For the first time in nearly 50 years, D.C. is hosting the Midsummer Classic and this city is PUMPED! I mean who doesn't want to watch Harper crush homers in our own beloved stadium?? It's been a stellar summer sports wise already (WE GOT THE CUP!) and this will only serve to fuel the fire. But in typical D.C. fashion, all good things tend to come with a steaming side of ... traffic. From road closures to parking restrictions and general delays, getting around town over the next few days will likely be a giant headache.
The easiest way to beat traffic and avoid sweaty metro crowds this weekend is to take to the water! Potomac Riverboat Company's "Baseball Boat" will run trips from Alexandria to Nat's Park for both the Home Run Derby on Monday and the All-Star Game on Tuesday. Of course, you can take this boat to any regularly-scheduled game throughout the season, including playoff games (should the baseball gods so choose to bless us with an improved second half of the season).
The voyage to Nats Park takes approximately 40 minutes each way, and routes from National Harbor and the Gaylord are also available with a transfer at the Alexandria dock. And if the game goes into extra innings, your captain guarantees they will wait 20 minutes after the last pitch, no matter how late.
A trip aboard the "Baseball Boat" will start at $25 roundtrip, but rather than listening to a chorus of honks or being pressed up against a sweaty stranger, you'll trek to the game with the wind in your hair and an adult beverage in your hand.
Check out a few other All-Star Week activities and where to eat before the game here.