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Join us on our 6.5-hour excursion cruise to the infamous Mount Vernon Estate. Your boat tour starts off with a narrated ride up the scenic Potomac River taking you to George Washington’s plantation estate in Fairfax, Virginia. When you arrive at the former president’s historic home, you have free time to roam the grounds and tour the house while soaking up its fascinating history.
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
Enjoy time to see the mansion, gardens, and estate, without being rushed
Spot other key landmarks from a different vantage point—the water
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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My wife and I had a wonderful time walking where George and Martha walked. The boat ride was pleasant and my wife gets motion sickness easily. Touring the home of George and Martha was the highlight of the trip. It was also humbling again to...More
The tour started at 830 sharp as the boat cast off from Pier 4. There was some construction going on at the neighboring property, so figuring out how to access the Odyssey premises was a bit confusing from where we were dropped off. But it...More
Wonderful accommodations and good narration of sights along the banks of the Potomac while we cruised down the river. Good amount of time to see the grounds and house at Mount Vernon. Great job, excellent people greeting us and thanking us for coming aboard.
The tour was fantastic. I would recommend it to anyone. You can purchase breakfast and or lunch during the cruise to and from Mount Vernon.
If you want to inquire about parking, call the local office. I unfortunately called someone through the booking company and...More
As I seem to recall, the “Spirit Of Mt. Vernon” is ADA accessible with a ramp that will take you to the indoors area. When you arrive at Mt. Vernon, you will disembark on a ramp. To get up to Mt. Vernon, you have a choice of... More
As I seem to recall, the “Spirit Of Mt. Vernon” is ADA accessible with a ramp that will take you to the indoors area. When you arrive at Mt. Vernon, you will disembark on a ramp. To get up to Mt. Vernon, you have a choice of intermittent steps or a gently rising trail that will take you to GW’s mausoleum (left) or up to GW’s home (right). Overall, the grounds should be easy enough to navigate, although the trails gently rise and fall. There are a couple of outbuildings that will require you to stand to get a better view inside. When you get to GW’s home, you’ll have to navigate 2-3 steps to get into the front door. You should be able to take an abbreviated tour through the first floor (don’t forget to look for the key to the Bastille in a box mounted on the wall in the entry!), but it’s quite a few steps up to the 2nd floor. If you can walk up with assistance, it’s well worth the effort. The museum is easily accessible and is a must as a part of your tour, if for nothing else, to see GW’s dentures! There are plenty of friendly docents/guides there that I would assume are well-trained to deal with folks with mobility challenges. Definitely call ahead for much better info than I could ever give you :-) Have a great trip!