If you are one of those people in Northern Virginia who doesn't visit monuments or the White House unless relatives are in town or you wait until there's a special occasion, you might want to consider getting tickets to this: The annual fall tour of the White House gardens.
The White House will open its gardens and grounds to visitors on four dates this fall:
- Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 4 pm.
- Sunday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors will get an up-close view of the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden and South Lawn of the White House. The White House Kitchen Garden – the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden – will be accessible to tour guests.
These garden tours are free and open to the public; however, a ticket is required for all attendees (including small children). The National Park Service will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E streets on each tour day beginning at 8 a.m. Tickets will be distributed — one ticket per person — on a first-come, first-served basis.
There will be no tours of the East Wing and Executive Residence on the dates of the garden tours.
Please note the following items are not allowed on the White House grounds:
- Aerosols of any kind
- Animals (except guide dogs)
- Backpacks (oversized)
- Food or beverages of any kind
- Duffle bags/suitcases
- Any pointed object
- Electric stun guns
- Insulated metal containers
- Knives of any kind
The U.S. Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items. However, strollers, wheelchairs, umbrellas and cameras are permitted.
All items needed for medical purposes will be permitted on the tour (wheelchairs, electric scooters, glucose tablets, EpiPens). Visitors will be asked to identify and explain all items needed for medical purposes to U.S. Secret Service when they arrive.
The White House may cancel the garden tours in case of bad weather; you can check a 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041 to see if the tour is taking place.