Spirit of Washington DC Lunch Cruise
Washington DC, USA
- Spirit of Washington: Start your harbor voyage by posing for a keepsake photo. Then, as the ship sets sail, join the crew in a festive and fun bon voyage toast.
- A truly grand buffet: Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch, prepared onboard. You can eat as much as you'd like. Order a drink from the bar to go with your meal.
- A capital skyline: While you dine, listen to a fascinating narrated tour of the historic harbor sights you'll see from the huge panoramic windows.
- Outdoor deck: The boat boasts the largest patio deck in Washington, D.C. Perfect for a lunchtime stroll or a drink before or after your meal.
About this Washington DC tour
As our nation's capital, Washington, D.C., is home to the White House, the official residence and workplace of every one of our presidents since 1800. An elegant and entertaining way to get a taste of D.C's presidential history is to take the Spirit of Washington lunch cruise.
When you pass by the Lincoln Memorial, note its 36 columns, one for each state reunited following the Civil War. No truth to the rumor, though, that Abraham Lincoln's hands in the sculpture spell out "A" and "L" in sign language. The Jefferson Memorial shares a similar Parthenon-inspired design – one that was approved by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It originally had a plaster cast of the Thomas Jefferson statue, due to wartime restrictions on metal, but was replaced with a more fitting bronze statue after the war.
The Woodrow Wilson Bridge, known not just for the president behind it, but for the traffic going over the bridge each day, and the always-busy Reagan National Airport are other presidential-themed sights you'll see from your cruise. While DC also has Dulles Airport, Reagan National Airport is still the place to go to get to the city quickly.
The National War College, another attraction visible from your boat, has been the training ground for generations of military leaders and presidential advisors like Colin Powell and Wesley Clark. All of these attractions contribute to who we are as Americans. A lunch cruise with a hearty entree of American lore? That's pretty delicious.
Rolling on the riverine
One of the unusual sights you'll see on the Potomac River is the Jones Point Lighthouse, one of the last riverine lighthouses in the country. This edifice, which dates from the 1850s, doesn't look like a traditional lighthouse. Instead, it is built like a house, with a lighting structure on top. It may look large, but imagine how cramped it was for Benjamin Greenwood, the longer-serving keeper, who lived there with his second wife and 11 of his 14 children.
Please proceed to the Spirit of Washington at Pier 4 - 6th and Water Street SW, Washington D.C.
Reservations are required 72 hours in advance of desire cruise. Please inform us of any special needs during the reservation process to ensure you are seated on the appropriate deck.
Appropriate attire is casual. T-shirts, jeans, shorts, flip-flops and sneakers are not allowed. Dress code is enforced.
To fully participate may require leisurely walking over primarily even surfaces. There may be a limited number of steps and some standing for extended periods of time. The Spirit of Washington is handicap accessible.
Boat Tour, Scenic, Food and Wine, Family Friendly
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children 2 years of age and younger participate free of charge. Must be 21 or older with valid ID to purchase alcohol.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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