Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry, because of their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Set sail into the enigma with today's Groupon for the Springtime Harbor Cruise from DC Harbor Cruises, departing from Gangplank Marina. This Groupon is not valid for happy-hour cruises, fireworks cruises, or private charters. This cruise does not operate on Tuesdays in May.
- For $15, you get one adult ticket (a $30 value).
- For $9, you get one child ticket (an $18 value).
Child tickets are for children 4-12 years old. There is no charge for children 3 or younger.
A recent addition to DC’s water highway, DC Harbor Cruises gives passengers flying fish's-eye views of history-rich riverside vistas from the Patriot II, an 87-foot catamaran that carries up to 149 guests and features two air conditioned decks. The one-hour inaugural Springtime Harbor Cruise, gliding March 19 through May 30, gives watertop travelers visual access to the city's famed institutions and architectural wonders, as well as glimpses of the season's blooming greetings.
Take in the floral goodness of the Cherry Blossom Festival, reward your mother for all her hard work on Mother's Day, or forgo your child's awkward company picnic with an entertaining H2O jaunt on Memorial Day. With a drink from one of Patriot II ’s cash bars in hand, passengers can gaze in awe as the Washington Monument’s pointy peak pokes a hole through the sky’s paper ceiling or calculate the proper trajectory and velocity required for landing their garnish on the Pentagon’s front lawn. Mind-read a legal thriller from the Library of Congress, marvel as flying machines take off and land at the Reagan National Airport, or recite the Gettysburg Address backward while cruising past the Lincoln Memorial. As you take in the sights, the friendly and engaging tour guides will regale you with tales of the city's famous events and scintillating backstories.
The Patriot II boasts a lush interior with comfortable seating, full audio/visual capabilities, restrooms, and a hardwood floor that infuses all who tread its nontiled top with an irresistible urge to attempt William Howard Taft’s version of the hokey-pokey. Check the itinerary for departure times.
Must email or call ahead to reserve ticket.
- The boat ride was a-ok. Boat travels pretty slow so don't worry if you're concerned about motion sickness. The boat will take you down Anacostia river and up the Potomac to Waterfront area. – chester c., Yelp, 7/24/10
National Ferry Corporation
Departing from Washington Marina, a boat skipper begins another journey down the calm, flat waters of the Potomac River. The multi-decked, climate-controlled boats, such as the Patriot II catamaran, power National Ferry Corporation's daily tours of the capital's famous waterway. The tour crafts are furnished with bars, snacks, full audio systems, and plush seating for sightseers to enjoy as they drift along the Potomac's smooth waters and collect eyefuls of national treasures. Guests can admire the imposing Capitol Building and whisper about how silly the Washington Monument looks without its powdered wig. The Coast Guard–certified staff points out other notable visuals such as the National Cathedral's stately towers, the Pentagon, and Fort McNair.
600 Water St. SW
Washington DC, District of Columbia 20024Get Directions