrated sightseeing cruise provides an entirely new perspective on the city of Washington, DC and its many famous landmark locations. 

Board the cruise boat for an afternoon excursion. The vessel departs from either Alexandria, Virginia OR Georgetown. Then prepare to experience Washington, DC like never before, from the tranquil waters of the Potomac River. 

The Washington Monuments Cruise normally operates aboard the Miss Mallory, a double-decker vessel that can comfortably accommodate 80 to 100 people in warm weather, or the Matthew Hayes, which holds up to 60 passengers.

See the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington Monument, Arlington Memorial Bridge, the 14th Street Bridge and much more.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Potomac Riverboat Company
National Monuments Sightseeing Cruise from Georgetown
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jefferson Memorial
National Monuments Sightseeing Cruise from Georgetown
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Washington Monument
National Monuments Sightseeing Cruise from Georgetown
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
National Monuments Sightseeing Cruise from Georgetown
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Potomac River
National Monuments Sightseeing Cruise from Georgetown
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Arlington National Cemetery
National Monuments Sightseeing Cruise from Georgetown
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • The ticket options are set times but they are interchangeable, please call or visit the ticket booth if you would like to change you time slot
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Potomac Riverboat Company

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Water Taxi from Wharf or National Harbor?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Water Taxi from Wharf or National Harbor.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Water Taxi from Wharf or National Harbor?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Water Taxi from Wharf or National Harbor.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Water Taxi from Wharf or National Harbor?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Water Taxi from Wharf or National Harbor.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Water Taxi from Wharf or National Harbor?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Water Taxi from Wharf or National Harbor.

Reviews

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star-5
No flexibility
Mary_J
, Sep 2020
I was disappointed that they did not offer a little flexibility for me to change my taxi return to a later time. I was also disappointed because I was told this would be a narrated ride and there was no narration.
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Very Relaxing!
ly0nsrt
, Aug 2019
The National Monuments cruise was very relaxing. We thought we missed our boat because we didn’t factor in traffic. The ticketing clerk was very accommodating and gave us a later time. We got to move around inside the boat freely. There’s so much history in Washington DC. You can’t see it all in 2 days. I can’t wait to go back!
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Not as expected
Dimitri K
, Jul 2019
The so called tour is actually just a ferry to Alexandria and back. At Georgetown we got charged another $10 for unknown reason even if we prepaid the full cost via Viator. Naration is pre-recorded and the sound is very week so we could not her anything over the sounds of people talking. Would not recommend it.
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The boat left on time and the crew...
MARK H
, Aug 2017
The boat left on time and the crew was very helpful in explaining what we were seeing as we cruised. When we docked in Georgetown, my wife and I got off and cabbed to the National Mall. There we walked to the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King memorial and Franklin Roosevelt memorial. We enjoyed the reflecting pool and then returned to Georgetown for our cruise back to Alexandria.
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We had a wonderful time! Although I...
Tasha B
, Aug 2017
We had a wonderful time! Although I read that others had a tough time hearing the narration, this was not the case. Were were able to hear the narration inside and outside of the vessel. Thank you for a wonderful day!
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It was a very nice experience. The...
Cynthia L
, Jul 2017
It was a very nice experience. The fact that you can take the cruise and spend the day in the other town then jump back on it when you're ready to return regardless of the time you signed up for makes it a perfect day outing. The reviews complaining about the noise of the engine just are not true. The staff is very nice and the recorded tape is very informational. I highly recommend this to everyone who visits this area!
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Didn't really come very close to the...
Mark G
, Sep 2016
Didn't really come very close to the monuments, and the canned narration was a little hard to hear over the engine noise. On the other hand, it was a very pleasant twilight cruise.
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Nice way to spend a couple of hours...
Jay G
, Aug 2016
Nice way to spend a couple of hours. Captain and crew were extremely professional and polite. Well worth the price paid, an excellent value.
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Sales people and cruise personnel...
Donald S
, Aug 2016
Sales people and cruise personnel were helpful and friendly. The historical narrative was good. It was great to see several monuments from the river. It was a sauna- like day in DC. And the return boat did not have an air conditioned cabin. Even at 6:30 PM it was sweltering.
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Great trip down to Alexandria and...
Audrey B
, Jul 2016
Great trip down to Alexandria and nice to see the memorials from a different angle. The only thing I'd say is that once the boat got up to full speed, the noise of the engines completely drowned out the taped commentary, which was a shame.
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