Mount Vernon Grounds Pass: Explore Washington's Estate
288 Ratings
Mount Vernon

Take a self-led journey through Mount Vernon, the ancient estate of America’s inaugural president, George Washington. Explore the 18th-century gardens and surroundings, pay a visit to the tombs of the Washington lineage, experience encounters with animals of heirloom breeds, and engage with characters from Washington’s era.

Duration: 4 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon - George Washington’s estate, gardens, and the tomb where George and Martha Washington are buried. The site also includes an interactive museum and education center.

If you would like to tour the Mansion, free Mansion tour tickets are available at the ticket office on a first-come, first-served basis. Mansion tours are likely to sell out early, especially on weekends.

  • George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill - A re-creation of George Washington’s gristmill, featuring the patented Oliver Evans milling system, and his fully functioning distillery, where George Washington’s rye whiskey is still produced today according to his original mash bill.
What's Included
  • Visit to George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill (Available weekends, April-October)
  • Skip the line at the Ticket Office
What's Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Mansion Tour
Additional Information
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • The grounds pass does not include a Mansion tour. If you would like to tour the Mansion, free Mansion tour tickets are available at the ticket window on a first-come, first-served basis. Mansion tours are likely to sell out early, especially on weekends.
George Washington's Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(288 Ratings)
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May 18, 2024
Great way to pass 3 hours - Everything was very well organised - it's a beautiful location. The grounds were very well-maintained with good signage and a lot to see. The staff were all friendly and professional, and the mansion tour was excellent. Allow at least 2.5 hours to see everything.
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May 10, 2024
Pat & Kent’s Mt. Vernon Tour - The estate was Beautifully preserved with a large amount of information. We enjoyed our mansion tour and walking through the grounds to see all of the sites
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Apr 29, 2024
Wonderful facility! - An absolute highlight of our trip to Washington was George Washington's residence in beautiful Virginia, picturesquely situated right on the river. Highlights of the great grounds themselves are of course the very beautiful mansion, which is worth visiting, and the grave of the first president.
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Apr 20, 2024
Great mansion for great president - The mansion is gorgeous with an amazing view of the Potomac. The guide at the entrance of the mansion was informative and able to answer all my questions.
Review provided by Viator
Apr 14, 2024
Worthwhile! - Excellent! Highly recommended by me, we spent almost the entire day between the guided and self-guided tours. The re-enactors were very good. The available lunch in the restaurant (not the food court) was also very tasty and reasonably priced. All in all, well worth the visit. We also did the included distillery tour, which was short and about 3 miles from the estate. We still didn’t see everything. Excellent!
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Apr 11, 2024
Worth the tour - Came to visit George Washington’s home with grandma and grandkids. What a great experience to share with both generations. Love the views of the Patomic, but then again, so did Washington.
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May 26, 2024
Visiting Mount Vernon is a must for everyone who likes American history. - We made our reservations several months before our actual travel date. It was only when attempting to make reservations at the Mount Vernon Inn for lunch that afternoon did we find out there was a big event planned for the same date as our visit. Happily there was absolutely no problem changing from Sunday to Saturday for our visit and mansion tour, plus we were able to have lunch at the Inn. Unfortunately our "talk" about George Washington was cancelled and there were several tents set up for an evening event that definitely blocked the beautiful views from the back porch of the mansion. AND, as with so many historical buildings half the mansion and much of the front was blocked off for renovation. Having said that, this was our third visit to Mount Vernon and definitely worth our time. Our travel partners had never been there before and were VERY impressed with the entire estate and the tour. HINT: Be sure to take time to visit the museum. It is full of artifacts from Washington's day, plus information about the women who got together to save Mount Vernon from dereliction. We took UBER from our hotel in downtown DC which was $45.00 each way. Traffic was crazy on the way back to our hotel and we were all very glad not to be driving . Added bonus of seeing the gorgeous views from the G W Parkway.
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May 19, 2024
Disappointing lack of respect for our founding father - Grounds are beautiful. Employees we encountered were not enthusiastic about their jobs, with the exception of the lady at the front gate she was very welcoming. We expected to hear about Washington’s legacy and the sacrifices he made to form this country and the important meetings he had at Mount Vernon, instead all we heard was how poorly he treated the people he enslaved. Very disappointed with the lack of respect shown to our founding father.
Review provided by Viator
May 26, 2024
Overpriced and misleading - The grounds are gorgeous, but the tour prices are over priced and the website is outdated and has misleading information, which made our visit unpleasant. First, it leads you to believe that you make a "reservation" to tour the mansion if you reserve up front. This is not the case, they don't stop selling tickets after the time slot is full. Instead, they over sell the time slot and you need to wait like cattle for 30-45 minutes once your time slot arrives. Because of this, we were unable to wait for the tour. If you are offering reservations, actually save slots so you can enter at the time reserved! Second, the website says that there are shuttles to the distillery. Because of this (we didn't have a car), we purchased tickets to the whiskey tasting at the distillery, which is 3 miles away. When I asked about the shuttle, I was rudely told that that "hasn't happened since pre-covid", like I was supposed to know that. There were even signs every where at the distillery for shuttle drop off. We had to take an Uber. We then did the whiskey tasting, which was an outragous $60 per person for 4 tiny samples. This would have been fine, but it was literally a tiny tent with zero effort - it was a set up that most farmer's markets offer for free. This place has a "for profit" feel. I am from the northeast, where we have tons of revolutionary war history and it is reasonable prices with a much less "price gouge like" feel. Do better Mount Vernon!
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May 13, 2024
Sham - Sham. This experience was $28, but doesn’t get you into the house. That’s extra, we went there and for the same price we got the tickets and were able to go into the house.
Review provided by Viator
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024