Things to do in Mount Vernon, Virginia

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From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

1. From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

Discover the historic Old Town Alexandria on a guided day trip from Washington. Ride along the Potomac River and visit the Mount Vernon Estate, the former residence of George Washington. Enjoy pickup in a luxurious, climate-controlled vehicle while your guide explains the significance of some of the city’s most recognizable monuments. A short drive brings you to the candy-colored architecture of Alexandria, where you can take a tour of some monuments notable to the former president – including the Masonic Temple and Christ Church. Arguably the birthplace of the city itself, George Washington’s former estate is located just 13 miles from the capital’s center. Then, go for an in-depth foray through the mansion, with entrance tickets to the grounds and gardens included. Interactive, historic reenactments bring the founding father’s story to life, while a guided tour of the building helps shine a light on his fascinating story. Next, you'll ride along the Potomac River and visit the Mount Vernon Estate - one of the Washington, DC, area’s premier sightseeing attractions. Explore historic Mount Vernon – from the mansion’s interior where President Washington resided to his beloved gardens, and final resting place.  Take some time for lunch at the Mt Vernon Food Court if you like, then learn more about George Washington’s life and legacy in both the Museum and Education Center – home to more than 700 original objects (including his false teeth) and 25 theaters and galleries. There is even a multi-media theater where it actually snows. After shopping for unique gifts at the Mt Vernon Shops, you will be entertained by your guide as you return back to Washington DC.

Mount Vernon: Full-Day Bike and Optional Boat Tour

2. Mount Vernon: Full-Day Bike and Optional Boat Tour

Enjoy a full-day bike ride to and from Mount Vernon on the banks of the Potomac River, or rest your legs on the return journey and travel by boat. Meet in the Old Town of Alexandria to pick-up your bike and helmet. Then, cycle along the wooded Mount Vernon Trail to George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Lock your bike outside the estate for tour staff to pick up. Then, spend the day self-exploring the grounds and mansion house. The mansion’s interior has mostly been restored to the appearance at the time of George and Martha Washington's occupancy. Enter Washington’s study and feel a part of history! Take time for lunch, and enjoy a leisurely stroll in the gardens and farm. Then, bike back to Alexandria, or opt to return by boat. Climb aboard the Miss Christin for the 2:00 PM departure from Mount Vernon’s dock. Relax on the narrated cruise as you glide back to Alexandria's Old Town.

Washington DC: Sightseeing Pass with Attractions & Bus Tour

3. Washington DC: Sightseeing Pass with Attractions & Bus Tour

Tour through the landmarked capital and see The Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Pay homage to those who gave their service and lives at the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.   Try your hand at espionage at the International Spy Museum, ride the Spirit Cruise up the river to George Washington’s landmarked and historic Mount Vernon Farm. Stand in awe at the iconic landscape of Washington D.C. and witness the splendor of the revolutionaries who defined the United States.   Take advantage of D.C.’s immersive nature with Unlimited Biking bicycle rental or tour. Admire the visionary architecture of D.C. and take a selfie from the top of the Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour, as you pass by the United States Capitol Building, the scenic National Mall, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the Washington National Cathedral. Attractions: • George Washington’s Mount Vernon • International Spy Museum (Limited capacity, entry subject to availability) • Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Classic Ticket or Night Tour • Potomac Riverboat One Day Water Taxi Walking & Bike Tours: • Unlimited Biking - Capital Sites Bike Tour • Unlimited Biking - Monuments and Memorials Bike Tour • Unlimited Biking - All day Bike Rental Special Discounts: • Buca di Beppo • Bounce Luggage Storage/

Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate with Audio Guide

4. Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate with Audio Guide

Embark on a tour of George Washington’s estate with the aid of an audio guide. Explore the grounds and learn about the life and legacy of America’s first president. Wander the estate’s four gardens and admire the landscape that Washington designed. Learn about the lives of the enslaved community at Mount Vernon. Look inside the outbuildings to see where they made tools, spun textiles, and processed food. Meet heritage-breed farm animals, including sheep, hogs, and oxen. See costumed interpreters demonstrate farming techniques (from April to October), and step inside George Washington’s treading barn. See the final resting place of George and Martha Washington, where wreath-layings are held daily, and visit the slave memorial that commemorates the enslaved people who lived and worked at Mount Vernon. Watch the American Revolution come to life in a 4D theater where it snows every day. Test your leadership skills in the interactive experience that puts you in Washington’s boots during a moment of crisis. Admire artifacts on display including the chair that George Washington used throughout his presidency, portraits of the Washington family, and objects discovered through archaeological research. Visit George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill (only on weekends from April - October) to see where grains from Washington’s farms were ground to create flour and cornmeal, and where Washington’s whiskey is still made today.

