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5 Fun Things to Do in D.C. This Summer

By Kate Oczypok | July 3, 2018 | Lifestyle

The arrival of hot and sunny weather means plenty of time to do things on the water. From private yachting to sailing lessons, dinner cruises, and kayaking along the Potomac River, here are just some of many great nautical-themed activities to do in the D.C. area this summer.

Barton & Gray’s Private Membership Club


The luxury day yachting Barton & Gray Mariners Club expanded to include D.C. as its 21st harbor. Yachts dock at the Wharf and offer unlimited access to a fleet of Hinckley yachts year-round. Membership includes access to the yachts and simplified scheduling. Yachts are stocked with towels for swimming, phone chargers, sunscreen, a portable speaker, champagne and wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks. Barton & Gray also offers fishing gear, paddle boards, and snorkeling gear for the more adventurous out there. 735 Water St. SW, 617-728-3555

Spirit of Washington Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a two-and-a-half to three-hour cruise around the Potomac while dining on a dinner buffet stocked with fresh and seasonally inspired items like baked Atlantic cod filet, braised beef short ribs and an organic spinach and kale salad. You’ll sail past iconic D.C. area spots such as the Washington Monument, National Harbor, Old Town Alexandria, and more while dancing to a live DJ. There’s also plenty of cocktails and games for all ages that offer plenty of laughs like giant Jenga, shuffleboard and foosball. 580 Water St. SW, 202-479-4577

Kayaking at the Thompson Boat Center

Water enthusiasts will love all that Thompson Boat Center has to offer. From the typical kayaking and canoeing to the more unique hydro-biking, there’s something for everyone. If you’re a complete newbie, Thompson offers both private and public sculling lessons. There’s also stand-up paddle boarding lessons and if you get hooked, season passes. 2900 Virginia Ave. NW, 202-333-9543

The Set Sail Package at the Hotel Indigo


Virginia’s Hotel Indigo offers private sailing lessons with their “Set Sail” package. Keeping up with in-room nautical themes, the only waterfront hotel in Alexandria will include a private sailing lesson at the Belle Haven Marina. After sailing all afternoon, guests can enjoy local wine and oysters on the half shell from chef Cathal Armstrong’s seafood restaurant Hummingbird. There is also the option for an overnight stay with a complimentary upgrade in a King water view guest room, complete with a maritime-themed amenity. Bookings must be made two weeks in advance and are available now through September 28th. 220 S. Union St., Alexandria, VA, 877-270-1392

Monuments by Moonlight with DC Cruises

There’s nothing better than seeing the monuments by night and adding from the water make the experience extra special. Hop aboard one of DC Cruises’ boats in Georgetown for an hour-long cruise and see the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial and more illuminated by moonlight. There are indoor and outdoor decks, a full bar, and air conditioning for those humid D.C. summer nights. 3100 K St. NW

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