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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

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Join us on our 6.5-hour excursion cruise to the infamous Mount Vernon Estate. Your boat tour starts off with a narrated ride up the scenic Potomac River taking you to George Washington’s plantation estate in Fairfax, Virginia. When you arrive at the former president’s historic home, you have free time to roam the grounds and tour the house while soaking up its fascinating history.
You'll start at
580 Water St SW
580 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USASpirit of Mount Vernon departs from Gangplank Marina off Water Street.
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    Spirit of Washington
    Stop: 6 hours - Admission included
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    Potomac River
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    George Washington's Mount Vernon
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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You'll return to the starting point
  • 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
What to Expect
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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Important Information
Departure Point
580 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
Departure Time
8:30 AM
6h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Potomac River cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Spirit of Washington
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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It was a great trip. A nice way to spend the day and learn some history. The river cruise is the way to go!
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We didn't opt for the breakfast buffet, but it looked quite tasty. The ship offered a wide choice of beverages at reasonable prices. Being a larger vessel the cruise was smooth and nobody got seasick. The crew was friendly and helpful. The narration of the various sights along
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It was an easy walk from the Waterfront Metro station to the boat and ticket office! (Walk down 4th street towards M St SW, which is the opposite direction from the Safeway. Turn right on M St. Turn left (South) on 6th street which will curve around and you will see a mini
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We had initially been planning a bus tour to Mount Vernon from D.C. until we stumbled across this cruise. After reading the reviews we decided to go for it, and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. The staff are courteous, the boat is nice and clean, the
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Really enjoyed this tour, an easy way to get from DC to Mt Vernon. We did the breakfast buffet and it was worth it. Once at Mt Vernon, we were immediately given timed passes to tour the house, no need to worry about the advice to go to the house first; just go get in line at
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By: Spirit of Washington
I was a little hesitant at first because I have been on a dinner cruise before in another city and was not
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Brooke S.
Poor DJ
The DJ mainly played one style of music for the entire cruise. He did not consider the other people on the cruise
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Miss Natuful B
Lanham, Maryland
Cruising through Washington DC in November!
Absolutely wonderful service. We had a blast ,from the fod to the DJ...superb. Thanks Spirit of Washington team.
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Great Cruise
I was in DC with a group of 35 Seniors, and we took this cruise. It was a beautiful day, and the cruise was
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Chicago, Illinois
a special place to visit in the DC area.
It was a great trip. A nice way to spend the day and learn some history. The river cruise is the way to go!
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Angela J
Oxon Hill, Maryland
Saturday Dinner Cruise
It was my husband's 50th Birthday and I surprised him with a this Dinner Cruise. The smile on his face was
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Jennifer P
Cruising Anniversary
The food was good, the music was good, and the service was decent. Jasmine the manager was great. The DJ was fun.
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Rick M
Ann Arbor, Michigan
A pleasant cruise on a luxury ship
We didn't opt for the breakfast buffet, but it looked quite tasty. The ship offered a wide choice of beverages at
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The staff and food was amazing
Everything was so organized for our group outing, the food, staff, and the music was great. I wish we could have
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Excellent First Experience
We joined our good friends to celebrate their birthdays, and had a great start to our day. The food was good, but
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Key Details
  • Duration: 6h 30m
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  • Languages Offered: English
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