Mount Vernon

George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the historic home of George and Martha Washington, located on the banks of the Potomac River. Guests can see the historic mansion, stately rooms, and outbuildings preserved to the year 1799, the last year of George Washington’s life. 

We love Mount Vernon. It’s been a favorite of ours since we started visiting it many years ago. When our kids were younger, we would purchase the annual family pass. We would head up to Mount Vernon for most of their special events. For several years we also headed to Mount Vernon for their Thanksgiving buffet.

There really is so much to see and do at Mount Vernon. Not only is there the mansion, but the gardens, the farm, the trails, the animals, the museums, and much, much more. Mount Vernon really is a beautiful, peaceful place.

Website: George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Location: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA (45 miles from Fredericksburg–hour plus drive depending on traffic)

Hours: Mount Vernon is open 365 days a year, including holidays.

  • April through October: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • November through March: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Museum and Education Center open to guests for one hour after closing.


Adults (12+): $26, Youth (6-11): $13, 0-5: Free *Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans, first responders, nurses, medical professionals are eligible for a discount.

Tip: As an email subscriber, you can save 20% on daytime admission to Mount Vernon. You will be emailed a code. The offer is valid on up to 6 tickets.

All guests are required to purchase a grounds pass for entry to the estate. 

The grounds pass provides self-paced access to the historic area, outbuildings, gardens, tomb, farm, trails, and the Museum & Education Center. Additionally, all 2021 grounds passes include Mount Vernon’s audio tour.

Mansion Tour reservations are an additional $2. A limited number of same-day tour tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ticket Window.

Number 1 played Nellie (George Washington’s granddaughter) in the main movie at Mount Vernon.

There’s always something fun going on at Mount Vernon. Here are some upcoming events:

The following are closed to the public:

Revolutionary War 4D TheaterBe Washington TheaterBoat Excursions
Hands on History RoomThe Washington LibraryDistillery & Gristmill

Specialty Tours are available for an additional cost.

Bag Policy:

Limit bags to those that are clear, such as a one-gallon freezer bag, to allow bag checks to be done safely.

If your bag is not clear, you must open your bag and show the contents to our security staff upon entry.

Bags must not exceed 16″ x 16″ x 8″.

Tip: If you don’t want to spend the money to visit Mount Vernon, there are special free days during the year. Mount Vernon is free on Presidents’ Day and also on George Washington’s birthday.

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