Take in DC Views Aboard a Swan-Shaped Boat With Tidal Basin Paddle Boats

The only thing better than admiring the Tidal Basin from one of the surrounding memorials is getting right out there on the water. Tidal Basin Paddle Boats allow you to leisurely glide along DC’s iconic waterway in comfort and style. 

Choose between two- or four-person paddle boats, or hop aboard the popular motorized swan boats. The swans are especially fun to rent since you can sit back and let the boat do some of the work — not to mention that these boats look especially cute in photos. Rent the boats by the hour, or take one for the full day. There are opportunities to dock and picnic in West Potomac Park, or visit the Thomas Jefferson memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, and other memorials just steps from the water. Boats are available on a first come, first serve basis, so get there early if you want to snag one. To save time, fill out the agreement and get prices on the website before you go.