Cruises have been popular with Americans since Ford introduced an SUV outfitted with floaties and a one-ton-grade water noodle. Row down the Potomac in a more traditional water vehicle with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get one adult ticket for a riverboat cruise at Capitol River Cruises in Georgetown.
Providing scenic views of Washington from the Potomac River, Capitol River Cruises offers relaxing, informative tours on its two 65-foot steel riverboats, the Nightingale and the Nightingale II. From April through October, tours depart daily from Washington Harbor, leaving on the hour from 12 p.m.–9 p.m. April through October, and until 8 p.m. all other months. The 45-minute tours are accompanied by an interesting historical narration that reveals, among other things, which president played on the 2006 Oakland Raiders. While inhaling the invigorating smells of the outdoors, passengers can ogle the Jefferson Memorial, Roosevelt Island, Washington Monument, Watergate, and a group of seagulls that vaguely resemble the cast of Wings.
Capitol River Cruises has been in operation for 18 years. Both Nightingale riverboats can provide flotation for up to 90 passengers. A full snack bar is available on board with enough snacks, beer, wine, and soda to fill a comically-oversized purse.
Capitol River Cruises
Recently celebrating 23 years of delighting passengers, the maritime crew at Capitol River Cruises supplies a memorable yet speedy method of taking in Washington, DC's historical highlights. The crew whisks new passengers away from Washington Harbor every hour on afternoon boat tours that navigate the famous Potomac River. Two tour vessels, the Nightingale and his son, Nightingale II, house refreshments as guides supply historically astute narration. Their narration, combined with the unobstructed views granted by the Potomac, create an illuminating way to explore sites such as the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and US Capitol.
31st & K St., NW
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