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Paddle Boat Reservations at the Tidal Basin

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National Cherry Blossom Festival March 20 - April 17, 2016

Beginning March 10th, visitors may make advance paddleboat reservations for the duration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Season (March 20 through April 17).

Boats may be reserved for times between 10am-1pm, on the hour; pre-registration guarantees boat availability.


The Tidal Basin boats will be open until 6pm for walk-up business (with the last boats out at 5pm).


After the festival, beginning in May, all summer reservations will be taken over the phone at 202-479-2426.



$16.00 per hour - 2 passenger boat

$26.00 per hour - 4 passenger boat



At least one passenger must be 16 years of age.
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 fields are required

  • First Choose a Reservation Date
  • Then choose a Reservation Time
  • Finally select the type and number of boats to reserve.
(1-hour blocks only)

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