Are candlelit dinners, craft cocktails, speakeasies and Michelin-star restaurants starting to get old? 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!
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2. Go on a street art hunt
The District is bursting with beautiful street art and murals seem to be popping up everyday. 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!
3. Wander around a museum
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!
4. 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.
5. Get lost in your favorite bookstore
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. French toast with a side of Jane Austen anyone?
6. 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 in Ivy City. Watch your S.O. try to hit bullseye with an axe while you engage in some friendly competition over a few drinks.