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Catch a Flight in DC

Activities, creatures and features of the sky on display in the District

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Just outside of DC in Rockville, Md., Go Ape offers treetop adventures with a ropes course, plus hiking trails, boat rentals, fishing and picnic areas.

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Get outdoors and up into the trees for this unique experience

Located just outside the city in Rock Creek Park in Rockville, MD, the Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course allows participants to get a unique look at the beautiful park, all while exercising and having fun. After a 30-minute training session and safety briefing, you are turned free among the branches, able to fly on the zip lines and swing through the trees. Instructors are always nearby in case assistance is needed. A perfect activity for families and any large group, Go Ape lets you explore the forest as you never have before – off the ground!

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Enjoy beautiful scenery as planes elevate & land right before your eyes

Gravelly Point is one of DC’s most scenic areas. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport’s runway sits just 400 feet away from this lovely park, with planes sweeping over as low as 100 feet overhead. The park also provides a great view of the Washington skyline. Bring along the entire family for a picnic, or enjoy the serenity of the park alone. There is also a large lawn for activity nearby, as well as a hiking/biking trail.

Located in the museum's "Milestones of Flight" gallery, the Bell X-1 was the first aircraft to travel faster than the speed of sound, piloted by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager in 1947.

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Let your mind soar while viewing the world’s largest collection of historic air and spacecraft

The Smithsonian Institution’s immense collection of air and spacecraft needs two separate display facilities to house it all. The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in the heart of DC has hundreds of artifacts, including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module as well as the Bell X-1, the first aircraft to travel faster than the speed of sound. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located just outside the District in Chantilly, VA, houses a Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay and is the new home for the Space Shuttle Discovery. The sheer size and authenticity of these machines is a sight to behold.

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Check out birds of all shapes, sizes and species at the National Zoo

Our friends in the sky are on full display at the Smithsonian National Zoo, with hundreds of species present in and around the park. The widest variety of birds reside at the Bird House, a large indoor facility that features a jungle where tropical birds fly freely, along with a series of smaller exhibits that display birds ranging from owls to toucans. Just outside the Bird House is the Crane Line, featuring the long-legged wading birds in all their glory. There are also the Wetlands, a great spot for bird-watching where you can often spot colorful mallards and black-crowned night-herons.

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Learn the art of flying trapeze and go aerial…literally

Located in the vibrant Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, Trapeze School New York (TSNY) provides a fun, safe environment in which first-time trapeze artists can learn the basics and get a fantastic adrenaline rush. More intense multi-session workshops for advanced flyers are also available. Whether you are a thrill-seeker or someone facing a fear of say, heights, TSNY is an adventure. Receive an evaluation from an instructor first to assess what level class you should take. Types of classes offered range from “Balancing and Acrobatics” to “Static Trapeze,” and can be conducted in private or in groups.