National Harbor: Potomac River Self-Drive Guided Boat Tour

National Harbor: Potomac River Self-Drive Guided Boat Tour

From $134.40 per person

Travel down the Potomac River in your own two-person catamaran and see Maryland and Virginia's amazing wildlife and historic sites.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 2 hours
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  • Enjoy unique photo ops of the historic sites of Maryland and Virgina
  • Learn from expert guides about what makes the Potomac River so unique
  • Take in panoramic views of the Potomac River
  • Be the captain of your own catamaran
Full description
Admire Maryland and Virginia’s historic sites from a unique perspective on a two-person catamaran boat, also known as a Craigcat, journeying down the Potomac River. You will be guided down the Potomac River by a guide in their own boat and will guide you by radio. Your journey will see you navigating down the river at speeds of up to 25-miles per hour. Meet at the boat pier at National Harbor, be fitted with a life jacket, and complete a 20-minute training session to receive your 10-day boat license waiver before taking the journey down the river. Travel down the Potomac River and stop at different points-of-interest including, National Harbor, Jones Point Lighthouse, Mount Vernon, Fort Washington, and Little Hunting Creek. The Potomac River is home to a mixture of wildlife, so along the way, you might see Bald Eagles, Osprey, and different types of fish.
  • Your own 2-person catamaran boat
  • 20-minute compulsory safety training
  • 1-hour and 40-minute boat tour
  • Radio to hear the guide on their own boat
  • Professional expert tour guide
  • Life jackets
  • Small dry box for personal items
  • Gratuities, based on the level of service.
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People over 250 lbs (113 kg)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Prepare for the activity

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    Meeting point

    When you arrive at National Harbor, look for the Capital Wheel as a landmark and head to the pier between the Capital Wheel and the carousel. The boats are docked at the pier - look for "Monumental Boat Tours".

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Driver's license
    • Comfortable clothes
    • Rain gear

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Alcohol and drugs

    Know before you go

    • No boating experience is necessary, but the driver must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license
    • Drivers must have a good understanding of English in order to receive the compulsory training
    • For safety of all involved all participants must sign a waiver
    • Tour is weather dependent. If weather conditions are unsafe, the staff from the local operator will contact you to re-book or provide a full refund
    • You will likely get wet from waves and other boats. The weather may also change while on tour, so please dress accordingly
    • There is not a restroom break during the tour. Please use the restroom before you arrive. Public restrooms are available very close to the dock
    • There are plenty of paid parking lots at National Harbor
    • Face masks are required on the docks but may be removed during tours
    • Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks are welcome
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 / 5

    based on 9 reviews

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    My partner and I absolutely loved this tour! We would recommend to anyone who wants to be directly on the water and loves to be in boats. We had a blast driving the boat. But be warned you might get wet! Our tour guide, Christian, was very welcoming and a fun person to be around.

    July 6, 2021

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