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Make your way to Pier 4 to board the Spirit of Mount Vernon, a comfortable riverboat with indoor and outdoor seating. Set out along the Potomac River, pass a series of riverside landmarks on the trip over to Mount Vernon. As you travel, an onboard guide shares historical facts and stories from DC's fascinating past.

Upon arrival at Mount Vernon, step into the sprawling estate with free time to explore the grand, 21-room mansion where the Washingtons lived, and walk the winding paths of the English-style gardens.

There's a 4-acre (1.6-hectare) Pioneer Farm on the banks of the Potomac and interpreters to help tell the stories of the roughly 100 enslaved people who lived and worked at Mount Vernon. Before catching the boat back to DC, visit the museum to see interactive displays, an action-adventure movie, and a series of 23 exhibit-filled galleries.
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George Washington's Mount Vernon
Potomac River
Spirit of Washington
Traveling to George Washington's Mount Vernon estate by boat means you'll cruise past Potomac River landmarks on your way to the sprawling former plantation, combining two classic DC experiences. Departing from an easy-to-reach location in DC, this narrated cruise to Mount Vernon ensures you have plenty of time to explore Washington's mansion, distillery, gristmill, and gardens, as well as the onsite education center and museum.
  • Combine a Potomac River cruise with a day at Mount Vernon
  • Listen to live narration on the river cruise from an onboard guide
  • Explore Mount Vernon at your own pace
  • Enjoy time to see the mansion, gardens, and estate, without being rushed 
  • Spot other key landmarks from a different vantage point—the water
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Reviewed 21 August 2018
Enjoyable day

We enjoyed the day trip to Mt. Vernon on the Potomac River. There was commentary about the sights we passed on the way there, but not on the return trip. We had packed our own light lunch and bottled water, so I cannot comment on...More

2  Thank ecclectic-eccentric
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile
“Just ok”

Although the Mt. Vernon tour was GREAT the 1 1/2hr Spirit Cruise to get there wasn’t worth the money, having to be there at 8:30 in the morning while on vacation is a lot to ask then forcing you to come back at 1:30 just...More

1  Thank Scenic795245
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile
Not a luxury cruise

This was just a water taxi to Mt Vernon. It was clean and air conditioned but the advertisements say there is a variety of food on the trip, I believe it says something for everyone’s taste.... nope.... unless you want any chips, beer, and water....More

1  Thank Dawn S
Reviewed 13 August 2018
Expensive Water Taxi

They should drop the price and call it what it is - a water taxi to Mount Vernon. The ride along the Potomac was lovely. But that is all it is. No entertainment, information about what your seeing on the banks or decent food/drinks.

Thank Diana_DEW
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile
In the Footsteps of George Washington

After a busy and crowded couple of days in Washington, it was a delight to relax on this cruise on the Potomac River. Mount Vernon is beautiful and picturesque and well worth the visit. The Spirit of Mount Vernon was clean and had plenty of...More

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10 September 2018|
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Response from rxlady84 | Reviewed this property |
If you take the boat you’ll boats about 8:15 depart around 8:30 And you’ll need to be back on board by 3:00 as it’s a prompt departure They do sound a horn that can be heard if you are outside about an hour before boarding... More
Robert D
7 April 2018|
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Response from Kimberly B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the ride is very calm! The boat is large and you can’t feel much from inside!
5 April 2018|
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Response from 193wilsonj | Reviewed this property |
Yes a bus will be waiting when the boat arrives. Enjoy your visit!
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