National Harbor


The Capital Wheel at National Harbor

Posted by Lou on March 28, 2014 in Chesapeake Bay, National Harbor, Potomac River, Video, Washington DC News

The Capital Wheel at National Harbor is scheduled to open in May 2014. With its 42-closed, climate-controlled gondolas each seating eight, the observation wheel will operate year-round. For riders, Wolfgang Puck’s catering service will provide creative seasonal snacks and concessions. Other Cities with observation wheels: London, Seattle, Niagara Falls, Brisbane, Perth, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Malacca Island, Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach.

  1. Size: 176 Feet Tall
  2. Visible from the Top of the Observation Wheel: Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol, Alexandria, Prince George’s County
  3. Number of Climate-Controlled Gondolas: 42 (including 1 VIP Gondola)
  4. Maximum Number of Passengers: 336 (8 per Gondola)
  5. Price (estimated): $15 per ride (VIP Gondola will cost more)
  6. Hours of Operation (estimated): 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., year-round
  7. Ride Speed: 1.5 rotations per minute
  8. Lighting: 1.6 million LED lights, fully programmable, with a spectrum of 16.7 million colors

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Red Bull National Wake 2011

Posted by Lou on July 13, 2011 in Boating News, Meetups, National Harbor, Potomac River, Special Events, Wakeboarding

Red Bull National Wake 2.0, a professional wakeboarding competition, will take place July 23rd at National Harbor. This very cool event will feature professional wakeboarders Brian Grubb and JD Webb, along with a crew of local riders. It seems that all-star Parks Bonifay will be M.I.A. from this year’s competition.

These tremendous water athletes will be flying off of custom made features built especially for National Harbor. Towed by Red Bull Waverunners, the riders will put on quite a show for National Harbor visitors. There will be a post event autograph signing and give-a-ways throughout the day.

Check out the Facebook page here and the official event page here.

When: Saturday, July 23, 2011 @ 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Where: National Harbor, Maryland

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Wakeboarding @ National Harbor

Posted by Lou on August 2, 2010 in Boating News, National Harbor, Pictures, Wakeboarding

Red Bull National Wake

Posted by Lou on July 27, 2010 in Boating News, Meetups, National Harbor, Potomac River, Wakeboarding

Very cool event coming to National Harbor this week: a professional wakeboarding competition sponsored by Red Bull. Professional Wakeboarders Brian Grubb, Parks Bonifay, JD Webb, and Adam Errington will fly, soar and wow the crowd with wild airs and double overhead sprays of the Potomac River.

These tremendous water athletes will be flying off of custom made features built especially for National Harbor. Towed by Red Bull Waverunners, Grub, Bonifay, Webb and Errington, along with some local wakeboarders, will put on quite a show for National Harbor visitors.

When: Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: National Harbor, Maryland

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Battle: Craft Show vs. Otkoberfest

Posted by Lou on September 25, 2009 in Meetups, National Harbor, Random Musings

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Summer is officially over but the spirit must live on. This weekend features a classic battle between two events along the Potomac river. One is old, one is new. Both will probably be a good time. The conditions on the ground will be a little bit sloppy with rain on Saturday afternoon.

The 2009 Occoquan Fall Arts & Crafts Show begins on Saturday, September 26 at 10AM and runs through Sunday at 5PM. This is an all-ages event held twice per year in the streets of Occoquan. The fair of craftsmen and merchants is usually entertaining and crowded. Carnival food abounds. You can buy fried Oreos and shoelace french fries and then finish it off with a banana split. The craft show website has details.

Das Best Oktoberfest also takes place on Saturday 28 nautical miles north at National Harbor. The events runs from 2PM – 8PM on Saturday. The main attraction is “beer, brats & bands”. Tickets are $30 at the door and they include a souvenir tasting mug and 6 beer tokens. There is a beer belly competition and classic local band Love Seed Mama Jump will rock out on stage at 2PM.

This is a tough call but personally, I think Das Best Oktoberfest is the way to go. There are a couple of reasons why. First, shopping in the rain is a drag whereas drinking six german beers in the rain sounds like it could be fun. Also, National Harbor has excellent marina services. Its fairly easy to make a reservation and the staff is on point. One the other hand, there really is no way to reach the craft fair by boat. Perhaps the town should consider an effort to monetize the fallow Gas Light docks on craft fair weekends. Have a fun and safe weekend!

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