- 6 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Join us on our 6.5-hour excursion cruise to the infamous Mount Vernon Estate. Your boat tour starts off with a narrated ride up the scenic Potomac River taking you to George Washington’s plantation estate in Fairfax, Virginia. When you arrive at the former president’s historic home, you have free time to roam the grounds and tour the house while soaking up its fascinating history.
- Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
- Fully narrated tour
- Tour is wheelchair accessible
- All entrance fees included
- Potomac River cruise
- Entry/Admission - George Washington's Mount Vernon
- Entry/Admission - Potomac River
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Pier 4, Washington, DC
Returns to original departure point
March - October
Tuesday - Sunday, select dates
Board your Mount Vernon cruise at Pier 4 in Washington, DC, and head to the outdoor decks to enjoy the fresh air and views of famous landmarks along the Potomac River. While you cruise, listen to historical facts from the onboard narrator.
Disembark the boat at Mount Vernon, George Washington's 45-acre 18th-century Palladian-style estate. You have about three hours to spend here retracing Washington’s footsteps, wandering through the property’s intriguing nooks and crannies. See the intimate study room, the grand dining room, the former slave quarters, and the kitchen.
A visit to Mount Vernon is not complete without a stroll around the estate’s four gardens, where it’s easy to see why the beloved home of George and Martha Washington has been declared a National Historic Landmark. Check out the Colonial Revival garden, which once grew vegetables that supplied the president’s meals, or find George and Martha resting peacefully near the river and fruit garden.
If you get hungry, the estate hosts a range of restaurants (own expense). Then enjoy the leisurely boat ride back to DC.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
This was a fun way to visit Mt Vernon. The Spirit of Mt Vernon was very comfortable and offered a wide variety of beverages and food. We enjoyed learning about the sites along the way and had plenty of time to explore Mt Vernon.
it was very relaxed and comfortable tour.
boat cruise was very nice and tour was perfect length for seniors to child.
Relaxing cruising down the Potomac. Very efficient in getting there. After hiking mount Vernon during the day. Able to relax on cruise back with treats and drinks available. AWESOME
In my humble opinion, this is a must see/do while visiting Washington D.C. Not only was it a fantastic get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but it was educational and informational. The trip to and from D.C. was chill, with its own unique perks, but the Mount Vernon grounds is the true gem. It is utterly GORGEOUS. Coming from the West coast, we don't ever get to see green like Virginia green. And the history of the very first President is definitely interesting in it's own.
The cruise there and back were lovely and peaceful. And Mount Vernon was simply gorgeous 10 out of 10 would do again
Captain Andrew and his crew were wonderful. They made the trip to and from Mount Vernon a pleasure! I recommend sitting inside if you can so it will be easier to hear the commentary. Mount Vernon was beautiful and a nice addition to our DC visit.
really worthwhile trip - great way to get to see some of the countryside outside of the city of Washington. Mount Vernon itself is a very interesting place to visit. Everything about this experience was easy and the staff were terrific.
This was a most enjoyable tour! I took it with my 2 grand children 10 and 12 and even they had a great time. It's a beautiful ride along the Potomac River with a a beautiful view along the way. Points of interest are being pointed out along the way. Once at Mt. Vernon we enjoyed the walk through the gardens, visited the house. We went in the summer on a very hot day. So if you go on a hot day, drink plenty of water. Food and refreshments are available for purchase on the boat.
This was my second time for this excursion and it continues to be one of my favorite trips while in DC. A leisurely cruise to Mt. Vernon, then about 3 hours to explore the estate and have lunch the turkey pot pie is very good.
We learned a bit about what it takes to run an estate of this size back in the 1700s such as spinning thread and weaving fabric to make clothing. We spoke with a young man in the character of General Washington's personal valet who told us of the day to day necessities he provided to his master.
The tour of the main house is very informative but we skipped it this time to allow more time to meander the grounds and gardens. A beautiful day all around and a lazy trip back to our starting point at the pier. If you have the time, this is a wonderful way to spend the day!
Arguably my favorite part of the trip to Washington DC. Taking a nice boat ride down the Potomac, you gaze upon perhaps the most famous residence in the country up on the hill. It was amazing to see how even the rich and famous of that time may be considered poor in our time
Very enjoyable boat ride up the Potomac river
It was great stepping back in time and learning about our forefathers.
So nice to sit back and watch the beauty of the Potomac River glide past. Our time at Mt. Vernon was sufficient to see the property and thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the history of the area depicted there.
This tour was AMAZING! I can't wait to go back with my fiance! I went with a good friend and we loved walking through the gardens, touring the house and paying our respects to Martha and George Washington along with paying our respects at the slave memorial. When you were there you could feel the history and it gave us goosebumps. This was our favorite purchase that we made for the first part of our trip!
This is such a great way to visit Mount Vernon. Coming in from the Potomac is fun and easy and the sights along the way are an extra bonus!
River trip was very relaxing. Suggest bringing water and sandwiches to eat after the tours.
This is a must do tour....to touch such a large piece of history in it's natural state is overwhelming. Highly recommend!