Mount Vernon, Potomac River Cruise: George Washington Tour
Take a refreshing boat ride to see the famous landmarks along the Potomac River before visiting the home of America's first president on 'In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon.' This day-long fully-guided trip begins at Pier 4 in Washington, DC and you'll cruise down the Potomac taking in the sights as a on-board narrator provides historical facts about the area and the sights you'll see along the way.
You'll disembark once you reach Mt. Vernon, where you'll spend three hours strolling the grounds of George Washington's 45-acre 18th-century Palladian-style estate. The farm is a National Historical site and it is indeed filled with important relic of the early years of the United States. There are four beautiful gardens surrounding the main Mt. Vernon estate house, as well as working barns, slave houses and other items necessary to operate an estate in the late 1700s.
But the highlight of the trip will likely by the main house, which is furnished in much the same way it would have appeared in the times of George Washington. Visit the sprawling kitchen and impressively huge dining room. As is generally the case in houses of this age, there are lots of small little nooks and crannies, but make sure to check out the intimate study George Washington used as his office.
When you need a break, the estate hosts a number of great places to eat and then you'll return back to Washington DC by boat. George Washington is known as the father of America and there's no better place to get a real sense of what he was like than at the site of the place he called home most of his adult life.
Board your Mount Vernon cruise at Pier 4 in Washington, DC, and head to the outdoor decks to enjoy the fresh air and views of famous landmarks along the Potomac River. While you cruise, listen to historical facts from the onboard narrator.
Disembark the boat at Mount Vernon, George Washington's 45-acre (18-hectare) 18th-century Palladian-style estate. You have about three hours to spend here retracing Washington's footsteps, wandering through the property's intriguing nooks and crannies. See the intimate study room, the grand dining room, the former slave quarters and the kitchen.
A visit to Mount Vernon is not complete without a stroll around the estate's four gardens, where it's easy to see why the beloved home of George and Martha Washington has been declared a National Historic Landmark. Check out the Colonial Revival garden, which once grew vegetables that supplied the president's meals, or find George and Martha resting peacefully near the river and fruit garden.
If you get hungry, the estate hosts a range of restaurants (own expense). Then enjoy the leisurely boat ride back to DC.
Pickup & Return:
Pier 4, Washington, DC.
Returns to original departure point.
Departure Times: 8:30am
Please note: All cruises begin boarding 1/2 hour prior to the departure time. Tickets may be picked up at the dockside kiosk up to one hour prior to the cruise. In the rare event of a schedule change, you will be contacted with updated information.
- Admission ticket to Mount Vernon estate and gardens
- Potomac River cruise
Does not include:
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible