Feel the need to oar about when you’re in D.C.? Then Key Bridge Boathouse is the ticket. Key Bridge Boathouse offers a variety of single and double kayaks, canoes and as well as stand-up paddbleboards for rent.
Whether you are an experienced paddler or a complete novice like me, you’ll have a great time. The staff is incredibly helpful and does a great job at calming down nerves if you are newbie. You begin with a brief instructional and safety talk before donning on a safety vest and getting into your kayak, canoe or paddleboard.
From the dock, you can paddle up the Potomac River, or, better yet, head down towards downtown and see the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. If you are a fairly experienced paddler, you can make your way around Roosevelt Island in about 45 minutes or so. You can get off on the island if you wish. Or else, you can go further and paddle all the way to Memorial Bridge but that round trip will probably take you about 1.5 hours. Key Bridge Boathouse also offers a guided Twilight Tour which is very popular.
On land, Key Bridge Boathouse has drinks for sale in case you need to quench your thirst. There is a small area with plenty of chairs to take in the scenery.
Key Bridge Boathouse is located in Georgetown, just under the Key Bridge. Parking is very limited so best to either to arrive early, park on K St., and walk or else rent a bike from Capital Bikeshare and ride over.