White House to offer garden tours during Colonials Weekend

The White House’s annual fall garden tours will coincide with Colonials Weekend again this year.

The National Park Service will distribute free tickets for the Oct. 16 and 17 tours of the White House grounds on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets – one per person – can be picked up near the White House at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion at 15th and E streets the day of the tour starting at 8 a.m.

The self-guided tours run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to information from the White House.

Timed tickets will be distributed so visitors can view the gardens and even the swing set used by Sasha and Malia Obama.

Visitors can see the Rose Garden, Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Children’s Garden, the new Kitchen Garden created by first lady Michelle Obama and the South Lawn.

In the past, visitors have lined up hours in advance to get tickets.

Those attending may want to pack lightly, as certain items are restricted from the White House grounds. Banned items include aerosol products of any kind, animals that aren’t guide dogs, oversized backpacks, suitcases, beverages or food of any kind, pointed objects and guns.

Strollers, wheelchairs and cameras are welcome on the grounds, however.

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