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This was my second time for this excursion and it continues to be one of my favorite trips while in DC. A leisurely cruise to Mt. Vernon, then about 3 hours to explore the estate and have lunch the turkey pot pie is very good.
We learned a bit about what it takes to run an estate of this size back in the 1700s such as spinning thread and weaving fabric to make clothing. We spoke with a young man in the character of General Washington's personal valet who told us of the day to day necessities he provided to his master.
The tour of the main house is very informative but we skipped it this time to allow more time to meander the grounds and gardens. A beautiful day all around and a lazy trip back to our starting point at the pier. If you have the time, this is a wonderful way to spend the day!
Arguably my favorite part of the trip to Washington DC. Taking a nice boat ride down the Potomac, you gaze upon perhaps the most famous residence in the country up on the hill. It was amazing to see how even the rich and famous of that time may be considered poor in our time
Very enjoyable boat ride up the Potomac river
It was great stepping back in time and learning about our forefathers.
So nice to sit back and watch the beauty of the Potomac River glide past. Our time at Mt. Vernon was sufficient to see the property and thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the history of the area depicted there.
This tour was AMAZING! I can't wait to go back with my fiance! I went with a good friend and we loved walking through the gardens, touring the house and paying our respects to Martha and George Washington along with paying our respects at the slave memorial. When you were there you could feel the history and it gave us goosebumps. This was our favorite purchase that we made for the first part of our trip!
This is such a great way to visit Mount Vernon. Coming in from the Potomac is fun and easy and the sights along the way are an extra bonus!
River trip was very relaxing. Suggest bringing water and sandwiches to eat after the tours.
Sharon N United States of ...
This is a must do tour....to touch such a large piece of history in it's natural state is overwhelming. Highly recommend!
Great day out helped by fantastic weather, boat trip was excellent and plenty of time to explore Mount Vernon
Great boat ride along the Potomac. Mount Vernon is a truly beautiful place, full of history, A nice getaway from D.C.
Take some cards along to play on the way home, or enjoy the homes on the riverbank.
I loved the boat rides, to and from Mt. Vernon, although my daughter would have liked to spend less time riding on the boat and more time at Mt. Vernon. We spent about 90 minutes each way, on the boat. Beautiful scenery and the guides gave us a heads up when we were passing interesting places. Mt. Vernon was wonderful! A little crowded, but manageable and everyone was polite. We toured the mansion at the appropriate time that was listed on our ticket and then walked around the gardens and out buildings before heading to the Mt Vernon Inn for a wonderful lunch. We only had time for a quick trip through the museum before it was time to head back to the dock to board the boat back to D.C. Great tour!
we loved this! my granddaughter and son thought this was one of the highlights of our trip
Fab tour. Loved the boat trip down the Potomac. The grounds of Mount Vernon were lovely and it's an easy walk up to the house. Tour of the house was rather regimented - not able to go at your own pace, but then they did have to manage 100's of people. House much smaller than expected but well worth a visit.
Great way to get to Mt Vernon, rather than in a bus or car. Was very smooth sailing down Potomac, bit chilly in the morning so everyone stayed inside, but on return journey sun was out and we had no wind so made the most of top deck to view the mansion from afar. On arrival at Mt Vernon you are given timed entry to the mansion - had a quick stop at Washington's tomb then made way to line for mansion. Whilst it looked like along wait, it was well organised to get people moved through the mansion - had enough time to take in every room in the mansion. Still had plenty of time to see everything on the estate, stop for lunch and some souvenirs and then back to dock for return cruise home.
This was our second visit to Mount Vernon which is a wonderful place. Our previous visit was by car but going there by river boat as they did in George Washington's time made it even better. Excellent day out and excellent value.
It was an Excelent tour , the ride down the Potomac was a really nice way to approach Mt Vernon - the house and grounds were lovely and not too crowded.
Wonderful time on the water and an excellent day at Mt Vernon. Of course, the weather was beautiful and not too cold. The crowds even on a fall weekday are astonishing, but the mansion staff know how to get a large number of guests through the building without feeling rushed, and the museum exhibits are very fine and would interest both children and adults. Food service might be a little less than stellar compared to many of the fine museum cafes in Washington, but perfectly adequate. Not to be missed.
The boat ride was great. Relaxing on a beautiful day. Mt Vernon was interesting and educational. Don't miss it.
Excellent cruise and an adequate time at Mount Vernon!!! A day to remember!!!
It was very nice. Well organized. Good lunch. Good tour guides. good weather. The boat was great. I was impressed by all the knowledge imparted as we traveled along the Potomac.
Really enjoyed this trip. Boat ride was fun there and back. On the initial leg of the trip the captain was very informative about the sights along the way and the return leg was very quiet. There were some drinks and snacks available for purchase on the boat. Mt. Vernon itself was a great experience. Everything was very well preserved and presented. Initially, I thought 3 hours was too long to be there, but certainly could have used another hour or so to take the shuttle to the distillery and grist mill. This is a great trip for children and adults alike and was a real value.
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