Make a half-day pilgrimage to the home of America's founding father, George Washington, on the Mount Vernon Excursion Cruise – from Washington. There is no hotel pick-up for the tour. To join your ship you should make your way to Pier 4 at 6th & Water Streets SW. Directions for reaching the start point are given in Additional Information.
To receive your boarding pass, please present your voucher and photo ID at the activity operator’s ticket kiosk at Pier 4. Boarding begins at 8:00am, 30 minutes prior to cruise departure time.
You will enjoy a narrated cruise along the Potomac River. Along the way, you'll see sights both historic and recent, ranging from the pretty seaport town of Old Town Alexandria to the famous Pentagon in Washington DC.
Refreshments are not included in your ticket but there is an onboard snack bar providing pastries, muffins, bagels, hot dogs, pizza, chips, candy, juice, soda and cold beer.
The boat arrives at Mount Vernon at around 1000am. Your ticket includes admission to the beautiful house and gardens and you will have around three hours to explore at your leisure.
Delightfully situated on the banks of the Potomac, Mount Vernon was the beloved plantation home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. The large estate stretches over 500 open acres (200 hectares).
The house and grounds provide fascinating insights into life in the 18th century and into the character of George Washington.
Highlights of your visit could include the following:
The Mansion: When George Washington inherited Mount Vernon, the house was much smaller. Washington expanded his home to reflect his status as a Virginia gentleman, personally overseeing every detail of design, construction, and decoration. The interior has been restored to its appearance in 1799, the last year of Washington's life. Notice the surprisingly colorful decor.
Washington's Historic Outbuildings: Visit these to discover all the activities required to keep a large plantation running, such as spinning and laundering, preparing food, curing meats, shoeing horses, and other jobs. A special feature is the new working blacksmith’s shop.
The Museum: Dedicated to the life and death of George Washington, this has a fascinating collection including survey equipment, weapons, and clothing, even his dentures! You can also see Martha Washington’s garments.
Historic and Beautiful Gardens: George Washington had a passion for gardening. The pleasure garden features bulbs, annuals, and perennials, while, in the kitchen garden, you'll discover a delectable variety of fruits and vegetables. There is also a botanical garden where Washington experimented with plants, as well as a fruit garden and nursery.
Historical Farm Site: Washington constantly experimented with ways to improve his farming techniques. Perhaps his most dramatic invention was a 16-sided treading barn for processing grains. The barn has been reconstructed and is used in season as horses tread out wheat at the Pioneer Farmer Site near the river. The four-acre historical farm site also includes a slave cabin, animals, and demonstration crops.
Washington’s Tomb: The remains of George and Martha Washington, as well as other family members, are interred within the grounds. You will see the old family crypt where he was first buried and the new vault where he was finally laid to rest.
Slave Burial Site: On a wooded hill is a slave burial ground marked by a memorial to honor African-American slaves who worked at Mount Vernon. The graves are unmarked, and the identities and numbers of those buried on this historical land are largely unknown.
At about 01:30pm, you will board your boat for the journey back to Washington. You will be dropped back at the starting point at around 03:00pm.