3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121
Operating Season: Year ‘Round
Located 15 miles south of Washington, D.C. along the banks of the Potomac River, Mount Vernon is the beautiful plantation home of the first President of the United States – George Washington. Washington and his wife Martha lived at Mount Vernon for more than 40 years and it is the most popular historic estate in the United States.
If your family reunion group includes 20 or more, tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for kids age 6-11 (kids 6 and under are free). Tickets can be purchased online here (there is a 100 ticket limit for online purchases). If your group includes more than 100 or if you want to book a special tour, you’ll need to call (800) 429-1520, option 5 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All entry tickets include a time stamp (your time for entering the Mansion line). When selecting a time, they recommend that you allow at LEAST 45 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the entrance gate and view the orientation film “We Fight to Be Free” — before proceeding to the Mansion.
General admission includes admittance to the estate and George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill (April through October). George Washington, wife Martha and over 25 members of the Washington family are interred on the grounds. Located 50 yards from George and Martha’s Tomb is The Slave Memorial, which marks the site of the 200-year old slave burial ground.
If you’re looking for something other than the “usual” tour, specialty tours are offered: Mount Vernon Cruise along the Potomac River, the National Treasure tour, and a Character tour — step back in time and see the life through the eyes of people from Washington’s world.
You’ll need to plan for at least 2 to 3 hours to view the whole estate (the Mansion tour is about 20-30 minutes). After the tour, Mount Vernon offers two places to feed your hungry family. The Food Court which offers baked goods, gourmet burgers, subs, salads and a Pizza Hut! The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant is open for lunch has six intimate dining rooms, costumed servers and offers colonial cuisine. View the sample lunch menu here.
The two parking lots at Mount Vernon are free and on busy days they fill up quickly. They are rather far from the Mansion so be prepared to walk. Non-motorized wheelchairs and wheeled walkers are available free of charge inside the Ford Orientation Center on a first-come, first-served basis. The facilities are fully accessible for guests with disabilities.
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