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Harborfront Area

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Address: National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20744
Phone Number: +1 301-203-4170
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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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Amazing views and lovely place

This is a lovely place to walk round and take in the harbour and plenty of good bars and restaurants to choose from. Lots going on and plenty to see and do. A good selection of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We walked along the harborfront area and it was very busy due to memorial day weekend but still peaceful. We got on the capitol wheel. Tickets for military was $2 off I believe. The line moved very fast. Great time. no complaints.

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Thank Marissa M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

I visit this area daily....it is very peaceful..on the harbour you can walk for exercise beside the water ..you can sit on the peir...FAMILY orientated ..Lovely little Carousel for little one with horses other animals and seats ..they love it. There's also shaved ice stand besides IT. Very good place to visit for dates,family gatherings races a..always wonderful events happening... More 

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Thank Patricia M
Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great area to stay while visiting Northern VA area. It is simply beautiful. The energy in the area is amazing. I always enjoy visiting.

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Windham, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great place for adults and children. There was plenty to do and see even during the cold winter.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a great day trip when I was in the area visiting friends. There are lots of fun restaurants and shops, as well as a farmer's market on the weekend that was great to browse. It was super hot but there were plenty of places to pop in and cool off as well as great views of the harbor.... More 

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Thank Emily M
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Such a fun place! We enjoyed all the great shops and I think over the course of our trip ate at all the restaurants.

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Thank amy846
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a lovely place to walk round and take in the harbour and plenty of good bars and restaurants to choose from. Lots going on and plenty to see and do. A good selection of shops and the area is clean and tidy and lovely for an evening walk around.

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Thank Martinw2000
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very cool statue. In sand so kids can play there. It made for beautiful pica at dusk. We did the Pirate Cruise and Ferris Wheel too. The water Tsvi was a great end to the day!

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not sure I would make a special trip to visit this place. I have been here a few times for business and it seems very touristy to me. A lot of overpriced restaurants and not much else to do.

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Garland, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed in DC last week for family vacation. Actually saw this place from the airplane while descending into the airport. It's a great place to go. Short uber ride from DC. Lots of restaurants, shops, sand area, mini golf, and a large Ferris wheel. Beautiful location on the water. The Ferris wheel is $15 per person so keep that in... More 

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