THING TO DO

Go sightseeing at President's Park


Every president except George Washington has called the White House and its surrounding grounds his place of work, rest, and solitude. Recognizable around the world, 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.

Immerse yourself in the national park the President of the United States calls home. Hear stories of the presidents and first families who have called the White House home, and learn of the different memorials and special places that make up President's Park.

Ranger programs are usually offered Tuesdays through Saturdays. These programs typically start at the White House Visitor Center Information Desk and are free of charge. We welcome groups of all sizes, but request that groups larger than 25 make arrangements in advance. For a full listing of programs, you can visit our online schedule of events.
Inside the White House Visitor Center

White House Visitor Center

Explore exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of the White House as a symbol, stage, and home.

Exterior of the White House

How to Tour the White House

Schedule a tour through your Congressman or embassy.

Children playing on the Ellipse on the World Wide Day of Play.

Special Events

Attend an event on the Ellipse or White House Grounds.

Details

At all times, pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than six feet in length. Leashes protect dogs from becoming lost and from other hazard such as running into busy streets. Leashes also help protect park resources, including wildlife and vegetation, as well as other park visitors.

Pets should never be left unattended. Summer sunshine poses a threat to pets left inside vehicles. On a bright, sunny day, even in temperatures as low as 60°F, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach dangerous levels. On an 85°F day, the temperature inside a car-even with the windows cracked-can reach over 100°F within 10 minutes.

Pet owners are responsible for removing pet waste.

There are no entrance fees for President's Park or the White House Visitor Center.

The White House Visitor Center is located at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. President's Park boundaries are between 17th and 15th Streets NW on the west and east and between H Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW on the north and south. If you are taking a White House tour, please line up at 15th and Hamilton Streets NW.

We strongly encourage the use of public transportation as nearby parking is very limited.

Parking
The closest Metrorail stations to the White House are Federal Triangle (blue, orange, and silver lines) and Metro Center (red, blue, orange, and silver lines). Because on-street parking is limited, we strongly encourage the use of public transportation

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, located a block away from the White House Visitor Center, has an underground parking garage. Access is available via 13½ Street (off Pennsylvania Avenue) and via two entrances on 14th Street from 5 am until 2 am. Rates vary from $10 for one hour up to $23 for all day. Please note that all visitors and vehicles are screened upon entry.

The National Park Service does not schedule nor provide tours of the White House.

Park Hours

President's Park outside areas are open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, including holidays.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
Accessibility Information

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).

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 Janurary 1
The Ellipse Visitor Pavilion has a concessions stand, accessible restrooms, water fountains, and an information desk. Visitors may access the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion by stairs or an at-grade entrance on the western side.

Please note that there is no parking available in this area.

Local Access

The National Park Service provides a wheelchair on loan free-of-charge on a first-come, first-served basis for a maximum of two hours at the Lincoln Memorial, Ford's Theatre, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and other parks. You will be asked to leave a driver's license as security. Please ask a park ranger for assistance.

Last updated: March 1, 2017