On the water & up high in the sky: Our trip to National Harbor

A few weeks ago, I took Noah to Alexandria’s Old Town area (one of our favorite spots!), and we spent the evening watching all the boats on the waterfront. Ever since then, Noah kept asking to go on a boat ride…and so last Friday, we finally did.

Noah and I jumped on the water taxi from Old Town to National Harbor, MD, which is about a 20-minute ride across the Potomac River. Here are a few photos of our ride – Noah loved it!

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So what did we do once we got to National Harbor? Drum roll please… We rode on the Capital Wheel! (Did you spot it in the photos above?)

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Here is some quick background info: The Capital Wheel was constructed in the image of the London Eye, though on a smaller scale – but trust me, it’s not small! The wheel stands 180 feet tall…so it’s actually taller than the Statue of Liberty, which is just 151 feet tall. The wheel has 42 gondolas that can seat eight passengers each. Construction started in January and was completed in May. You can read more about the Capital Wheel here.

Now on to the really fun part – the awesome view! We had a great view of National Harbor, Alexandria and DC. We could see the Washington Monument off in the distance and could watch the planes taking off and landing at National Airport. Noah kept saying, “I want to touch a plane.” He also had a great time watching all the boats moving below. Yep, the view was awesome, but don’t take our word for it – check out our photos!

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And here is a quick video of our spin on the Capital Wheel. As a quick reminder, if you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.

There are plenty of other places to explore at National Harbor too. We stopped by the Peeps Store so that Noah could check out the cool yellow Peeps car – very cool!

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We also had a quick lunch before getting back on the water taxi. We didn’t make it to the carousel this time…but that just means we have a great excuse to go back to National Harbor again soon. Care to join us? Hint, hint, hint…

Here are some photos of our ride back to Alexandria. What a great way to spend a beautiful day!

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One thought on “On the water & up high in the sky: Our trip to National Harbor

  1. He is a brave kid! I would NOT get up in that Capital Wheel. No thanks!!

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