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    Dinner Cruise

    Come aboard Washington's premier dining ship! This 3-hour dinner cruise takes you along the Potomac River for panoramic views of the nation's greatest monuments as you dine on a freshly prepared 3-course dinner. The boat's unique design allows you to travel beneath the historic bridges spanning the Potomac River, while the glass-atrium dining rooms offer spectacular views.Dressed in your most festive attire, arrive early and enjoy a cocktail. You'll discover the ship's unique elegance is merely a taste of the experience to come. The Captain and crew will greet you as you step aboard, and the ship's photographer will record the moment for your party. Once on deck, your hostess will greet you and escort you to your private table, where your wait staff will introduce themselves and give you the opportunity to decide how you'd like them to pace your service.The boat has three climate-controlled dining rooms, an open-air deck to explore and a distinctive atmosphere that's reminiscent of the European canal ships. Be sure to visit the Captain's bridge, open to all passengers throughout most of the cruise.The menu of creative seasonal starters, entrees and desserts is freshly prepared onboard daily, perfectly complemented by an excellent wine list. With soft piano music, spacious dance floors and live music provided by a five-piece band, the entertainment doesn't end until well after the ship returns to the marina. Dance to everything from classic jazz to contemporary favorites.As you depart, feeling relaxed and refreshed, you'll find your boarding photo ready for purchase. Classic Dinner Menu (subject to change) will include fresh salad (choice of organic mixed greens, organic spinach and kale, or Mediterranean couscous and chickpea), a main course (choice of roast salmon & tilapia, chicken parmesan meatballs, twice cooked beef short ribs, baked ziti, or roast broccoli), and desserts (mini pastries, cookies, brownies, seasonal fruit).
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    Calm Water Kayaking Tour

    Valley Mill Kayak School
    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.
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    Try Sailing!

    The Sailing Academy
    Have you always wondered what it would feel like to be the captain of your own vessel? Take your first exploratory steps into sailing with this 2 hour course and get a taste of the seaman life! Perfect for those looking to just get their feet wet, you'll learn all about sailing from a professional sailor, who will share basic terms and techniques as you glide across the Chesapeake Bay. Let your curiosity be fulfilled as you, guided by your instructor, take the helm and steer your crew in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Whether you're looking to get serious about sailing or simply want to get out on the water for the day, this class has a little something for everyone.
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    DC Bus and Boat Tour

    Signature Tours DC
    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!
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    Critters at the Water's Edge

    Atlantic Kayak Company
    If you like getting your feet wet, this adventure is for you! You'll begin your adventure with a brief orientation, including a safety discussion, land lesson, and a primer on how to figure out where you are in the watershed. Then, you're off to explore! You'll enjoy the soft breeze of the Piscataway Creek and the overall calm of the Potomac River, a welcome break from the bustle of the city. You'll also discover the exciting variety of local wildlife. There will be an array of birds, including bald eagles, osprey, and great blue herons. You'll also see many different edible and medicinal plants! Once you're on land, you'll explore the various critters on the beach! You can even get out nets to comb the waters! After your beach exploration, you'll kayak back to the nature center for a brief wrap-up activity, during which you'll have time to munch on a snack you've brought from home. Come indulge in some adventure to spruce up your week!
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    Marsh Loop Flora and Fauna

    Atlantic Kayak Company
    Kick off a wildlife adventure in Piscataway Bay, where you'll kayak through the waters to find the creatures of the marsh! Look out for eagles, osprey, or cormorants hunting for fish. You'll also meander through narrow marsh channels framed by wild rice, water lilies, and cattails. A canopy of trees in the more forested part of the creek will envelope you in nature's musical sounds -- song birds singing, turtles splashing into the water, great blue herons squawking, and maybe even a beaver slapping its tail to warn her family of danger! Get close-up views of beaver lodges, butterflies, and other native wildflowers that you can't see elsewhere. This is your chance to fulfill your adventure dreams!
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    Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding

    Surf Reston
    As a first time "SUPer," you will learn the basic skills necessary to enjoy stand-up paddleboarding safely and efficiently in this 60-90 minute introductory session! During the dry land portion, you'll learn about the equipment, review safety techniques, and practice paddling basics. Then, venture out into the water under the instruction of an expert, where you'll progress slowly but surely from paddling on your knees to standing up straight. You'll practice a proper and efficient forward stroke as well as how to turn and stop your board. But most importantly of all, you'll have FUN!
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    Twilight Kayak Adventure

    Boating in DC
    As the sun falls over Washington D.C., your adventure is just beginning! Start with a brief kayaking and safety instruction session to ensure you feel confident out on the water. Then, enjoy a 90-minute guided tour around Teddy Roosevelt Island as you paddle past iconic D.C. locations like Watergate, the Lincoln Memorial and Kennedy Center. As you take in scenic views of the beautifully reflective Potomac River, enjoy interesting commentary from your expert local guides, and learn unique tidbits about D.C. that will take your appreciation for our nation's capital to a whole new level!
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    Eagles, Islands & Potomac Kayak Tour

    Atlantic Kayak Company
    Embark on a kayaking adventure through the wild of Piscataway Bay towards the Potomac River! As you paddle, be on the lookout for osprey nests high up in the forested shores or eagles soaring up above, looking for their next meal. Near the Potomac River, you'll also enjoy a historical perspective of the region. Get distant views of Mount Vernon, the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, and the Fort Washington Light House. In fact, Captain John Smith first met the Piscataway Indians here in 1608! Come discover the unspoiled beauty of Piscataway Bay, juxtaposed by the historical buildings of civilization in the distance.
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    Beginner Group Kayak Lesson

    Valley Mill Kayak School
    Ready to experience whitewater kayaking? In this lesson you will cover all the basics to get you started, with the goal being to make sure you build the techniques to take the sport as far as you want to go. This lesson is aimed at the total beginner, or someone who has never been in a whitewater kayak before. You will learn about outfitting, the paddle, basic strokes, and concepts like arc and spin momentum. If you have been in other types of kayaks, you still need to take this lesson because whitewater kayaks handle differently than other kayaks. Start exploring today and have fun learning a valuable kayaking lesson!
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