Get ready to paddle your way around the Tidal Basin and spend some time with Thomas Jefferson! Soak up the sun and make monumental memories on the water in a swan boat or paddle boat. Visit in March and April to experience thousands of cherry trees in full bloom, and fill your summer days with leisurely peddling, picturesque views, and picnics in the park.
We welcome and offer special accommodations for the SWAN boats for persons with disabilities.
NOTE: During the Cherry Blossom Festival season, you can reserve paddle boats online.
The Tidal Basin Boathouse supplies life vests for individuals over 18 months of age or 25 lbs. All passengers in boats rented from The Tidal Basin Boathouse must wear a life vest at all times.
All boat renters need this form at our boathouse locations and we encourage you to print and fill it out ahead of time so you have more time in the water!