Spirit of Mount Vernon Tours

The only Mount Vernon Tour that makes getting there half the fun.


A visit to the home of George Washington is a great American adventure everyone should experience, especially when you can do it by boat! Spirit provides the only round-trip Mount Vernon cruises direct from Washington, DC. Enjoy a leisurely narrated riverfront tour as we cruise to the Mount Vernon estate. While on board, take in the beautiful scenery along the Potomac and purchase a bite to eat from the snack bar.

Each round trip ticket includes a cruise to the estate, admission to Mount Vernon and your cruise back to Spirit’s dock in Washington, DC. The cruise to Mount Vernon typically takes 1.5 hours. You'll have about 3 hours at the estate before boarding for our 1.5 hour return cruise to DC. Take a guided tour or explore the estate grounds on your own.

One-way excursions and 40-minute turnaround cruises are also available aboard Spirit from the Mount Vernon dock. Learn more below.

Book Online or Call 866-302-2469


2016 Seasonal Schedule

  • March 11 - March 20 | Friday - Sunday only
  • March 29 - August 28 | Tuesday - Sunday only
  • September 9 - October 30 | Friday - Sunday only
  • Monday Holiday Cruises:
    Memorial Day, May 30
    Independence Day, July 4
    Labor Day, September 5
    Columbus Day, October 10

Cruising  Schedule

  • SW Waterfront Boarding Time 8:00am | Departure 8:30am
  • Arrival at Mount Vernon 10:00am
  • Return Boarding 1:15pm | Departure 1:30pm
  • Arrival at SW Waterfront 3:00pm


Special Events at Mount Vernon:

  • A Call to Arms: Revolutionary War Encampment | April 30 - May 1
  • Spring Wine Festival | May 13 - 15*
  • Summer Escape | June 10 - 11*
  • An American Celebration | July 4
  • Colonial Market & Fair | September 17 - 18
  • Fall Wine Festival | October 7 - 9*
  • Fall Harvest Family Days | October 22 - 23 (tentative)
  • Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon | October 29 - 30 (tentative)

*These activities are in the evening and may require a separate fee.

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40-Minute Photo Cruise

Come to this short but fun turnaround cruise at Mount Vernon! If you're driving to Mount Vernon, take a break during your tour and come down to the Mount Vernon Wharf for a 40-minute excursion on our beautiful Spirit cruise ship. Great photo opportunities, a breathtaking riverfront view of Mount Vernon and a fascinating narrated history of the Potomac River are all included!

Departure Times:

  • 11:30am
  • 12:30pm

Photo Tickets are only available on the boat at the Mount Vernon Wharf or at Mount Vernon's main gate.
This cruise is only available seasonally. No reservations are necessary.

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Perfect for Groups going to or from Mount Vernon

Tour Washington DC in style! Take this one-way day cruise combined with bus tours, children's day camps, student tours and more. You can combine a cruise on Spirit with a driving tour with these one-way options. This ultimate harbor cruising experience will make your day more fun and exciting!

For special group pricing for groups over 20, please call a Spirit event planner 866-302-2469

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Onboard Snack Bar

Treat yourself to a fun breakfast, lunch or snack while you cruise. Our shipboard snack bar has something for everyone, and at very affordable prices. You can enjoy an early morning continental breakfast, a picnic-style lunch, snacks galore, and cold beverages on your way to and from Mount Vernon. You’ll even have a choice of dining areas: inside our beautiful, climate-controlled decks or “al fresco” on our huge outdoor deck. Come hungry!

Here’s our basic menu, but there are always new items on every cruise!

  • Pastries
  • Muffins
  • Bagels
  • Hot Dogs
  • Pizza
  • Chips
  • Candy
  • Juice & Soda
  • Cold Beer

Got a Party of 20 or more?

Contact an event planner at 866-302-2469 for pre-ordered breakfasts and box lunches.