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    In the Footsteps of George Washington: Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

    Seeking an activity in Washington DC that offers culture, history, sightseeing and a lot of fun, all in one package? This round-trip cruise from Washington DC to Mount Vernon is an exciting 6.5-hour cruise offering a narrated Potomac River tour and admission to Mount Vernon. Sit back and relax onboard the cruise vessel's outdoor decks and enjoy the fresh breeze and spectacular views along the Potomac River. While sailing, you'll enjoy a narrated tour of the Potomac River and its famous landmarks.

    Arriving at Mount Vernon you'll be fascinated by the sheer beauty of the grounds and come to understand why the beloved home of George and Martha Washington has been declared a National Historic Landmark. You'll get to retrace the footsteps of George Washington by visiting the main mansion, slave quarters, kitchen, stables and greenhouse.

    Your Mount Vernon visit will be for three hours so don't forget to stroll the four gardens, hike the Forest Trail, and explore the George Washington Pioneer Farmer site. For your dining pleasure this spectacular estate also hosts a range of restaurants.

    This day cruise to Mount Vernon is a sightseeing tour from Washington that should not be missed, so book now for a cultural, historical and fun activity!
    In the Footsteps of George Washington: Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

    600 Water St SW, Washington DC

    • Take a cruise on the Potomac River to visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate
    • Relax with the fresh breeze and beautiful sights
    • Spend three hours exploring the Mount Vernon estate, where George Washington called home for years
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    The “Ultimate” Barnstormer Plane Ride

    This experience is a full hour of open cockpit biplane fun that combines sightseeing and aerobatics! You'll take in the sights of the local area while your pilot narrates your flight over the beautiful Fauquier County Virginia countryside. Then, get a thrill from a round of loops, rolls, climbs, and dives as you zoom through the air. Most importantly, this trip is all about you! Personalize your flight routine with modifications to the intensity level, whether you prefer to soften your aerobatic experience or up the ante! You can also take the controls for some hands on flying experience, if you choose! Your security is ensured with a safety parachute and a proper briefing before you’re strapped in for the ride. This flight allows you to explore and try everything that this aircraft has to offer, for thrill-seekers and sightseers alike!
    The “Ultimate” Barnstormer Plane Ride

    5075 Airport Rd, Midland

    • Take a thrilling and aerobatic ride in an authentic WWII aircraft, restored to all its 1941 glory
    • Enjoy an adrenaline-pumping ride, and soar over the beautiful Virginia countryside
    • Take the controls and try your hand at flying the Stearman yourself
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    Scenic Lunch Cruise

    Experience the nation's capital on a scenic lunch cruise! On this Washington DC cruise, not only will you indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet, but there will also be live entertainment! Enjoy a colorful cast of performers, including a DJ to play your favorite songs and lively narration of the endless stream of city sites you pass, including the Washington Monument, the Potomac River and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Step aboard the sleek cruise ship and get ready to be pampered and entertained on a 2-hour cruise along Washington DC’s Potomac River. Take in spectacular views of the city's downtown and enjoy a grand buffet with drinks served by the attentive wait staff. It's a great way enjoy all the highlights of Washington DC as you dine and dance the afternoon away!

    Some highlights you will see along the way include the 555-foot (169-meter) Washington Monument, the world’s tallest free-standing stone sculpture. Pass by the Reagan National Airport, one of the busiest airports in the US with an average of one flight every 30 seconds during peak periods!

    You'll also cruise by Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria was first established in the 1600s by tobacco merchants from Scotland and England. Additionally, you'll see the Torpedo Factory, pass by Admiral's Row, cruise under the famous Woodrow Wilson Bridge, view the US Naval Research Lab and more!
    Scenic Lunch Cruise

    600 Water St SW, Washington DC

    • Experience the sights and sounds of the nation’s capital on a scenic lunch cruise
    • Capture amazing views while enjoying a colorful cast of performers and a DJ to increase your entertainment
    • Spend two hours on the Potomac River and take in the historical and majestic scenery
    • Explore Alexandria, Virginia, one of the first established cities in the region
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    Sightseeing Plane Ride (30 min)

