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Weekend Trip: Potomac River, D.C.



The Potomac River boating community is one of our nation's most vibrant and fun-loving. New boaters and seasoned captains alike enjoy the D.C. area's sights, sounds, and culture, especially its rich assortment of waterway-friendly offerings. 

The best way to take in the Potomac River boating environment is to lay anchor at The Wharf Marina for an extended stay. Only got a few days to spend out on the water? No worries. You can still pack plenty of excitement into 48 hours. Here are a few options to consider. 


Wander Around The Wharf

The Wharf is where it’s at — think of it as your coastal neighborhood that has it all. Picture this: you’re docked at The Wharf Marina, just steps away from awesome restaurants, cool shops, and the best views in D.C.  

Are you all about that laid-back boat life? If so, we’ve got you covered. The Wharf Marina has all the essentials: beautiful and clean showers and bathroom facilities, wifi, fuel, and the everyday basics at our Dock Shop. Be sure to check out the recently added Hell’s Kitchen restaurant above the boater’s lounge, letting you enjoy great eats without having to leave. Additionally, round-the-clock security will give you peace of mind. 


Catch a Show or Concert

Arena Stage is home to numerous experimental productions, giving you a chance to see the next big hit play before it makes it to the big stage. The facility has waterfront views, creating the perfect backdrop for an evening of theater. And catch a concert at The Anthem, the District’s waterfront concert venue with acts big and small!

The best part is that Arena Stage and The Anthem are within walking distance of the marina. However, if you want to give your feet a rest, you can easily hail a ride-sharing service, thanks to our centralized location. 


Visit the Oldest Open-Air Fish Market in the U.S.

The Municipal Fish Market at the Wharf is a staple of D.C. boating. It opened in 1805 and is the oldest open-air and continuously operating fish market in the country. While at the market, you can purchase both raw and prepared seafood.




The market offers a huge selection of fresh seafood, including the region’s iconic oysters and crabs, which are caught in the world-famous Chesapeake Bay. However, don’t limit yourself to crabs and oysters. Make sure to explore some of the more exotic options, too. 


Check Out the International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum has been a staple of D.C. for years. Formerly part of downtown D.C., the museum relocated to L’Enfant Plaza. This innovative museum has interactive exhibits, spy-related items, and plenty of other entertainment to keep the whole family busy. If you’ve got children, the International Spy Museum is a must-see.

Oh, and did you know that it is less than a mile from The Wharf Marina? That’s one more reason to lay anchor with us during your weekend-long Potomac River boating adventure. Our flexible accommodations make it easy to stay as long as you want, whether you need a single-day reservation or a multi-week slot at one of our docks. 


Take in the Sights 

While cruising the Potomac, you’ll be able to see many of the area’s most famous monuments and historical attractions. A few hot spots you’ll see over the horizon include the C&O Canal National Historical Park, National Marine Sanctuary, Point Lookout State Park, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument. 

Before you head back to your home port, you’ll already be planning your next trip to the Potomac. That’s because it’s impossible to see all The Wharf D.C. has to offer in just two days. But don’t worry — when you’re ready for your next adventure, you’re welcome to stay at The Wharf Marina. We even offer hourly mooring options for quick trips. 


Reserve Your Dock at The Wharf Marina Today

Are you ready for your weekend adventure in the Potomac River, D.C. area? So are we. The Wharf Marina has flexible mooring and docking options to accommodate virtually any guest. We have hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal, and annual boat slip accommodations. 

Check out our current rates and contact us to reserve your spot. But don’t delay — The Wharf Marina is a hot spot for weekend boaters. Get your spot now and ensure you’ve got a safe, convenient place to lay anchor when you visit the Potomac.

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