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George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat

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Washington, United States

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Cruise on the Potomac River to Mount Vernon on this day trip from Alexandria. Listen to informative narration on board the boat, and then take a self-guided tour of George and Martha Washington's estate. Admission is included.
  • Narrated sightseeing cruise along the Potomac River
  • Admission to the elegant estate of George and Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Enjoy free time to explore at Mount Vernon
Narrated riverfront cruise to Mount Vernon
Self-guided tour
Beautiful waterfront views
Food and drinks, available for purchase
Transportation to and from the marina

Departure Point

1: 580 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
2: City of Alexandria Marina, 0 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the Alexandria City Marina, located at 105 North Union St. 

Step aboard and find a comfortable seat on the covered or open deck, then enjoy the cruise on the Potomac River while listening to historical narration. A concession stand on board offers alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, as well as popcorn. Arrive at the Mount Vernon Estate, where you can explore the mansion, gardens and landscapes, George and Martha Washington's tombs, a distillery, a museum, and other artifacts. 

The ship departs Mount Vernon for Alexandria in the afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Potomac River
Enjoy a relaxing, narrated, riverfront cruise along the historic Potomac River
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
George Washington's Mount Vernon
After cruising for about 90 minutes and learning about the area's history, you will arrive at the beautiful Mount Vernon Estate, once home to George and Martha Washington.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions
  • Walking shoes are recommended
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Potomac Riverboat Company

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat ?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat ?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat ?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat ?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat ?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat .

Traveler Tips


  • "If you go during peak season, get there as early as possible to avoid long lines and crowding whilst inside the house." See review
  • "Unfortunately the rather old boat makes 2 more stops to pick people up rather than going directly to Mt Vernon, wasting valuable time." See review

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3hammankids
, Aug 2019
We were switch on the type of boat we were suppose to be on. Potomac Taxi was not as nice as the riverboat. they were not good with the tour announcements. We were not told were the boat would be and almost missed it. The boat taxi was not as nice as the Riverboat yet we did not get a discount. They did not give us any maps of Mt Vernon on the dock of the Taxi. They had to make the extra stop at National Harbor both ways, which took away our time at Mt Vernon and then our time at Alexandria. It is not something I would do again or recommend to others.
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Boat OK, Mount Vernon Superb
Explore56165425212
, Apr 2019
The cruise is scenic and relaxing, but the boat was not as advertised and made two completely unnecessary stops. Mount Vernon is glorious! If you go during peak season, get there as early as possible to avoid long lines and crowding whilst inside the house. Enjoy lunch at the cafe, which is inside the gift shop all the way back on the left hand side as you enter.
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River Cruise to Mount Vernon
vdjemio
, Jul 2018
I was really interested to visit the historic mansion of George Washington. The trip was well organized and we're able to view everything in there. The tour guide Michael was excellent.
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We were staying at the Courtyard...
Kathleen Marie P
, Oct 2017
We were staying at the Courtyard Convention Center Hotel, 4 blocks from the White House. Mt Vernon was one our top things to see. We took an Uber to Alexandria's water front about an 8 mile ride for about 12 one way. We were afraid we'd miss the boat, so we arrived in plenty of time ahead of departure, but Alexandria's old town is beautiful to walk around. Unfortunately the rather old boat makes 2 more stops to pick people up rather than going directly to Mt Vernon...wasting valuable time. It was full above deck and in the sun, so we sat in the slightly air-conditioned bottom deck. Someone was narrating the sites as we sailed along the Potomac, but we couldn't hear a thing down below - with people talking and the speaker system not being very good. But despite that, it is a beautiful ride and for 44pp including the price of admission, it is a great way to get to Mt. Vernon. Why be stuck on a bus? We were at Mt. Vernon for 4 hours and wished we could have stayed much longer. It is beautiful and the new museum to honor our magnificent first president, is fabulous. Nice little cafe to eat in as well. It truly touches your heart. We sailed back and had dinner in Alexandria before we took another Uber back to DC. A must see for everyone visiting DC.
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What a beautiful trip! The ride up...
Joy C
, Sep 2017
What a beautiful trip! The ride up the Potomac River was made special by the crew as they described the history of the area we passed. Four hours at Mt. Vernon gave me time to enjoy the beauty of the house and grounds and visit the museum and exhibits. Visiting Mt. Vernon this way gave me a chance to know the man who was our first president. George Washington was the man for the hour of our founding!
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It was wonderful! They guys were so...
callahanreporting
, Aug 2017
It was wonderful! They guys were so great at telling the history of the area. The perfect way to go! This tour gives you four hours, unlike others that are only three hours, and we're going to do this again next summer! Perfect!
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What a great trip. The tour reps and...
MICHAEL A
, Aug 2017
What a great trip. The tour reps and staff were all so well versed and fun. The cost was well worth the day's trip. Views of the river and the tour of the estate were perfect

Product code: 6300VERNON

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