Key Bridge Boathouse (formerly Jack’s Boathouse) | Review and Family Guide

Introduction

A visit to Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown is the ultimate in “staycation” fun.

Jack rents canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards by the hour and also conducts kayaking tours each evening.

Image Source: Key Bridge Boathouse website
Image Source: Key Bridge Boathouse website

Once out on the water you can steer yourself up past the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Memorial and around Roosevelt Island. Your paddling range extends from Chain Bridge to Memorial Bridge.

What to Expect

Though the Potomac’s water does not have the freshest scent, being out on the water provides a new perspective to view the city and some of its most famous landmarks.

In addition to buildings and boats, we also saw many planes coming and going from Reagan airport, two duck families and a blue heron.

Jack’s Boathouse has a laid back vibe and friendly employees.

The area above the dock has several barbeques, picnic pavilions, brightly colored lights and Adirondack chairs for relaxing and enjoying the views.

Sodas, water and Gatorade are sold at the dock and patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch or dinner to enjoy at the facility before or after your trip out on the Potomac.

The facilities at Jack’s also include locker rentals for a fee, a changing tent (literally!) and port-a-potties. The boathouse does have its own small parking lot for customers and there are many metered spaces along the street just outside of the lot. 

Where to Eat

Georgetown has no lack of family friendly eateries if you opt not to picnic at Jack’s. Pizzeria Paradisio, Clyde’s and the Tombs are just a short walk from the boathouse docks.

Please note though, you cannot leave your car in Jack’s parking lot once you leave the facility or they will have you towed.

Kid kayaking at Key Bridge Boathouse website
Image Source: Key Bridge Boathouse website

What to Wear

For the most enjoyable experience wear clothing that you don’t mind getting wet, pack your sunscreen and a hat or sunglasses and remember to leave cameras and cell phones behind or secure them in a plastic bag in your boat.

Tickets and Prices

It’s highly recommended that you make reservations before heading out here.

The prices vary depending upon what type of package you select. Here’s a summary:

  • Rental – Single Kayak at Key Bridge costs $18 for one hour and is available for ages 8+
  • Rental – Double Kayak at Key Bridge costs $25 for one hour
  • Rental – Canoe at Key Bridgecosts $28 for an hour
  • Rental – Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) at Key Bridge costs $22 for an hour
  • You can also purchase a tour to Kayak Monument Paddle from Key Bridge for $65
  • If you wish to do the Sunrise Kayak Monument tour, the cost is $75 and is recommended for ages 15+

Hours and When to Go

The Key Bridge Boathouse is open this year until October 30th.

On weekdays, the time is from 12 pm to 6:45 pm and on the weekends from 10:15 am to 4:45 pm

Know Before You Go

  • It is not recommended to use GPS when looking for the boathouse. Easiest directions are to follow Wisconsin Avenue until it dead ends and then turn right. Jack’s is located under the Key Bridge.
  • Boat rentals and tours can be paid for with Visa or Mastercard. Locker rentals and drinks are cash only.
  • If you are unsure about taking your child out on the water, speak to a Jack’s employee to ensure the best configuration for you and your child. Single kayaks, double kayaks, “jump seats” and canoes are all available for rent.

Getting There

It is located at 3500 Water Str. NW Washington, DC 20007

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