Water activity

National Harbor: Potomac River Self-Drive Guided Boat Tour

4.9 / 5

26 reviews

Activity provider: Monumental Boat Tours

National Harbor: Potomac River Self-Drive Guided Boat Tour

Activity provider: Monumental Boat Tours
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 150 per person

Travel down the Potomac River in your own two-person catamaran and see Maryland and Virginia's amazing wildlife and historic sites.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Enjoy unique photo ops of the historic sites of Maryland and Virgina
  • Learn from expert guides about what makes the Potomac River so unique
  • Take in panoramic views of the Potomac River
  • Be the captain of your own catamaran
Full description
Admire Maryland and Virginia’s historic sites from a unique perspective on a two-person catamaran boat, also known as a Craigcat, journeying down the Potomac River. You will be guided down the Potomac River by a guide in their own boat and will guide you by radio. Your journey will see you navigating down the river at speeds of up to 25-miles per hour. Meet at the boat pier at National Harbor, be fitted with a life jacket, and complete a 20-minute training session to receive your 10-day boat license waiver before taking the journey down the river. Travel down the Potomac River and stop at different points-of-interest including, National Harbor, Jones Point Lighthouse, Mount Vernon, Fort Washington, and Little Hunting Creek. The Potomac River is home to a mixture of wildlife, so along the way, you might see Bald Eagles, Osprey, and different types of fish.
  • Your own 2-person catamaran boat
  • 20-minute compulsory safety training
  • 1-hour and 40-minute boat tour
  • Radio to hear the guide on their own boat
  • Professional expert tour guide
  • Life jackets
  • Small dry box for personal items
  • Gratuities, based on the level of service
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People over 250 lbs (113 kg)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

When you arrive at National Harbor, look for the Capital Wheel as a landmark and head to the pier between the Capital Wheel and the carousel. The boats are docked at the pier - look for "Monumental Boat Tours".

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Important information

What to bring

  • Driver's license
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Rain gear

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • No boating experience is necessary, but the driver must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license
  • Drivers must have a good understanding of English in order to receive the compulsory training
  • For safety of all involved all participants must sign a waiver
  • Tour is weather dependent. If weather conditions are unsafe, the staff from the local operator will contact you to re-book or provide a full refund
  • You will likely get wet from waves and other boats. The weather may also change while on tour, so please dress accordingly
  • There is not a restroom break during the tour. Please use the restroom before you arrive. Public restrooms are available very close to the dock
  • There are plenty of paid parking lots at National Harbor
  • Face masks are required on the docks but may be removed during tours
  • Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks are welcome
  • Radio, small box, 2-person catamaran boat, 20-minute compulsory safety training, and boat tour are included in the price
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 26 reviews

Review summary

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Fantastic Experience! Both my wife and I are seniors, and the crew took extra care to make sure we were comfortable. And once we hit the water, it was Super exciting. Especially when hitting the waves at top speed. Reminds me of when I used to hit the bumps going downhill skiing. Gotta try it!

May 30, 2022

I was visiting DC with my husband and wanted to find something to break up the monotony of walking through museum after museum and found this little gem of a boat tour. These speedy little 2 person cats were the perfect option! My husband did the driving while we zipped across the water baby duck style. It was so fun! Seeing the deer grazing along the shore of Mount Vernon was so beautiful and we even saw a bald Eagle! Both the owner of the company and our tour guide seemed to really love what they do. Thanks guys for being a great part of our East Coast vacation!

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September 1, 2021

My partner and I absolutely loved this tour! We would recommend to anyone who wants to be directly on the water and loves to be in boats. We had a blast driving the boat. But be warned you might get wet! Our tour guide, Christian, was very welcoming and a fun person to be around.

July 6, 2021

Product ID: 396525