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Activities & Tours

Mount Vernon offers a diverse collection of special activities and tours each day of the year! Upon arrival, we encourage you to review our Today at Mount Vernon programming guide, which notes all of the custom activities taking place on the estate specific to the day of your visit.

Specialty Tours


This one-hour walking tour goes behind-the-scenes to areas where "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" filming took place and explores how these locations were used during George Washington's time.


Step back in time for a 45-minute immersive experience. Join people from Washington's world, like his granddaughter, personal secretary, or farm manager, as they go about their daily activities, making several stops along the way.


This one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the Mansion's basement. The tour will end in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a special tasting.


See George Washington’s Mount Vernon from a different perspective during this 45-minute narrated sightseeing excursion on the Potomac River.


Dogs welcome! This special walking tour covers 1.25 miles of Mount Vernon terrain stopping at five historic locations, including the West Gate. Learn about canine life at Mount Vernon, from the first president’s dogs to the dogs that live at Mount Vernon today.


During this one-hour tour, visit the rarely seen Mansion basement and wander the historic area to learn of the heroics of the estate’s caretakers during the Civil War, and the robust efforts of many over the century and a half that followed.


This 45-minute guided tour examines Washington's brilliant design for the grounds at Mount Vernon. Visit the gardens he created, see some of the original trees that are still standing, and learn how he merged areas for work and leisure to create a master plan for his beloved home.


This 45-minute guided walking tour highlights the lives and contributions of the enslaved community who built and operated Mount Vernon, the plantation home of George and Martha Washington.


This one-hour guided tour takes visitors through the main floor of the Fred W. Smith National Library. View rare books and manuscripts, special collections and art, research resources, and one-of-a-kind design details such as custom-created busts of the Founding Fathers.


Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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Audio Tour

This engaging narrative guides you through the historic area of Mount Vernon and enhances your tour of the Donald W. Reynolds Museum. Special kid-friendly content is now included. Available at the Ford Orientation Center, a limited number of devices are available, $6 per person in addition to general admission.

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Meet People from Washington's World

Meet costumed staff telling real stories about George Washington and the world he inhabited through Mount Vernon’s Character Interpretation program.

Meet people from Washington's world around the historic area daily and meet "Lady Washington" in the Interpretive Center (schedules vary, included in general admission). Consult Today at Mount Vernon upon arrival for programming details.

Adventure Map

Explore the Mount Vernon estate and solve the puzzles. Free Adventure Maps for every family with a youth ticket are available at the Ford Orientation Center, prize included!

Download the Adventure Map (PDF)

Tributes at the Tomb

A special ceremony and wreath laying occurs at Washington's Tomb daily at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., April – October, and 12 p.m., November - March. This tour is included with general admission. Consult Today at Mount Vernon upon arrival for programming details.

Storytelling & Story Book Readings

We invite our youngest guests to enjoy storytelling or story book readings in the Hands-On-History Center. Drawing on famous tales from the 18th-century, costumed storytellers bring history to life on weekends. During the week, excerpt for select children’s books about Washington and Mount Vernon are read aloud. Consult Today at Mount Vernon upon arrival for programming details

Special Demonstrations

Demonstrations of 18th-century life, including blacksmithing, wheat treading, sheep shearing, plowing, cooking, textile processing, and many more are offered at times throughout the year. Talk with costumed interpreters and learn more about life on Washington’s plantation. Consult Today at Mount Vernon upon arrival for programming details.