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 14-April 16, 2017. Gangplank Marina - 6th & Water Streets, SW.
All three ships feature specialty lunch, brunch and dinner sightseeing tours. The glass-enclosed vessel, The Odyssey, offers the opportunity to sample the festival-themed Cherry Blossom Cheesecake. The Spirit of Washington’s lively atmosphere includes live performances and DJ entertainment aboard the ship. On April 4th, both the Odyssey and Spirit host a fireworks dinner cruise providing the opportunity to enjoy the show from the Southwest Fireworks Festival from the comfort of your dinner table. For those looking for a purely sightseeing experience, the Capital Elite yacht will offer two 45-minute sightseeing tours each day. On the Cherry Blossom Sightseeing Cruise, guests can enjoy up-close views of the 3,000 cherry blossoms while the ship cruises around Hains Point.
Cherry Blossom River Tours
March 15-April 16, 2017. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on the hour. Washington Harbour, 3100 K St.
NW, Washington DC 20007 (301) 765-0750. Narrated 50 minute river tours takes passengers around the blossoms in West Potomac Park along the monuments and then arrives at the Tidal Basin. Cost: $26/adults and $12/children. Happy Hour tours are at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and are ages 21+ only.
Potomac Riverboat Cherry Blossom Cruise
March 25-April 30, 2017, Departing from Alexandria, Virginia.
Saturday & Sundays at 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m. Cameron & Union Sts. $30 adults, $16 children (2-11). Avoid the crowds in Washington DC and view the gorgeous pink buds blooming along the Potomac River. As an extended version of the company’s “Washington by Water Monuments Cruise,” this cruise also includes the opportunity to view DC’s riverside monuments and disembark at Georgetown.
DC Water Taxi
March 17-April 16, 2017. Take a water taxi from Washington Harbour in Georgetown to the Tidal Basin and enjoy viewing the blossoms from the water along the way. Tickets are $20 (adults) and $10 (children) round-trip or $15 (adults)and $10 (children) one-way. Tickets must be purchased in advance.