Cruising entertainment this summer

Whether you want to see D.C. and NoVA’s most historic landmarks or take your pet out on the water, these cruises will get you there.

Odyssey Cruises
Photo courtesy of Odyssey Cruises

Whether you want to see all of D.C. and Northern Virginia’s most historic landmarks or simply take your pet out to sea this summer, these cruises will get you there.

Boomerang Family Fun Treasure Hunt Cruises

Where You Go: Roaming the Potomac River looking for lost treasure

What You Get: Hunt for treasure along the Potomac. As pirates try to take on the boat, you can shoot at them with water cannons. Once the battle is won, celebrate with pirate music, dancing, limbo, face-painting and, of course, treasure.

Who It’s For: Little pirates

Odyssey Cruises

Where You Go: Starting at the Wharf and heading to Jefferson Memorial with views of the other iconic D.C. memorials, cruising under four bridges that span the Potomac—Francis Scott Key, Roosevelt, Arlington Memorial and the 14th Street bridges—with alternate routes going to Old Town Alexandria and National Harbor

What You Get: Live music and fine dining all from a glass-enclosed ship

Who It’s For: More luxe pals

National River Tours

Where You Go: Setting off from the Washington Harbor in Georgetown, the boat floats along the river with an in-depth history lesson on each of the nation’s memorials and landmark buildings

What You Get: Live narrated cruise along the Potomac River

Who It’s For: History buffs

Key Bridge Boathouse

Where You Go: Anywhere you want along the Potomac River—Georgetown waterfront, Roosevelt Island, C&O canal—for rentals or join a cherry blossom tour, a sunrise paddle or yoga practice, stand-up paddleboard yoga or fitness class, daytime monument tour, full-moon paddles or twilight paddles

What You Get: Rentals for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing and hydrobiking

Who It’s For: Active

Potomac Riverboat Company Canine Cruise

Where You Go: Set sail from the Alexandria City Marina and cruise around the Alexandria seaport

What You Get: One-hour sightseeing tour along the Alexandria coastline with your furry friends in tow

Who It’s For: Furry friends

Embark DC

Where You Go: Launches from Georgetown waterfront and features iconic sites down the Potomac River along Old Town or Mount Vernon

What You Get: Private, customized cruises for up to six passengers

Who It’s For: Private parties

Trolley Pub Arlington

Where You Go: Peddle along Clarendon roads and stop in some of the area’s restaurants like Bar Bao, Don Tito, Oz Restaurant, Iota Back Alley and more

What You Get: A leg workout (you are the power behind the engine) and specials at 10 Clarendon restaurants

Who It’s For: Land lovers

Ferry It Around

Don’t want to spend all day on the waters? Just take a quick jaunt around or to and from your destination.

Potomac Riverboat Company
  • Alexandria to National Harbor
  • Alexandria to the National Mall
  • Alexandria to Nationals Park
George Washington’s Mount Vernon by Water Cruise aboard the Spirit of Mount Vernon

Take a round-trip cruise or a one-way hop to George Washington’s home. You get a narrated tour and, since you depart from Washington, D.C. a look at all the historic landmarks. All cruises include admission to Mount Vernon.

Alexandria by Water Seaport Cruise

Visit places along Alexandria’s waterfront, like Founders Park, the Old Yacht Basin, Admiral’s Row, Jones Point Lighthouse and more during a 40-minute narrated tour.

(July 2017 Summer Guide)