April – July: Weekdays 10:00AM-6:30PM Weekends 9:00AM-6:30PM
Hours are subject to change based on weather and water conditions
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Whether you’re driving in from far away or coming from downtown DC, getting to the Tidal Basin is easy— just off I-395/I-695 and I-66. Parking is available on West Basin Dr, Ohio D SW and at the Tidal Basin parking lot along Maine Ave. SW.
Waterfront Metro Green Line
5-minute walk to Waterfront Metro: Head southwest on Maine Ave. SW, which will turn into M St. SW. Turn left onto 4th St. SW, and the Metro station will be on your right.
L’Enfant Plaza Metro Blue, Orange, Silver, Green, Yellow lines
8-minute walk to L’Enfant Plaza Metro: Head north on 7th Street SW, turn right onto D St. SW, and the Metro will be on your right.
5214th Street Line: Takoma Metro Station to L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station, with an eastbound stop at Maine Ave. SW in front of CVS, and westbound stop at 9th St. SW and Maine Ave. SW
74Convention Center–Southwest Waterfront Line: Washington Convention Center to Fort McNair
P6Anacostia–Eckington Line: Anacostia Metro Station to Rhode Island Ave. Metro Station
V1Benning Heights–M Street Line: Benning Heights to Smithsonian Metro Station
W9South Capitol Street Line: L’Enfant Plaza Metro station to Coast Guard HQ (to Livingston a.m. only)
Ride your bike and take in the sights and monuments of the National Mall before making your way to the Tidal Basin. Once you arrive, you’ll find plenty of places to secure your bike.
The Wharf offers an SW Neighborhood Shuttle that is free and open to the public. With daily service and 10-minute headways, it’s easy and convenient to take the shuttle from The Wharf to the National Mall, with stops at L’Enfant Plaza each way.
Roundtrip Shuttle Route
The Wharf at 800 Maine Ave. SW
L’Enfant Plaza Metro/VRE station at 7th St. and Maryland Ave. SW
National Mall at 7th St. and Independence Ave. SW
L’Enfant Retail on 10th St. SW (future home of the International Spy Museum)
Wharf Jitney Regulations