Five things to do when visiting National Harbor

The Shugoll Alexandria Team
April 29, 2016

PMRG is just around the corner. As healthcare marketing research professionals flood the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland, staff in our Alexandria facility have a number of recommended locations nearby that they’d love to share with visitors. Below are listed their five favorites.

  1. Take your picture with a giant: Did you trip over the hand of a giant sticking out of the sand? The Awakening, as the sculpture is known, originally resided across the Potomac in DC. It was moved to National Harbor in 2009 where it guards the harbor’s beach.
  2. Sample local seafood: From McCormick and Schmick’s and The Walrus Oyster & Ale House in National Harbor to Alexandria’s The Wharf and Hank’s Oyster Bar, a visit to National Harbor is the perfect opportunity to sample local seafood. We also love the crab cakes at Joe Theismann’s in Alexandria so much we even offer them on our facility client catering menus!
  3. Visit the Torpedo Art Factory: It’s no secret that supporting the arts is one of our core corporate commitments. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that we have an art gallery on our list. Watch the artists in residence at this converted World War II munitions factory. When you’re done stroll along the Alexandria waterfront and see the harbor from the other side of the river.
  4. Grab a pint at Gadbsy’s Tavern: As George Washington’s hometown, Alexandria, across the river from National Harbor, offers a number of historic sites. Among them is Gadbsy’s Tavern, serving patrons since 1770. The George Washington Masonic temple also finds its home directly across the street from our Alexandria office.
  5. Ride the Ferris Wheel or Carousel: Ferris wheels are a fair classic, but The Capital Wheel takes riders to new heights. At 180 feet in the air you can view the National Mall as well as other areas in surrounding Maryland and Virginia. Afraid of heights? Take a ride on the 36 foot carousel instead, since this delight is also located at National Harbor.
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