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Historic Mount Vernon with Sightseeing Cruise

Highlights / General details

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the estate, which features beautiful gardens, heritage breed animals, a working blacksmith shop, and a stunning view of the Potomac River. Inside the museum and education center, see original objects, such as his famous dentures, and watch the American Revolution come to life in a 4-D theater where it snows every day. Find out about Washington’s successful business enterprises at his reconstructed gristmill and whiskey distillery (open April – October).

Enhance your visit to Mount Vernon with a 45-minute sightseeing cruise of the Potomac. See unique views of the estate and learn more about Washington’s fishing enterprises. Tours depart regularly throughout the day, April through August. Guests will be assigned to the next available tour time.


Admission ticket to George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Distillery & Gristmill; Admission ticket for a sightseeing cruise; Sales tax.


Specialty tours; Other enhancements (audio tours, rental devices); Guide service; Personal expenses.

Hours of operation

Available: Tuesday - Sunday (April - August); Departs regularly from 9:00am - 5:00pm.


Cruise is approximately 45 minutes.


3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway; 16 miles/ 26 km south of Washington.

Additional Information

Much of the estate is outdoors and walking is required. Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

When you present your voucher at the ticket window, you will receive a timed ticket indicating the time of your Mansion tour. You will be assigned the next available tour time.

Please note that in peak season (mid-March-May), you may experience a long wait before entering the Mansion. Your Mansion tour may also be abbreviated due to high-volume visitation.

You will be issued a separate ticket for a sightseeing cruise at the next available time or the guest’s preferred time. Please allow 20 minutes to reach the wharf from the Orientation Center. Shuttle service to the wharf is provided daily in season.


Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**

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