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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 22 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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

Thank Merle G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Easily book with Viator! Easy to find easy process such an enjoyable cruise to Mt Vernon. They share historical information we deport they give you a ticket for the memorial and go see Washington’s house and the grounds. So incredible. Well worth the money spent...More

Thank rxlady84
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Nice Relaxing Way to Travel to Mount Vernon!

If you want to see Mount Vernon, this is a good way to get there! It is an hour and a half long boat ride. You can sit on the top deck (which is outside and not protected from the sun), or you can sit...More

Thank Clara W
Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile
A great way to get to Mt Vernon

Visiting DC without a car and wanted to see Mt Vernon so we took this cruise. A pretty good experience. You see a part of the area you won’t see from a car and the price is better than an Uber or renting a car....More

2  Thank jjinwaldokc
Reviewed 29 May 2018
Loved Mt. Vernon; Skip the Cruise

The employees were very pleasant. However, the boat was rather "bare bones." We couldn't understand most of what the tour guide said - the PA system needs improving. We heard nothing interesting. After paying for the "cruise" we still had to pay for drinks &...More

1  Thank Linda C
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Robert D
7 April 2018|
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Response from AnaheimCA | Reviewed this property |
Only thing I can add to this string of answers is: This trip is a great opportunity to get away from the masses of people visiting the sites in Mall areas of DC. If you can, go up to the top tier of the ship on your trip... More
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!