Check out these tips and make the most of your visit to Mount Vernon.

We're open 365 days a year!

Your visit will be different depending on when you visit. Programming and volume of visitation are unique to each season, and each day. We are busiest March through June and on weekends September through October. During this time, Mansion tours may be abbreviated so that everyone has the chance to quickly see the interior of the Mansion. We also experience high volume on Washington’s Birthday (Presidents Day), Palm Sunday weekend, Easter weekend, July 4, and the weekend following Thanksgiving.

Visit from April through October to take advantage of seasonal activities and to visit the Distillery & Gristmill. Also, be sure to check out our calendar of special events, including our popular wine festivals, exclusive dining experiences, and more.

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What to wear and what to bring?

Much of your visit will be outdoors, so please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared for various weather conditions. While food is not allowed in the historic area or in the Museum and Education Center, water bottles are encouraged. Water fountains are also located around the historic area for refills. Strollers are welcomed, but are not allowed on the Mansion tour. For your safety and security, large bags and backpacks are not permitted.  

Take in the view.

Save a few moments to sit in the chairs on the Mansion’s piazza overlooking the lovely east lawn with a view of the majestic Potomac River.

Want to see the third floor of the Mansion?

After George Washington’s death, Martha retired to the third floor of the Mansion.  This special space is open to guests for a short period each year, from the day after Thanksgiving until January 6, as part of Christmas at Mount Vernon.

Additional Tips for Families

Pick up an Adventure Map
Upon arrival at the Ford Orientation Center, ask for a free Adventure Map for kids. Solve puzzles and win a prize


Visit the animals
There are many opportunities to see animals on the estate, many of which are the same breeds Washington had on the plantation. Be sure to visit the paddock during the springtime to see our baby lambs and the Pioneer Farm during the summer for more animal activities, such as wheat-treading and horse-drawn wagon rides.


Meet People from Washington's World
Be on the lookout for People from Washington’s world in the historic area! Meet people like Martha Washington, Dr. Craik, Washington’s personal physician, Christopher Sheels, Washington’s enslaved valet, and others who knew the General well.


Spend Time in the Hands-on-History Center
Our youngest guests (ages 3-8) will love the Hands-on-History center located in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a variety of programming includes story time and seasonal activities and crafts.

Additional Tips for Student Groups

Take Advantage of our Special Student Programs
Enhance your visit with a structured student program. Mount Vernon offers special learning experiences for students of all grade levels. Plus, special discounts are available for Title One schools that register for select programs!


Raise the flag!
We welcome groups to do the honors of raising the flag above Mount Vernon at the main gate as we open to the public. To schedule a flag raising, please contact groups@mountvernon.org.


Store Your Items in The Gatehouse
Need to bring your own lunches or other large bags?  We can secure it at The Gatehouse, located just outside the entrance to the Mount Vernon Inn Complex, for you.  Ask a Guest Services staff member at the Ford Orientation Center for assistance. Please note that we do not allow outside food or drink, except for water bottles, on the grounds of the estate.


A Tribute at the Washington Tomb
Pay your respects to our first President by arranging a special wreath-laying ceremony at his Tomb during normal public hours. To schedule, please contact groups@mountvernon.org.

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Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121