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National Harbor: The Capital Wheel Flexible Date Ticket

1. National Harbor: The Capital Wheel Flexible Date Ticket

The Capital Wheel is located just minutes from downtown Washington DC, at the National Harbor. Relax inside a fully enclosed, climate-controlled gondola with family and friends as you soar 180-feet above the Potomac River. With each gradual rotation, experience a bird’s eye view of the Washington Monument, Capitol Rotunda, Masonic Temple of Alexandria, and much more. Every spin offers a unique way to take in the sights. Admire a breathtaking sunset or capture a photo in front of the dancing light show that illuminates The Capital Wheel every evening. The National Harbor is the perfect one-stop destination offering great restaurants, shops, hotels, and outdoor fun. You can enjoy a drink from the Flight Deck located directly under The Capital Wheel while you unwind by the water’s edge.

Baltimore Inner Harbor: 2-Hour Buffet Lunch Cruise

2. Baltimore Inner Harbor: 2-Hour Buffet Lunch Cruise

Grab the family, a group of friends, and head out on the water for a Spirit of Baltimore Lunch Cruise. Beginning in the Inner Harbor and cruising along the Patapsco River, this cruise include 2 hours of incredible views of Baltimore’s historic and interesting waterfront attractions. See the Maryland Science Center, Federal Hill, Fort McHenry and the Francis Scott Key Bridge, among other sights along the route. Try tasty salads and entrees from the lunch buffet menu throughout the cruise and look forward to a sweet dessert assortment. Listen to fun music throughout the cruise. There’s never a dull moment aboard Spirit! The relaxed vibe and fun atmosphere make this cruise the perfect afternoon break. SAMPLE MENU Sample Dinner Menu Salads Caesar Salad Romain Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables & Potatoes Roasted Broccoli Florets Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole Green Chilies | Scallions | Fresh Cilantro Mashed Potatoes Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic Entrées Oven Baked Flounder Filet Tomato, Shallot & Caper Sauce   Baked Ziti Pasta Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Mozzarella | Cheese Spinach Sauce Honey & Sesame Chicken Scallions | Fresno Chilies Italian Beef Meatballs Creamy Mushroom Sauce | Italian Parsley Braised Beef Short Ribs Baby Carrots | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce Dessert Spirit Seasonal Dessert Display *Menu subject to change. Please inform your server if anyone in your party has a food allergy.

Baltimore Buffet Dinner/Dance Cruise of the Inner Harbor

3. Baltimore Buffet Dinner/Dance Cruise of the Inner Harbor

You are in for a very special evening the moment you step aboard The Spirit of Baltimore and are escorted to your private candlelit table. Order drinks, then feel free to explore the ship while the crew casts off for the captivating 3-hour cruise around the Inner Harbor. Your waiter will invite you to feast on the cafeteria-style buffet, where everything is freshly prepared.  Choose from entrees such as pan-seared chicken breast and oven-baked flounder, fresh salads and a selection of pastas. Take as little or as much as you like. Savor your selections over perfectly paced dinner music and never-ending views. While you are reveling in the delicious cuisine. Relax over coffee and dessert while you listen to fun curated music. Sip cocktails under the stars, then take your drinks topside and relax on the largest outdoor deck in Baltimore while you soak in the views. Sample Dinner Menu Salads Caesar Salad Romain Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables & Potatoes Roasted Broccoli Florets Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole Green Chilies | Scallions | Fresh Cilantro Mashed Potatoes Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic Entrées Oven Baked Flounder Filet Tomato, Shallot & Caper Sauce   Baked Ziti Pasta Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Mozzarella | Cheese Spinach Sauce Honey & Sesame Chicken Scallions | Fresno Chilies Italian Beef Meatballs Creamy Mushroom Sauce | Italian Parsley Braised Beef Short Ribs Baby Carrots | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce   Dessert Spirit Seasonal Dessert Display Menu Subject to Change Before placing your order, please inform your server if anyone in your party has a food allergy.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

4. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

Let your guide help you navigate through the over 145 million specimens at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History with on this tour. Discover an extensive collection of human artifacts, dinosaur bones, preserved plants, and animals. Meet your tour guide outside of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and begin your tour. Go directly to the collection highlights without getting lost. Save time and energy by visiting with a guide that knows the museum well. Listen to additional commentary on exhibits from your guide. See the world's most extensive collection of natural history specimens and human artifacts. View dinosaur remains and tools used by early humans. Admire unusual gemstones and ancient mummies.

Baltimore: Sagamore Spirit Distillery & Whiskey Tasting Tour

5. Baltimore: Sagamore Spirit Distillery & Whiskey Tasting Tour

Become a whiskey expert on this comprehensive 1-hour tour and whiskey tasting tour. See exactly how the famous alcohol is distilled by watching an expert go through the process in real-time. Get educated on the history of Baltimore as you listen to stories and fun facts. Ask questions and get involved in the discussion on this interactive session.  Treat your tastebuds to 4 delicious whiskeys in the world-class waterfront distillery.

