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Your visit will be different depending on the time of year. Seasonal activities are offered in spring and summer.
Mansion tours may be abbreviated during our busiest periods, which are:
If you are visiting during our busy periods and would like to spend more time in the mansion, we recommend our premium mansion tour.
Download the Mount Vernon app for an estate map, audio tours, and games, including a scavenger hunt. You can also take a colonial selfie.
The free app can be downloaded straight onto your own device or you can rent a pre-loaded smartphone at the estate.
Bring the whole family to Mount Vernon! There's so much to see and do.
Tours and activities on the estate change daily. Printed handouts of our events calendar are available in our Orientation Center. You can also access our calendar online. Be sure to consider one of our specialty tours, which cover a variety of topics and interests—and some tours are free of charge.
Visit Mount Vernon’s wharf and observe the construction of an 18th-century river batteau.
Specialty tours cover diverse topics, such as the filming of National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, gardening, and the music of the Revolution. A premium mansion tour is also available.
Start your visit by watching the video in the Orientation Center. This 25-minute film highlights what there is to see and do at the estate and also includes battle scenes from the French and Indian War.
Other movies on the estate highlight Mount Vernon's history, George Washington's life and his most important battles. Don't miss our 4D Theater, where the seats vibrate and "smoke" wafts through the room when cannons fire.
Visitor parking is always free at Mount Vernon. There are parking lots on the east and west sides of the George Washington Memorial Parkway as you approach the entrance. If these parking lots are full, you will be directed to an overflow parking lot.
There are also spaces for RVs, motor coaches and trailers, in the east parking lot and overflow parking lot.
General Washington loved dogs, and so do we. Mount Vernon invites guests to enjoy this landmark property along with their dogs. In spring and fall, we even offer specialty tours just for dogs (and owners).
For the comfort of all guests, we ask that pet owners follow the guidelines in our Dog Visitation Policy. Water bowls are located at our main gate and museum entrance.
After you tour the estate, unwind over lunch, happy hour, or dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. You can reserve your table in advance using OpenTable. For a quick bite on-the-go, stop by the Food Court.
We invite you to take photos of your visit; however, please note that photography is not allowed in the Mansion. Bags should be no larger than 16x16x8 inches. Strollers are permitted, except inside the Mansion.
Mount Vernon accommodates guests with special needs. Wheelchairs and service animals are permitted on the estate.