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

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USD 55.26
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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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Important Information
Departure Point
580 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
Departure Time
8:30 AM
6h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Potomac River cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Spirit of Washington
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a week in DC visiting museums & monuments and struggled with whether we should spend the better part of a day on a boat trip and tour of Mount Vernon... we are so happy that we did. It was one of the highlights...More

Thank SusanScott17
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit and learn about the history relating to George Washington. Boat trip very comfortable. 3 hours available to look around Mt Vernon wasn’t long enough the day we visited. Place was very busy and we had to queue for our entry time...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JanetP2138
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked this tour Sunday for the only one available which was a Friday. On the morning of the tour went to the address given by Spirit on trip advisor. Arrived there at 8:10 to see the wharf is under construction and that address doesn’t exist....More

2  Thank Angylo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was an amazing tour of mt Vernon and it’s history. Loved hearing the history of Washington and the cruise to the estate was very relaxing.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Barbara H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our Spirit of Mt. Vernon cruise on the Potomac. The trips includes an interesting narrated commentary of the sites along the way. Mt. Vernon itself was an interesting overview of George Washington's home and life. A timed tour of his home is...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Cyranno
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14 August 2019|
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Response from Susan L | Reviewed this property |
About 3 hours. Get into the line for the house right away, or you will miss the tour.
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Response from Danielle D | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately the actual trails and his house are not the most handicapped accessible. But the museum is!
3 August 2019|
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Response from Khanh D | Reviewed this property |
1 1/2 hours one way.
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