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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

  • Combine a Potomac River cruise with a day at Mount Vernon
  • Listen to live narration on the river cruise from an onboard guide
  • Explore Mount Vernon at your own pace
In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon
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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon
From US$54.14
Traveling to George Washington's Mount Vernon estate by boat means you'll cruise past Potomac River landmarks on your way to the sprawling former plantation, combining two classic DC experiences. Departing from an easy-to-reach location in DC, this narrated cruise to Mount Vernon ensures you have plenty of time to explore Washington's mansion, distillery, gristmill, and gardens, as well as the onsite education center and museum.
What to Expect
Make your way to Pier 4 to board the Spirit of Mount Vernon, a comfortable riverboat with indoor and outdoor seating. Set out along the Potomac River, pass a series of riverside landmarks on the trip over to Mount Vernon. As you travel, an onboard guide shares historical facts and stories from DC's fascinating past.

Upon arrival at Mount Vernon, step into the sprawling estate with free time to explore the grand, 21-room mansion where the Washingtons lived, and walk the winding paths of the English-style gardens.

There's a 4-acre (1.6-hectare) Pioneer Farm on the banks of the Potomac and interpreters to help tell the stories of the roughly 100 enslaved people who lived and worked at Mount Vernon. Before catching the boat back to DC, visit the museum to see interactive displays, an action-adventure movie, and a series of 23 exhibit-filled galleries.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
A great way to get to Mt Vernon

Visiting DC without a car and wanted to see Mt Vernon so we took this cruise. A pretty good experience. You see a part of the area you won’t see from a car and the price is better than an Uber or renting a car....More

Thank jjinwaldokc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Loved Mt. Vernon; Skip the Cruise

The employees were very pleasant. However, the boat was rather "bare bones." We couldn't understand most of what the tour guide said - the PA system needs improving. We heard nothing interesting. After paying for the "cruise" we still had to pay for drinks &...More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent way to get to and from Mt. Vernon from DC, but not enough time at Mt. Vernon

When I booked this trip, I thought that the 90 minute trip each way would be a bit too long, especially given that they leave you only 3 and one half hours at Mt. Vernon which is a vast estate. Depending upon how quickly one...More

4  Thank Patrick D
Reviewed 5 May 2018
The Highlight of our Washington DC Vacation

What's not to like......cruising up and back on the Potomac River, 90 mins each way; and when you arrive at Mt Vernon you are just a few minutes from walking in the most beautiful, natural environment. The estate is quite large and you can easily...More

2  Thank AnaheimCA
Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile
Cousins Trip

Perfect trip. It was foggy going down the river but relaxing. I was surprised that there were long tables on the 1st and 2nd level. The upper level was open and it was too cool to sit up there. But on the way back it...More

Thank Golf55
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Robert D
7 April 2018|
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Response from Kimberly B | Reviewed this property |
Boat leaves DC at 8:30 (be there by 8:15 for boarding) and returns to DC at 3:30, so about 7 hours. The ride itself is 1.5 hours long)
5 April 2018|
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Response from 193wilsonj | Reviewed this property |
Yes a bus will be waiting when the boat arrives. Enjoy your visit!
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