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3 Ways to Enjoy the Water at National Harbor

Carefree Boat Club


With so many reasons to live at National Harbor, it’s hard to choose just one to explore. However, one of the more obvious reasons is that National Harbor life resides on the waters of the Potomac River.

Not only is the river beautiful, creating the perfect backdrop to National Harbor dining, shopping, and hanging out, but it also provides plenty of opportunities for fun, too. With summer in full-swing, now is the best time to get out and explore the water – here are three ways to do just that:

1. Carefree Boat Club

The Carefree Boat Club lets you enjoy boating without the time, expense, and hassle of owning. In fact, in most cases, the cost of membership is about 1/3 the cost of owning a boat.

Here’s how it works: Carefree covers the cost of boat purchase, slip fees, insurance, maintenance, repairs, taxes, towing coverage, winterization and depreciation. Then, you get to use the boats as often as you like with no additional cost beyond membership.

Boats are reserved using an on-line reservation system that allows you to pick the day, time, boat and Carefree location so you can get out on the water on weekends, holidays, or just an afternoon off work. Carefree offers a wide variety of boating options, including 18’-27’ Cruisers, Bowriders, Pontoons, Fishing Boats, Ski and Sail Boats.

2. Boating in DC

Boating in DC has come to National Harbor so you can take advantage of this popular DC-area water sport company. Boating in DC has a friendly and knowledgeable staff who are ready to get you started on a new water adventure.

You can rent lots of different water sporting equipment, including canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, pedal boats, and more. And, beginners can take classes to learn how to kayak, canoe, or paddleboard.

If you want to take your fitness routine up a notch, try Boating in DC’s SUP Yoga class, or give your arms a workout with one of these healthy water activities.

  1. Esplanade Pool

That’s right! You can enjoy the water just steps from your apartment in our very own pool. Esplanade residents enjoy our sparkling, resort-style pool with a spacious sundeck, including chaise lounges, chairs, and tables.

Spend the entire day out by the pool and the surrounding courtyard with a fire pit, comfy seating, uniqe sculptures, and art installations. You can also get active with bocce and lawn games, and entertain in our outdoor kitchen with grills and a TV, plus a large communal dining table.

Whether you want to get out on the Potomac in a sailboat or paddleboard, or you want to lounge closer to home at our glistening pool, living at The Esplanade at National Harbor means living life on the water!