Use our suggested itineraries to make the most of your visit to Mount Vernon!

How much time will you be spending at Mount Vernon?

Less than 3 Hours

 

3 Hours or More

Less than 3 Hours

There is so much to see and do at Mount Vernon that we recommend you allow at least three hours to experience the estate. However, if you less time, we suggest these activities:

Tour the Mansion

General admission tickets allow you to explore the estate for the entire day. When buying tickets you choose the time at which you enter the Mansion tour line. Tours of the Mansion last from 20-45 minutes depending on the number of visitors on the estate that day. Make sure that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour time to walk from the parking lot to the Mansion tour line.

View Washington's Tomb

Visit the final resting place of George and Martha Washington, as well as 28 other family members. Visitors can participate in a daily wreath-laying ceremony at the Washingtons' Tomb.

Visit the Slave Memorial

Commemorate the community of the enslaved people who lived and worked at Mount Vernon. The memorial is located on sacred ground in an area used as a cemetery by the enslaved and free black community.

Stroll the Gardens and Grounds

Walk through the estate’s four gardens and examine a great variety of trees, flowers, and plants that provided food for the Mansion’s table and beautiful settings for an evening stroll. While the gardens look their best from April through September, check out the greenhouse in the upper garden year-round.

Explore the Outbuildings

View more than a dozen buildings where many of the estate’s essential operations took place. Enslaved men and women used their skills to make tools and textiles, care for livestock, and process food. Today visitors can explore the outbuildings where much of this work was done including the blacksmith shop, smokehouse, stable, spinning house, and more. Observe blacksmith demonstrations throughout the year. Other demonstrations seasonally.

Interact with Characters

Visit with people from Washington’s world as they stroll the grounds. Costumed interpreters portray members of the Washington family and the enslaved community. Guests are invited to ask these people about what life was like during the 18th century.

Meet the Animals

Mount Vernon keeps animals similar to the breeds that Washington had, including sheep, pigs, oxen, and horses. Each spring, the estate welcomes more than twenty baby sheep, who guests can visit in the paddock south of the lower garden.

More than 3 Hours

Take a Specialty Tour

Mount Vernon offers a series of tours that dive deeper into topics including the daily life of Mount Vernon's enslaved community. Or you can learn more about the history of the Mansion or the gardens.

Visit the Museum and Education Center

The museum’s current exhibition, Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, explores the personal stories of the people enslaved at Mount Vernon. It is on view through September 2020.

Inside the Education Center, trace Washington’s life story. See hundreds of artifacts from Washington's lifetime, movies, a 4D theater about the Revolutionary War, and an interactive theater where you can Be Washington, all included with general admission.

Explore the Pioneer Farm

The four-acre farm includes a replica of Washington’s 16-sided treading barn and a reconstructed slave cabin. Our historic trades staff performs various 18th-century demonstrations from April to October, including wheat, treading, sheep shearing, cooking over an open fire.

Take a Sightseeing Cruise

Experience Mount Vernon from a different perspective during this 45-minute narrated sightseeing excursion on the Potomac River. Boat cruises are offered seasonally.

Discover the Distillery and Gristmill

Visit the fully-functioning reconstructions of Washington's Distillery and Gristmill. Watch the mighty gears turning and the stones grinding at our Gristmill, where flour and cornmeal were produced. Within our functioning distillery, you can see where we make George Washington's whiskey. 

Take a free shuttle or drive less than three miles to the reconstructed distillery and gristmill. This site is open April through October and is included with admission. 

How Much Time to See Everything?

Activity Duration Distance from Entrance Season
Mansion Tour 20-45 minutes, duration varies throughout the year 10 minutes Year-round Learn More
The Washingtons' Tomb 15 minutes 10 minutes Year-round Learn More
Slave Memorial and Burial Ground 15 minutes 10 minutes Year-round Learn More
Gardens and Grounds 15-30 minutes 10 minutes Year-round Learn More
Outbuildings 30-45 minutes to see all 10 minutes Year-round Learn More
Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center 15-30 minutes to see the highlights 5 minutes Year-round Learn More
Specialty tours 45-60 minutes 10 minutes to Mansion Circle Dates/times vary Learn More
Dining 30-60 minutes 5 minutes Year-round Learn More
Pioneer Farm 45 minutes 15 minutes April-October Learn More
Distillery & Gristmill 1 hour 2.8 miles (access via shuttle or driving, 12 minutes) April-October Learn More
Sightseeing cruise 45 minutes 15 minutes March-October Learn More

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