Things to Do with Kids
Mount Vernon is a perfect destination for families. Our working farm and historical interpreters will make your family feel like they have stepped back into the 18th century.
Mount Vernon is an American landmark and an enduring tribute to the Father of Our Country.
Walk through the first president's colonial Mansion, where the interiors have been meticulously restored to their appearance in 1799. The standard Mansion tour (included with admission) takes guests to the first and second floors. The premium Mansion tour (available at an additional cost) also includes the third floor.
Visit time: 15-25 minutes for the standard Mansion tour, depending on the number of guests each day; 60 minutes for the premium Mansion tour.
Our interactive estate map will help you to locate all the great sites and activities that you can find at Mount Vernon.See the Map
Look inside more than a dozen outbuildings where many of the estate's essential operations—such as laundry, spinning, and meat curing—were performed. Demonstrations occur daily at our working blacksmith shop.
Visit time: 30 minutes.Outbuildings
Meet the animals who live at Mount Vernon, including breeds who were raised on the estate in Washington’s time: Ossabaw Island Hogs, Hog Island Sheep, Dominique Chickens, and Red Devon Cattle. Mount Vernon is also home to horses, mules, and oxen.
Visit time: 15 minutes.
Learn more about the many heritage-breed animals that we have here at Mount Vernon
Located 50 yards from the Tomb, this memorial sits on the site of the cemetery for slaves and free blacks who worked at Mount Vernon during the 1700s and early to mid 1800s.
Visit time: 15 minutes.
Inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, trace Washington’s life story through state-of-the-art gallery displays, videos and exhibits.
Next to the Education Center, the Museum displays Mount Vernon's current exhibition, Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington's Mount Vernon, through September 30, 2019.
Visit time: 45-60 minutes (Education Center); 30-45 minutes (Museum).Learn More
Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon explores the personal stories of the people enslaved at Mount Vernon while providing insight into George Washington’s evolving opposition to slavery.Learn More
Tour our four-acre farm, which includes a replica of Washington’s 16-sided treading barn and a reconstructed slave cabin. Open April to October.
Visit time: 45 minutes. Shuttle service offered between the Pioneer Farm and the Museum and Education Center, April to October.
Visit a modern reconstruction of Washington's wharf, located adjacent to the Pioneer Farm. Travel to Mount Vernon by boat or enjoy a 45-minute sightseeing cruise (offered April to October).
Visit time at the wharf: 15 minutes. Shuttle service offered between the Pioneer Farm and the Museum and Education Center, April to October.
Tour fully-functioning reconstructions of Washington's gristmill and whiskey distillery. Both buildings are located 2.7 miles from the estate’s main entrance and are included in general admission.
Visit time: 60 minutes. Open April-October from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Learn how whiskey was made at George Washington's distillery.
Take home a souvenir from the Shops at Mount Vernon, featuring reproductions of Mount Vernon treasures and the world’s most comprehensive George Washington-themed bookstore. Admission is not required to visit The Shops at Mount Vernon.Shop Online
Mount Vernon by CandlelightDec 1–2
Mount Vernon by CandlelightDec 8–9
Mount Vernon by CandlelightDec 15–16
Christmas Illuminations at Mount VernonDec 17
Mount Vernon by CandlelightJan 30
NSO at Mount VernonFeb 17–19
Washington's Birthday CelebrationFeb 22
George Washington's 286th BirthdayFeb 27
NSO at Mount VernonMar 20
NSO at Mount VernonMay 5–6
Revolutionary War WeekendMay 12–13
Mother's Day Weekend at Mount VernonMay 18–20
Spring Wine Festival & Sunset TourJun 8–9
Summer Escape at Mount VernonJun 29–30
Independence FireworksJul 4
An American CelebrationSep 15–16
Colonial Market & FairOct 5–7
Fall Wine Festival & Sunset TourOct 20–21
Fall Harvest Family DaysOct 26–27
Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon