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George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

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 onto grounds only is included.
  • Narrated sightseeing cruise along the Potomac River
  • Admission to the grounds of 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
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Narrated riverfront cruise to Mount Vernon
Self-guided tour
Beautiful waterfront views
Entrance to Mansion Grounds (not mansion/buildings).
Food and drinks, available for purchase
Transportation to and from the marina
Access to the Mansion/buildings needs to be purchased separately

Departure Point

970 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA

Transit Pier 950 Wharf Street Washington DC 20024

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

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 gardens and landscapes. 

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 Not 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

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • 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 .

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

Reviews

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star-4
31 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-4
The best way to get to Mount Vernon!
Shari_S
, Sep 2021
We had a beautiful tour on the Potomac Riverboat. It was comfortable, clean and had water and snack for purchase. The guides and captain were great! Our only complaint is that the sound system kept breaking out and we were unable to understand the guide.
star-1
Not Good
James_G
, Aug 2021
The tour time ticket was 9:00am but 9:30 we arrived at the dock. Major disappointment was when we arrived at Mt. Vernon the tour of the mansion itself required an additional ticket that could be only obtained at the visitor center. Unfortunately timing of the boat departing we could not get to the center 45 minute round trip to the center. Tour guides at the mansion did mention that they commonly have this problem with people who come by this boat tour.
star-4
Worthwhile trip
Robert_H
, Aug 2021
The most memorable was the museum at Mount Vernon. The boat ride was beautiful and very interesting.
star-1
NEVER AGAIN!!
Christina_n
, Aug 2021
I never leave negative reviews but the way this company has treated me is unbelievable and unacceptable. I have been trying To get a response back since I couldn't make this event due to my flight coming in later than this event but they would not even contact me back and will not issue a refund. Am appalled as to the way you take peoples money even when they cannot attend . NEVER AGAIN!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
It was nice
Yvonne_L
, Jul 2021
When I booked the time to leave the dock was 9:30. No text was sent to tell us it was changed to 10:05. We arrived at 9:10 and had to wait almost an hour. Someone found an email that was buried. Why didn’t you just text us.
star-4
Relaxing trip to see Mt. Vernon
Dona_S
, Jul 2021
Boat trip was great, with some narration of the sights on the outward trip. Much nicer than jockeying with traffic and other tour buses to get there. Suggest having a brochure on board about the river sites and Mt. Vernon itself (the official one from the site would be great) so that people could read (they do have a wall monitor showing the boat's progress down the river in the lower cabin). Had plenty of time at Mt. Vernon to see the house and walk the grounds as well as grab a snack. Would highly recommend this over a bus tour. Price includes admission to Mt. Vernon, which makes it quite the bargain.
star-2
Mount Vernon cruise could have been much better
Pamela_B
, Jul 2021
That day the company said they had been having trouble with Viator; wrong price, wrong location, wrong time. All we found to be true. The narration was not good on the trip down, a young man poorly reading the script. The speaker kept cutting out too. The stop in Alexandria ate up a lot of time. Too short of a time in mount vernon and we were not told that we needed to purchase tickets for the tours and get tickets ahead of time to tour the house. We needed this information. The boat was comfortable enough. Late departing on time returning.
star-4
Definitely the way to go to Mt. Vernon
Mark_R
, Jul 2021
Nice trip and friendly crew. Landing at Mt. Vernon was close to the home and visitor center (just over 1/4 mile walk or free shuttle). Only negative was the confusion on the house tour. It is not included with the boat ride and general admission to the grounds. Upon arrival we found the ticketing booth at the main entrance and they furnished us timed entry tickets for no extra charge. It would have been good if crew could have provided this information ahead of time.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
vacation
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
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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