DC Waterfront Communities You Should Check Out This Summer


In the warm summer months, everyone wants to be near water. Luckily, DC has some fantastic waterfront entertainment spots. You can kayak and catch a concert all in one day, and in one place. Some of these waterfront communities could also be your next home.

The Wharf

One of the best places to experience DC water views is at the Wharf. Running along the Potomac River, this one-mile expanse of buildings and venues is a major hot-spot in DC. The Wharf provides family-friendly (and adults only) events all year long. During the winter months, you can go ice skating on the outdoor ice rink.

During warmer months, you can rent a kayak or paddle boat and explore the Potomac. You can take a stroll along the water and view the boats and ships in the marina.

Believe it or not, the Wharf is home to 10 acres of parks and green spaces for families and pets. 7th Street park has a small splash pad which runs during the hot summer months. You can also curl up with a good book under the willow trees at the waterfront park.

As you can see, there is plenty to do at the Wharf. But, that’s not all. With over 30 restaurants and retail stores, you’ll never run out of things to do here. You can also stay overnight at one of the hotels.

There are plans to complete a second phase of the area. Which would mean more shops, restaurants, and hotels. This new space should be completed by 2022.

The Washington Harbour

Take an evening stroll along the boardwalk of the Washington Harbour, and you’ll catch a glimpse of the Kennedy Center and Key Bridge.

You’ll also find an outdoor ice skating rink here during the winter months. The Washington Harbour rink is over 12,000 square feet, making it the largest in DC. The rest of the year you can participate in the outdoor events, concerts, and activities the area has to offer.

This premier location on the Georgetown waterfront is also a place many people call home. The condos offer park and water view homes ranging from 3,000 to 15,000 square feet. Just a few steps away are some amazing restaurants like Tony & Joe’s and Sequoia.

National Harbor

You can’t visit the National Harbor without taking a ride on the Capital Wheel. This Ferris wheel will take you 180 feet over the Potomac as you take in views of the Washington Monument and other area landmarks.

If you prefer to stay a little closer to the ground, the carousel is just as fun.

You can shop ‘til you drop at the Tanger Outlets. Eat with friends at one of the 40 dining options at the harbor. If you’re really feeling lucky, you can play a hand at one of the tables in the MGM at National Harbor.

You can enjoy the views of the harbor from a water taxi. And, at the end of the night, the taxi can take you home. If your home is on the opposite side of the river, of course.

The DC waterfront communities are a great way to spend your day (or night). From eating to playing, there is so much to do and see. What are your favorite things to do at the DC waterfront communities? Tell us in the comments below.

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