How much time will you be spending at Mount Vernon?
1 hour 2 hours 3 hours 4+ hours
There is so much to see and do at Mount Vernon that we recommend you allow more than an hour to experience the estate. However, if you only have an hour, we suggest these activities:
Tour the Mansion
Buy your tickets online to 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.
Look Inside the Outbuildings
View more than a dozen buildings where many of the estate’s essential operations took place, including laundry, spinning, and meat curing. Observe blacksmith demonstrations throughout the year. Other demonstrations occur seasonally.
Visit the Tombs
Pay your respects at the final resting place of George and Martha Washington. Wreath-layings are held daily.
Explore the Gardens
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.
In addition to the previous offerings:
Interact with the Characters
Visit with people from Washington’s world as they stroll the grounds. Costumed reenactors of members of the Washington family and the enslaved workers greet guests and share details of their daily lives at the estate. Learn More
Watch our 4D Revolutionary War Film
This unique theater experience highlights General Washington's role in the Revolutionary War complete with snow, fog, cannon shots and other 4D effects. The film runs 22 minutes.
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.
Visit the Slave Memorial
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. Wreath-layings are held daily from February through October.
Take a Specialty Tour
Mount Vernon offers a series of tours that dive deeper into specific content areas, including gardens, slavery, and the lives of 18th-century people.
Visit the Museum
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.
Play Be Washington
Step into Washington’s boots and confront some of the same tough challenges he faced during the American Revolution and the presidency. Each program in this interactive leadership experience is 18 minutes long. If there’s a line, explore the Education Center while you wait.
Visit 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 and cooking over an open fire.
Board 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.
See George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill
Take a free shuttle to and from Mount Vernon to visit the reconstructed distillery and gristmill. This site is open April through October.
Experience Mount Vernon in Augmented Reality
Discover a whole new way to see George Washington's Mount Vernon with an exciting new augmented reality tour of the estate!