photo by Lois Mulder
Tim's Waterfront Walk
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Join me on this Waterfront Walk exploring all of the sights and memorials along the expansive waters of the Tidal Basin.
With the dedication of the MLK Jr. Memorial in the Fall of 2011, there are now three major memorials on the banks of the beautiful Tidal Basin. Join me on this picturesque walk and we will fully explore each of them! Discover the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
Additionally, this three hour walk will feature views and discussions of:
Look for me! I'll be wearing a hat, a backpack, and my tour guide license around my neck. Don't worry, if you are there I'll find you!
The following map shows the route we will take on this tour, and what you can expect to see.
Map used courtesy of the National Parks Service
The tour will conclude on the NE shore of the Tidal Basin near the Tidal Basin Paddle Boat Rides, the Tidal Basin parking lot and a concession snack bar. I will review the following options for you as you depart.
1. To get back to the grounds of the Washington Monument and the center of the National Mall, you can continue walking a short distance west on the Tidal Basin (passing the Tidal Basin parking lot on your right) crossing over the Kutz Bridge which will lead you onto the grounds of the Washington Monument. Nearby, you will find the Park Rangers' Survey Lodge, which has bathrooms and informational brochures on all of the monuments and memorials. If you like, along the way, you can stop and enjoy the Floral Library. Click HERE for more information on the Floral Library.
2. If all that waterfront walking has you hungry for seafood....you might consider visiting the Main Avenue Fish Market. Leaving our ending location, turn right onto Maine Avenue, for a 2 block walk, passing both the Capital Yacht Club and the Washington Marina on your right before coming to the Main Avenue Fish Market.- a large open air fish and seafood market. A unique DC experience most tourists miss. Also available, hot cooked crabs, fish sandwiches, raw bar, soup, etc. For more info on The Maine Avenue Fish Market Click HERE
3. Spend some time on the Tidal Basin taking advantage of the concession stand and maybe even a paddle boat ride if in season - currently through September 30th. Click HERE for Paddle Boat Ride information.
If Traveling By Metro:
I recommend taking the Metro to either the Smithsonian or the Federal Triangle metro stations
for a short walk to the start of the Tidal Basin Waterfront Walk.
The closest Metro station to the finishing point of the Tidal Basin Waterfront Walk is the Smithsonian station or the L'Enfant Plaza Station.
You can find the Metro Web site HERE.
Public parking is limited near the National Mall. On Saturday and Sunday, free parking spaces can be found along Constitution Avenue, but they can fill up quickly. If at all possible, it really is easiest to use public transportation and the Metro system to get in and around Washington DC. Your hotel staff will know the most efficient metro routes into town.
For more information regarding parking near the National Mall and DC click HERE