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Just south of the heart of D.C. you’ll find The National Harbor. The area is a favorite for locals and tourists with its stunning panoramic view of Washington and the many activities it offers. If you’re in the city you’ll want to make sure you stop by and check out some of our favorite activities and places to eat.

What to Do

Miller Farms Farmers Market

Every Saturday and Sunday from May to December, The National Harbor hosts a local farmer’s market where patrons come and stroll along the water and picking up treats along the way.The market offers a wide range of fresh fruits and veggies, delicious baked goods, and beautiful flowers and plants.  

Boat Tours/Cruises

By way of water taxi from The National Harbor you can board the Washington by Water Cruise, which comes with guided tours of DC’s many historic landmarks and monuments including the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, the Washington Monument and the Kennedy Center. Another course, also with the Potomac Riverboat Company, takes you to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, and Fort Washington (from the Maryland side). The cruise prides itself on offering guests a beautiful view of the sunset at Riverview Park, a sight most tourists aren’t privy to during their time in the Nation’s Capitol.

River Activities

From April November you can kayak, paddle board and cruise around on pedal boats through the harbor. Check out the National Harbor website for season passes, which come with unlimited access, free introductory classes and 20% off all other classes, tours, even the popular yoga classes.

Where to Eat

Harrington’s Pub and Kitchen

If you love a good Irish meal in an authentic pub, Harrington’s is a must while you’re at The National Harbor. From the Irish soda bread to the classic fish & chips this menu has plenty of authentic fare. Harrington’s is a go to for Irish whiskey lovers, or just someone who enjoys a good happy hour and live tunes.  

Happy Hour:

Monday-Friday: 3-7pm

  •      $1 off beers
  •      $3 off select drafts
  •      $5 happy hour foods (like the $6 whiskey chicken sandwich)
  •      $10 burger & beer special

The Walrus Oyster and Ale House

This restaurant, which sits in the center of the harbor, gives guests an Atlantic Coast inspired cuisine experience. Dine in the outdoor area where you can enjoy the views of the Potomac and an industrial interior with a large bar seating. Choose from their extensive and diverse oyster specific menu or take a pick from other seafood options like the Old Bay shrimp. The Walrus also serves special in house cocktails, 14 local beers, tap wines and sweet frozen drinks.

Happy Hour

Monday- Friday: 3-6pm

  •      $2- Off all Tap Wines
  •      $4-7- Select beers
  •      $8- Shareable plates

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