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“Something fun and different in DC area” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Historical White's Ferry

Historical White's Ferry
Leesburg, VA
301 349 5200
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Ranked #3 of 50 attractions in Leesburg
Type: Ferries/ Boats
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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Something fun and different in DC area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This is an old time cable drawn ferry across the Potomac from just north of Leesburg over to the MD side. The ferry is named the Jubal Early after a Civil War general (I forgot which side). Out-of-town visitors really enjoy the change of pace side trip.

Visited November 2012
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English first
Leesburg, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Easy, fun way to cross Potomac River”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

White's Ferry is the longest running ferry on the upper Potomac linking Montgomery County, Maryland and Loudoun County, Virginia. It's family owned and operated, and costs $6.00 round trip. You drive your car right onto the ferry, which can hold about 15-20 cars at a time, you stay in your car during the five minute ride across, and then you drive off and go! It's quiet, relaxing, and fun, and you can watch the river while you're crossing. The waiting line to get on is not usually very long, but if you miss the ferry when you get there, the wait for the next trip is only as long as it takes to load up on the other side and then come back across. It's a lot faster than going all the way to Point of Rocks Bridge to cross the river! Even my dog enjoys this ferry! Highly recommended.

Visited May 2013
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Virginia
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“More fun than a bridge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

For people who have never ridden a ferry, this is a short but fun little ride. It crosses the Potomac in a pretty, wooded area. The ferry follows a cable across the river, so you have a more secure feeling than with the "free floating" type of ferry. The people operating the ferry are businesslike, so don't expect a warm welcome or any type of narration as you go. On the downside, there are times when the ferry gets quite busy, and you may have to wait in your car for 10-20 minutes or more to get on board. Once there, the trip across the river is probably less than 10 minutes long.

Visited October 2012
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Washington, DC
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Scenic ride into history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

The putt-putt ferry ride takes you slowly across the flowing Potomac, with views that haven't changed much in three-hundred years. Either approaching the ferry landing or leaving it takes you through rolling hills and unspoiled farm land.

Visited July 2013
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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 attraction reviews
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“an excellent alternative route”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

I have to stop by my company at Leesburg, VA and go to Laurel, MD for my customer meeting. By using the Google search, the morning commute with hectic traffic would go to 1.5 hours & more. My colleague suggested me to take White ferry (single trip $5) then from Rockville, MD continues by using new ICC way. Wow, my company picked up the toll cost, but I save the commute time by at least 1/2 hour.

Visited July 2013
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