3.5 star rating: Worth doing 13 Reviews

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  • Location:Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration:60 minutes (approx.)

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Cruise

See Washington DC like never before on a mesmerizing nighttime cruise along the Potomac River. Admire DC’s most famous monuments and landmarks including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, all beautifully illuminated against the night sky. Your modern boat offers a full bar and atmospheric music, along with a climate-controlled indoor cabin and outdoor viewing deck. This is the most scenic way to view the capital's impressive skyline -- the reflections off the water are an unforgettable sight for tourists and locals alike!


  • 1-hour moonlight cruise in Washington DC
  • Cruise along the Potomac River past DC’s most iconic monuments lit up at night
  • Admire the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and more
  • Relax in the climate-controlled indoor cabin or on the outdoor viewing deck
  • Enjoy a drink from the full bar as you take in the sights (own expense)

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What You Can Expect

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Cruise

Monuments by Moonlight

Meet in the Georgetown district of Washington DC at your selected time to board your sightseeing cruise of DC’s most famous and iconic monuments and landmarks.

Cruising south along the Potomac River, enjoy amazing views of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, National Mall, John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and more, all gorgeously illuminated against the moonlit sky. If you think these DC attractions are beautiful during the day, just wait until you see them at night! The reflections off the water are an unforgettable sight.

Lounge in the climate-controlled indoor cabin or admire the DC skyline from the outdoor viewing deck. Your modern cruise boat has panoramic windows for optimal viewing, with soothing moonlight music to enhance your sightseeing experience. There’s also a full bar on board, so you can enjoy drinks as you soak up the views (own expense).

Please note: Children under the age of 10 years old will not be permitted.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

awesome time with my wife

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Beautiful, amazing!

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Was very nervous when the we got there and saw what seemed to be a party boat with drunken people acting loud and crazy. Then our boat came and the magic began. The boat was great the atmosphere was perfect, and they played great music. My date and i slow danced to a few songs and just enjoyed the experience. Men if you are looking to put your girl in the mood or get out of the dog house, then take her on this trip. You won't forget it!

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

The tour was OK it was crowded on the top of the boat. Compared to the others and the people we spoke with., we would use again

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

The cruise was pleasant and exactly as expected. The area to load is busy and there are several tour companies there, but ours was easy to spot as it had DC Cruises in big red letters on the side of the boat. Don't let the reviews throw you off. Just ask someone if you are nervous about missing the cruise.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

The Moonlight Cruise was beautiful and it was a nice evening on a nice boat. But, my only complaint was that the place was hard to find and once we found the place we assumed the boarding was to take place we couldn't see the sign for the DC Cruis boat, or the boat for that matter. So, we asked another Boat group and showed them our paper work....they were confused and said they did't think that boat existed, so I thought we got ripped off until I talked to another guy and he pointed me to the sign that was correct. I paniced, by calling the phone number on my sheet and it was only recording. I then saw the DC boat arriving and asked the crew members and they said we were in the right spot and that we were scheduled for their boat. Thank goodness!

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2014

Lovely looking at the water and monuments but it wouldhave helped to have had a little narration for people who did not know the sights.

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

This cruise was ok but the name of the name of the boat was not clearly identified as the other boats were so we missed our 8:30 tour which we arrived for at 7:30. Therefore when we did get on the next boat which we had to wait for for over an hour, we were starving and wanted to rush the cruise along. We then ate after midnight.

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

music was a bit loud, wished there had been an "announcer" to tell us what different buildings were. Pleasant ride though

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better October 2014

First off, the time that I picked wasn't even an actual time for the boat that night. When I booked this cruise, I chose a 7:30 launch time. We got down to the dock rather early, so thought maybe we'd see if we could squeeze onto the 6:00 cruise instead of sitting around waiting. Well, when we figured out which boat it was supposed to be (the signage and logistics there are terrible) it turned out that they had oversold the 6:00 cruise and were kicking people off the boat and not letting everyone else on. The owner did not seem very empathetic about the poor people that weren't getting on the boat either. He pretty much ran away from them. So, we waited around until 7:30, which was when we thought our boat was supposed to launch. There was no sign of the boat, and nobody was lining up near the little clapboard sign either. I went and asked all of the other boats around that were docking if they had any idea, and none of them knew where we should go. Awesome. Luckily, one guy said something to us in passing, and we realized that we were the only ones that had a 7:30 launch, not an 8:00 launch. Finally, the boat came back, and they took their sweet time getting it ready for us to get on. The folks that were denied passage on the 6:00 launch were quick to jump in the front of the line and demand to get on (can't say I blame them!) and then we finally were able to board. I showed the guy my tickets and said something about the 7:30 time, and all he said was, 'yea, I don't know why it gives the wrong time.' Gee, thanks. I'm glad I was down at the dock so early for nothing! Anyway, the cruise was okay. The music was cheesy, and there was a huge, already intoxicated party that boarded so I didn't try going downstairs to get a drink. You can see some of the sights that the tour lists, but certainly not all of them (definitely not the FDR monument) and there is no narrative so if you don't know where to look, you're outta luck. I would recommend the Pirate party boat instead!

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