About the tour
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The most recent tour was held on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at Gangplank Marina between 10 am and 3 pm. We generally do the tour every other year, so the next tour can be expected in the fall of 2019. Join our mailing list to be notified when a date is set!
Ticket prices have not been set for the 2019 tour. Tickets sales are capped due to space constraints, and previous tours have always sold out prior to the event. Proceeds (after costs) go to local charities in Southwest DC.
THe vessel lineup is still being determined, but is typically around 20-22 boats. Previous years' tours have included houseboats, housebarges, trawlers, cruisers, tugs, sailboats, and a "workaboard" office barge. Please note that the tour lineup is subject to change.
Some boats have been on previous tours, some are previous boats with new owners who have changed things around, and some are new additions entirely!
Public transportation is your best bet. Gangplank is only two short blocks from the Waterfont metro station (green line). The area is also served by buses: check the WMATA site for details. Parking is extremely limited due to area construction, so metro/taxi/bus/bikeshare is strongly encouraged (There is a Capital Bikeshare dock right at the marina!)
No, the tour will take place rain or shine.
No, but we recommend you wear comfortable, casual shoes for walking on the docks. Likewise, some boats may require you to remove your shoes before boarding, in order to protect their decks. Avoid black-soled shoes. You'll be walking outside among the boats, so dress appropriately for the weather.
We love kids! However parents should be very vigilant around the water and the often small, confined spaces of boats. Also, strollers can be difficult to manage on the docks. Some child-size personal flotation devices (PFDs) will be available for use at the front desk. Children under 12 are admitted free.
DC's southwest waterfront is a vibrant neighborhood with lots to see & do. Check out the links page for some ideas.