Spirit of Mount Vernon Tours

Join us on select dates, March through October, for a truly American experience! Spirit provides the only round-trip Mount Vernon cruises direct from Washington, DC. If you are interested in booking an event for a group of 20 or more, please visit our group events page for more information.


Automatically included in your base ticket price:

  • three-hour round-trip cruise to the Mount Vernon estate
  • Your admission to Mount Vernon with three hours to explore the estate and gardens
  • Narrated riverfront tour as you pass both historic and modern landmarks, such as Alexandria, the Ronald Regan airport and Fort Washington

Extras & Upgrades

Available for purchase during your cruise for an upgraded experience:

  • Breakfast, lunch and treats from our onboard snack bar, including but not limited to pastries, bagels, hot dogs, pizza, chips and candy
  • A variety of refreshments including cocktails, beer, wine, soda, juice and coffee

Additional Information

The little things that matter a lot:

  • Parking is limited, but we are easily accessible from the Waterfront Metro station (Green Line). 
  • Our decks are climate-controlled to cruise year-round
  • in all weather conditions.
  • Most guests choose comfortable, casual attire.
  • Children are welcome and infants under three cruise free.

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Spirit of Mount Vernon Tours

Spirit of Mount Vernon Cruise Interior

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

  • 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

Join Spirit for a short (but fun) turnaround cruise to Mount Vernon! Meet us at Mount Vernon a 45-minute excursion, filled with picture-perfect photo ops along the Potomac, a breathtaking riverfront view of the Mount Vernon estate and fascinating historical narration.

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.