Tidal Basin Paddle Boats in Washington, D.C.

Experience Unique Views of Famous Monuments in the Nation's Capital

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

You can make reservations online and guarantee your boat rental during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, but make sure to do it at least six months in advance if you want to book a preferred time.

Whether you're an athletic tourist who wants to get in some exercise while taking in the sights or a fan of the outdoors who wants to get an unexpected look around the nation's capital, taking a paddle boat tour of Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. is a great way to spend the afternoon.

The Tidal Basin Paddle Boat Dock

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, and the boat dock will be to the right.

The rental company is open seven days a week March 15 through October 1, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed the rest of the year.

Two-person paddle boats can be rented for $18 an hour, four-person paddle boats can be rented for $30 per hour, and two-passenger swan boats can be rented for $34 an hour.

Renting a boat is a great way to avoid the crowds and see the Lincoln Memorial, The Pentagon, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr.

Memorial from a completely different perspective.

Other Services of Boating In D.C.

The Tidal Basin Boat Dock is managed by Boating In D.C., a company of boathouses all over the capital area, which each offers a variety of other services and activities in addition to paddle boat rentals. The Wharf Boathouse in D.C., for instance, offers cherry blossom petal paddle reservations, sunrise yoga on the docks, classes in paddle boarding and kayaking, and a twilight monuments tour.

Some boathouses in Washington have rowing programs and special group events throughout the year while others offer sailing lessons and other classes to novices and experts alike. If you plan to visit D.C. often or live in the area and want to enjoy more water-based activities, consider signing up for a season pass to save money on repeat trips.

Other boathouses in D.C. include the Ballpark, The Wharf, Fletcher's, and Key Bridge boathouses, the National Harbor, Thompson Boat Center, Washington Sailing Marina, and Tidal Basin. Each boathouse offers its own set of activities, special events, and rentals, so make sure to check the Boating In D.C. website for complete details, including hours of operation and pricing for each venue.