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Mount Vernon Full-Day Bike and Boat Tour

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Mount Vernon Full-Day Bike and Boat Tour

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From US$ 50 per person

Bike to the home of the 1st President of the United States on a self-guided full-day tour to George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon plantation. Wander the ground and gardens. Then, return by bike, or cruise back along the Potomac River by boat.

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Duration 6.5 - 7.5 hours
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  • Explore the grounds and house of America's 1st president
  • Bike along the wooded Mount Vernon Trail at your own pace
  • Return to Alexandria on board a pleasure boat of the Potomac River
  • Wander the gardens and farms of Washington's former plantation
  • Go inside George Washington's study, once reserved for a privileged few
Full description

Enjoy a full-day bike ride to and from Mount Vernon on the banks of the Potomac River, or rest your legs on the return journey and travel by boat! Meet in the Old Town of Alexandria to pick-up your bike and helmet. Then, cycle along the wooded Mount Vernon Trail to George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Lock your bike outside the estate for tour staff to pick up. Then, spend the day self-exploring the grounds and mansion house. The mansion’s interior has mostly been restored to the appearance at the time of George and Martha Washington's occupancy. Enter Washington’s study and feel a part of history! Take time for lunch, and enjoy a leisurely stroll in the gardens and farm. Then, bike back to Alexandria, or opt to return by boat. Climb aboard the Miss Christin for the 2:00 PM departure from Mount Vernon’s dock. Relax on the narrated cruise as you glide back to Alexandria's Old Town.

  • Bike rental
  • Helmet and lock
  • Entrance to Mount Vernon
  • Boat ticket (if option chosen)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
  • Tour guide
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • Masks are optional but are strongly recommended while indoors
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are optional for this activity

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Meeting point

The tour begins and ends at the Unlimited Biking Alexandria office in the Old Town of Alexandria. It's convenient for the King Street Trolley Stop at North Union Street and a couple of hundred yards south of the Water Taxi. You can take a shuttle from DCA to King St Metro to the Trolley.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  •  Please note that the boat ticket on the bike and boat option is non-refundable. If you cancel, you will still be charged USD 19 for adults and USD 15 for children
  • For the bike and boat option, please note that the boat departs Mount Vernon at 04:00 PM, returning to Alexandria at 05:30 PM
  • Note: If you would like to take the boat cruise back in lieu of biking, you must select the "Mount Vernon Full-Day Bike and Boat Tour" option when booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 13 reviews

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Wonderful bike ride with spectacular scenery ending at Mount Vernon.

From the beautiful, historic town of Alexandria, following level terrain along the Potomac river with some wooded sections with modest hills. This was a ride that we were able to do, even though my wife and I are aged 70, with histories of knee and hip surgeries, and our granddaughters ages 8 and 12. Ending with a tour of the home of George Washington and visit to the tomb of the first President and his wife. At the tomb, because of my military service, I was asked to read Washington's prayer to the nation and lead the visitors in the Pledge of Allegiance. Our granddaughters were asked to lay a wreath. Finally, slow boat ride back to Alexandria within steps of our car. A fantastic trip.

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July 17, 2018

Couples bike ride to Mount Vernon

Picked up bikes in Alexandria. Easy metro ride on blue line from DC Picked up bikes then cycled s glorious 20 Mile through beautiful Virginia, along the Potomac river, to Mount Vernon. Bike man met us there to take our bikes back. Lunch at The Inn. Stroll around the house and gardens, then boat trip back Alexandria. Excellent day out

April 10, 2018

Not super impressed but loved the trail

The sites made up for the ok customer service at bike shop and the beat up bikes they rented us, the trail was very cool. My opinion although we didn’t get lost, shop should give map of trail. The boat tour, was not a tour just a water taxi so set you expectations that it is just a mode of transportation back to Alexandria or National Harbor. For the price I’d say move on to something else on bucket list as the was between poor and average.

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July 5, 2019

Product ID: 50176