Tickets to visit Mount Vernon with kids are available for purchase online at a discount, as are the Potomac River boat cruise tickets. Special tours can also be booked in advance online. You may not bring in outside food or drinks (other than bottled water).
Summer months at Mount Vernon are hot, humid, and very busy. Spring months are full of school groups. Fall is a beautiful time to visit. The grounds are extensive, so wear walking shoes and comfortable clothes. Most of the area is stroller-friendly, albeit hilly, but you must park the stroller outside before visiting the mansion.
Mount Vernon is open 365 days a year. I would recommend touring the mansion and grounds in the morning, cruising mid-day, and visiting the museum in the afternoon. Daily schedules are available at the ticket window for planning out your day.
Potomac River cruises are only available mid-March - Fall. Summer is very hot, humid and busy. Spring is full of school groups. Fall is a beautiful time to visit!
Purchase tickets in advance online for a discount. If you live in the area or plan to return, a Family membership might be worth it. You can visit for free for a full year. Members also get discounts on food, shopping and exclusive invites to events.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the perfect place for the whole family to learn about the history of the United States’ first president. Start early, as there’s plenty in Mount Vernon with kids in mind, beginning with the historic mansion, the gardens and grounds. Interact with costumed characters who are there to provide you with a glimpse of what life was like when Washington called Mount Vernon home. Visit the detailed Education Center to discover how the President and his family lived. Make sure you don’t miss the Hands-On-History Center, where kids can dress up like people in George Washington’s day, or play in the scaled-down replica of the mansion. Afterwards, get another perspective by taking a Potomac River Cruise in the afternoon. Relax while you take in the views of the mansion, grounds and surrounding area from the water. The gorgeous scenery along with the incredible history provide the perfect setting for a fun and interesting day.