Travel down the Potomac River by boat to Mount Vernon.

Take a three-hour round-trip cruise to George Washington's estate (one-way cruises also available).

Listen to a narrated riverfront tour as you pass historic and modern landmarks, including the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol (D.C. departures)

Departures from:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Alexandria, VA

Includes general admission to Mount Vernon. 

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Take a Historic Journey

Take a Historic Journey

Throughout the 19th century, the Potomac River teemed with ships bringing both local residents and out-of-town visitors to George Washington’s historic estate.

A Royal Dedication

In 1991, Queen Elizabeth II dedicated the newly restored Mount Vernon wharf.

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Tour the Mansion

Tour the Mansion

Entry to the Mansion requires a tour time.

To reserve a Mansion tour, call (703) 780-2000 in advance of your visit. There is a $2 fee per tour.

You can also request a tour time at the ticket office after your arrival. However, there are a limited number of Mansion tours available, and tour tickets sell out early in the day.

Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

"A Lovely Trip"

"A Lovely Trip"

We had just the right amount of time to see everything.

A great day out and one to remember!

TripAdvisor Review, July 2019

Cruise to Mount Vernon

From D.C. or Alexandria

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Cruises from Washington, D.C.

Take a three-hour round-trip cruise aboard the Spirit of Mount Vernon from Washington, D.C.

Depart from the SW Waterfront and listen to a narrated riverfront tour as you pass historic and modern landmarks, including Old Town Alexandria, Ronald Reagan airport, and Fort Washington.

Breakfast, lunch, and various treats and beverages are available while on board.

This tour includes general admission to Mount Vernon with a prearranged Mansion tour. One-way cruises are also available.

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Cruises from Washington, D.C.

Take a three-hour round-trip cruise aboard the Spirit of Mount Vernon from Washington, D.C. Depart from the SW Waterfront and listen to a narrated riverfront tour as you pass historic and modern landmarks, including Old Town Alexandria, Ronald Reagan airport, and Fort Washington. Breakfast, lunch, and various treats and beverages are available while on board.

This tour includes general admission to Mount Vernon with a prearranged Mansion tour. One-way cruises are also available.

Cruising Schedule

Depart for Mount Vernon

Boarding Time 8:15am
Time of Departure 8:30am
Time of Arrival 10am

Depart for the Wharf, SW Waterfront

Boarding Time 1:15pm
Time of Departure 1:30pm
Time of Arrival 3pm
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Cruises from Alexandria & National Harbor

Cruise down the Potomac from the Alexandria City Marina or National Harbor, MD, and take in spectacular views with onboard narration while on your way to Mount Vernon.

The three-hour round trip includes general admission to the estate, where you can spend four hours exploring the estate and enjoying a Mansion tour.

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Mount Vernon is located in northern Virginia, just a short drive from Washington, D.C.

For more information about things to do in Virginia, visit Virginia.org, the official tourism website for the state of Virginia. You’ll find an overview of each region in Virginia, as well as information about cultural attractions, upcoming events, and where to stay. You can also purchase merchandise featuring the official Virginia slogan, “Virginia is for Lovers.”

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Estate Hours

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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