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“Teenager and 6 year old loved it!”

George Washington's Mount Vernon
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Come share the fascinating moments of America’s first family with yours at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Explore the beautiful mansion and grounds and get to know the man, the ideas and the values that founded a nation. Dive into history through action-packed theaters, fascinating exhibits and meet characters from Washington’s world. Admire the view of the peaceful Potomac, or hop on board a sightseeing cruise. It’s a place where history truly comes to life.
Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Teenager and 6 year old loved it!”
Reviewed March 24, 2007

I was in DC with my 15 year old daughter and six year old son and only planned to take a quick tour of the mansion, the weather was freezing. We ended up staying at Mount Vernon the entire day. The actual house tour was informative and nice. The new Interpretive Center is amazing. So many things to see. It has 6 or 8 short movies or presentations and countless exhibits. Don't miss the special effects movie on the Revelutionary War. Both kids spent a great deal of time in the interpretive center and were in no hurry to leave. There is a museum, two large gift shops, a food court and a restaurant. We ate at the restaurant, The Mount Vernon Inn. Servers are in costume, feels like you are in an 18th century tavern. Food was really good and surprisingly inexpensive. There are also countless other buildings to visit, as well as the president's tomb.
All three of us highly recommend the Mount Vernon Estate. Plan to spend all day!

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washington DC
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“New museum is great”
Reviewed December 17, 2006

Mt Vernon has opened a new education center and museum, which really adds to a visit to the place. In the education center, there are seat rattling films with snow, buttons to push, and the real scoop behind George Washington's false teeth. A neighboring museum has china, jewellery and other Washington family treasures.

Our most recent visit in December was great with no crowds or waits. The lines in summer can make visits less fulfilling. Try to visit off-peak.

For lunch, the menu items at the sit down restaurant are reasonably priced so don't just rush for the food court. A midday break between the mansion/garden/farm visit and the museum is a good idea to maintain stamina.

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St. Louis, MO
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“Mount Vernon--Not Worth the Lines”
Reviewed July 9, 2006

What a disappointment! After a delightful drive down George Washington Parkway from D.C. (lovely views of the Potomac), the 10-minute search for parking, and 20-minute ticket line, made my father and me anticipate even more what would surely be a fascinating visit to George Washington's Mount Vernon home. But after we had walked to the Mansion and stood in line for an additional 45-minutes, only to be able to walk through five or six rooms and peek into the other eight (no photos allowed), we were very disappointed. Even the Upper Gardens, which we visited afterwards, were far from spectacular.

Much better to visit was Hillwood Museum and Gardens, a mansion house, plain on the outside, but marvellous on the inside, designed by its twentieth-century inhabitant Marjorie Merriweather Post (daughter of the founder of the Postum Cereal Company; wife of E.F. Hutton of the General Foods Corporation) as a sort of museum. Each room spectacularly decorated in 16th-/17th-century French or 18th-/19th-century Russian style (with antiques belonging to everyone from Marie Antoinette to Catherine the Great of Russia), this mansion was much, much more impressive (and much less crowded!) than Mount Vernon. The gardens were designed to complement the house, but may even have outdone it. Each unique from the others, the gardens ranged from a symmetrical French Partierre with fleur-de-lis hedges to an elaborate Japanese Garden with trickling water and delightful sculptures.

If you are a person who visits places solely to walk where someone famous had once walked, loves long lines and delights in pushy tourists, Mount Vernon is the place for you. But if instead you prefer to visit a unique, surprising, and quiet, yet still very historical treasure, Hillwood (just ten minutes from central Washington) will give you pleasant memories of your trip to Washington D.C. for years to come.

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Westbrook, Maine
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“Mt Vernon is a special place - not to be missed”
Reviewed April 21, 2006

We were at Mt Vernon last week, 4/14/06. George Washington home is a very special treasure that every American should visit. Its just a short drive from DC along the George Washington Memorial Parkway, which follows the beautiful Potomac river. (Note there are numerous opportunities to stop in lovely parks along the route and picnic) I have been to Mt Vernon on three separate DC visits and I am in awe every time. Its like stepping back in time, the estate is very well cared for and the grounds are immaculate . I prepared my young daughter for her first trip, (years ago) by reading her children books about life at Mt. Vernon and the children who grew up there, using the books and pictures she tried to find the items and places featured in the stories, this helped her enjoy the estate more and she understood what she was seeing. This trip we had an excellent interpreter take us on a tour of the gardens, which was thoroughly enjoyable and very informative. I highly recommend that you take the time to join the narrated tours. Allow time to really enjoy all that Mt Vernon has to offer, at a minimum 3 hours, take your time and explore the gardens and the outbuildings. Outside the small gift shop on the estate (a much larger one is available at the growing visitors center out by the parking lot) we purchased a small boxwood plant which was grown from one of the plants at Mt Vernon (boxwoods are utilized throughout the estate grounds). The plant is very fragrant and I am enjoying it very much, it’s nice to have a little piece of Mt Vernon in my home.
I left a review in the restaurant section on the Mt Vernon Inn Restaurant, we highly recommend stopping by there to eat (at least make time for that unbelievable peanut soup).

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Houston, TX
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2005

We enjoyed this lovely estate. It is under some construction (July 2005).

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