Every president except George Washington has called the White House and its surrounding grounds his place of work, rest, and solitude. Recognizable the world around, the White House stands as a symbol of democracy. The White House and its park grounds serve not only as the seat of the executive branch of government of the United States of America, but also as an iconic place for civil discourse.
Located in the center of downtown Washington, D.C., President's Park includes the park land and gardens surrounding the White House. Amid the vibrant city life of our nation's capital, President's Park offers visitors, district residents, and the President of the United States restorative green space, awe-inspiring memorials, and the White House itself to contemplate as a symbol of the United States and democracy.
The grounds of President's Park are open year-round. Temporary area closures may be in place due to events and activities. U.S. Secret Service operations may also temporarily affect access to areas of the park.
The Visitor Center is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year's Day).
(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)
None. Tours are also free.
Public tour requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress. These self-guided tours are generally available Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted).
Ellipse Visitor Pavilion Complex
Located just west of the corner of 15th and E Streets, NW
Open daily from 7:30 am to 4 pm
Closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1
Inside the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion is a concession stand, restrooms, and an information desk.
White House Visitor Center Rehabilitation
The remodeled visitor center is designed with a strong focus on accessibility for all visitors. The project team worked closely with the National Center for Accessibility to achieve a fully accessible experience.
All new interactive and tactile exhibits offer visitors a greater chance to find their connection to the President's House. Fore example, visitors will be able to touch tactile maps, pieces of stone used to construct the White House, and replicas of significant objects like the North Portico door knob . Visitors with vision or hearing impairments may request equipment at the information desk to experience the comprehensive audio tour for the museum's exhibits and interactive elements (all film and audio components are open-captioned).
Within the approximately 82 acres of President's Park are countless opportunities to learn more about the history and culture of the United States. Together, the people, places, and stories of the park speak of the rise and growth of American democracy, landscape design, technology, and other broad themes.