If your event is at The Washington Marina (map), Southwest DC, please follow these directions.
Directions & Parking
We are located at the Washington Marina - NOT AT THE ODYSSEY OR SPIRIT BOATS TERMINALS! - Our address is: 1300 Maine Ave. Southwest, near the foot of 15th Street.
>>We strongly suggest you print these directions out and take them with you!
By Metro... Go to the Smithsonian station on Blue or Orange line. Exit at U.S. Department of Agriculture (12th and Independence). Walk south on 12th Street to Maryland Ave. Turn right, and continue to the front of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Instead of entering hotel, walk around its left side and proceed down the steps. Continue on the walkway and then cross over the foot bridge towards the large yachts.
Directions From ... D.C.
Take your favorite route to downtown D.C. and then take 15th Street southbound. Cross the Mall and continue on 15th st (now called Raoul Wallenberg Pl.). You'll see the Jefferson Tidal Basin on your right. Keep LEFT and continue straight under the underpass. Go S-L-O-W-L-Y and immediately turn right into the parking lot - or look for street parking.
... Alexandria Area
Take Highway 395 north. AS YOU CROSS the Potomac River, bear left onto US Rt 1 North. Go s-l-o-w-l-y and take the FIRST EXIT. The Maine Ave. exit sign is very small. At base of ramp, turn right onto Maine Ave. Almost immediately you'll see a parking lot and boats on your right. Turn right into the parking lot - ($10)- or park for free alongside sidewalks after 6:30pm weekdays or all day on weekends.
... Fairfax County/Montgomery County
Take George Washington Parkway south (towards DC). IGNORE the first sign - with a brown background - for 395N but follow the second 395N sign -with the green background. AS YOU CROSS the Potomac River, bear left onto US Rt 1 North. Go s-l-o-w-l-y and take the FIRST EXIT. The Maine Ave. exit sign is very small. At base of ramp, turn right onto Maine Ave. Almost immediately you'll see a parking lot and boats on your right. Turn right into the parking lot ($10)- or park alongside sidewalk after 6:30pm weekdays or all day on weekends.
... Baltimore/Eastern MD
Follow MD-295 (S) and then merge onto US-50 W/New York Ave. NE (towards WASHINGTON). Continue on US-50 for 5 miles and then take I-395 S [towards tunnel] for 2.6 miles. Take the exit labelled Potomac Park/Park Police. About 1/4 mile later turn left onto Ohio Dr. SW. Very shortly Ohio Dr. SW becomes E Basin Dr. SW. Turn right at light onto Maine Ave. SW. You will immediately pass under 14th Street and a railroad track and then immediately turn right into the parking lot - or park for free along sidewalk after 6:30pm weekdays or all day on weekends.
If you miss... the parking area, you may park along the street or at the meters in the Fish Market area. Or, to drive back around to our lot, keep going on Maine Ave., make U-turn at the first light, and go in the other direction up Maine Ave Sw. It goes through a tunnel and becomes 12th Street. Continue on 12th Street up to Independence Ave and turn left onto Independence. Several blocks later turn left on 15th street and continue several blocks - staying to your left - and under the underpass. Our parking lot is immediately on the right after the underpass. An attendant is usually posted 30-45 minutes before each cruise.
Parking... For Cars: There is limited parking immediately in front of our yachts (cost: $15). There is plentiful metered parking about 500 feet down the street in the Fish Market/Phillips Restaurant area. Please do not park in the marina store lot.
Parking... For MotorCoaches: Please disburse your group alongside the gate, near our sign. Coach parking or standing - is available 1/4 mile further on Maine Ave SW.
If your event is at National Harbor (map), please follow the directions below:
From Washington, DC:
- Take I-295 South for approximately 5.5 miles.
- Take Exit 1B.
- Merge onto I-495 S / I-95 S (Capital Beltway - Inner Loop) toward Richmond.
- Take Exit 2A.
- Merge onto I-495 E/ I-95 N (Capital Beltway - Outer Loop) toward Baltimore.
- Cross the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
- Take Exit 2A.