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

  • 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
In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon
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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon
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.
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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1 - 5 of 26 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago
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 5 days ago 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

Thank saoaasn
Reviewed 6 days ago
great trip

The crew was very nice. Boat in great shape. Lots of seating which was important. Air-conditioned in side if you need that. Interesting explanation of the sites as we headed to Mount Vernon.

Thank Ellen S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Mount Vernon Boat Cruise

Very easy to book and easy location to find. An enjoyable cruise to Mt. Vernon on the Spirit of Mount Vernon. When you arrive you have plenty of time to tour the house and grounds. Take time to see the museum and tour the farm.

2  Thank rlong56
Reviewed 10 July 2018
Wonderful Day all around

When high tides cancelled the Spirit boat trip we had booked though Viator, we were contacted by phone and email the day before. We were fortunate to be able to rearrange our schedule for the following day, which was beautiful. Spirit Cruises had instructions for...More

1  Thank Merle G
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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!