The Office of the First Lady announces The White House will open its gardens and grounds to visitors Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th. On those days, visitors are welcome to discover the beauty of the South Lawn, the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden and the White House Kitchen Garden.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for all attendees (including small children).

The National Park Service will distribute the free, timed tickets at a tent stationed near the entry point each day beginning at 8:30 AM. The entry point for all guests will be located near the intersection of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest.

Saturday, April 13th the grounds will be open from 10:00 AM- 4:30 PM

Sunday, April 14th the grounds will be open from 10:00 AM- 2:30 PM

Tickets will be distributed -one ticket per person- on a first come, first served basis.

In the event of inclement weather, the event may be canceled. Please call the 24-hour information line @ 202-456-7041 to check on the status of the event.

Note the following items are not allowed on the White House grounds:

Aerosols of any kind

Animals (except guide dogs)

Any pointed object

Backpacks (oversized)


Beverages of any kind

Duffle bags and or suitcases

Electric stun guns


Food of any kind

Guns /ammunition

Insulated metal containers

Knives of any kind

Selfie sticks

Smoking (including e-cigarettes)

Tablets (including iPads)

Toy weapons

Water bottles

Bicycles and scooters

The Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items. However, strollers, wheelchairs umbrellas (no metal tips) and cameras are permitted. All items needed for medical purposes will be permitted on the tour (such as glucose tablets, and Epi-pens). Please be prepared to identify and explain all items needed for medical purposes to Secret Services personnel upon arrival.

The gardens were opened to the public in May of 2018. (Photo – Diane Kilgore)

Free tickets will be given on a first come, first serve basis. (Photo – Diane Kilgore)

Diane Kilgore is a journalist in the Greater Boston Area. She is a Cultural Contributor for NewBostonPost and creator of the lifestyle blog ‘To Di For.’