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White House to Open Grounds to Visitors October 16-17

Would you like to visit the White House? See Michelle’s vegetables? Hang out on the South Lawn? Here are the detes from the White House.

The White House will open its gardens and grounds to visitors on Saturday, October 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Sunday, October 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Visitors can view the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children’s Garden and the South Lawn of the White House. The Kitchen Garden will once again be accessible to tour guests.

These tours are 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 8:00 a.m. Tickets will be distributed — one ticket per person — on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note the following items are not allowed on the White House grounds:

  • Aerosols of any kind
  • Animals (except guide dogs)
  • Backpacks (oversized)
  • Balloons
  • Beverages of any kind
  • Chewing gum
  • Duffle bags/suitcases
  • Any pointed object
  • Electric stun guns
  • Fireworks/firecrackers
  • Food of any kind
  • Guns/ammunition
  • Knives of any kind
  • Mace
  • Smoking

The U.S. Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items. However, strollers, wheelchairs, and cameras are permitted.

In the event of inclement weather, the Garden Tours may be cancelled. Please call the 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041 to check on the status of the event. Tours of the White House will not occur on the dates of the Garden Tours.

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