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Group Event Inquiries

This form is for groups of 20 boats or more.

Tidal Basin - Group Event Inquiries
Preferred time of Event (Please note discounted rates are eligible on bookings Mon-Fri all day and Sat-Sun before 11am)

Please note that we only have pedal boats available at the Tidal Basin location.

POLICIES & PAYMENT PROCEDURES

BLACKOUTS

No group events on holidays (Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 4th, Labor Day)

No discounts on weekends after 11am (event end time) or any time on Thursdays

ADULT CHILD RATIO

  • Under 8 = 1 adult* : 1 child 
  • Ages 8-12 = 1 adult* : 5 children (4 pedal boats) 
  • Ages 13-15 = 1 adult* : 8 children (6 pedal boats) 

* “adult” = 16 and older; at least one adult participant on the water must be over 18

Waivers must be completed by all minors' parents prior to the event.

RESTRICTIONS/GUIDELINES

  • Reservations and pre-payment are required for group events. Pre-payments must be made no later than 72 hours post booking. 
  • Groups not booked prior to 72 hours in advance cannot be guaranteed. 
  • One person must pay for full booking. 
  • No discounts on holidays, weekends after 11am or on Thursdays. 
  • Group reservations cancelled more than 72 hours in advance are eligible for refund of the pre-payment amount less a 10% registration fee or a full refund on to a gift card. 
  • No refunds will be provided for group events cancelled within 72 hours of the event time (this includes boats not used on day of event). 
  • A credit gift card will be provided for cancellations made after 72 hours, but a 20% registration fee will be deducted from the credit amount. 
  • Catering options are subject to their own cancellation policy. 
  • Rental period starts at the reserved time. No time will be added to your rental period if you are delayed arriving on site. 
Sending

Float Plan Agreement

All participants will need to complete the online waiver prior to arrival for your rental.

Download Float Plan Agreement

The waiver link can also be found in the green “Next Step” box in your rental confirmation email.

The link can be shared with all participants to complete so you are ready to go for your rental when you arrive on site.

Driving & Public
Transportation

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.

Metro Stations

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.

Bus Lines

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)

Bicycling & Free Shuttle

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.

Free Shuttle

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