5 Ways to Spend the Day on the Water in Northern Virginia

 Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting, paddle-boarding and kayaking, or sit back, relax and enjoy a river cruise along the water in Northern Virginia. Here are just a few ways to get out and enjoy the rivers and waterways in Virginia’s Cultural Region.

Canoe, Paddle-Board and More at Pohick Bay Regional Park


Choose your own water-based adventure at Pohick Bay Regional Park, from renting kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, or paddleboards to splish-splashing at the family-friendly Pirate’s Cove Waterpark to launching your own boat for a leisurely day on the bay. The park offers sunset and sunrise kayak tours that makes spotting wildlife a breeze.

Picnic at Gravelly Point Park

Gravelly Point Park is situated on the water’s edge, visitors can enjoy a picnic and watch the planes fly into Reagan National Airport. You’ll feel so close you can almost reach out and touch them.

Take a Scenic Cruise on the Potomac River


Enjoy a day on the water in Alexandria, Virginia, located just  minutes from Washington, D.C. Enjoy waterfront fare, explore the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a torpedo factory during World War II, now home to 82 artists’ studios and seven galleries. Then, take a cruise on the Potomac with a Potomac Riverboat Co. water taxi or scenic cruise, with routes to The Wharf and Georgetown in D.C., National Harbor or George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Walk on Water at the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk

The Neabsco Creek Boardwalk is a three-quarter-mile long boardwalk that will serve as a signature component in the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail which connects trails and historic sites throughout Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C

Go Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center

From kayaking and tubing to whitewater rafting, Harpers Ferry Adventure Center has everything you need for a day on the water. Visit the outfitter in Loudoun to gain access to the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers for a day of adventure.

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