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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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Good for walking and people watching

Pretty area outside of D.C. and Alexandra VA. Walking and shopping as well as plenty of restaurants. Many conferences are held in the area as there are more than 3 large hotels... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Worcester, MA
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Benton, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went to the National Harbor Waterfront for dinner. Lots of things to see, do, eat and drink. Just a fun area to visit.

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Worcester, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Pretty area outside of D.C. and Alexandra VA. Walking and shopping as well as plenty of restaurants. Many conferences are held in the area as there are more than 3 large hotels. Plenty to do for couples and families.

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Thank PWDGolfers
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The area around the National Harbor is fantastic. There is so much there....shopping, sooo many restaurants, and just tons of things to see. Well worth the trip, and definitely stop in the Gaylord, it's amazing inside

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Thank Beverly C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food, shopping, Ferris wheel, many hotel options from luxury to family and mid ranged. It's not much more you can ask for.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love the National Harbor. It's one of my favorite places in the area. Shopping, views, food, kid activities, entertainment! Parking is expensive $15 or higher, but I love it. It isn't as handicap accessible as it should be from the top level. Unclear how to make it easy to get down for someone who has limited mobility. Love it!!

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Thank NEVenturer
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a nice stay and convenient to walk to a place to eat, and sit by the river. Plenty of shops to wonder around in as well.

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Thank Beth H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved it!.. it has a little of everything for the whole family!!.. it has wine tasting, build a bear, sovereign shop, restaurants, a Ferris wheel, it has a ferry that goes to old town, VA. I highly recommended to visit to place!..

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Harborfront has quaint shops, restaurants, bars, Ferris Wheel. It's an opportunity for nice pictures. Great for families with children 2-12. Older children would be bored. The Harborfront is great

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Kentwood, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a great time. Took a few turns on the ferris wheel. It was after dark, able to see the Washington Monument. Reasonably priced, very nice in the cars.

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Huntingtown, Maryland
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48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I go to the National Harbor to meet for work events or conferences. If it wasn't for that, there's really no reason to go back a second time. My biggest pet peeve is the price of parking. Yikes! $18 bucks on a Sunday for just a few hours. The kids don't want to go back. If we go back, it... More 

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