The Potomac River gets a bad rep for being severely polluted. However, that doesn’t seem to stop Washingtonians from going on/in it in summertime. There are many places for people to go kayaking, sailing, boating, and my favorite: paddleboarding. My favorite place to paddleboard on the Potomac is the Key Bridge Boathouse.
The Boathouse is located underneath the Key Bridge in Georgetown. It costs $ 20 per hour to rent a paddleboard. The staff are usually young college aged kids, and they are very relaxed and helpful when teaching first timers. The wait time is minimal to get a paddleboard during the week, although I recommend going as early as possible on weekends in the summer. Lockers are also available and locks are $ 2.
Once you are upright on your paddleboard, there are a set of rocks called “Three Sisters Island” upstream that is fun to paddle to and dock your paddleboard to layout and tan. The river is usually pretty calm, but you do get a bit of a workout. I also just learned that they have paddleboard yoga early in the morning, so I will definitely be trying that out soon. Updates to come.