Just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city visitors can enjoy a variety of water activities along the Potomac River.
Explore Theodore Roosevelt Island, tackle the Potomac’s raging Great Falls or just drift lazily along in a canoe or kayak. For those looking for a workout, join the university and recreational crews that row the Potomac early and late in the day. Bring your own, or rent one at Thompson Boat Center, or, for a more historic experience, try Jack’s Boathouse near the Georgetown Waterfront.
The majestic Potomac is one of the best bodies of water in the region for a relaxing day of sailing. There are several marinas on the Southwest waterfront, Old Town Alexandria and Arlington. A day on the river offers a new way to see the capital city and all of its historic monuments and institutions. Lessons are available at the Washington Sailing Marina, just south of Reagan National Airport.
Like fishing? The falls and rapids on the Potomac River just west of Georgetown are home to smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, perch and other freshwater species. For fishing advice and to pick up a DC license, stop by Fletcher’s Boathouse. It’s nestled along the C&O Canal just west of Georgetown, and the staff always knows what’s biting.