Mount Vernon is open 365 days a year, including Christmas Day.

Bring the family to George Washington's estate, where there's something for all ages. 

Explore the Estate with our Adventure Map

Written clues and colorful pictures guide families on an exploration of nine locations on the Mount Vernon estate.

Pick up the Adventure Map in the Orientation Center when you arrive at the estate. Ages 7-12.

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Look for the Discovery Station

Look for one of our discovery stations and explore topics related to George Washington and Mount Vernon.

You could:

  • Hear about Mount Vernon’s historic buildings
  • Learn about the people who called Mount Vernon home
  • Count tree rings to determine how old a Mount Vernon tree is
  • Grab a take-home craft kit

See the "Today at Mount Vernon" web calendar for program offerings.

This program is weather-dependent. All Ages.

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Try the I Spy Scavenger Hunt

Our youngest guests match nine images with objects and places at Mount Vernon while they explore the estate.

Ages 3-7.

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Meet People from Washington's World

Attend one of our character programs or take a specialty tour to hear what it was like at Mount Vernon in George Washington's time.

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Take a Photo Cruise on the Potomac River

Leave dry land behind and enjoy the river breeze during a narrated tour on the Potomac River. Cruises are available seasonally, through fall. All Ages.

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Visit the Farm

From April through October, head to the Farm for a taste of 18th-century farm life. Watch farming demonstrations from plowing to harvesting to cooking, and see our farm animals. All Ages.

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Enjoy Kids' Activities in the Hands-on-History Center

Stop by the Hands-on-History Center in the Education Center for kid-friendly activities. Ages 3-10.

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See Mount Vernon's Animals

Meet the animals who live at Mount Vernon, such as Ossabaw Island Hogs, Hog Island Sheep, Dominique Chickens, and Red Devon Cattle. All Ages.

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Walk the Forest Trail

Walk through a wooded area with interactive text panels along the way to learn who lived here before the Washingtons and what animals roamed the woods. The forest trail includes several steep inclines and uneven terrain. Ages 8 and up.

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Watch a 4D Movie in our Revolutionary War Theater

This fast-paced, 4D production traces General Washington's important military victories at Boston, Trenton, and Yorktown. The Revolutionary War Theater—where cannons fire and snow falls every day—is one of Mount Vernon’s most popular attractions. Ages 8 and up.

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Play Be Washington

See if you can lead like George Washington with this leadership experience inside our Education Center. Ages 10 and up.

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Try our Augmented Reality Glasses

Put on a pair of augmented reality glasses and explore the estate through rich 360-degree visuals, narration, period music, and atmospheric sounds. Ages 11 and up.

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Play Agent 711

Become one of George Washington’s spies! Go undercover and test your spycraft skills while exploring the grounds of Mount Vernon with this free app.

Pick up the Agent 711 map in the Orientation Center when you arrive at the estate. Ages 11 and up.

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Take the Photo Quest

Follow the clues to discover great places to take photos! Pick up your free photo quest at the Ford Orientation Center or download it before you visit. Ages 11 and up.

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Admission capacity is limited.

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Extend Your Visit with Home Activities

Engage your children at home with our crafts, worksheets, games, quizzes, videos, and more.

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Mount Vernon is located in northern Virginia, just a short drive from Washington, D.C.

For more information about things to do in Virginia, visit, the official tourism website for the state of Virginia. You’ll find an overview of each region in Virginia, as well as information about cultural attractions, upcoming events, and where to stay. You can also purchase merchandise featuring the official Virginia slogan, “Virginia is for Lovers.”

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