President's Park (White House)

President's Park (White House)

Park Regulations & Safety

Accessibility

White House Visitor Center
1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20230
202-208-1631
1-800-877-8339 TTY
Daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • There are exhibits, video (cc), information and sales area, restrooms, telephones, water fountains, First Aid area, all accessible.
  • There is no parking available in this area.
  • A wheelchair is available for loan, free-of-charge on a first-come, first-served basis for a maximum of two hours at the White House Visitor Center. You will be asked to leave a driver's license as security. Please ask a park ranger for assistance.

Ellipse Visitor Pavilion
Corner of 15th and E Streets, NW
202-208-1631
Daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
8 a.m. - 3 pm

  • There is information, concessions and a sales area, restrooms, telephones, water fountains, First Aid area, all accessible.
  • There is no parking available in this area.

White House Tours

Public tours of the White House are available for groups of ten or more people. Submit your request through your Member of Congress up to six months in advance.

• If you would like to request a wheelchair, please notify the officer at the Visitors Entrance upon arrival. Visitors in wheelchairs, or with other mobility disabilities, use the main Visitors Entrance and are escorted by ramp from the entrance level to the Ground floor and via by the elevator from the Ground floor to the State floor.

• Submit your request for tours for hearing-impaired groups of ten or more through your Member of Congress. The Visitors Office TDD (telephone device for the deaf) is 202-456-2121.

• Submit your request for tours for visually-impaired groups of ten or more through your Member of Congress. Guide animals are permitted in the White House.

• Submit your request for tours for mentally-impaired groups of ten or more through your Member of Congress.

Wheelchair Rentals

  • Foer's Pharmacy
    818 18th Street, NW
    Washington, D.C.
    202-783-1344
    M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    $20/day, $50/wk
    Credit Card required for deposit
  • Grubb's Care Pharmacy
    326 East Capital Street, NE
    Washington, D.C.
    202-543-4400
    M-F 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sat 9 am - 3 p.m.
    $35/wk, $60/mo.
    Credit Card required for deposit
  • Smithsonian Museums
    Free, available on site only

It is recommended to call at least a day in advance to reserve a wheelchair. Must have a major credit card for deposit ranging from $150 to $250. Rental prices are subject to change.

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.

DisabilityGuide.org is the Washington, D.C. metro area's premiere online disability information resource.

Smithsonian Museums provide a quick-reference accessibility information for all of the Smithsonian's 16 museums and other public facilities, such as the locations of companion care restrooms, telephones, ATMs, and general information about parking and transportation to the museums.

Tourmobile Sightseeing provide an enjoyable experience while touring Washington, D.C.

Tourmobile provides two types of services for individuals who are mobility challenged. For individuals who are able to transfer from their wheelchair and can climb two or three steps, they provide our on-demand service. Vehicles used on all Tourmobile tours are equipped with priority seating and wheelchair storage. Individuals may board at any Tourmobile stop on any vehicle.

For individuals who require a chair lift, they provide on-call service. Individuals should either make their request for a lift-equipped vehicle with a Tourmobile employee located at one of the ticket booths or on board any of the vehicles at any Tourmobile stop. Your request will be processed and a lift-equipped vehicle will be dispatched to your location. You may get off at the stops of your choice and then arrange a reboarding time with your driver.

To help them serve you better, you may make a reservation for a lift-equipped vehicle when you know your plans in advance or obtain further information about our lift-equipped vehicle service, by calling us at 703-979-0690 between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily except December 25.

Things To Know Before You Come

President's Park is an urban park. For your safety, please use crosswalks, and obey the crossing signals. Before or after your walk, stop in at the White House Visitor Center to see the exhibits and video on the White House and its history.

Observe park wildlife such as gray squirrels, migratory birds, and an occasional sighting of a red-tailed hawk, or bald eagle. For your safety, please do not feed the squirrels. They will bite.

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

Please be prepared to be flexible in travelling through the area, as temporary security measures are sometimes needed in President's Park.

To tour the White House, requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance. To contact your Representative and Senators, please call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at this number (202) 224-3121.

The closest hospital is approximately eight blocks from the White House Visitor Center. George Washington University Hospital is located on 901 23rd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037 or call 202-715-4000.

There is a First Aid station located inside the White House Visitor Center. The Center is open daily from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Pets

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 in busy streets. Leashes also help protect park resources, including wildlife and vegetation, as well as other park visitors.

Pets should not be left unattended. Summer sunshine poses a threat to pets left in 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-degree day, the temperature inside a car—even with the windows cracked—can reach over 100 degrees within 10 minutes.

Pet owners are responsible for removing pet waste.