Whether you’ve lived in D.C. for decades or just moved here last year, there’s no doubt that a cruise along the river is one of the coolest ways to see the sights. Kids and their adults will love taking in the views when they can pretend they’re sailing the seven seas or dreaming they’re on a real life cruise. Read on for five reasons to hop on a D.C. Water Taxi stat.

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Monumental Views
D.C.’s skyline might not be sky high, but the memorials, monuments, cherry trees, Kennedy Center, and Georgetown make our pretty little 25 square miles extra-exciting. Whether your kiddos are 3 or 13 we can pretty much guarantee they won’t be stuck on their phones as the taxi glides by Arlington National Cemetery, floats by the National War College, or meanders by the Lincoln Memorial.

Onboard Narration
Kiddies who love story time and adventure will love the D.C. Water Taxi. They can sit and take in the sights while listening to stories about how the district came to be, those honored by the memorials, and the famous singers who’ve graced the stage at the Kennedy Center.

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Enclosed Seating
The tidal basin and the Potomac are technically swamps, so for the days when it might get a little chilly, or (gasp) rainy, or the kiddos are acting particularly whiny, there’s plenty of enclosed areas where you can warm up, cool off, or chill out.

Snack Bar
With plenty of beverages at the snack bar, it doesn’t matter how hot it gets because you can always keep cool on board. Feel free to bring the kiddo’s Elmo containers full of Cheerios, but leave the DIY smoothies at home. If the fam needs something to nosh on post trip there are plenty of options depending on the stop. In Georgetown, snag cupcakes at Baked & Wired or burgers at Thunder Burger & Bar. Down by the Southwest Waterfront it’s a little harder to grab some food, but there are always vendors somewhere nearby or the Park Service food stop at the Lincoln Memorial.

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No Reservations
Kiddos don’t always allow us tons of time to make plans – or stick to them! Since the D.C. Water Taxi holds 100 people, there’s no need to make reservations. Boats leave on the hour from the Georgetown dock and on the half hour from the National Mall. Whether you want to ride the whole loop or jump on and hop off, it’s up to you. There’s no better way to cruise the Mall and see Georgetown in the same trip!

DC Water Taxi
3100 K St., NW
or
Ohio Dr., SW and West Basin Dr.
Cost: $12-$20; Free/kids under 4
Online: DC-WaterTaxi.com

Have you ever taken a ride on the D.C. Water Taxi? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below. 

–Hilary Riedemann