Boating and Sailing
If you wish to spend a couple of hours taking in the scenic C&O
canal, Fletcher's boathouse has a large selection of canoes, rowboats
and bicycles available for rent. Rates for the boats are about $8 per
hour or $16-$18 for the day. There is a large picnic area located just
off the water where you can sit and watch the canal's activities.
Besides cycling and canoeing, many people come to the C&O to fish
for freshwater fish like bass, perch and shad. You can also get a
fishing license at Fletcher's.
4940 Canal Road (202) 244-0461 Spring hours
daily 5:30 Am to 5 PM ; Summer hours weekdays 7:30AM to 7:30
PM, weekends 5:30 AM to 7:30 PM.
Thompson's Boat Center
Located between the Kennedy Center and Georgetown's Washington Harbor,
Thompson's Boat Center has boats and bicycles available for rent. Rates
for bicycles are about $6 per hour or $20 for the day.
Rock Creek Pkwy. and Virginia Ave. NW (202) 333-9543
Located in front of the Jefferson Memorial, Paddle Basin offers pedal
boats for rent. Paddleboats are a great way to see the Jefferson
Memorial and other sites along the Tidal Basin. Call ahead to check
availability and rates.
East side of Tidal Basin in front of Jefferson Memorial. (202)
Located under the Key Bridge in Georgetown, Jack's Boats has canoes and
rowboats for rent. A great way to see the sites that line the Potomac
River. Rates are about $8 per hour or $25 for the day.
2000 K Street NW (202) 337-9642
Washington Sailing Marina
With a variety of watercraft available for rent, the Washington Sailing
Marina has a boat for any level of sailor. Beginners can take out
sunfish and smaller boats, while larger boats are reserved for more
experienced sailors. Windsurfers are also available.
South of National Airport on George Washington Pkwy.