George Washington's Mount Vernon
- KristenSep 18, 2020Awesome
Parking is free and close. Tickets to walk the grounds (excluding the mansion) are $20/day for adults ($14 for military, free for Purple Heart recipients). An annual pass includes free daytime admission all year long if you are local, and you can deduct your day pass cost if you come back and get an annual within 30 days.
COVID admission requirements include a mask. Bags must be clear (they do provide plastic bags if you do not have one to put the contents of your bag inside).
There’s miles of trail and clean / filled water bowls throughout the grounds. Livestock is present (sheep, goats, horses, etc.) and there’s a substantial amount of wildlife. If Fido is a squirrel freak this might not be the place. Mount Vernon trail runs outside of the estate grounds as well - all the way down the GW Parkway along the Potomac River. There is a sandy spit of beach.
Dogs are allowed anywhere on the grounds - the gardens, the tombs, the water, etc. Obviously keep them out of roped off flowerbeds and memorial sites, etc.
The conservation crew is always working - so if you are not local and planning to make a trip I recommend calling ahead and asking if any of the trail segments are closed for maintenance. It can sometimes be significant portions including the long trail to the waterfront.
Pathways are brick, loose stone, and sometimes mud. Dogs are allowed on the lawns of the estate. All staff is very dog friendly (period costumes might freak some dogs out - huge skirts, weird hats, etc).
All in all a wonderful, scenic, friendly place for you and Fido. Interpreters do give ad hoc talks outside, and you can do an audio tour that only includes the grounds.
- BetsyMay 20, 2019Well, not so friendly
The grounds are dog friendly however you cannot go into the mansion and they won't sell you a ticket to just walk the grounds. It's a first class rip off to have to pay full price to walk around outside and not be able to take a tour. Why? Greed, that's why.
- ThaliaMay 17, 2019Awesome Place for Pups!
You can really spend your whole day there with your dog. Lots to explore! They also have a neat forest trail that makes you forget you're in the busy DC area!
- TamaraMore than a year agopups have a place in history
Dog friendly grounds to explore.
- LauraOct 7, 2018Very Friendly
We have brought our big German Shepherd here several times. He loves walking around and sniffing everything. The center staff are very understanding. Dogs are not allowed in the house tour but if you line up as a group the staff will let you wait outside and when one of your party completes the tour you can go to the top of the line so you don’t have to wait for too long.