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Harborfront Area

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Address: National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20744
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+1 301-203-4170

Perched on the historic Potomac River, National Harbor is a unique,...

Perched on the historic Potomac River, National Harbor is a unique, all-in-one destination and all-American tradition, offering unrivaled shopping, dining and attractions and a roster of year-round, family-friendly events.

Featuring expansive views from the riverbank-and from 180 feet up on The Capital Wheel, the waterfront's newest iconic draw-National Harbor combines an approachable, resort-like personality with a singular, dynamic experience for local residents and visitors alike.

Attractions include:

The Capital Wheel

The Awakening

The Carousel

Tanger Outlets

Waterfront Dining

Boat Cruises & Tours

Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals

Free Events & Entertainment

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lots of things to do down on the harbor , from shopping to eating , and even enjoying a farris wheel! not bad at all!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
David B
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Fort Washington, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I live across the highway from the Harborfront on 210, it's a beautiful view to watch from my bedroom window or porch during the evening time and at night.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

lots of things to do down on the harbor , from shopping to eating , and even enjoying a farris wheel! not bad at all!

1 Thank David B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We love coming here for a getaway. Great restaurants and fun to just walk around and enjoy the waterfront.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Hubby and I visited the National Harbor over New Years Eve weekend, it was our first visit there. Even though it was very cold out there was a lot to see. There's lots of delicious dining and a huge flat screen right at the waterfront. We did not get a chance to experience everything this trip but we will definitely... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must-see area if you are in the DC area for the holidays. The Christmas tree is absolutely beautiful, and the tourists were all very polite and aware that everyone wanted to take photos. We walked around and visited some shops and the Gaylord. I noticed how clean the area was - I didn't see a scrap of... More 

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Yonkers, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ferris wheel, cool play areas, a variety of shops and food options, National Harbor has it all. Highly recommended for families especially during Christmas holidays.

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Yorktown, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plan ahead for Dinner reservations, use the site to make them. Use the shuttle to get to MGM and Tangier.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really cool attraction to visit in the DC area. Plenty of shops and restaurants, plus the waterfront attractions make it enjoyable for all ages. Easy to get to by car plus you can take water taxi from Alexandria.

Thank rduinc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Harborfront area has the National Aquarium that I highly reccommend visiting! There are so many different fish and other water animals on display. There is also a rainforest that should not be missed. Children and adults are very interested in this attraction. There are nice hotels and a variety of restaurants and shopping surrounding the area. The ferris wheel... More 

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Delaware, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My first trip to National Harbor was a good one! It is a great little town that is compact enough to not need a car to get around. There are several little over priced shops and plenty of restaurants.

Thank Brittany P

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