Thompson Boat Center

Thompson Boat Center, Washington DC: Hours, Address, Thompson Boat Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Thompson Boat Center
4.5
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Georgetown
How to get there
  • Foggy Bottom–GWU • 9 min walk
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Catherine P
Silver Spring, MD3 contributions
The important thing to know is to reserve a boat and fill out the waiver on line ahead of time. Once you get there, the staff can check you in quickly and you can get on the water. They're friendly and helpful. The kayaks are super stable and it's a beautiful place to paddle - you get to see the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Harbor, Key Bridge. $18 for an hour is very reasonable and parking, while somewhat limited, is cheap at $2 or so per hour. You can also access by metro from Foggy Bottom but not as easily. Highly recommend this for tourists as a fun way to see a part of the city you might not normally get to. For a long-time resident like me, it never gets old.
Written September 8, 2021
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StuS81
Potomac, MD76 contributions
While reservations are required, there were plenty of kayaks and all other watercraft available. It's convenient to get to, but parking nearby is $22, unless you can find parking at the end of K street, below the Whitehurst Freeway. You get pretty views of DC monuments and at high tide, can circle Roosvelt Island.
Written October 24, 2020
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Daniel K
Markethill, UK160 contributions
Friends
Rented an aqua bike for a few hours and paddled up and down the river and around the island. Such a fun way to see around, and get some exercise too. Weather was incredible and the group really enjoyed it.
Written September 7, 2016
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MGB724
New York City, NY51 contributions
Couples
This location is primarily a rowing facility, but offers kayaking and canoeing. Upon arrival, you fill out a form that is on a desk outside of the entrance. You are charged based on how long you are out on the kayak and they provide lifejackets for you for free (they do not have life jackets for dogs like the other DC boathouse). There are lockers available for use, but you must bring your own lock. We had to be on the look out for rowers, and there were boats that caused some small wakes, but overall we had a great experience! The location is great as it is located near a beautiful walkway with several shops and restaurants.
Written October 20, 2017
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Duco M
Leusden, The Netherlands30 contributions
Business
Good, fast and friendly service.
Sup boards and kayaks.
Nice to be on the water in hot weather!
Right in the middle of the city.
Written September 8, 2016
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WandertheWest
Moab, UT38 contributions
Couples
Don't expect much help when you rent a bike. Go in knowing what size you need before hand. It is also handy if you know how to adjust the seat yourself. Make sure you check the bike over carefully including tire pressure, condition of the brake pads and chain wear. Everyone seemed friendly enough just not into conversation or helping you out.
Written April 17, 2015
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rjelen1
Washington DC110 contributions
Family
There is no better way to see the Potomac then from a Kayak. Renting Kayaks at Thompson's is easy and convenient with parking just off of Rock Creek Park and the perfect launch position just above the Georgetown Water front. Head up river to see the three sisters islands and the beginning of Little Falls or down River to Lady Bird Island. If you're interested in birds head to the islands and more marshy areas where there are plenty of Crains and Blue Herons. If you like Architecture take a closer look at the Key Bridge. Views of Arlington and Georgetown form the water are great. Double Kayaks are available for couples and families with smaller children.
After your thru Georgetown is just a quick walk from the parking lot and the new Water Front park is a great place to relax and people watch.
Written September 2, 2014
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Ashley
1 contribution
My project team and I went kayaking for a team outing and we all had a great time! Booking was a breeze, there was more than enough parking when we went at 12pm, and the staff were all very friendly and helpful. Will surely be booking again in the future!
Written October 18, 2021
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María Leonor R
6 contributions
Family
Could be fun but if you spend 30 min and the siren sounds they rip you off the rest of what you paid.
Written July 14, 2021
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marlin s
Silver Spring, MD6 contributions
we rented a double kayak one cloudy but warm Sunday afternoon. The ladies that were there to welcome us and give us our equipments were really friendly. Briefed us on how far to go and what not to do etc. It was really fun! would def do it again!
Written October 23, 2019
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Thompson Boat Center is open:
  • Sun - Sun 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM