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Potomac Riverboat Company

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Address: 205 The Strand, Alexandria, VA 22314-3319
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+1 703-684-0580
10:30 - 22:45
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 22:45

Seasonal sightseeing cruises, with seaports including Alexandria’s historic...

Seasonal sightseeing cruises, with seaports including Alexandria’s historic waterfront, Georgetown, Nationals Park baseball stadium, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Sightseeing highlights include the Washington monuments plus pirate cruises for children and the famous weekly canine cruises. The Alexandria-National Harbor water taxi operates regularly between Old Town Alexandria, National Harbor, and Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. All vessels available for private parties.

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National Harbor to Mount Vernon

Enjoyable,relaxing ride on the river.. Only drawback was I wish we had more time to stay & enjoy Mt Vernon. The visitors center, buildings & grounds were beautiful & would... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 December 2016
Cynthia M
Elkton, Maryland
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New York City, New York
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From the minute I booked my tickets online I was extremely impressed with this company. They sent regular emails with tips and guidelines concerning our boat trip. Trips always left on time. The boat was clean and spotless, and the bathroom on board is one of the nicest public boat bathrooms I've seen. If you're in Alexandria you definitely have... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friends and I took the water taxi this past weekend, and the experience could not have been better. From the gracious and friendly staff to just how EASY it was. Ample parking nearby, an enjoyable ride on the river, seeing the Washington Monument rise on the horizon, and the perfect drop off point just south of the Mall. Would highly... More 

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Manitou Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

We took the tour in early October. We rode from Alexandria to National Harbor then back to Alexandria. The weather was good and view was great. You also see the airplanes taking off and landing from Ronald Reagan National Airport right on the edge of the river. I will take another tour next time.

1 Thank ManitouExpert
Elkton, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Enjoyable,relaxing ride on the river.. Only drawback was I wish we had more time to stay & enjoy Mt Vernon. The visitors center, buildings & grounds were beautiful & would definitely stayed longer if not for meeting the boat. Perhaps they could give you two options on return times?

2 Thank Cynthia M
Austin, Texas
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221 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

It was easy to walk up and buy a ticket. The ride was totally smooth. Since the weather was nice, it was a great way to spend half an hour or so.

2 Thank worldfamousjeff
Boston, Massachusetts
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53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is a simple 45 minute cruise with some basic narration, but it's really fun to be out on the river and see some of the sites from the water. We went at sunset and it was beautiful.

1 Thank mmmlara88
Topeka, Kansas
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We took the riverboat cruise to Mount Vernon which included the price of the cruise and tickets to Mount Vernon. We felt the price was quite reasonable. The crew on board were very knowledgeable about the area and provided commentary along the way. We would highly recommend this trip

1 Thank Kathy F
Portland, Oregon
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175 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Takes about 25 mins, only runs about every 85 mins or so but the last trips are around 10pm. $16 round trip, $8 single fare and this is a better deal since if you book areturn you have to select the time of your return trip.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

The boat and crew were terrific but the motor was so loud that it was difficult to hear the recording during much of the trip. Maybe they should distribute a guide or have a live person explain all the sites we saw.

1 Thank Andrea B
Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

From midtown, we took the metro to Georgetown and found this riverboat cruise. Different view of the monuments for scenic photos and we ended up in Alexandria in 45 pleasurable minutes.

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