Visitors enjoy spectacular views of the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC from a boat cruise during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Here is a guide to help you plan a great sightseeing experience. Times and prices are subject to change. Please confirm them when making your reservation.
Cherry Blossom Cruises Aboard the Odyssey, Spirit of Washington or Capital Elite
March 20-April 13, 2019. Board from 580 Water Street SW for these lunch, brunch and dinner sightseeing tours. The two-to-three hour cruise on the Potomac includes a private table with plated meal or buffet brunch, and a dance floor with a live band. Take in the cherry blossom views from the glass-enclosed boat. Lunch starts at $65.90 per person, brunch starts at $77.90 per person, and dinner starts at $114.90.
Cherry Blossom River Tours
March 23-April 14, 2019. Board at Washington Harbour, 3100 K St. NW or the National Mall: intersection of Ohio Drive SW and West Basin Drive near the FDR memorial for this narrated 50-minute river tour that takes passengers around the blossoms in West Potomac Park along the monuments and then arrives at the Tidal Basin. Cost: $24/adults, $22/students and $12/children.
Potomac Riverboat Cherry Blossom Cruise
Depart from either The Wharf, Old Town Alexandria, Georgetown or National Harbor with Potomac Riverboat's many different cruising options during the festival. There's The Wharf Sightseeing Cruise with a 40-minute narrated sightseeing tour, which starts at $20 and is offered daily. A 50-minute sightseeing tour also departs from Georgetown Mondays through Fridays during the festival, with prices beginning at $17. The Washington’s Monuments Cruise on weekends departs from Georgetown and Alexandria and offers views of the cherry blossom trees, priced at $30 and up. Or keep it simple with a 25-minute water taxi ride from The Wharf, Alexandria, Georgetown, and National Harbor, offered daily with prices from $18 round-trip or $10 one-way.
DC Water Taxi
March 25-April 15, 2019. Take a Cherry Blossom water taxi from Washington Harbour at 3100 K St. NW in Georgetown to the Tidal Basin and enjoy viewing the blossoms from the water along the way. Tickets are $25 (adults) and $12 (children) round-trip. This sightseeing cruise is weekends only.