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National Harbor

From Halal Food & Travel

National Harbor is in Prince George's County, Maryland.

National Harbor Halal Explorer

Home to Marriott's lord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor is a common destination for people traveling to the Washington DC area for conventions and business.

Islam in National Harbor

While National Harbor is predominantly known for its commercial and entertainment establishments, it is also home to a growing Muslim community. As a result, the demand for Islamic institutions and spaces for worship has increased over the years. Many local Muslim families, professionals, and international visitors find comfort and a sense of belonging in mosques and Islamic centers, where they can gather for prayers, learn about their faith, and participate in community activities.

There are several mosques and Islamic centers located in the vicinity of National Harbor that cater to the needs of the local Muslim community. Some of these include:

Masjid Muhammad

Located in Washington D.C., just a short drive from National Harbor, Masjid Muhammad is one of the oldest mosques in the United States. It was established in 1937 and serves as a hub for the Muslim community in the area. Masjid Muhammad offers various programs, including interfaith initiatives, Islamic educational classes, and community outreach efforts.

Islamic Community Center of Potomac

The Islamic Community Center of Potomac (ICCP) is a mosque and community center situated in Potomac, Maryland. Established in 2001, ICCP offers a wide range of services for Muslims, including daily prayers, Islamic education, and community events. The center is dedicated to promoting religious understanding, tolerance, and harmony among people of all faiths.

Dar Al-Taqwa Dar Al-Taqwa, located in Ellicott City, Maryland, is another mosque within proximity to National Harbor. The mosque offers various programs and services for its community members, including religious education, youth activities, and interfaith dialogue opportunities. Dar Al-Taqwa is committed to fostering a sense of community and understanding among Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Prince George's Muslim Association

The Prince George's Muslim Association (PGMA) is situated in Lanham, Maryland, and serves the needs of the Muslim community in Prince George's County. The association provides a mosque for daily prayers, weekend Islamic school, and various community programs. PGMA aims to build bridges among different faiths and cultures, and promote peace and understanding within the community.

Travel as a Muslim to National Harbor

By car

National Harbor is just south of the intersection of I-95 and I-295. There are numerous parking garages in the area.

Travel on a Bus in National Harbor

  • Metrobus NH1 & NH3 operate service from/to the Branch Avenue Metro Station, where further connections can be made to Washington DC. For more information on riding the Metrorail and Metrobus, see Washington DC#Get_In.
  • National Harbor Passenger Shuttle operates between hotels in National Harbor and the King Street Metro Station in Alexandria, Virginia. The bus is free for guests staying at a hotel in National Harbor (show your key card) or residents/employees of National Harbor and costs $10 for non-guests.

By boat

  • Potomac Riverboat Company operates a water taxi between Alexandra, Virginia, the lord Hotel and Convention Center, and downtown National Harbor. Round-trip fares are $16 for adults, $8 for children and the rides lasts about 25 minutes.
  • National Harbor Marina allows docking of private boats. Advance reservation required.

How to get around in National Harbor

Most points of interest in National Harbor are accessible by foot, but for some further out stops such as the new MGM casino, which operates 7 days a week from 11AM Monday - 4AM and costs $5 for an all-day pass. Stops at:

  • Downtown National Harbor (St. George Blvd. & Waterfront St. bus shelters)
  • lord National
  • Tanger Outlets (by the merchant wall on Oxon Hill Rd.)
  • MGM National Harbor (on Monument Dr.)

What to see in National Harbor

  • The Awakening Sculpture, National Harbor Waterfront
  • Local Motors Tours | Opening Hours: Sunday – Saturday: 12pm – 6pm, on the hour - Showcases the latest innovations in vehicle technology, from 3D-printed cars to autonomous vehicles
  • Air Force One Experience | 801 National Harbor Blvd Phone +1 202 515-8184 Opening Hours: Daily, 10AM - 6:30PM

Top Muslim Travel Tips for National Harbor

  • Boat Rental @ Boating in D.C. - Hourly Rates: Single Kayak: $15; Double Kayak: $20; Stand Up Paddleboard: $20; Pedal Boat (up to 4 adults): $25; Swan or Duck Pedal Boat (4 adults + 1 child): $30
  • The Capital Wheel - 116 Waterfront St. 38.7856, -77.0191 Phone +1 301-842-8650 Adults: $15; Children: $11.25 Capital Wheel Capital Wheel at National Harbor, Maryland, USA (Lit Up at Night) - A 180-foot ferries wheel with views of the major sights of Washington DC and the surrounding area.
  • The Carousel at National Harbor | 137 National Plaza Phone +1 301-842-8650 Children: $5
  • Cirque Du Soleil - Frequently hosts shows in a tent at National Harbor.
  • MGM National Harbor - 101 MGM National Ave. 38.7948, -77.0094 +1-844-346-4664 MGM National Harbor MGM Grand Opening (31159053010) A
  • Urban Pirates - Phone +1 301 300-0895 - Pirate themed adventure cruises for children and adults.
  • Movies on the Potomac | Opening Hours: Seasonal; check schedule for dates and times. - Outdoor movies on the National Harbor Waterfront.

Muslim Friendly Shopping in National Harbor

  • Peeps & Company | 150 National Plaza 38.7849, -77.0165 Phone +1 301 749-5791 Opening Hours: Mon-Thur: 10am-9pm Fri-Sat: 10am-10pm Sundays: 11am-8pm
  • Tanger Outlets - 6800 Oxon Hill Road Phone +1 301-567-3880 +1-866-956-9235 Over 85 stores.
  • Miller Farms Farmers Market | Located on American Way by the fountain Opening Hours: Every Saturday and Sunday, April 23rd – November 20th 10am – 5pm

Halal Restaurants in National Harbor

  • Bond 45 Restaurant - 149 Waterfront St 38.7850, -77.0163 Phone +1 301 839-1445 Opening Hours: 4–11pm - New York-style Italian steak and seafood restaurant
  • Cadillac Ranch - 186 Fleet Street Phone +1 301 839-1100 - American food
  • Crab Cake Cafe - 140 National Plaza Phone +1 240 766-2063 $
  • Grace's Mandarin - 188 Waterfront St
  • Nando's Peri Peri | 191 American Way Opening Hours: 11AM Monday - 10PM Sunday-Thursday, 11AM Monday - 11PM Friday-Saturday $$
  • Old Hickory Steakhouse @ Marriott lord Convention Center - 201 Waterfront St
  • Sauciety @ The Westin National Harbor
  • Thai Pavilion - 151 American Way

Muslim Friendly Hotels in National Harbor

  • Aloft National Harbor - 156 Watefront Street Phone +1 301-749-9000 190 rooms, 9-foot ceilings, large windows, modern look.
  • Marriott lord National Resort & Convention Center - 201 Waterfront St. 38.7818, -77.0165 Phone +1 301-965-4000 Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center 19 floors, 2,000 rooms, 470,000 square feet of meeting space.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites National Harbor - 250 Waterfront Street Phone +1 301-567-3531 151 rooms
  • Residence Inn National Harbor - 192 Waterfront Street Phone +1 301-749-4755 162 rooms.
  • Westin National Harbor - 171 Waterfront Street Phone +1 301-567-3999 Great views.
  • Wyndham National Harbor - 250 Mariner Passage Phone +1 301-265-4200 250 suites, many with multiple bedrooms.

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