Alexandria: Private Tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon

5. Alexandria: Private Tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon

Discover the most popular historical sites of Alexandria during this half or full-day outing with a local guide. Visit George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Pohick Church, and the US Army Museum on this private tour with entry tickets. Start your day with a 20-minute drive along the Potomac River on the George Washington Parkway. Once you arrive, enjoy a 4-hour tour of the Mount Vernon mansion and grounds including the many outbuildings and gardens, George Washington's tomb, museum, and education center. Throughout the day learn from your guide, a former Mount Vernon history interpreter who lives on land formerly a part of the estate and who is an avid student of George Washington and colonial history. Half-day tours will return to Old Town Alexandria for a driving tour of its colonial homes and sites. Full-day tours may choose to visit George Washington's working grist mill and distillery, George Mason's Gunston Hall, Woodlawn Plantation, Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, and Pohick Church. Don't miss the exciting new Museum of The US Army with amazing artifacts from America's wars since 1775. Witness landing craft from D-Day, a representation of the trenches in World War I, a Sherman tank from World War II, drones from Afghanistan, and a gallery of art painted by soldiers. Return to Old Town Alexandria for a driving tour of one of colonial America's most important ports.

Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: 15+ Experiences in DC

6. Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: 15+ Experiences in DC

The easy-to-use Sightseeing Flex Pass is the easiest way to see the best of D.C. Select 1, 2, or 4 attractions, and take advantage of full admission to the experiences that interest you the most, saving you up to 60% on total visitation costs.  Stand in awe at the iconic landscape of Washington D.C. and witness the splendor of the revolutionaries who defined the United States. Tour through the landmarked capital and see The Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.  Admire the visionary architecture of D.C. and take a selfie from the top of the Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour, as you pass by the United States Capitol Building, the scenic National Mall, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the Washington National Cathedral. Complete list of attractions can be found on the following link: https://www.sightseeingpass.com/en/washington-dc/flex-pass/attraction-list/ota.

Alexandria, VA: Bike Rental

7. Alexandria, VA: Bike Rental

Alexandria, Virginia is a city on the Potomac River, located just south of Washington, D.C. and known for its Old Town, consisting of brick sidewalks and well-preserved 18th- and 19th-century buildings. Arrive at the office and get kitted out with all you need for your adventure, including a helmet, a color-coded map, a basket/bike bag, and a bike lock. There is no better way to get up close and personal with all the great sites of Alexandria than riding a bike. The local partner's huge inventory of high quality bikes in a wide range of sizes ensure your comfort and safety. All equipment is maintained in-house by professional mechanics. The customer service staff can answer your questions about which type and size of bike is best for your needs, as well as offer tips on good trails, scenic routes, places to eat, and any other cycling info.

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What people are saying about Mount Vernon, Virginia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 356 reviews

This tour was amazing! Our guide started with a short tour of places in dc. We then went to old town Alexandria. We drove through the area and saw dozens of the old original buildings. Our guide, Christopher was so informative! He told us all about the homes and churches. On to mt Vernon! Once again, Christopher did not disappoint! He walked the entire property with us explaining what we were seeing along the way. He had great stories I’d never heard before about Washington and his family. This guy knew his history and then some! I cannot recommend this your enough! Ask for Christopher!! You won’t regret it!

Christopher was an excellent guide. He has Google like knowledge of the Washington family, history and regional history. He consistently provided fun facts and trivia about our excursion to Mt Vernon and quickly highlighted the most important areas and information. Seldom have I had a more entertaining, enthusiastic and educational tour guide!

Meeting point easy to find as was our tour. Our guide was excellent, friendly and informative . Left to our own devices at mount vernon . Pick up point east to find and bus was on time .. would definitely recommend

Great Day! Our guide Christopher was very knowledgeable and delivered history in a fun way that made it very interesting. This is a great way to see Mt Vernon and Alexandria!

Christopher was the perfect guide. He was an expert on Mount Vernon and Washington and clearly loves what he does. And funny too.