"The Southwest Waterfront neighborhood is a best bet for experiencing the arts and local history, as well as a revitalized waterfront perfect for dining, shopping and much more.

The Southwest Waterfront is one of the most historic areas in the city. It’s home to the nation’s longest continually operating open-air fish market, houseboats and a vibrant riverfront community offering panoramic views, ample recreational activities and easy access to Washington DC’s most beloved monuments and memorials. At the same time, it’s also poised to become one of DC’s hottest neighborhoods with The Wharf, a new waterfront dining and entertainment destination with plenty of activities and things to do.

An oasis in the city, Southwest Waterfront is home to the East Coast’s largest population of “liveaboards,” or people who domicile on boats year-round. Many are docked at Gangplank Marina, side-by-side with DC cruise boats like Entertainment Cruises. In warm weather, expect to catch free outdoor movies, yoga and other workout programs here. In cold weather, during the holidays, the waterfront attracts a procession of brightly illuminated boats, as part of the Parade of Lighted Boats, which begins in Old Town Alexandria.

With two hotels nearby, the luxurious Mandarin Oriental and spacious Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall – and more to come as part of The Wharf development, the Southwest Waterfront is within walking distance to renowned sites including the Smithsonian Air & Space MuseumHirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden and the U.S. Capitol. The neighborhood features beloved waterfront landmarks of its own, including a two-century-old seafood market, and Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, a cultural powerhouse showcasing the best of American theater.

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