Washington DC - Georgetown: 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

6. Washington DC - Georgetown: 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

Enter a series of elaborately designed escape rooms ranging across various themes. You and your group must work together to find clues and crack codes to complete your mission. With 5 thrilling adventures to choose from, find yourself searching for the elixir of life, hiding out in a cabin to escape a maniac on the loose, or finding the lost gold to break the pirate's curse. Work as a team to solve the puzzles and break your way out to freedom. No matter your choice, keep your wits about you and focus. After you and your group have emerged victorious, you will be conveniently located in Georgetown.

National Harbor: Potomac River Self-Drive Guided Boat Tour

7. National Harbor: Potomac River Self-Drive Guided Boat Tour

Admire Maryland and Virginia’s historic sites from a unique perspective on a two-person catamaran boat, also known as a Craigcat, journeying down the Potomac River. You will be guided down the Potomac River by a guide in their own boat and will guide you by radio. Your journey will see you navigating down the river at speeds of up to 25-miles per hour. Meet at the boat pier at National Harbor, be fitted with a life jacket, and complete a 20-minute training session to receive your 10-day boat license waiver before taking the journey down the river. Travel down the Potomac River and stop at different points-of-interest including, National Harbor, Jones Point Lighthouse, Mount Vernon, Fort Washington, and Little Hunting Creek. The Potomac River is home to a mixture of wildlife, so along the way, you might see Bald Eagles, Osprey, and different types of fish.

Baltimore: 15-Minute Helicopter Tour

8. Baltimore: 15-Minute Helicopter Tour

Take to the skies in a climate-controlled turbine jet-powered Bell 206 Jet Ranger for up to 4 passengers and see Baltimore from a whole new perspective on this 12-15 minute helicopter tour. Witness Fort McHenry and the Under Armour World Headquarters in the Locust Point neighborhood, and see the US submarine, USS Torsk, and a decommissioned aircraft carrier in the Port of Baltimore. You'll get to see sights such as Patterson Park, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore Aquarium, the Inner Harbor sightseeing hub, and the iconic Natty Boh and Domino Sugar signs. If you are a sports fan, you're sure to love your unique view of the Oriole Stadium at Camden Yards and the Ravens Stadium at M&T Bank Stadium. Get a unique aerial perspective of historic neighborhoods such as Downtown Baltimore, Fells Point, and Mount Vernon before beginning your descent. Land safely back down at your starting point filled with adrenaline and incredible memories.

National Harbor: The Carousel Flexible Date Ticket

9. National Harbor: The Carousel Flexible Date Ticket

Located along the water’s edge, the Carousel at National Harbor is the perfect destination for family fun. Enjoy unlimited carousel rides and access to the playground on your chosen day. Little ones can spend the day riding one of the 42 carousel creatures, while adults can relax and take in the sights and sounds of National Harbor. There are even shaded picnic tables and a new pavilion perfect for birthday parties. Located just a few miles from Washington DC and accessible by Metro, water taxi or car, the National Harbor is the perfect getaway for all ages. Enjoy a patio lunch at one of the waterfront-facing restaurants while looking out over the Potomac River, or experience new heights at the 180-foot tall Capital Wheel.

Baltimore: Baltimore Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

10. Baltimore: Baltimore Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Take a tour and discover the darker, hidden history of Baltimore with a professional guide. Throughout your exploration of the city, hear many chilling tales of hauntings and ghosts of the many historic landmarks. Visit locations throughout the Fell's Point neighborhood and learn the haunted history behind each one. Explore the Fell Family Cemetery and hear why only the males of the family are buried there. See if you can spot the spirit of William Fell, who died mysteriously at the age of 27. Discover "The Horse You Came in On Saloon", a notable bar frequented by writer Edgar Allen Poe. Hear of the local accounts of experiences of the paranormal that will stay with you long after you leave Baltimore. Choose to take part in the extended walking tour, and discover even more tales of ghostly sightings and hauntings in the city.

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My party was placed on the upper level and our table was in the back by the bar. I appreciated having a reserved table. The window sill was way too high, so the view was not accessible from your seat, you'd have to stand up to see out the window. Serving was in order by table location to maintain crowd control. The buffet was alright, it was a good variety. The appetizers were amazing, though. I recommend the shrimp cocktail and the crab dip. Drinks were delicious and the portions were large. The DJ was entertaining with the line dance playlist. The entire crew were approachable, professional, accomodating, and friendly. There was a photographer with an affordable packages. The dress code was not enforced at all with all the guests. Guests were still allowed on board even with open toed sandals and jeans. Dee was an amazing server, she was very friendly and made us feel at ease. The water was choppy, but you could not feel it at all. My friends and I had a lot fun. Thank you.

The tour and tasting was very fun and our tour guide was super friendly and knowledgeable. The distillery is in a great location on the water. There is plenty of grassy area so bring your chairs and a picnic and make a day of it.

Our guide Nur was kind and informative. It is not necessary to have a guide through the museum, but it was certainly helpful. We talked and walked, so it wasn’t necessary to read all the placards at each exhibit.

Everyone was cordial and accommodating. Food was good. Drinks were good. Atmosphere was electric. Dancing, mingling, and just a really good time

This was a great experience, and the people were very accommodating!