Fun and unique date ideas for a memorable time in Washington, DC
The nation’s capital is home to world-class museums and countless businesses who help make memories for visitors and locals. We’ve put together some ways to make the most out of your DC date nights.
Have a movie night
Star in your own rom-com under the stars at a drive-in or outdoor movie. But sometimes, the best kind of date night is cozying up on the couch and watching an engrossing film or TV series. Our list of movies and shows that were filmed in or feature Washington, DC offers a wide range of options, from nail-biting thrillers to laugh-out-loud comedies to perfect-for-a-date-night romantic adventures.
Taste the District
Indulge in the flavors offered by a DC Michelin-starred restaurant or dig into the more affordable Michelin Bib Gourmand options. Craving a night in? Transport a wonderful dining experience to your dining room by ordering pick-up or delivery from eateries across the city.
Experience museums like never before
DC has a plethora of museums, but if you're looking for creative ways to get out of your house and into a new environment, look no further than these unique experiences. Visit the O Street Museum to explore themed rooms and secret doors or go undercover at the International Spy Museum to complete an enrapturing mission. Engage with language and words at the voice-activated Planet Word museum or transport yourself 100 years into the future at ARTECHOUSE through an immersive experience inspired by the cherry blossoms.
Level up your DC tour
Experience the beauty of Washington, DC in a variety of ways. Take your perspective out on the water with Embark DC, Monumental Boat Tours and City Cruises. Back on land, you can rest your feet and ride in style with Big Bus Tours, Urban Adventures and Adventure DC Tricycle Tours. You can also taste while enjoying the sights with DC Metro Food Tours. Step up your ‘gram game with a photography tour with Washington Photo Safari.
Catch a DC sports game
Capital One Arena, home to the NBA's Washington Wizards and the NHL's Washington Capitals, is open to a limited amount of fans. DC’s bar scene also provides the perfect atmosphere for watch parties. Take someone out to a ballgame to watch the MLB’s Washington Nationals, who are in full swing at Nationals Park and welcoming limited fans. With new seasons just kicking off, MLS’ D.C. United and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics are also back to playing in front of audiences at Audi Field and Entertainment and Sports Arena, respectively.
Feel the DC rhythm
No date night is complete without a dope soundtrack. We trust your judgment in playlist creation, of course, but if you want to enjoy some that feature a heavy dose of DC flavor, we’ve got you covered. We threw in some cool Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR and live streams for good measure. With live music slowly coming back, Wolf Trap is ready to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a summer lineup of safe shows.
All fun and games
You didn’t think we forgot about games, did you? Swing by National Harbor for a round of TopGolf or a spin on the Capital Wheel. Head to Rocket Bar for a bar-cade experience, HalfSmoke for classic board games with your DC-flavored eats or kick it up a notch with football, bowling and axe-throwing at Throw Social and Kick Axe Throwing. We’ve also got a plethora of DC-themed activities to do at home, including a word search, a board game, Origami and coloring pages.
Quench your thirst
DC’s drink scene is flowing, with a hopping craft beer selection and high spirits at local distilleries. There are even more options sure to please everyone, including a variety of wineries and cideries. And the latest trend of cocktails in a pouch can be found at Calico, Capo Deli and Colada Shop. Cheers!