Things to do in National Harbor

Our most recommended things to do in National Harbor

National Harbor: Capital Wheel Entry Ticket

1. National Harbor: Capital Wheel Entry Ticket

The Capital Wheel is located just minutes from downtown Washington DC, at the National Harbor. Relax inside a fully enclosed, climate-controlled gondola with family and friends as you soar 180-feet above the Potomac River. With each gradual rotation, experience a bird’s eye view of the Washington Monument, Capitol Rotunda, Masonic Temple of Alexandria, and much more. Every spin offers a unique way to take in the sights. Admire a breathtaking sunset or capture a photo in front of the dancing light show that illuminates The Capital Wheel every evening. The National Harbor is the perfect one-stop destination offering great restaurants, shops, hotels, and outdoor fun. You can enjoy a drink from the Flight Deck located directly under The Capital Wheel while you unwind by the water’s edge.

Washington DC: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Spirit

2. Washington DC: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Spirit

See the sights of Washington DC from onboard the Spirit of Washington with a lunch or dinner cruise on the Potomac River. Enjoy a buffet dining experience as you sail, and delight in panoramic views. Board your vessel and receive a personal greeting. Have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory before being seated at your private table. Once there, gorge on your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative entrees prepared fresh daily and listen to the onboard music. After your meal, visit any of the three climate-controlled decks as you glide by the sights.

National Harbor: The Carousel Flexible Date Ticket

3. National Harbor: The Carousel Flexible Date Ticket

Located along the water’s edge, the Carousel at National Harbor is the perfect destination for family fun. Enjoy unlimited carousel rides and access to the playground on your chosen day. Little ones can spend the day riding one of the 42 carousel creatures, while adults can relax and take in the sights and sounds of National Harbor. There are even shaded picnic tables and a new pavilion perfect for birthday parties. Located just a few miles from Washington DC and accessible by Metro, water taxi or car, the National Harbor is the perfect getaway for all ages. Enjoy a patio lunch at one of the waterfront-facing restaurants while looking out over the Potomac River, or experience new heights at the 180-foot tall Capital Wheel.

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What people are saying about National Harbor

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 168 reviews

My sister and I went on the lunch cruise to celebrate our birthdays. It was wonderful. The food was delicious and our server Danylle was lovely. We danced for a while and then went outside to enjoy the scenery and beautiful day. It would recommend this lunch cruise.

Dwayne and Ki (I'm not sure how to spell her name ) they were amazing! very friendly and professional. They made the trip worth it. Dwayne's smile was great! every time we talked to him he was smiling.

The service staff was great. Entertaining and attentive. Our servers were DeWayne and Marteko. They were a lot of fun.

The service was awesome had a great time and the food was good. Thanks again

Food was fantastic, the view was great music was tastefully. No complaints