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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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    Critters at the Water's Edge

    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!
    Critters at the Water's Edge

    13600 King Charles Terrace , Fort Washington

    • Leave behind the bustling city and head to Piscataway Creek for some fresh air, mild exercise, and a much-needed dose of nature
    • Discover the local wildlife of the Potomac River and learn how to identify critters like crayfish and damselfly nymphs
    • Begin your adventure with a brief orientation session, including safety discussion
    • Indulge in a short and sweet kayaking adventure with your friends and family
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    Marsh Loop Flora and Fauna

    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!
    Marsh Loop Flora and Fauna

    13600 King Charles Terrace , Fort Washington

    • Spend 3 hours kayaking through the marshes of Piscataway Bay with a certified tour guide
    • Keep your eyes peeled for eagles, turtles, and perhaps even beavers
    • Marvel at the variety of foliage in the marsh, from water lilies to wild rice
    • Take plenty of photos throughout your trip to commemorate the adventure
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    Moonlit Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    Experience your senses being heightened by the beauty of the moonlit Potomac River on this enchanting night time SUP, or stand up paddleboard, tour! Expert instructors will guide you through the basics of SUP, including proper safety techniques, strokes, and turns, as you head out onto the scenic water to create an experience you won’t soon forget. Following the tour, gather with fellow adventurers around a bonfire just up the road at Rockland Farms to enjoy some of Maryland’s finest local wine and great conversation!
    Moonlit Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    15205 Montevideo Rd, Poolesville

    • Take in the beauty of the moonlit Potomac River on this enchanting nighttime paddle board tour
    • Practice the basics of stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP, under the instruction of a professional
    • Enjoy the gloriously liberating feeling of getting away from it all while engaging in a full body workout
    • End your adventure with some wine and good conversation around a campfire
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    Sunset Paddle at National Harbor

    As the sun falls over Alexandria, 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 Smoot’s Cove. Paddle under the architecturally interesting Wilson Bridge, and catch the sunset by Old Town -- can you just imagine seeing National Harbor and the Capital Wheel all lit up!? As you take in scenic views of the beautifully reflective Potomac River, absorb the 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!
    Sunset Paddle at National Harbor

    165 Waterfront St, Fort Washington

    • Experience a breathtaking sunset over the Potomac River during this guided kayaking adventure
    • Start with a brief kayaking and safety instruction session to ensure you feel confident on the water
    • Paddle under the architecturally interesting Wilson Bridge and see the Capital Wheel all lit up
    • No experience necessary
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    Capitol Riverfront Evening Tour

    If you’ve never experienced the vibrant Capitol Riverfront neighbourhood of DC, then you need to take part in this kayaking adventure! Never kayaked before? Don’t worry, this is a great tour for beginners, and your friendly instructor will make sure you learn the proper way to paddle, steer, and stay the course. On this tour you’ll kayak your way through picturesque views of this 500-acre neighborhood located along the wide stretch of the Anacostia River. Take in the sites as you paddle along the calm waters and witness some gorgeous sights. You’ll glide past establishments like the Capitol, Navy Yard, USS Barry, and Fort McNair. Kayak, life jacket, and paddle are all included. See the sunset from a new perspective, and appreciate the beauty of your surroundings.
    Capitol Riverfront Evening Tour

    3500 Water St NW, Washington

    • Kayak around the historic Anacostia River at sunset guided by a skilled instructor
    • Learn the fundamentals of kayaking including how to paddle, steer, and stay on course and balanced
    • Glide past sites such as the Capitol, Navy Yard, USS Barry, and For McNair
    • Witness the breathtaking beauty of the Anacostia river at sunset
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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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    Eagles, Islands & Potomac Kayak Tour

    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.
    Eagles, Islands & Potomac Kayak Tour

    13600 King Charles Terrace , Fort Washington

    • Go on a fun kayaking adventure through the wilderness of Piscataway Bay
    • Lookout for osprey nests in the trees and eagles soaring up ahead
    • Enjoy a historical perspective of the region, with distant views of the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, and more
    • Take pictures of the unspoiled beautiful beauty of Piscataway Bay
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