Bring the family to George Washington's estate, where there's something for all ages. 

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On-site event
Jul28–29 Story Time

Story Time

Jul 28 –
Aug 1
Discovery Station: Revolutionary War Flags

Discovery Station: Revolutionary War Flags

Jul 30 –
Aug 1
Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Aug4–5 Story Time

Story Time

Aug4–8 Discovery Station: Sand Casting & Rustication

Discovery Station: Sand Casting & Rustication

Aug6–8 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Aug11–12 Story Time

Story Time

Aug11–15 Discovery Station: Sand Casting & Rustication

Discovery Station: Sand Casting & Rustication

Aug13–15 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Aug18–19 Story Time

Story Time

Aug18–22 Discovery Station: Sand Casting & Rustication

Discovery Station: Sand Casting & Rustication

Aug20–22 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Aug25–29 Discovery Station: Sand Casting & Rustication

Discovery Station: Sand Casting & Rustication

Aug 25 –
Sep 2
Story Time

Story Time

Aug27–29 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Aug28 Sensory-Friendly Family Morning

Sensory-Friendly Family Morning

Sep3–5 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Sep8–9 Story Time

Story Time

Sep10–12 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Sep15–16 Story Time

Story Time

Sep17–19 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Sep18–19 Colonial Market & Fair

Colonial Market & Fair

Sep22–23 Story Time

Story Time

Sep 24 –
Oct 3
Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Sep26 George Washington Patriot Run

George Washington Patriot Run

Sep29–30 Story Time

Story Time

Oct6–7 Story Time

Story Time

Oct8–10 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Oct13–14 Story Time

Story Time

Oct15–17 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Oct 18 –
Nov 1
Homeschool Day

Homeschool Day

Oct20–21 Story Time

Story Time

Oct22–24 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Oct23–24 Fall Harvest Festival

Fall Harvest Festival

Oct27–28 Story Time

Story Time

Oct29–31 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Oct30 Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

Nov3–4 Story Time

Story Time

Nov5–7 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Nov10–11 Story Time

Story Time

Nov12–14 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Nov17–18 Story Time

Story Time

Nov19–21 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Nov 24 –
Dec 2
Story Time

Story Time

Nov26–28 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Dec3–5 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Dec8–9 Story Time

Story Time

Dec10–12 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Dec15–16 Story Time

Story Time

Dec17–19 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Dec22–23 Story Time

Story Time

Dec24–26 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Dec29–30 Story Time

Story Time

Dec31 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Jan1–2 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Jan5–6 Story Time

Story Time

Jan7–9 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Jan12–13 Story Time

Story Time

Jan14–16 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Jan19–20 Story Time

Story Time

Jan21–23 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Jan26–27 Story Time

Story Time

Jan28–30 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Feb2–3 Story Time

Story Time

Feb4–6 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Feb9–10 Story Time

Story Time

Feb11–13 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Feb16–17 Story Time

Story Time

Feb18–20 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Feb23–24 Story Time

Story Time

Feb25–27 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Mar2–3 Story Time

Story Time

Mar4–6 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Mar9–10 Story Time

Story Time

Mar11–13 Animal Spotlight

Animal Spotlight

Explore the Estate with our Adventure Map

Written clues and colorful pictures guide families on an exploration of nine locations on the Mount Vernon estate.

Pick up the Adventure Map in the Orientation Center when you arrive at the estate. Ages 7-12.

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Look for the Discovery Station

Wednesday - Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Find our Discovery Station near the Bowling Green and explore topics related to George Washington and Mount Vernon.

You could:

  • Hear about Mount Vernon’s historic buildings
  • Learn about the people who called Mount Vernon home
  • Count tree rings to determine how old a Mount Vernon tree is
  • Grab a take-home craft kit

See the web calendar for daily program offerings.

This program is weather-dependent. All Ages.

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Try the I Spy Scavenger Hunt

Our youngest guests match nine images with objects and places at Mount Vernon while they explore the estate.

Pick up your free scavenger hunt at the Ford Orientation Center. Ages 3-7.

Download the Scavenger Hunt

Meet People from Washington's World

Attend one of our character programs or take a specialty tour to hear what it was like at Mount Vernon in George Washington's time.

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Take a Photo Cruise on the Potomac River

Leave dry land behind and enjoy the river breeze during a narrated tour on the Potomac River. Cruises are available seasonally, through fall. All Ages.

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Visit the Farm

From April through October, head to the Farm for a taste of 18th-century farm life. Watch farming demonstrations from plowing to harvesting to cooking, and see our farm animals. All Ages.

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Enjoy Kids' Activities in the Hands-on-History Center

Stop by the Hands-on-History Center in the Education Center for kid-friendly activities, including story hours, crafts, and games. Ages 3-10.

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See Mount Vernon's Animals

Meet the animals who live at Mount Vernon, such as Ossabaw Island Hogs, Hog Island Sheep, Dominique Chickens, and Red Devon Cattle. All Ages.

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Walk the Forest Trail

Walk through a wooded area with interactive text panels along the way to learn who lived here before the Washingtons and what animals roamed the woods. The forest trail includes several steep inclines and uneven terrain. Ages 8 and up.

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Watch a 4D Movie in our Revolutionary War Theater

This fast-paced, 4D production traces General Washington's important military victories at Boston, Trenton, and Yorktown. The Revolutionary War Theater—where cannons fire and snow falls every day—is one of Mount Vernon’s most popular attractions. Ages 8 and up.

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Play Be Washington

See if you can lead like George Washington with this leadership experience inside our Education Center. Ages 10 and up.

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Try our Augmented Reality Glasses

Put on a pair of augmented reality glasses and explore the estate through rich 360-degree visuals, narration, period music, and atmospheric sounds. Ages 11 and up.

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Play Agent 711

Become one of George Washington’s spies! Go undercover and test your spycraft skills while exploring the grounds of Mount Vernon with this free app.

Pick up the Agent 711 map in the Orientation Center when you arrive at the estate. Ages 11 and up.

Download the App

Take the Photo Quest

Follow the clues to discover great places to take photos! Pick up your free photo quest at the Ford Orientation Center or download it before you visit. Ages 11 and up.

Download the Photo Quest

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Admission capacity is limited.

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Extend Your Visit with Home Activities

Engage your children at home with our crafts, worksheets, games, quizzes, videos, and more.

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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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