Know Before You Go
River Farm is open year-round Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. From April through October, it is also open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. River Farm is closed on national holidays. We follow the federal OPM (Office of Personnel Management) status for closing during extreme weather.
Admission is free (except for special events), but donations are appreciated to help support the stewardship of River Farm.
The AHS Garden Shop is lovingly staffed by volunteers. Open most Wednesdays from 11 am to 2 pm, mid-March through December; most Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm, April through October; and during special events.
Organized Group Activities
Organized group activities such as birthday parties or classes require a reservation. Additionally, a small fee will apply.
Guided tours of the River Farm gardens by AHS staff require an advance registration & nominal fee. Tours can be customized to suit your particular group and are appropriate for gardeners of all ages. Please contact us at 703/768-5700, x149 for further information.
Directions by Motor Vehicle or Bike
1) The easiest way to reach River Farm is by motor vehicle, since public transportation options are not close by.
From Old Town Alexandria
Take Washington Street south through the city of Alexandria. Washington Street becomes the George Washington Memorial Parkway at the south end of Alexandria. Go 3.5 miles, pass under the stone bridge and take the next left, following the signs for East Boulevard Drive, Herbert Springs, and Arcturus. Take another immediate left on East Boulevard Drive and the American Horticultural Society will be to your right.
From the Beltway (either direction)
Exit onto Route 1 North, then take the first right onto Franklin Street. Turn right on South Washington Street, which becomes the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Follow directions above.
From the south on Mount Vernon Highway
After passing Mount Vernon’s circle on the Mount Vernon Highway (235), continue traveling north on the George Washington Memorial Parkway until you see the sign for East Boulevard Drive. Turn right at the second sign for East Boulevard Drive. Take an immediate left onto East Boulevard Drive. The American Horticultural Society will be to your right.
2) Biking is another great option for getting to River Farm.
River Farm is near the paved Mount Vernon Trail, between Alexandria Avenue and Wellington Road. We have free bike racks in our parking lot.
River Farm and the American Horticultural Society participate in Bike to Work Days, offering discounted memberships on those days, and a year-round welcome to cyclists.