The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House was built in 1793, originally owned by the Young-Pickersgill family. Mary Pickersgill, maker of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag, is among the historical figures portrayed. Mary and her family?including her mother, Rebecca Young, and her apprentice, Grace Wisher?describe life in the 19th century and how Mary stitched the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key's poem and the national anthem.
After exploring the house on 30- to 40-minute self-guided or docent-led tours, guests can learn about America's defense of the Chesapeake Bay against the British navy, which culminated in the battle that inspired Key's verse. The first floor's permanent exhibition gallery focuses on that defense with artifacts such as a drum used by an American soldier during the bombardment of Ft. McHenry. Kid attendees, meanwhile, can head over to the Discovery Gallery to whip up a pretend meal at a replica of the Flag House kitchen or design their own flag to string up on the gallery's flagpole.
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.
An FAA-approved private flight charter service, Mid Atlantic Charters employs a team of pilots who ferry passengers from Washington D.C. to the airfields that dot the landscape of the Chesapeake Bay, New England, and the Outer Banks. Aboard a turbo-charged Piper Seneca II, the pilots also fly passengers on narrated sightseeing tours over famous sites such as the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Kent Island, the Bay Bridge, and Mount Vernon.
Since its first tour of local landmarks in District of Columbia, CapitolCity DC Tours, LLC. has chaperoned visitors and the city's own curious residents on motor-coach and walking tours of the city. Dozens of available tours bring to life the history of the notable and little-known local neighborhoods and historic buildings that occupy the Washington DC's celebrated acreage. Licensed tour guides lead outings in seven languages, such as Mandarin, Spanish, and Italian, to make it easier for all to take in the city's breadth of historic, architectural, and municipal themes. Depending on the tour, some stops may include informative jaunts to the White House and the National Mall—places that evoke American ideals and where British tyranny in the form of unjust taxation and irresistible Phil Collins ballads were once publicly denounced.
Captain Mike Richards of Chesapeake Lights knows that the best vantage point for checking out the many lighthouses along the coast is from the deck of a boat. Every Friday evening, he steers his aquatic steed out into the waters of the Chesapeake Bay on two-hour BYOB trips. Passengers bask in the rays of the setting sun while sipping on wine or beer before returning to Tilghman Island.
Some say that the Assateague wild ponies swam ashore after a 17th-century shipwreck. Others insist that they are feral remnants of colonist livestock that have since adapted to the marshy terrain. The captain of the Bay Breeze—a USCG-certified seaman with a knack for spotting bashful wildlife—can't claim to know the truth, but he can show you where to find the ponies as they canter, graze, and hold hooves while walking along the beach. During his sunset pontoon-boat tours, he points out the wildlife to up to six passengers taking in panoramic views of the Maryland coast that’s home to birds such as herons and eagles, as well as dolphins. Though he specializes in steering past the ponies at the Assateague National Wildlife Refuge, he can also arrange custom charters, carrying birthday parties and other groups between shoreline bars and restaurants.