Located just minutes from the museums and monuments of Washington, D.C., National Harbor gives student groups the opportunity to stroll tree-lined streets filled with outdoor art, shops, and restaurants. A sandy beach along the Potomac River is home to The Awakening—a massive and awe-inspiring sculpture by J. Seward Johnson.
Adjacent to the beach, East Pier leads to The Capital Wheel, a large-scale observation wheel that delivers thrilling views of the Washington, D.C., area from 180 feet above the historic Potomac River. Seated in comfortable, climate-controlled gondolas with floor-to-ceiling windows, student groups enjoy a spectacular view of the entire National Harbor boardwalk.
Student groups can arrange a guided tour or simply request teacher resources, available on The Capital Wheel’s website, allowing students to learn about math, engineering, history, and geography. Teacher guides are available for middle and high school-level students, plus there’s a special guide for Scouts.
Open 365 days a year, the Capital Wheel is perfect for groups of all ages. Rain or shine, it’s always a comfortable 72-degrees inside the climate-controlled gondolas. Students who visit in the evening are treated to a stunning light display on The Capital Wheel that can be custom programmed to honor school colors or celebrate special events.
Younger travelers may also enjoy the Carousel, which can be booked alone or as a package with tickets to The Capital Wheel. Advance reservations are recommended but not required and group discounts are available from the group sales office at 301.857.0147.
Content and photo courtesy of The Capital Wheel.