Swooning your other half in one of D.C.’s many top-rated restaurants or sharing a box of popcorn while watching a movie at the local movie theater is always a safe date idea, but it’s nothing new. To add a bit of oomph to your next romantic rendezvous, we’ve come up with a list of unique dates ideas in D.C. Shake up date night by hunting for the best street art in D.C., getting lost in one of the city’s beautiful bookstores or better yet, trying your hand at axe-throwing.
D.C.’s Dining in the Dark experience is transforming dining out into a unique culinary adventure using blindfolds and secret menus – leaving just you, your taste buds and your sense of smell to determine what’s on your plate. From how food tastes to how you interact with your dinner date, nothing is the same. Both Ambar Clarendon and Paraiso Taquería y Mexclaría are hosting Dining in the dark events this season! Ready to put your taste buds to the test?
2. Go on a shopping spree in Eastern Market
Opened in 1873, Eastern Market is one of Capitol Hill’s most popular spots to shop for locally sourced food and drinks. You can even treat your boo to a beautiful bouquet of flowers at the charming little flower stall (you’ll probably be able to smell it before you see it). The market is free to enter, and on the weekend you and your partner can enjoy a live music show before sharing one of Market Lunch’s famous blueberry pancakes.
The District is bursting with beautiful street art and murals seem to be popping up everyday. They pay homage to D.C.’s history and are very pleasing to the eye too. Why not take your date on a small scavenger hunt for the best murals in the city? It’ll make for a nice walk as well as some great photo-ops!
Illuminated by thousands of twinkling candles, this series of magical Candlelight concerts makes for the perfect romantic evening of music and light. Talented musicians swoon audiences with stunning renditions of songs by the likes of Beyoncé and Taylor Swift as well as composers including Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky. You can even enjoy smooth tributes to legends of R&B and Neo soul including Usher, Bruno Mars and more.
5. Take a break from city life
Nature-themed dates can be very fun and relaxing, especially if both of you work and live in the city. D.C. is surrounded by beautiful green spots like Rock Creek Park and the National Arboretum. These are perfect for going on a romantic hike, wandering around and taking totally insta-worthy shots of nature.
D.C. is full of museums, and the best part is that all of the Smithsonians are free! From the National Portrait Gallery to the Renwick, you could spend hours exploring. If you’re looking for an evening activity, head over to The Phillips Collection after 5pm for a fancy night out full of good art, music and, of course, wine. For more must-see art exhibits, click here!
If standing in front of a painting is not your thing, try becoming a spy for a day at the International Spy Museum or watch language come to life at Planet Word!
7. Play mini-golf
Challenge your date to a super fun (albeit competitive) game of mini-golf at one of D.C.’s most popular golfing spots. Featuring cocktails, delicious street food and themed courses, Five Iron Golf and CitySwing are some of our favorite places to enjoy a spot of golfing. And you can even call in the experts at one of their golf classes and get some tips on how to improve your swing to impress your other half.
D.C. has some pretty awesome spots for book lovers to cozy up and geek out over literature. Head into your favorite bookstore for a browse or discover a new one together! Look for hidden gems in Capitol Hill Books’ kitchen sink or grab a bite at Kramers‘ All-Day café and sip on a hot cup of coffee. French toast with a side of Jane Austen anyone?
9. Try your hand at axe-throwing
Want to spice your dates up? Feeling especially bad-axe? Try your hand at hatchet hurling together. Instead of throwing darts in a random dive bar, head to an axe-throwing venue like Kick Axe Throwing. Watch your S.O. try to hit bullseye with an axe while you engage in some friendly competition over a few drinks.
10. Go with the flow while boating around D.C.
Get on the water with your loved one and paddle to your heart’s content! You can rent out a boat for an hour or two or hop on board a booze cruise and take in the sights of the Potomac and beyond with a drink in hand. Nothing says romance quite like an intimate boat trip for two.