Kayaking is an environmentally friendly alternative to gas-guzzling jet skis, manatee-mangling speedboats, and polyurethane-leeching styrofoam noodles. Today's Groupon gets you five one-hour trips aboard a canoe, single kayak, or double kayak on the Potomac River for $30 with Jack's Boathouse (a $60 value). The Potomac will surprise you as a convenient way to get out of the city. When you're calmly observing the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and Adam Dunn from the water, you'll know why a kayak trip from Jack's Boathouse was featured on the Travel Channel and written up in National Geographic Adventure.
Jack's, which is tucked away under the Key Bridge at 3500 K. Street, opened for business in 1945 and is a hidden gem and a local favorite for its low rates and friendly service (it's family owned and operated). View a short video about its history and current happenings here. You can rent single kayaks, tandem kayaks, two-person canoes, three-person canoes, and single kayaks mounted to two-person canoes stuffed into a schooner (for the right price). This Groupon is for five one-hour rentals; use all your trips at once to go on a five-hour endurance run, have multiple water adventures, or give them to your friends and family so you have people to bump your boat. You can even make a daycation out of it, and take advantage of free use of the gas grill in Jack's picnic area overlooking the water. Use your Groupon anytime during business hours: Monday, noon to 8 p.m.; Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- In under a mile, the Potomac morphs from a silent, tree-tunneled river into a bustling urban waterway. Jack’s Boathouse, by the Key Bridge in Georgetown, is a convenient jumping-off point for forays in either direction. Paddle upstream into what co-owner Paul Simkin calls the “wilds of Virginia” (watch for bald eagles), or ride the current a half hour downstream to take in the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. – Catherine Price, National Geographic Adventure
Yelpers give it an average of 4.5 stars:
- Jack's is an awesome little mom and pop type kayak/canoe rental spot tucked away at the end of K Street under the Key Bridge. The people who work there are laid back and friendly...nothing better knowing that within minutes you can grab a kayak on a nice day... – Mimi L.
- the only place i kayak in dc. you would think georgetown wouldn't be the ideal place to find a cheap, laid back, fun place to be, but jack's figured it out. – aubri o.
- Picture yourself in a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and magnolia vines...Roosevelt island, pillars of grey, towering over your head...It's the key bridge, and you are floating downstream in a kayak. – John B.