Tidal Basin Paddle Boats in Washington DC

Paddle Boating Near the National Mall and DC's Famous Memorials

••• Cherry Blossoms 4/11/14 during peak bloom at the Tidal Basin. The Jefferson Memorial is on the left. Kevin Voelker Photography/Getty Images

While visiting the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, you can rent a paddle boat from Tidal Basin Paddle Boats and enjoy the fresh air and terrific views of the Jefferson Memorial and the famous Japanese cherry trees. Paddle boating is a fun and family friendly activity and a great way to relax while sightseeing in the nation's capital.

Tidal Basin paddle boating is especially popular during the cherry blossom season.

You may make advance reservations online and guarantee your boat rental during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.


The Tidal Basin Paddle Boat Dock is located on the eastern shore, next to the concession stand. From the National Mall, walk west on Independence Avenue to 15th Street, turn left and head south along 15th Street toward the Jefferson Memorial. The boat dock is to the right. See a map of the Tidal Basin

Groups requiring 10 or more boats may make advance paddleboat reservations by calling ahead.


March 15 thru Labor Day: Open daily (Weather Permitting) from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last boat rental at 5 p.m.)

After Labor Day until Columbus Day Weekend: Open Wednesday - Sunday (Weather Permitting) from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.