Directions & Parking
We are located at the Washington Marina - NOT WHERE THE ODYSSEY IS! - Our address is: 1300 Maine Ave. Southwest, near the foot of 15th Street.>>We strongly suggest you print these directions out and take them with you!
By Metro... Go to the Smithsonian station on Blue or Orange line. Exit at U.S. Department of Agriculture (12th and Independence). Walk south on 12th Street to Maryland Ave. Turn right, and continue to the front of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Instead of entering hotel, walk around its left side and proceed down the steps. Continue on the walkway and then cross over the foot bridge towards the large yachts.
Parking... For Cars: NO PARKING at our location or in the marina building's parking lot for the Cherry Blossom Cruises, 4th of July, or Inauguration weekend as these are reserved for slip-holders and boat owners only. There is metered parking about 500 feet down Maine Ave in the Fish Market/Phillips Restaurant area, which gets extremely busy/full on the weekends. As such, we strongly recommend NOT driving to our location during the Cherry Blossom Festival weekends, Fourth of July, and other peak times when large activities & marathons are taking place on or near the National Mall. Maine Avenue has frequent (weekend morning) road closures during the spring/summer months, especially during marathon & parade season, so be sure to check local listings for published road closures and plan accordingly.
For our PRIVATE (non-ticketed) events, there is a pay lot immediately in front of our yachts (usual cost: $15/vehicle) that is mostly available on a limited first-come basis. However, we cannot guarantee parking, especially during peak times.
Directions From... D.C.
Take your favorite route to downtown D.C. and then take 15th Street southbound. Cross the Mall and continue on 15th st (now called Raoul Wallenberg Pl.). You'll see the Jefferson Tidal Basin on your right. Keep LEFT and continue straight under the underpass. Go S-L-O-W-L-Y and immediately turn right into the parking lot - or look for street parking.
... Alexandria Area
Take Highway 395 north. AS YOU CROSS the Potomac River, bear left onto US Rt 1 North. Go s-l-o-w-l-y and take the FIRST EXIT. The Maine Ave. exit sign is very small. At base of ramp, turn right onto Maine Ave. Almost immediately you'll see a parking lot and boats on your right. Turn right into the parking lot - ($15)- or look for street parking further down Maine Avenue by the Fish Market.
... Fairfax County/Montgomery County
Take George Washington Parkway south (towards DC). IGNORE the first sign - with a brown background - for 395N but follow the second 395N sign -with the green background. AS YOU CROSS the Potomac River, bear left onto US Rt 1 North. Go s-l-o-w-l-y and take the FIRST EXIT. The Maine Ave. exit sign is very small. At base of ramp, turn right onto Maine Ave. Almost immediately you'll see a parking lot and boats on your right. Turn right into the parking lot - ($15)- or look for street parking further down Maine Avenue by the Fish Market.
... Baltimore/Eastern MD
Follow MD-295 (S) and then merge onto US-50 W/New York Ave. NE (towards WASHINGTON). Continue on US-50 for 5 miles and then take I-395 S [towards tunnel] for 2.6 miles. Take the exit labelled Potomac Park/Park Police. About 1/4 mile later turn left onto Ohio Dr. SW. Very shortly Ohio Dr. SW becomes E Basin Dr. SW. Turn right at light onto Maine Ave. SW. You will immediately turn right into the parking lot - ($15)- or look for street parking further down Maine Avenue by the Fish Market.
Parking... For MotorCoaches: Please disburse your group alongside the gate, near our sign. Coach parking or standing - is available 1/4 mile further up the street on Maine Ave SW.