Cruises have been popular with Americans since Ford introduced an SUV outfitted with floaties and a barnacle-retardant transmission. Explore the Potomac in a more traditional water vehicle with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get one adult ticket for a riverboat cruise on the Potomac from Capitol River Cruises (up to a $14 value). Discounted tickets are available online, and children under three are admitted at no charge.
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 Memorial Day through Labor Day, tours depart daily from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., with groups leaving every hour from Washington Harbor. 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 Roosevelt Island, the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Watergate complex, and a group of seagulls that vaguely resembles the cast of Wings.
Both Nightingale riverboats can provide flotation for up to 70 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.