• Tidal Basin

Tidal Basin Tours

See D.C.'s monuments from the water

Tidal Basin

Created in the late 1800s to control the water levels of D.C.’s Potomac River, the Tidal Basin is a favorite area for tourists and locals alike for a stroll around the peaceful waters and to take in some of the nation’s most famous monuments.

Hosting five major must-sees including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the lesser-known George Mason and John Paul Jones Memorials, the Tidal Basin can’t be missed on a trip to the capital. The Tidal Basin is the magnificent center of attention during Cherry Blossom season in springtime thanks to the famous cherry trees lining the banks of the inlet. Additionally during the warmer months, paddle boat rentals are available which offers a unique perspective of the city around you.

Cruise around the basin at sunset on our Night Bike Tour and see the monuments begin to glow over the water as night falls.


Practical Information


24 hours a day

Rangers on duty to answer questions daily at the memorials, times available vary depending on the memorial.

Public Transportation

The Smithsonian (Blue, Silver, Orange Lines)

Public Entrance Fees