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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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    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!
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    Sunset Double-Decker Party Yacht Cruise

    Boomerang Tours
    How could two hours on a double-decker party yacht not be a good idea? Maybe because you... Hmm no.. Or it might... Hmm not that either. A double-decker party yacht is always a good idea! Drink, dance, meet new people and watch the all of Washington's famous monuments drift by on the shore. Nautical theme cocktails and a dance floor will make all of your worries go away. Whether you are just leaving work, or getting warmed up for the night ahead, the Boomerang is really where you should be, so get on board before it ships out without you. Drinks, snacks, and souvenirs on not included with your ticket purchase. Cash & credit cards are accepted on board.
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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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    Photo Tour: Monuments and Memorials - Half Day

    Washington Photo Safari
    Afraid of being the one person on the photography tour with no photography knowledge? This workshop starts with a 45 minute lesson where you will learn photography basics and rudimentary methods of architectural photography. Then, you will move on to taking pictures of the various monuments and historical buildings around Washington. You will learn important photography techniques, while seeing all the best photography sites and angles in the area. Start with learning the concepts of F stops and shutter speed, and gradually progress to more intricate techniques!
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    Photo Tour: Monuments and Memorials - Full Day

    Washington Photo Safari
    Afraid of being the one person on the photography tour with no photography knowledge? This workshop starts with a 45 minute lesson where you will learn photography basics and rudimentary methods of architectural photography. Then, you will move on to taking pictures of the various monuments and historical buildings around Washington: The White House, Lafayette Park, Vietnam Three Servicemen Memorials, and Union Station, among many others. This particular full-day workshop also includes training in abstract photography in the entertainment district and a trip to the Washington National Cathedral for interior photography training. Start with learning the concepts of F stops and shutter speeds, and gradually progress to more intricate techniques!
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    Intro Stand Up Paddling

    Valley Mill Kayak School
    Learn to stand up paddleboard! This class will give you all the stand up paddling instruction you need to get you started on your watery adventures. Come paddle! This exciting activity is fun and beginner friendly. You will master the basics of this sport, and even get good enough to eventually get your own board and gear, and venture out on your own. It's a fun and exciting way to mix enjoyment, exercise, and having a great time out on the water!
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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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    Urban Essentials: Utility Riding

    City Bikes, Inc.
    A bicycle is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, and an efficient way to get from point A to B -- that is, until you have things you need to bring along with you. Where do you put it? Is a backpack the only option? Have all those questions and more answered during this utility riding class! You'll discover the most common (and best!) ways to carry gear on your bike. Learn the difference between front and rear rack options, as well as how to choose which saddlebags are best suited for your own personal needs. Is a cargo bike or trailer a good investment for you? You'll just have to join this class to find out!
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    Blossoms by Bike

    Bike and Roll DC
    Experience the ravishing beauty of Washington DC in the spring! On this guided bike tour you will get to appreciate the charm of our Nation's Capital at its peak. This tour was created especially for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and it will take you through the most impressive locations to view this unique site. Take in your surrounding as bike through a sea of pink and white blossoms. Make your way past the Potomac Tidal Basin to East Potomac Park and beyond. Breathe in the fresh air, celebrate the arrival of spring, and let your spirit be uplifted on this romantic bike tour.
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