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Spirit of Mount Vernon

Highlights / General details

Visit the home of George Washington with the Spirit of Mount Vernon! Spirit provides the only round-trip Mount Vernon cruises direct from Washington, DC. Each Mount Vernon cruise includes a narrated riverfront tour and discounted admission to Mount Vernon. You can also choose from one-way excursions and 40-minute turnaround cruises from the Mount Vernon dock.


Potomac River cruise to Mount Vernon; Narrated tour of Potomac River; Admission to Mount Vernon Estate (approx. 4-hour self-guided tour and free time).


Transportation to/from the pier. Food is not included in the rate but you can purchase breakfast or lunch items from our fully-stocked snack bar.

Hours of operation


March 2015 - November 2015

3/13/15 – 3/22/15: Friday, Saturday & Sunday ONLY.

3/24/15 – 9/6/15: Tuesday – Thursday.

9/11/15 – 10/25/15: Friday, Saturday & Sunday ONLY.


March 2016 - November 2016

3/14/16 – 3/20/16: Friday, Saturday & Sunday ONLY.

3/22/16 – 9/5/16: Tuesday – Thursday.

9/9/16 – 10/23/16: Friday, Saturday & Sunday ONLY.

Cruising Schedule

SW Waterfront Boarding Time: 8:00am

SW Waterfront Departure: 8:30am

Arrival at Mount Vernon: 10:00am

Return Boarding: 1:15pm

Return Departure: 1:30pm

Arrival at SW Waterfront: 3:00pm

On the day of your cruise, please check in at the ticket booth at least 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.


Approximately 6 hours 30 minutes.


Washington Ticket Booth - 6th and Water Streets SW, Washington DC 20024.

Additional Information

You can purchase breakfast or lunch items from our fully-stocked snack bar!

The ship is fully enclosed and climate-controlled for your comfort and cruises rain or shine.

Participant restrictions

Children of all ages are welcome on our Mount Vernon Cruise. Children under 3 are complimentary and a discount is offered between the ages of 3 and 12.


Dress Code: Casual attire is fine. A good pair of walking shoes is recommended for the Mount Vernon portion of the tour.

Rates may not apply for holiday and specialty cruises and are subject to change.

The vessel is wheelchair accessible. However, you must inform the supplier of your specific needs at time of reservations.

*Cruise schedules change often. Guests will receive sail time upon final confirmation.

**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**

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