The call of the wild is like a call from an elderly grandparent: though you can’t quite make out what’s being said, you feel better about yourself when you answer. Pick up nature's phone with today’s Groupon for two-hour guided outdoor excursions from Calleva at National Harbor in Fort Washington. Choose from four options:
- For $22, you get a bike excursion (a $45 value).
- For $22, you get a solo-kayak or canoe excursion (a $45 value).
- For $27, you get a high-ropes excursion (a $55 value).
- For $30, you get a tandem-kayak excursion (a $60 value).
Calleva at National Harbor organizes adventures that traverse land, water, and air, each designed to inspire the intrepid with the bounties of nature. A terra-based encounter, the guided bike ride over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Mount Vernon Trail combines the thrill of physical activity with the wonder of american bald eagle and bald presidential monument sightings. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on weekends, pedal pumpers are treated to panoramic views of the Potomac River. If the allure of the deep overcomes grounded wanderings, embark on a watery outing in a solo kayak, canoe, or tandem kayak, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. After a mind-stretching lesson on paddling and water safety, boat brethren can drift through the National Harbor in their floating vessels and explore the shores of the District and Alexandria, stopping occasionally to feed breadcrumbs to migrating politicians.
Adrenaline seekers can spread metaphorical wings on the high-ropes excursion, a labyrinth of zip lines and climbs that spans the skies, occasionally leading to drifting wormholes. A scalable lighthouse and ship’s mast challenge limber limbs and inner-ear canals with an agility-forming vertical course, available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Helmed by an experienced guide who can point out trip highlights and delicious poisonous plants, each excursion provides adventurers with all the necessary gear, including boats, helmets, life jackets, safety instructions, drinking water, and a snack.