Nestled next to the most historic river in the United States, National Harbour is a picturesque harbourside precinct in Maryland. Featuring world-class entertainment, outlet shopping and celebrity-chef dining, National Harbour boasts more than 140 hectares of waterfront setting to explore.
Things to do in National Harbor
Take your holiday to new heights with a ride on the Capital Wheel and witness the Maryland skyline from 55 metres above the Potomac River. For an extra special treat, try a VIP gondola complete with a wine chiller and glass-bottom floor. Afterwards, stroll along the waterfront promenade to the Old Hickory Steakhouse for premium beef, artisanal cheese and handcrafted cocktails.
Hit up the casino at MGM National Harbour, the city’s premier entertainment complex, to discover a selection of high-end retailers and buzzed-about restaurants. Meet Maryland’s most imaginative mixologists at the exquisite Blossom cocktail lounge or unwind with an intimate performance at the MGM Theatre.
The most authentic way to experience National Harbour is by renting a kayak, canoe or paddle boat and getting out on the water. You can even take a stand-up paddleboard class that will have you gliding across the water in no time. Take in the views on a romantic river cruise, where you’ll pass the harbour’s magnificent waterfront sculptures.
Looking for a place to catch the big game? Head to the outdoor Jumbotron. The massive outdoor screen is the perfect place to watch sports games or snuggle up with a classic film. In summer, make the most of Maryland’s balmy nights at the free Summer Concert Series featuring some of the best local and national acts.
Getting around National Harbor
Washington’s extensive public transport system, including trains, buses and water taxis places National Harbour within an hour’s journey of the city. The National Harbour Circulator is a convenient way to explore the waterfront, including Downtown, Tanger Outlets and the MGM, while Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is just 20 minutes’ drive away.