Museums can be boring, but George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens was so cool. I'm so glad my daughter talked me into going there.
There was plenty of parking nearby, and a short walk brought us to the admissions entrance. Admission was $15 per adult, and we began our tour by watching a twenty minute movie about George Washington. The movie theatre was great. When the cannons boomed on the screen, the seats vibrated from the blast and smoke blew out from under the seats to give it that extra sense of realism. Whenever it snowed on the screen, soap flakes fell from the ceiling onto the shoulders of the audience, and oh, it was just so much fun as well as educational.
Touring the wax museum at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, we could see the revolutionary war uniforms, but not touch. The chests of the soldiers would rise up and down as they snored in their cots, and it looked so real. Once we finished touring all of the artifact museums indoors, we headed outside to tour George Washington's house and grounds. The staff there were all dressed in period costumes and played the parts of the people who actually lived on the grounds in George Washingon's day while they interacted with the crowd. Tour guides explained the uses of all of the different buildings and rooms as well as answered all of our questions.
We finished our tour of the estate at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant that's located next to admissions, and there we had a wonderful lunch of colonial food. I can't recommend a visit to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens highly enough. It was an unexpected treasure, and I will be visting there again.