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Happy-Hour or Craft-Beer DC Harbor Cruises – Up to 50% Off

DC Harbor Cruises

Southwest Waterfront

$30 $15

Up to 225 passengers board a luxury catamaran for a sailing excursion equipped with a full cash bar

39% Off Round-Trip Bus Ride to Delaware's Beaches

BestBus

Multiple Locations

$90 $55

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Buses outfitted with free wi-fi and outlets ferry passengers to and from Dewey and Rehoboth beaches; trips take about 2.5 hours each way

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Urban Dare

McFadden's

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Find Hidden Architectural Gems During a Walking Tour of DC

Architectural Walking Tour of DC

Washington

$25 $25

Architectural historian Bill Lebovich leads a 2 mi. walking tour of often-overlooked spots from west of the White House to Foggy Bottom

Up to 51% Off Boat Cruise Experience

DC Cruises

Georgetown

$28 $14

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During cruises down the Potomac River, adult passengers enjoy great views, music, and a cash bar

Up to 56% Off Potomac River Boat Tour

Capitol River Cruises

Georgetown

$30 $14

Tour boats stocked with refreshments cruise Potomac waters as narrator points out Roosevelt Island, Curtis-Lee Mansion and other landmarks

Boomerang Pirate Ship – Up to 44% Off Cruise

Boomerang Tours, Inc.

Georgetown

$27 $16

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Two-hour cruises aboard a pirate ship provide views of the Potomac along with drinks and dancing

The Kreeger Museum – 50% Off Visits

The Kreeger Museum

Foxhall - Palisades

$20 $12

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Set in residential estate, museum houses paintings by Monet, Cézanne & Picasso & hosts youth events with storytelling based on famous works

Up to 30% Off Double-Decker DC Bus Tour

CitySights DC

Union Station (Main Lobby)

$48 $35

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View DC monuments and landmarks during double-decker bus tour of the city; choose various museums to visit

National Building Museum – Up to 50% Off

National Building Museum

Logan Circle - Shaw

$16 $8

Colossal 19th-century building's array of exhibits explores the principles of architecture, engineering, and design

Up to 50%Off National Fund for the US Botanic Garden Membership

National Fund for the US Botanic Garden

Washington Mall

$75 $39

Botanic gardens host American plant life, public education programs, and year-round events

Up to 50% Off Bus Tour from Chariots For Hire

Chariots For Hire

Federal Triangle

$98 $49

Choose one of four historical tours and visit important landmarks aboard luxury bus

Up to 60% Off Chocolate Walking Tour

Great Food Tours

The Old Stone House

$50 $25

Chocolate tour introduces guests to Georgetown's homemade ice cream, artisan truffles, and pies

Up to 54% Off Private and Semi-Private Guided Tours of DC

ELD Touring Enterprises

Washington

$120 $59

Tour guides chauffeur groups of up to six in SUVs or vans, giving them private or semi-private tours during the day or evening

Up to 52% Off a DC Photography Tour

M.J. Love Photography

The National Mall

$140 $69

A skilled photographer leads groups of 6–10 to various monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial to learn photography techniques

Up to 60% Off a Nine-Hour DC in a Day Tour

Gray Line DC, Martz Group

Gray Line Terminal Union Station (Bus Level)

$45 $22

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Nine-hour tour by motorcoach passes by national monuments and federal buildings and includes a visit to the US Capitol

Up to 14% Off Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Soaring Adventures of America, Inc.

On Location

$229.95 $199

Leisurely float through the skies from the basket of a colorful hot air balloon

Up to 56% Off Chauffeured Limo Bus Bridal Tour

Red Carpet Bridal Tours

On Location

$25 $12

Brides-to-be bring along up to 3 guests for a chauffeured tour that stops at 4 venues; talk with wedding pros & enjoy cocktails & giveaways

Up to 52% Off Tour of Washington D.C.

Zohery Tours

Hyatt Regency Hotel

$78 $39

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Experienced guide shows visitors famous landmarks, picturesque cherry blossoms, and obscure sites, such as cafes frequented by politicians

Up to 71% Off at National Museum of Civil War Medicine

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Multiple Locations

$29 $10

Museum with an authentic Civil War surgeon's tent, a 19th century holding coffin, and dioramas detailing medical evacuations

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Little Washington Winery

Washington Virginia

$80 $35

Winery with top rankings in Virginia Wine Lover uses seminars to share knowledge of wine-related topics

Half Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Spirit Expeditions

H Street - NoMa

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 50% Off Tour of President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln's Cottage

Washington

$30 $15

Multimedia-rich guided tours through house built in 1842; museum exhibits on Civil War, slavery, and life of President Lincoln

Up to 55% Off Scavenger Hunt

United Social Sports

John Marshall Park

$69 $35

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Teams travel around the city, solving puzzles in search of places, objects, and facts before enjoying live music at an afterparty

50% Off from Discover DC Pedicab Tours

Discover DC Pedicab Tours

On Location

$150 $75

Groups kick back in pedicabs as tour guides pedal them past the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and other sites

52% Off a Scary DC Tour

Scary DC Ghost Tour

Capitol Hill

$25 $12

Tour guides lead 90-minute strolls through haunted locales and tell tales of scandal with historical facts

Up to Half Off Visits to Historic Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall

Mason Neck

$20 $10

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Guided tours through 18th-century Georgian mansion with period furnishings and historical recreated grounds

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Is Terasol an art gallery, a coffee shop or a French bistro? Yes to all, actually. This Chevy Chase spot serves three square meals a day from its charming café space, where warm lighting and a plate-glass window light up the ample woodwork inside. Even more color comes from the large amount of artisan jewelry, pottery and crafts that hang on the walls or sit inside long, open shelves. As much an artistic shop for locally-made goods as it is a restaurant, Terasol supports DC’s creative side with occasional showings and constant displays of beautiful wares. Of course, they also support the old French countryside, with a rustic menu that ticks off great dishes like a checklist: French onion soup, beef bourguignon, mussels and frites. A warming quiche is available , and the croque monsieur will satisfy the largest of appetites.

