Summer Fun—Day 40: Visit George Washington's home

Spend the day at Mount Vernon, the home of America’s first president.

Mount VernonLocated just an hour from Annapolis, the estate includes a mansion you can tour, a farm with animals, 12 outbuildings, a museum, and a hands-on history room where kids can try on colonial costumes and create crafts.

After touring the mansion, hang out on the back lawn, which has spectacular view of the Potomac River.


A visit to Mount Vernon is a fun way for kids to learn about American history. Keep in mind the tours are ideal for children ages 4 and above. Stop by Hands-on-History for story time from 11 a.m. to noon, where kids can learn more about George Washington.

Check online to plan your visit, to include other daily events your kids may be interested in, like a tour that takes you behind-the-scenes to some of the filming locations of “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”

Enjoy a meal at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant or, if you’re on the go, pick up a snack from the food court on the property.

If you have a smart phone, be sure to download Mount Vernon’s free app, which includes an estate map, audio tours and games.

Mount Vernon is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission includes access to the mansion and grounds, which include surrounding buildings, gardens, the farm, and museum, and costs $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 6 to 11. Children 5 and under are free. Purchase tickets online in advance for a discount.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Mount Vernon website.

For other cool places to spend the day, check out our great day trips with a dose of education.

For more summer fun ideas, visit our 100 Days of Summer list of family activities and our daily calendar of events.

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