White House Garden Tour

White House Spring and Fall Garden Tours: 2024

The White House Garden Tour is offered twice a year over weekends in the Spring and Fall (April/May and October). Guests are invited to stroll around the White House grounds and share photos on social media using the hashtag #WHGarden. Visitors can tour the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, White House Kitchen Garden and South Lawn of the White House.

The 2024 Spring Garden Tour was held May 11-12 and the 2023 Fall Garden Tour was held October 14-15.


White House Garden Tour Map

White House Garden Tour map

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White House Garden Tour Photos and Video

White House garden tour

View more #WHGarden photos on Instagram and Twitter.





White House Garden Tour Tickets - 2024

Tickets are required for all attendees including small children. Free timed tickets are distributed at a National Park Service tent located near the White House Visitor Center in the morning on each tour day. Tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. All attendees must be present in line to receive a ticket (one per person). Ticketing times will be announced a few weeks prior to the event. Tour weekends are usually held in April/May and October.


Tips for Attending the White House Garden Tour

The use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. The Metrorail stations closest to the White House are Metro Center (blue, orange, and red lines), Federal Triangle (blue and orange lines), and McPherson Square (blue and orange lines). If you drive, you can find nearby parking here.

Tickets are given out at a National Park Service tent located near the White House Visitor Center. There are long lines for tickets, so get there early. In the past, tickets have run out after a couple hours. The tickets are timed, so the earlier you get in line, the better chance you have of getting the time you want.

And, if you don't get in on Saturday, you can try again on Sunday morning. Tickets are distributed one per person so all attendees must be present in line to receive a ticket.

Past Garden Tour attendees have written about their experience and have posted tips and advice for touring. Here are some of the most helpful postings:


White House Garden Tour Security

All guests will be screened by the U.S. Secret Service. Bags, backpacks and purses will not be permitted inside the White House grounds, (wallet-size clutches no larger than 5" x 7", medical bags and parenting bags no larger than 14" x 14" x 6" will be permitted and subject to security screening). Strollers, wheelchairs, umbrellas (no metal tips), and cameras are allowed.


Prohibited items include, but are not limited to the following: Aerosols, ammunition, animals other than service/guide animals, bicycles, balloons, coolers, drones and other unmanned aircraft systems, e-cigarettes and smoking paraphernalia of any kind, explosives, firearms, glass, thermal, or metal containers, all water bottles, laser pointers, mace/pepper spray, packages, recreational motorized mobility devices, selfie sticks, signs, umbrellas with metal tips, supports for signs and placards, structures, toy guns, weapons of any kind, and any other items determined to be potential hazards. (Source)