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Harborfront Area

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Address: National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20744
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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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Pleasant Outing

This is a very safe clean and pleasant place to visit. Huge Christmas Tree in the centre to view and have photos with. Many sculptures to have photos with too.Abraham Lincoln to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Sydney, Australia
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York, Pennsylvania
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cam here last night (Sunday) to walk around and grab a bite to eat. We were a little bummed out that some of the places and restaurants close at 8PM on Sundays. Still we found a nice place to eat and we walked around. Some cool statues and stuff and good picture moments. Glad we came will come again when... More 

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Thank Larry L
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86 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The area in general is fairly expensive to eat, shop..but people watching or seeing one of the movies on the big screen is great. Ice cream, families, picnic strolling on the wharf is nice. Parking is difficult and any food is twice what you would normally pay. As it grows it should be more pleasant ...we hope

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Sydney, Australia
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127 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very safe clean and pleasant place to visit. Huge Christmas Tree in the centre to view and have photos with. Many sculptures to have photos with too.Abraham Lincoln to shake hands with. Marilyn Monroe and others. Pop into the America souvenir shop and have a photo with Donald or Hilary or Barack. Lots of restaurants and cheaper... More 

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Thank Sandra H
Florida
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53 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful area with lots to do for everyone. There are shops, restaurant and activities for kids to adults, singles or couples wanting a nice stroll and dinner.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once you've been to any other Harborfront anywhere this one will lose its luster real quick. It's nice, don't get me wrong. But it is not enough to draw someone to this area. With the Inner Harbor being 40 minutes away it has a lot of competition.

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Thank JustVixen
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264 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to the Gaylord Hotel, but it was my first time to visit its mall, where there are many good restaurants and interesting sculptures. I found the Capital Wheel ($15 for Adult), but decided not to ride it as it is very short.

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Thank Ryusuke M
Waldorf, Maryland
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Exciting views of the Potomac river, plenty of on-lookers enjoying themselves, activities and a chance to put your feet in the sand. Great place for kids and families who just want to hang outside.

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Thank Dee H
Indianapolis, Indiana
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76 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice area to walk around after leaving the Gaylord property. A number of cute shops and restaurants along the Potomac River. Very lovely at night in particular.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Ferris wheel is a fun thing to do on a cold day. You are in an enclosed cab and out of the wind. being over the water gives you a nice view of the Potomac River. Make sure you see the Marilyn Monroe statue there and the man buried in the sand. Try the Pot belly for lunch, it's... More 

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Fort Washington, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

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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