5010 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

Considered to be the country's only public museum devoted to the history of global espionage, the International Spy Museum teems with multimedia displays, hands-on activities, and educational events. Filled with low-lit halls and mysterious doors, the museum backs up its exhibits with experience; many of its board members, staff, and speakers are former spies. Executive Director Peter Earnest, for one, spent more than 35 years in the CIA and its National Clandestine Service; frequent speaker Oleg Kalugin once held a position as major general of the KGB. Through special talks and an array of exhibits, the group reveals several hundred years of spy techniques and gadgetry, showcases connections between real spies and pop culture, and draws from international backgrounds to grant a global perspective.

In the Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains exhibit, visitors explore the most memorable villains from throughout the James Bond film series, discovering the role the series played in shaping public perception of spying and exploring how the villains changed to reflect their times. Featuring over 110 movie and historic artifacts, a series galleries allows visitors to learn about the wide variety of evildoers from many perspectives. For an additional charge, guests can opt to embark on a simulated covert mission entirely based on real intelligence case files in Operation Spy, a one-hour interactive exhibit during which participants ride in simulated truck beds and use video surveillance to find leaked nuclear-trigger technology in a fictional country.

800 F St
Washington,
DC
US

In June 2010, after a late-night session of painting, drinking, and generally rousting about with a group of friends, magazine editor Michael M. Clements found himself pondering an unshakeable question: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could do this at a bar?” The seeds of ArtJamz sprouted almost immediately into a traveling party, where the caterers brought not only beer and wine but also all-you-can-paint palettes, for-sale blank canvases, and invaluable artistic expertise. In the two years since that fateful, paint-spattered night, ArtJamz has become a citywide phenomenon, organizing collaborative events with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and finally realizing the founding fathers’ vision of a tie-dyed capitol building.

Although these creative enablers still operate pop-up events at galleries and retail spaces across D.C., the brand-new, 1,800-square-foot permanent studio in Dupont Circle has an open-house policy to enable paint parties seven days a week. Freestyle paint sessions and classes are offered, charging separatley for studio time, canvas, and drinks. Day hours keep artists aged 5–18 in mind, whereas nightly sessions feature beer, wine, and creative cocktails for the 21+ set. More than 32 distinct colors await inspired brushes, and the walls of the cozy venue are fair game for a fresh coat. A trained staff is always on hand to offer advice if needed or requested, and to make sure nobody loses an ear.

1728 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

William Wilson Corcoran believed in American artists at a time when most collectors bought only European paintings. The financier-turned-philanthropist made friends with masters such as Thomas Doughty and George Inness, bought what interested him, and even opened up his home twice a week so the public could view his collection. And that practice was the seed which grew into the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The formal location opened in 1874 with 98 paintings and sculptures from Corcoran's personal collection. Today, that collection exceeds 16,000.

The focus on 18th- to 20th-century American artists such as Mary Cassatt and Andy Warhol remains—but that doesn't mean the gallery has blinders on. It also holds works by European luminaries such as Pablo Picasso and Edgar Degas. The collection even extends into decorative art such as the Salon Doré, an 18th-century French period room once housed in Paris's Hôtel de Clermont.

In the same way the Corcoran Gallery extends beyond American art, it pushes its purpose beyond simply displaying masterpieces. Year-round events include lectures from prominent critics as well as live performances and wine mixers. The Corcoran even nurtures the next generation of talent with after-school and weekend classes that teach students how to draw everything from landscapes to landscapes covered with bowls of fruit.

500 17th St NW
Washington,
DC
US

The National Museum of Crime & Punishment shines a light on the dark underbelly of society with more than 100 interactive events spread across three stories and 25,000 square feet of gallery space. After resting their weary bones in an unplugged electric chair, fans of CSI can live out television fantasies at the Crime Scene Investigation exhibit, where they can learn what it takes to be a forensic scientist and watch professionals in action before trying to determine whether fellow museum-goers exhibit the traits of serial killers. The exhibit also serves as a crash course in fingerprinting, DNA testing, fraudulent-check investigation, and dental-impression and ballistics analysis. The museum’s many permanent exhibits include A Notorious History of American Crime, about the country's felonious forefathers, and an exploration into one of the most heinous masterminds of modern times in Ted Kaczynski: The Unabomber.

575 7th St
Washington,
DC
US

The story of the descendants of the nation’s First Family is told at Tudor Place, an historic home hidden away on a Georgetown side street. The five-acre estate was the home of Martha and George Washington’s granddaughter Martha Parke Custis Peter. Five more generations of the family lived here before it became a National Historic Landmark in the 1980s, and now the notable home contains more of George and Martha’s memorabilia than anywhere outside of Mount Vernon. But because the home was occupied by members of the Washington family for nearly 200 years, its riches span the centuries, from original keepsakes handed down by Martha herself to more current pieces that tell the family’s rich history. The extensive gardens are particularly lovely in the spring, when many of the period flowers bloom.

1644 31st St NW
Washington,
DC
US