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5 Exciting Things to See & Do Along the Georgetown Waterfront

DC’s oldest neighborhood offers a wide range of on- or near-the-water fun.

While Georgetown’s cobblestone streets, cupcake stores, historic bars and stylish boutiques account for many of its charms, Washington, DC’s oldest neighborhood also sports a bevy of waterfront recreation that any visitor can thoroughly enjoy. From on-the-water revelry to dining accompanied by spectacular scenery to highly anticipated annual events, the Georgetown waterfront presents an array of activities for you to explore.

Paddle the Potomac

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better afternoon on the water. Key Bridge Boathouse is the place to go to rent kayaks, canoes or to take a paddling lesson. You’ll enjoy incredible panoramas of the Potomac River and the DC and Virginia skylines while also getting a great workout.

Hang out at The Washington Harbour

Georgetown river waterfront is home to tons of great restaurants. Including Sequoia,  Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place and  Farmers Fishers Bakers. They offer seating in warm weather – and plenty of outdoor activities. In summer, children (and adults, too) can splash in the sprinkler-style water fountain, watch the boats and feed the ducks. Before or after,  get your shopping on in the historic neighborhood.

Bike, hike or run next to the river

Georgetown also presents miles of trails for walking, biking or running alongside the Potomac River and the C&O Canal. The gorgeous C&O Canal Towpath and  Capital Crescent Trail are two of the most popular trails in the region, with each presenting eye-popping vistas of water.  Cyclists will also especially appreciate the nearly 50 public bike racks located throughout the neighborhood.

Get your GLOW on

Set against the historic backdrop of DC’s oldest neighborhood, GLOW in Georgetown is the region’s only free curated outdoor public light art experience. Established in 2014, the innovative exhibition has quickly become one of DC’s most anticipated events each year.

The 7th edition of GLOW is an extended, two-part series featuring a total of eight art works, including six by local DC artists, to ensure a safer and more comfortable visitor experience.

Eat, drink and play all day during Taste of Georgetown

Check out the always bustling Georgetown Cupcakes or make your way to waterfront-facing  The Berliner, a cafe that offers crave-worthy brunch favorites and delicious pastries. A couple of other unique and raved-about favorites:  Fiola Mare at the waterfront, consistently ranked one of the city’s top fine dining restaurants and, of course, DC’s very first “cat cafe”,  Crumbs & Whiskers, where you can enjoy coffee, pastries and snuggles with dozens of adoptable furballs.

About Destination DC:

Destination DC is the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital. It is a private, non-profit membership organization of 1,000 businesses. Committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination. With a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities.

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