Kayak is an Inuktitut word meaning "man's boat" or, alternatively, "great way to get out of the house and spend an afternoon in the sunshine." Dive into a dugout with today's Groupon: for $35, you get five one-hour rentals of a two- or three-person canoe, a single kayak, or a double kayak at Jack's Boathouse (a $70 value). This Groupon may be used across multiple visits.
Featured on the Travel Channel and written up in National Geographic Adventure, Jack's Boathouse has been launching metropolitan voyages since 1945. River-riders cast off from beneath Key Bridge and paddle the Potomac in single kayaks, tandem kayaks, two-person canoes, three-person canoes, and single kayaks mounted to two-person canoes tied on top of a yacht. Aim upstream for a peek at untamed Virginia, or let the current carry you downstream to views of the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. With five one-hour rentals, avid oarsmen and oarswomen can return for multiple visits, co-paddle with a friend, or use up to three hours at once for an aquatic performance of Henry V.
The boathouse's Georgetown Waterfront locale is close to both the Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn metro stations and features a riverside picnic area. Fire up the free gas grill and barbecue anything you've managed to catch, be it a tasty trout or a discarded piece of legislation.
Decorated in lights, a yellow kayak stands upright outside the entrance of Jack's Boathouse, welcoming customers into the nearly 70-year-old business. Countless visitors— including Travel Channel's Samantha Brown— have dog-paddled their way to the boat house over the decades and taken kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards on winding journey's through Washington, DC.
The Potomac River forms a tranquil waterway past some of the capital's most famous locations. Whether on tours or self-guided paddles, boats can capture views of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and where the founding fathers played Marco Polo at Georgetown Harbor. As the sun sets, wildlife such as eagles and beavers join in on Jack's aquatic excursions.
3500 K St. NW
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