River Farm Open To the Public

River Farm is now open to the public from 10a.m. – 4p.m., Monday-Friday and Saturday’s from 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m., subject to holidays and weather. For questions about hours of operation or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office directly at 703-768-5700, ext. 114.

Holiday and Winter Hours
River Farm will be open on the Saturday’s of Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

Our holiday hours are:
Closed: November 25 and 25
Open: November 26 (Thanksgiving Saturday)
Open: December 24 (Christmas Eve)
Closed: December 25 – January

River Farm is extending Saturday hours during the winter season, November 19 – March 31.

Our new hours are:
Monday – Friday, 10a.m. – 4p.m.
Saturday, 9a.m. – 4p.m, weather and holiday dependent.
Free entry and parking. Dogs welcome on the property.



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Know Before You Go


Admission is free (except for special events), but donations are appreciated to help support the stewardship of River Farm.

Organized Group Activities

Organized group activities such as birthday parties or classes require a reservationAdditionally, a small fee will apply. 

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.

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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.