Ever since the Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving aboard a Potomac pleasure cruise, DC's denizens have excavated the river bottom in search of turkey drumsticks, belt buckles, and rich architecture. Enjoy a foray into cruising like our nation's founders by exploring the watery waters, beautiful beauties, and dusky dusklight with today's groupon: for $19, you get a ticket to either an evening monument cruise or an architectural cruise from DC Cruises (a $38 value). Tours depart from the Washington Marina. Grab a few Groupons to fashion a regal riparian romp for Mother's Day.
See Washington, DC, as only the ducklings of democracy have with a sightseeing cruise from DC Cruises. Groupon users can choose from one of two cruises:
On the Monuments by Moonlight cruise, passengers will drift past the city's monuments and landmarks, with moonbeams dressing the structures in an amber aura and the tricks of light creating the unshakable but not incorrect impression that the marble Abraham Lincoln is winking at you.
Alternately, on the Designing the Capital cruise, guests will see the city from the water while also learning of city designer Pierre L'Enfant's original vision for Washington, DC, inspired by the architecture of European capitals, ancient Greece, and ancient Rome. Guests also might discover the secret storage spots of treasure maps leading to Thomas Jefferson's pirate gold.
Each cruise is two hours long, with desserts and beverages (including wine and beer) available for purchase on board. DC Cruises' boats are limited to 90 passengers, ensuring that everyone will enjoy an intimate sightseeing experience without the mass overcrowding and mosh pits of many boat tours.
DC Cruises showcases the capital from an uncommon angle: the waterfront. The open-top yacht has a stylish lounge, air conditioning and panoramic windows. The top deck is the observation/dance deck. The yacht drifts on the Potomac River from Georgetown to the Tidal Basin, taking in views of the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Washington Monument. Sunset and happy-hour cruises cast the buildings against colorful skies. At night, the moon glows on the marble structures, giving them new mystique. DJ parties, wine cruises, and crab feasts combine on-the-water sightseeing with local fare, and cherry-blossom cruises showcase signs of spring: trees dotted with pink blooms and newborn bills cooing in their bassinets on the Mall.