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Address: 205 The Strand, Alexandria, VA 22314-3319
Phone Number: +1 703-684-0580
10:30 am - 10:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 10:45 pm

Seasonal sightseeing cruises, with seaports including Alexandria’s historic...

Seasonal sightseeing cruises, with seaports including Alexandria’s historic waterfront, Georgetown, Nationals Park baseball stadium, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Sightseeing highlights include the Washington monuments plus pirate cruises for children and the famous weekly canine cruises. The Alexandria-National Harbor water taxi operates regularly between Old Town Alexandria, National Harbor, and Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. All vessels available for private parties.

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National Harbor to Mount Vernon

Enjoyable,relaxing ride on the river.. Only drawback was I wish we had more time to stay & enjoy Mt Vernon. The visitors center, buildings & grounds were beautiful & would... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Cynthia M
Elkton, Maryland
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Elkton, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyable,relaxing ride on the river.. Only drawback was I wish we had more time to stay & enjoy Mt Vernon. The visitors center, buildings & grounds were beautiful & would definitely stayed longer if not for meeting the boat. Perhaps they could give you two options on return times?

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

It was easy to walk up and buy a ticket. The ride was totally smooth. Since the weather was nice, it was a great way to spend half an hour or so.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

This is a simple 45 minute cruise with some basic narration, but it's really fun to be out on the river and see some of the sites from the water. We went at sunset and it was beautiful.

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

We took the riverboat cruise to Mount Vernon which included the price of the cruise and tickets to Mount Vernon. We felt the price was quite reasonable. The crew on board were very knowledgeable about the area and provided commentary along the way. We would highly recommend this trip

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Takes about 25 mins, only runs about every 85 mins or so but the last trips are around 10pm. $16 round trip, $8 single fare and this is a better deal since if you book areturn you have to select the time of your return trip.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

The boat and crew were terrific but the motor was so loud that it was difficult to hear the recording during much of the trip. Maybe they should distribute a guide or have a live person explain all the sites we saw.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

From midtown, we took the metro to Georgetown and found this riverboat cruise. Different view of the monuments for scenic photos and we ended up in Alexandria in 45 pleasurable minutes.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Read about this online and decided to try this sail when visiting Washington. We walked into Georgetown then down to Washington Harbour. We decided just to sail to Alexandria ( about 45 mins) without disembarking and return the same way. We were on the boat 'Miss Mallory' which was air conditioned down below but you could also be outside on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

The river cruise to Georgetown is a decent way to spend an evening and see the city at night from the river. Worth the time and easy to make reservations. You can also take the boat to National Harbor an upscale dining and shopping area in Maryland.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We were in town for a wedding and had all day to kind of putt around, My dad and I thought it would be fun to ride over the harbor in MD. So we hopped on for $8 each and went on over. The staff was nice, boat was clean and it was a fun way to spend the afternoon.... More 

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