Spirit of Mount Vernon Cruises in Washington, DC

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Cruise round-trip from Washington, D.C to Mount Vernon on select dates from March through October. Once at the elegant Mount Vernon estate, guests have three hours to roam the grounds and gardens. In addition, your cruise includes a narrated riverfront tour including landmarks such as the Ronald Reagan airport, Fort Washington, and more. Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase onboard.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • The round-trip cruise is approximately 3 hours long.
  • Guests have 3 hours to explore Mount Vernon estate.
  • Food and beverages are not included in your tour price but are available for purchase onboard.
  • Tours begin boarding at 8:00 am at the SW Waterfront.


from Spirit of Mount Vernon
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 - and includes admission to Mount Vernon with three hours to explore the estate and gardens.

Your Ticket Includes:
-A 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

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

Parking is limited, but we're close to the Waterfront Metro station (Green Line).
Our decks are climate-controlled to cruise year-round in all weather conditions. Children are welcome and infants under three cruise free.

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"On of our favorites!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 06, 2019 NEW
My family of 4 (2 kids ages 13 & 9) decided to book the Spirit to visit of Mount Vernon Cruise the day before to give our legs a break from all the walking in DC. The cruise is about 1.5 hours long each way with about a three hour visit to Mount Vernon. This trip quickly became our favorite thing we did on our week-long trip. The cruise was nice with information about passing landmarks. You can purchase snacks and drinks if you want and the boat has entertainment for the kids such as a foosball table on the open upper deck. The middle deck was nice to visit since it was air conditioned. Mount Vernon was fabulous and a must see! Definitely add this to your list of ‘must-dos’ during your DC trip!
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Laurel, Maryland
"A Beautiful Sunday on the Potomac"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2019 NEW
Kaye and I spent a fabulous afternoon onboard the “Spirit of Washington.” We met a number of fellow travelers with whom we had a great time. The buffet was excellent and the drinks were excellent as well. The crew was quite courteous and professional. The view was phenomenal and we danced for over two hours. What a great time!
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Karen T
Newark, United States
"Family Celebration on the Spirit of Washington Independence Day Fireworks Dinner Cruise 7/4/2019"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2019 NEW
Excellent "Independence Day Fireworks Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Washington DC" on 7/4/2019 celebrating with our adult daughter and boyfriend! The attendents were very friendly and the food was good on the cruise. Since President Trump has taken office Patriotism has escalated! We witnessed the Flyovers on board! Everyone was singing "God Bless America" to the music while watching the best and longest Fireworks ever displayed on Independence day!
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Jamie C
Frankfort, Kentucky
"Father's Day morning trip to Mount Vernon with breakfast buffet"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019
Perfect morning cruise with breakfast on the Potomac River to Mount Vernon, toured the grounds for 3 hours and came back, great way to start the morning, delicious hot breakfast meal, enjoyed getting to move about the boat while in transit to take advantage of the views along the way, tour guide described points of interest and facts about George Washington's home
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Palmas Del Mar, Puerto Rico
"Best Forth of July Cruise Ever"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 13, 2019
We attended the Fourth of July Dinner Cruise with several friends and it was the best dinner cruise ever. The staff was extremely kind and accommodating. Whatever we asked for, the staff ensured we received it. The food and drinks were excellent and we never ran out. We visited every deck and each level seemed to be experiencing the same level of service.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Spirit of Mount Vernon

Are children allowed on the cruise?
Yes. Children are welcome on board. Children under the age of 3 can cruise for free.

Does the cruise require a dress code?
Casual attire is appropriate for this cruise.

How long is the cruise?
The round-trip cruise is 3 hours long. Guests have 3 additional hours to explore Mount Vernon estate.

When do I board the ship? When do I return?
The schedule of events for the Spirit of Mount Vernon cruise is as follows:

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

Does the cruise have a snack bar?
Yes. A snack bar is available onboard and serves cocktails, wine, and beer along with breakfast and lunch items. Coffee, tea, and water are also offered.

Is parking offered?
Parking is limited at the Gangplank Marina off Water Street. Several metered lots are available nearby. In addition, the cruise ship is easily accessible via the Waterfront Metro station (Green Line).

Is the ship wheelchair accessible?
While the Spirit of Mount Vernon is wheelchair-accessible at the home dock, the disembarkation at Mount Vernon is not on-level with the wheelchair-accessible deck. Therefore, it is not recommended to travel to Mount Vernon by way of this vessel for guests with mobility limitations, unless they are able to exit the ship without the use of their wheelchair.

What is the difference between "Boarding Time" and "Cruising Time?”
"Boarding Time" is the earliest you and your guests may board the ship. You are free to board any time after that up until the "Cruise Time." The ship will leave port at the "Cruise Time." We recommend allowing plenty of time for parking and getting to the ship. The ship leaves promptly at the listed “Cruise Time” and passengers will not be able to board once the ship sets sail.

May I bring my own camera on board?
Guests are more than welcome to bring their own camera for personal pictures aboard the ship.

Is smoking allowed on the cruise?
Smoking is allowed on the observation deck.

Are there security measures in place upon arrival to Mount Vernon?
Yes. As of December 14, 2015, the following security measures are in place:

  • All bags/containers larger than 16x16x8 inches are strictly prohibited from the property.
  • All bags/containers will be searched upon arrival.
  • The following items are prohibited:
    • Weapons/firearms not in compliance with Virginia law
    • Knives/blades longer than 3.5 inches
    • Flammable liquids, gases, and aerosols
    • Fireworks and related materials
    • Other items deemed dangerous or suspicious
    • Food and beverages, except water