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10 Washington DC date ideas you haven’t thought of yet

There’s so much to do in the DC metro area that there’s almost too much …


There’s so much to do in the DC metro area that there’s almost too much to do. But one of the perks of being stationed in or near DC is the number of fun and unique date night options available (that also won’t take you too far from the kids if you’ve paid a babysitter). DC is well-known for its museums, restaurants, concerts, and landmarks, but that’s not all there is to do. Keep date night interesting by checking out one of these ideas: 


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Cool interactive art exhibits? Check. Bar? Check. Close to restaurants? Check. This gallery incorporates art, technology and science for an immersive experience. Exhibits change frequently, and use things like light, touch technology, virtual reality, film and 3-D technology to push you to rethink what art is. 


It’s so much more fun when there’s a hidden door and a password. Speakeasies like The Gibson, Nocturne and The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar are becoming pretty popular in the capitol that once banished alcohol. It’s good to note, though, that for many of these you will need a reservation, or, at the very least, will need to wait in a long line. 

Gadsby’s Tavern 

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Go back in time in this Old Town Alexandria pub that’s been around since the 1700s, when it was a tavern and hotel that hosted legends like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Today, you can’t sleep there, but you can eat and drink – they still have an authentic menu, with options like fried oysters, prime rib, meatloaf and corn pudding. 

Bocce Ball

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You could always go bowling at Pinstripes in Georgetown, but the popular venue also offer bocce ball – and a full food and drink menu. Or go for some bocce ball and appetizers and then hit one of Georgetown’s restaurants for dinner.

Gravelly Point Park

In warmer weather, bring a picnic basket and a blanket and watch airplanes as they land into Reagan National Airport. Located just off George Washington Parkway in Virginia. The park features hiking trails as well. 

Ghost Tours

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DC offers several nighttime ghost tours, including ones in Georgetown, which are especially great in the slightly spooky and slightly chilly fall. You can also find ghost pub tours, vampire tours and history tours. 

Historic Cinema 

You could always go to an AMC theater, but try an old-fashioned date at E Street Cinema, which shows features films as well as independent films, documentaries and more. You will feel like you’ve stepped back in time in this historic theater (although they do offer modern concessions, including beer and wine).

Fountain Skating 

In the winter, the National Gallery of Art turns their fountain into an ice skating rink. 

Ferris Wheel

You might not be able to find a ferris wheel in the city, but venture outside to National Harbor in Maryland, and you can ride one, plus watching outdoor movies in the summer, play golf, take a nighttime painting class, and eat at the many restaurants. 

A Spa That Never Closes

You’ll always be able to find a Groupon for the Centreville, Virginia spa, Spa World, a local favorite. It features a pool, sauna, dining options, massages, juice bar and fitness room. It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Note that in some areas men and women are separated. 

The editorial team at Sandboxx.