Visiting National Harbor, Maryland

Whether you are seeking adventure on the waterfront or historic experiences in nearby Washington, DC, National Harbor is the ideal destination for everyone! Located on a large stretch of the Potomac River, National Harbor has more than 160 shops, 40 restaurants, and multiple entertainment options for families and solo travelers.

Attractions in National Harbor

  • Activities at the Gaylord National Resort – From pirate shows and scavenger hunts to live animal encounters, the Gaylord National Resort holds year-round family fun activities that are open to all! Check this link closer to the Conference to see what you can experience in August 2023.

  • The Capital Wheel - Fly 180 feet high over the Potomac River in one of the wheel’s 42 climate-controlled gondolas! Operating daily, the Capital Wheel’s family-friendly appeal, spectacular views and cutting-edge technology make it one of the most elite observation wheels in the world. From the Gaylord National Resort, you can take a 10-minute walk through the shops & sights of National Harbor or a quick 5-minute drive to the waterfront to reach the wheel.
  • The Carousel – Your kids will love this 36-foot Americana-themed carousel sitting near the base of the Capital Wheel. With a playground, picnic tables, and a gorgeous view of the Potomac River, this is a fun spot for the whole family enjoy.
  • Spirit Park – Located next to the Gaylord National Resort and newly opened in November 2022, Spirit Park features multiple art collections and one of the largest American flags on the East Coast. Discover art & history while enjoying beautiful waterfront views.  
  • MGM Conservatory – Each season, MGM National Harbor creates stunning displays of art, colorful flora, and intricate decorative elements in their 150,000 square foot conservatory. The MGM Conservatory is a 5-minute drive from the Gaylord National Resort.
  • Tanger Outlets – Enjoy retail heaven at the Tanger Outlets with an abundance of brand-name stores, local offerings, and fast-casual restaurants. Located only a 7-minute drive from the Gaylord National Resort.
  • Water Activities at National Harbor – August is a gorgeous time to be on the water in Maryland! Enjoy a variety of water activities such as boat tourspaddle boarding and pedal boating.
  • Art Collection at National Harbor – National Harbor is brimming with art and culture. Wander through the family-friendly and easily walkable area to discover the multiple statues, art installations, murals, and more. Click here for a list of current art offerings, which include:
    • The Awakening– A 70-foot aluminum statue featured on the sandy beaches of the waterfront.
    • The Belvedere – A Steven Weitzman-created, 1,600 square foot terrazzo mural.
    • Maryland’s Bounty – A mural honoring the people of Maryland & their ties to Chesapeake Bay.
    • Statues of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Rosie the Riveter, Louis Armstrong, and more!

Want to explore more of National Harbor? Check out these links!




Attractions in Washington, DC

Capitalize on your trip to National Harbor, Maryland by making a pit stop to close-by Washington, DC, only 11.5 miles (about a 20-minute drive) away from the Gaylord National Resort. Keep reading for a short list of some of the most iconic historical sites, museums, and attractions in our nation’s capital:

Check out these links for more lists of things to do in Washington, DC!