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Day Trip to National Harbor: Your Day, Your Way
Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 11:30 AM until 5:40 PM
YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY: Participate in our day trip to National Harbor as you wish, including just the water taxi ride if you like. Your RSVP is required only for the lunch at Grace's Mandarin Restaurant.
WATER TAXI: Our departure is at 11:30am from the Wharf's Transit Pier directly across from Anthem. We will stop at Alexandria but there is no change of taxis. Senior discount tickets are $9 one-way or $16 round trip. Our arrival time at National Harbor is 12:40pm and returns depart at 2:10, 3:10, 4:40, 5:40, 7:10, and 8:10pm.
SHARED RIDE: Uber or Lyft are about $20 each way for up to 3 persons. Allow 30 minutes for the ride. The GPS address for Grace's is 188 Waterfront St, National Harbor MD.
DRIVING: National Harbor is approximately 9 miles from Southwest via I-295, allow 30 minutes. The nearest garage to our activities is the Mariner Garage at the corner of Waterfront St and Mariner Passage. The flat fee is $22.
LUNCH: Grace's Mandarin is an opulent, 3-story Hong Kong-style dining and visual extravaganza. Our reservation is for 1pm, giving you ample time for the 2-block walk. Lunch entrees start at $15 and separate checks will be provided. A variety of casual options are available near the docking area, including Chipotle, Mezeh Mediterranean Grill, and Potbelly if you prefer a lighter lunch. A short walk away are Nando's PERi-PERi, McDonald's, Subway, and many others.
SHOPPING/SNACKING: Following lunch, we will have approximately an hour for shopping or dessert (Recommended: Savannah Candy Kitchen and the Pretty Girl Cupcakery).
TANGER OUTLETS and MGM CASINO: If you'd like to explore the area, a Circulator bus ($5) runs every 10 minutes from the dock area to the Tanger Outlet Mall and the MGM Casino. If you'd like to ride back with the Village, be at the dock by 4:30pm
CAPITAL WHEEL: Meet at the giant Ferris wheel at 3:30pm.
Members pay for their own charges
Our annual water taxi adventure will take us to National Harbor for lunch in a 3-story Hong Kong-style dining showplace, then optional side trips to Tanger Outlets, the MGM Casino, or a ride on a towering (20 stories high) Ferris wheel before returning to Southwest.