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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.

Find amazing motor yacht rentals, boat tours, and anything on the water in Washington DC with GetMyBoat.

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. AK
    Cruisers Sport Series 328 Yacht! Premium Boating at DCs best Waterfront Destinations

    Shane was amazing! The boat is beautiful and fit 11 people easily onboard. There’s a bathroom below deck even. We drove around the Potomac and had such a fun time. Shane and his crew were professional, hospitable, and made the best rum punch (need the recipe btw!). Thank you for making my boyfriend’s going away party rememberable. I also didn’t know their business is veteran owned and it means that much more that my money was going towards supporting a veteran owned business as I work for my family’s veteran owned business and my boyfriend is navy as well. Definitely book Shane on your next adventure!

  2. AT
    Enjoy the scenic routes of Washington DC on the Upper Potomac on this luxurious yacht with Captain Rod Patterson

    This was everything we expected and more. Very courteous and professional. Yacht was pristine and they went above and beyond with COVID precautions/cleaning. Ron’s first mate, Myra was great. We didn’t really expect first class service while aboard (or any really), but that’s def what we got. We booked for a friend’s birthday and she even decorated the cupcakes for us so we could enjoy the ride and each other. Will def book again!

  3. EO
    Cruisers Sport Series 328 Yacht! Premium Boating at DCs best Waterfront Destinations

    This boat was amazing! The captain and Shane put out a great vibe! They are super flexible about everything, we let them decide the itinerary and they took us all around and anchored in different spots through out the trip. They play great music if you need a DJ but you can also play your music. I especially like this sports yacht versus a regular yacht because theirs more seating outside instead of inside and it makes the experience more fun and comfortable. Overall, we had a great time and will definitely book again.

  4. RC
    53' Luxury Yacht for Charter in Washington, District of Columbia

    Great experience! Spacious and comfortable, this boat was perfect for a birthday celebration. Lester was very helpful throughout the booking process and for the duration of our trip. Would definitely recommend this boat if you’re looking for a great time on the water.

  5. JV
    Dream it. Live it! Rent and Ride this 45' Sea Ray Sundancer Yacht in Washington, DC

    we had the most amazing experience with captain Kay and the crew. I would recommend this boat to anyone and hope we can reserve in the future. we had a surprise bday for a friend and they went really out of their way for us. if you are looking for a great time you HAVE to book this boat with the best crew in all of DC.

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

    Shane's customer service, personalized experience, and beautiful boat made for an incredible trip! His attention to detail and communication is unparalleled. We will absolutely be booking with S&S Charters again!