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From weather-beaten docks that support rows of kayaks in a rainbow of colors, paddlers disembark onto the Potomac, threading through the bridge?s arches and taking in the lush riverside scenery. Nestled along three Potomac River locations, Boating in DC's team of water conquerors is on hand to instruct new kayakers and paddleboarders in taming the river?s gentle waves. Upon returning to shore, guests are invited to make use of the dock?s picnic tables to eat lunch and dry their hair.
165 Waterfront St.
Oxon Hill,
MD
US
While the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal runs along much of the Potomac River, from the District of Columbia out to Cumberland, Maryland (a distance of more than 180 miles), Washingtonians are most familiar with the portion between Georgetown and the Maryland border. This section of the C&O Canal, which opened around 1830, is quite quaint, meandering between 19th-century townhouses and updated office buildings. As you head out of Georgetown, the towpath runs parallel to the C&O Canal, making it perfect for hikers, bikers and early-morning runners. While the mule-drawn canal boat ride is no longer available in Georgetown, you can ride it in Great Falls between April and October, with National Park rangers dressed in period clothing serving as tour guides, providing perspective on life along the canal.
1057 Thomas Jefferson Street Northwest
Washington,
DC
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Sound Excursions describes their carefully curated group experiences as "field trips for adults." It's easy to see why: every outing takes groups to a new realm of Washington, whether it's the frothy shores of Puget Sound, inland forests and mountains, or tables at Seattle's thriving restaurants. The events held at these diverse locations range from culinary workshops on topics such as sushi-making and moonshine-tasting, to adventurous excursions with whitewater rafting or kayaking, to laid-back themed party cruises. For many outings, luxury transportation is provided.
1515 14th St. NW
Washington,
DC
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Mr. Smith would have gotten around Washington a lot faster if he had just visited Ballpark Boathouse. The boathouse sits in the shadow of Nationals Park, near the banks of the Anacostia River. The vessels pass by scenic views of the nation's capital, and unlike a tour bus, even allow dogs (Ballpark Boathouse gladly supplies pet-sized life vests). Before visitors depart on their aquatic adventures, Ballpark Boathouse's staff can give them a beginners' kayaking lesson or visitors can take a walk to the nearby Yard's Park or Diamond Teague Park.
Potomac Ave SE and First Street SE
Washington,
DC
US
"All paddling, no politics" is the motto of Boating In DC. Instead of arguing about which Supreme Court justice's robe is the most stylish, guests can explore the Potomac via kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or pedal boat. During solo-adventures, tours, and introductory lessons, customers take in sights such as Smoot's Cove, Woodrow Wilson Bridge, the Old Town Alexandria skyline, and the National Harbor waterfront. Dogs are also welcome board as Boating In DC stocks Fido-sized life jackets. They've also got yoga classes that take place on paddleboards, and the river makes a convenient spot to rinse off for those who are running late to their Cabinet-nomination hearings.
165 Waterfront St.
Fort Washington,
MD
US
Terrapin Adventures never fails to live up to its name—even their swing set gets the stomach fluttering with excitement. To be fair, though, the swing in question is anything but the traditional apparatus you'd find at a city park. It seats three people and starts its trajectory 40 feet above the ground, generating 2Gs of force as it swishes riders back and forth over the landscape. The park's other attractions are equally exhilarating. On the high ropes course, visitors attached to sturdy safety harnesses cross 18 traverses situated between lofty platforms; some must be tackled via a rickety bridge, while others require leaps of faith. The 43-foot high climbing tower offers 10 routes up and down, including a head-first downward climb over the Rainbow Serpent. Otherwise, the 330-foot-long zipline sends visitors gliding through the treetops at speeds of up to 20 mph, fast enough to beat the USA track team's star squirrel.
8600 Foundry St.
Savage,
MD
US
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