    The airplane you'll ride, the Stearman #03, is an original aircraft, built by Boeing in 1941 and used by the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot training aircraft during WWII. Today, it's restored to its original military configuration and ready for your enjoyment! You'll experience the thrill of open cockpit flying with a ride in a unique aircraft -- a memorable experience for all ages! Feel the wind in your face and take in the exciting views of the Virginia countryside from the air, just like the Barnstorming pilots of the 1930’s. The pilot will keep it smooth and steady for those passengers who just want to take in the sights -- or change it up for the more daring crowd with some steep turns and exciting wing overs! Regardless of your choice of flight, this is truly an experience worthy of discovery!
    Sightseeing Plane Ride (30 min)

    5075 Airport Rd, Midland

    • Take a ride in an authentic WWII aircraft, restored to all its 1941 glory
    • Capture views from the vantage point of a plane over the beautiful Virginia countryside
    • Enjoy a smooth ride, or ask the pilot for turns and dips to make for an exhillarating ride, if you dare
    • Be a part of history as you uncover the inner workings of a unique and historic aircraft
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    DC Duck Tour

    See Washington DC from the land and water on a unique duck tour! Traveling in an original WWII amphibious vehicle, you'll waddle down to the Mall, where you'll see the awe-inspiring monuments and fabulous Smithsonian Museums. Then at the Potomac River, splash down for a different look at the nation's capital. From the land to the water, you'll travel in the same vehicle! Along the way, your wise-quacking captain will entertain you with anecdotes and well-researched historical facts.
    DC Duck Tour

    Union Station, Washington DC

    • Enjoy a 90 minute tour through the famous monuments of D.C. in a WWII amphibious vehicle
    • See the awe-inspiring monuments and fabulous Smithsonian Museums from the Potomac River
    • Learn well-researched facts and hear curious anecdotes from the knowledgeable captain
    • Find out what it’s like to see D.C. from the perspective of a passenger on the water
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    Calm Water Kayaking Tour

    Enjoy a peaceful tour along the beautiful Potomac River with a professional tour guide by your side to share fun facts and introduce you to the joy of kayaking. As you explore the fourth-largest river along the Atlantic Coast, you'll be amazed at how much natural beauty can be found just minutes from the bustle of D.C. You'll view stunning scenery and glide along calm waters as you take a deep breath of fresh air and reconnect with nature. Keep an eye out for wildlife including wild birds, turtles, and more. New to kayaking? No fear! The Jackson Riviera Kayak you'll be using is easy to paddle, super stable, and the perfect vessel for beginners.
    Calm Water Kayaking Tour

    15101 Seneca Rd, Germantown

    • Take a relaxing kayak tour along the Potomac River
    • Enjoy beautiful views of nature as you paddle along
    • Learn all about the area from your knowledgeable tour guide
    • Escape the noise of the city and reconnect with nature
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    Instructional Flight Experience

    Experience the thrill of an open cockpit and try your hand at flying the Stearman, just like the Army Air Corps cadets did during the early 1940s! Take to the skies with your personal certified flight instructor, and have the chance to operate the controls and maneuver the airplane yourself. See what it's like to fly this historic plane in a personalized experience that is safe and fun. With two-way communication available on your flight, the pilot can talk you through various flight maneuvers as well.
    Instructional Flight Experience

    5075 Airport Rd, Midland

    • Embrace the role of pilot as you fly an authentic WWII aircraft, restored to all its 1941 glory
    • Try your hand at flying under the supervision of a personal flight instructor
    • Learn to operate the aircraft’s controls and maneuver the plane yourself
    • No experience necessary
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    DC Bus and Boat Tour

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    Washington DC has a lot to offer you, and with so many monuments to visit, sightseeing can be bewildering and almost completely overwhelming. With this bus tour, you will be able to see all the top Washington DC monuments and attractions to the tune of exciting live narration on one convenient bus ride -- talk about saving time and stress! At each stop, your expert local guide will hop off your climate controlled bus with you to provide fascinating and relevant information about each memorial that you may have otherwise missed. Explore Washington DC in a more comprehensive way than you ever thought possible, while skipping the hassle of driving yourself or figuring out public transportation. End your tour on a high note with an exclusive boat ride along the Potomac River from historic Georgetown!
    DC Bus and Boat Tour

    Archives Metro Station, Washington

    • Enjoy an exciting narrated tour of Washington DC’s monuments aboard a climate controlled bus
    • Follow your guide through various monuments to hear fascinating and relevant commentary
    • Visit stops like the Capitol Building, Martin Luther King Memorial, WWII Memorial, and the White House
    • End your tour with an exclusive and exciting boat ride along the Potomac River
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