Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before sailing the seas to ensure that they can distinguish port, which means left, from starboard, which means launch the vessel into deep space. Count down to an aquatic launch with this Groupon.
$45 for One Ticket to a 2.5-Hour Cherry Blossom Fireworks Cruise on Saturday, April 6 ($90 Value)
Check-in for the Cherry Blossom Fireworks Cruise begins at 6:45 p.m., and the vessel leaves the dock 30 minutes later. From there, passengers can indulge in a nautical celebration of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival by dancing to music and indulging in fresh fruit, cheese, and cold drinks from the cash bar. The cruise climaxes with a brilliant fireworks display that reflects its shimmering explosions off the Potomac River. Arrive early for this event, as the boat will not wait for late arrivals. Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.
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.