How to make a day at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello a family affair


Taking kids to historic locations can be a risky proposition.

Will the kids get bored?

Will there be enough to engage young imaginations?

Will there be activities to keep small hands off of priceless artifacts?

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello has the perfect solution – The Family Friendly Tour and Day Pass.


The pass includes a family friendly 40-minute guided tour of the home geared specifically for families with youngsters from ages 5 to 11.

The tour provides the right balance of hands-on opportunities while introducing children to some of Jefferson’s interests and hobbies as well as giving a glimpse of life in the late 18th and early 19th century.

The tour guides are experts when it comes to entertaining tiny visitors.  Our guide was a former kindergarten teacher and her storytelling abilities captivated the younger tourists while still entertaining the grownups in the crowd.

Some stops on the tour include the great hall where Jefferson’s maps and animal pelts are displayed, Jefferson’s bedroom with the cool bed in the wall, his expansive book collection and the room where Jefferson’s granddaughters attended home school.

There’s also plenty to do outdoors. From touring the gardens, visiting the Jefferson cemetery and observing the archaeological dig in progress- there’s abundant open space for kids to explore Jefferson’s famous property.

Childrens-tour-of-MonticellTours are geared specifically for families with children under 11 years old.

Tickets  are $25 for adults $16 for children 12—18 May 25 – Sep. 1 and $8 for children 5—11 Year round (under 5 are free) and includes items such as; a guided tour of the home and two other guided tours -Slavery at Monticello and the Gardens and Grounds, as well as access to four exhibitions, a 15-minute film, the Griffin Discovery Room, the Monticello Museum Shop, and the Mountain Top Activity Center.

Several of the tours and exhibits are seasonal so it’s always wise to consult the Monticello website and plan your adventure in advance.

learning-the-quill---PullOvYoung visitors get to try hands-on colonial style activities.

History can be a lot of fun for the entire family and at Monticello the Family Friendly Tour and Day Pass let’s visitors of all ages fully experience one of America’s most famous homes.

“Learning about Thomas Jefferson, learning to write with a quill pen, walking on the trail, picking beetles off of the flowers in the garden.   Oh and of course, the gift shop!”

According to my nine year old, these were the best parts of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.  I think the third President would be delighted to hear such a glowing review of his beloved Virginia home.


Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway

Charlottesville, Virginia  22902

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  • August 30, 2014

    I totally feel for those kids. I was once a kid as well and historical places is kind of boring. But hey there were no guides before, and most of the time they just tell kids to get away from antiques…

    This is a great place and a must try for the whole family.

  • January 13, 2015

    Great post. Thank you for sharing this useful information with us.

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