Georgetown’s prime location along the Potomac River and at the convergence of national and city parkland and trails makes it one of D.C.’s top outdoor fitness and recreation destinations.

Get Active

Some of the region’s best trails converge in Georgetown. The C&O Canal Towpath and Capital Crescent Trails are popular among walkers, joggers, and cyclists heading west, and Rock Creek Park Trail travels north from the waterfront. The Potomac River is a paddler’s paradise – get on the water on a kayak, canoe, or on a stand-up paddleboard. Georgetown is also home to more than 20 fitness-related businesses including athletic stores, yoga, barre, and personal training studios, and boathouses along the Potomac River. Rent a bike from Big Wheel Bikes (1034 33rd St. NW) and tour the neighborhood on two wheels. The famous staircase from the movie The Exorcist is here (3600 Prospect St. NW)—make it your goal to tackle all 75 steps!

Waterfront Fun

Georgetown’s beautiful waterfront along the Potomac River is a center of neighborhood entertainment all year round. Kids love running through the fountain at The Georgetown Waterfront Park, and The Washington Harbour offers a calendar of events for people of all ages, including live music, a synchronized water fountain show, and in cooler weather, ice skating on the region’s largest outdoor rink. In the summer months, rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard from Key Bridge Boathouse. Watch boats pull up to the boardwalk, take in a collegiate crew practice, and in mid-May, watch the annual Dragon Boat Festival races.

Potomac Riverboat Company offers a scenic mode of travel around the metropolitan area with a new Wharf Water Taxi that connects The Wharf with Georgetown. With six daily departures from Georgetown's Washington Harbour (31st & K St), the 25-minute ride is a unique way to experience DC's waterfront destinations. 

The Washington by Water Monuments Cruise also connects Alexandria’s historic waterfront to Georgetown’s. Service is offered from Georgetown’s Washington Harbour as well as the Alexandria City Marina. For schedules and ticketing information please click here.

Picnic in the Park

Georgetown’s commercial district is home to four national parks that comprise 11 acres of parkland. Grab lunch from a nearby Georgetown eatery and set up a picnic in one of the many neighborhood parks, including Georgetown Waterfront Park, with its 10 acres of green space along the Potomac River. Other prime picnic spots include Montrose Park, Volta Park, Francis Scott Key Park, Rose Park or the courtyard of Old Stone House.