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Amazing boat rentals in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is a great place to rent a boat. The Potomac River is a wonderful place for exploring by boat, and you can see a new angle of Washington DC on a boat rental or charter. It's the fourth largest river in the country, and the waterfront offers a host of things to see and do. Boat tours and boating experiences are a top choice amongst visitors to DC, and it's easy to see why.

Motor yacht rentals in Washington DC start at $150/hour. Water taxis are a great way to get around the highlights of DC or to travel to the National Harbor. Cruise the Potomac or Anacostia Rivers, stop at waterfront restaurants or enjoy a historical tour from the water. A sunny day paired with beautiful scenery, historic buildings, and good company makes for the perfect day on the water. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, proposing to your soon-to-be significant other, or on a family vacation, Washington, DC is the perfect boat rental destination. Motor yacht charters in Washington DC can also be a fabulous way to celebrate a bachelor or bachelorette party, especially during the summer months. A captain and crew can help you plan the perfect boat day itinerary.

Jet ski rentals in Washington DC are a great way to cruise at a higher speed on the Potomac River. Jet skis in DC cost around $350/hour or you can get a discount on a full-day rental.

For active or sporty travelers visiting Washington DC, stand-up paddleboards and kayak rentals are a great choice. You can book a kayak tour with a guide in Washington DC if you're unfamiliar with the area, and paddlesports will guarantee you get some exercise during your adventures around the city.

What not to miss in Washington DC on the river

Some of the best sightseeing can be done on the Potomac River. Don't miss these hot spots on the waterfront:

  • Great Falls - a national park with great hiking and picnic spots
  • Georgetown - excellent for shopping and dining when in Washington DC
  • Alexandria - a must-stop for history buffs who want to step back in time
  • Mount Vernon - considered by most to be a "must-see" this beautiful mansion overlooks the Potomac and sits 14 miles south of the city.

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Washington DC Boat Rental FAQs

Can you boat on the Potomac River?

Boating is a great activity to enjoy on the Potomac River. You can rent motor yachts, sailboats, small powerboats, and jet skis on the Potomac River. Boat rental prices start at around $100/hour in DC on the Potomac.

How do I get to National Harbor from DC?

You can reach National Harbor from DC on a boat tour, water taxi, or boat rental. Cruise south on the Potomac River from DC to reach National Harbor. It takes about 40 minutes by boat.

Can you sail on the Potomac?

Sailing and sailboat charters are a wonderful way to enjoy the Potomac River. You can get a whole new look at Washington DC from the perspective of a sailboat, cruising down the river and seeing some of the highlights of the city. Sailing is a popular choice for visitors to Washington DC and there are sailing lessons and sailboat rentals available.

Which river is Washington DC on?

Washington DC is on the Potomac River and Anacostia River. The rivers wrap around the city and are the location for boating for residents and visitors of DC.

Can you boat on the Potomac River?

Yes, boating is a popular pastime enjoyed on the Potomac River. You can rent motor yachts, book boat tours, try jet skiing, or even rent a stand-up paddleboard on the Potomac River. It’s a great boating destination in Washington DC.

Where can you kayak in DC?

Kayak tours and kayak rentals in DC are available on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. They are great places to enjoy by kayak and it’s a unique activity to enjoy when traveling around Washington DC.

Can you go fishing in the Potomac River?

Fishing is allowed on the Potomac River, you must make sure you have the correct fishing license before making any catches. You can expect to catch fish like catfish, shad, cobia, and tarpon on the Potomac River. If you’re renting a boat and want to go fishing, inquire with the owner or captain about including fishing gear in the rental.

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GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Washington.

  1. RW
    Rachel
    Comfortable Bayliner Ciera 2855 cabin cruiser on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.

    We had a fantastic sunset cruise with Mike to celebrate Father’s Day. The boat is extremely comfortable and Mike is a great captain. We loved cruising around the DC waterfront and would highly recommend to anyone! Mike was great at communicating ahead of and during the trip.

  2. BS
    Bilal
    BEST DAY EVER! $325/hr WEEKENDS $275 WEEKDAYS

    John was a great host! He was responsive, reliable and personal. I planned on doing a surprise proposal during the ride and he helped me plan the whole thing! He took us to an area with a nice backdrop of Lincoln Memorial for the special moment and was very helpful throughout the whole process. I am extremely satisfied with the experience and would highly recommend John!

  3. AJ
    Amanda
    Hit all the DC Waterfront destinations on this beautiful 29ft Motor Yacht! Very accessible pricing! Book your next Private Charter today!

    Captain Shane was extremely communicative and professional handling my transaction. The vessel was able to accommodate the Father’s Day event I planned. The gentlemen aboard raved about the quality of the catered meal that was an added amenity. I would highly suggest adding a meal to your charter. I was able to add small touches to make the evening ride special and unique (balloons, water cooler, fruit tray, etc). I was most impressed by the cleanliness and quality of the vessel. He sent pictures of the vessel (interior and exterior) to assist in my planning. Any questions I had he answered and provided a wealth of information ahead of the event. The booking was thorough from start to finish. I had another booking that fell thru at the last minute and S and S Charters was ready to accommodate me during the same week. I’m happy I found S and S! Thank you for creating an experience that will last a lifetime. I will book again and recommend others to think about S and S Charters as their first option!

  4. SA
    Sabrina
    All-inclusive! Luxurious, Spacious 45' Yacht—cruise around DC with breathtaking views.

    Had a wonderful experience on this beautiful boat. Captain and crew are great, so helpful and knowledgeable. The boat is a blast, loved the platform that can be lowered in and out of the water. Will definitely be a return customer, this boat experience is amazing and Steven’s communications were immediate and top notch.

  5. RR
    Rachel
    Sea Ray 450 Sundancer Luxury Cruising Yacht in Washington, DC

    Thanks to Imrul and Capain Philip Robinson and "crew" for making our early father's day excursion a success! The day was glorious, the boat was wonderful and heading south to Mt. Vernon was a spectacular idea. Imrul was super responsive and accommodated all our crazy requests and answered all our questions. A great day was had by all!

  6. CB
    Carolyn
    Pontoon Power Boat (jet skis avail addt'l cost)

    Bobby is the ultimate professional! He responded promptly to my questions prior to our boat ride, gave great directions to the Marina, and kindly rescheduled our ride when RAIN hit hours before our planned time with him. I gladly give him 11 out of 10 STARS! Thanks, Bobby from Wisconsin!