Southwest Waterfront

Nestled along 47 acres of the Washington Channel, life is nautical in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. Home to the historic fish market, popular river cruise lines, the stunning Arena Stage performing arts center along with riverside restaurants and charming row houses, it’s easy to lose a day or two exploring.

As its name suggests, the Southwest Waterfront enjoys lovely riverside views. Nestled along 47 acres of the Washington Channel, this low-key neighborhood stands out for its historic fish market, variety of river cruise options and one of DC’s most beautiful performing arts centers. You’ll find locals who love the nautical life in Southwest taking advantage of its easily accessible boat dock, as well as its row of riverfront restaurants, before returning to the charming townhouses and condos that dot the waterfront real estate. The neighborhood is the perfect place to spend a warm afternoon exploring—and starting next year construction is set to begin on a multi-billion dollar renovation that will reimagine the neighborhood as a lively waterfront village with added restaurants, retail and attractions called “The Wharf.”

See a show at Arena Stage, which specializes in American theater. Dive in to some award-winning crab cakes and an endless seafood buffet at the flagship Phillips Seafood, or head to the historic Fish Market and pick up some fresh seafood of your own. Climb aboard a river cruise and explore Washington, DC by water. The dock is the launching point for a number of tours, including Odyssey Cruises and Spirit Cruises. In September, the neighborhood celebrates its vibrant cultural community with the SW Arts Fest.