I took some kiddos to the National Harbor over the summer to check out the brand new Ferris Wheel overlooking the city. The National Harbor is actually located in Maryland, and is about a 20 minute drive outside of D.C. besides a giant Ferris Wheel, there are many restaurants, shops and outdoor areas to relax by the water front.
The giant, glass front Gaylord Hotel is also found here at the National Harbor. This hotel is outrageous; they have gardens and fountains inside, mini restaurants and stores that look like houses, and a glass elevator overlooking the scenery that I like to ride up and down. It’s fun to just walk around inside, as I probably will never be able to afford the $200-300 per night to stay here!
While visiting the National Harbor, I ate at Freshii, which was a fast place offering wraps, and salads. I went here because they had many vegan choices on the menu, and some interesting ingredients. I got a quinoa burrito wrap, and I liked it.
And there is a giant Ferris Wheel! This Ferris Wheel is a little pricey, but we got a 10-15 minute ride, and it was fun to be able to see D.C. from a new angle.
Here’s the view of D.C. Sorry for the ugly shot, it was taken through the glass on the Ferris Wheel.
And last but not least, there is a sandy “beach” play area, with lounge chairs to relax, and sculpture titled “The Awakening.” The statue got a little hot so the kids playing couldn’t climb on the giant feet, arms, and legs rising from the ground, but they were able to run around and through the statue, and enjoy building sand castles.
Have you ever been to the National Harbor? What did you enjoy most? Is this a place you would consider visiting while in Washington, D.C.?