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Best Dates in the Washington, DC Area

Dating on a Budget in the Nation’s Capital


Are you looking for some fun ideas of things to do on a date? The Washington, DC area has plenty of great places to go on a date without breaking the bank. Get creative and try something new. Here are some suggestions.

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1. Picnicking, Hiking, Biking, Rollerblading

Enjoying the fresh air together is a great way to get to know someone in a casual atmosphere. Some of the best spots to enjoy outdoor recreation in the Washington, DC area include East Potomac Park-Haines Point, Great Falls Park, and C & O Canal Historic National Park. Visit regional or local parks in Maryland and Virginia as well.

2. Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle Boating

© Rachel Cooper
Rent a canoe or kayak on the Potomac River or go paddle boating on the Tidal Basin.

3. Explore Historic Sites & Museums

© Smithsonian Institution
The Washington, DC area is the home to a wide variety of museums and historic sites. You can see the world's most extensive collection of artifacts of history, science, art, space and more. Check out some of the smaller museums for a quieter and more intimate visit or attend a special event to see a different side of a more popular attraction.

4. Visit the Monuments

© Terry J. Adams, National Park Service
There is something magical about visiting Washington, DC’s monuments and they are especially romantic at night when they are illuminated.

5. Miniature Golf

© Dale Wilson
Playing a game of putt-putt is a fun and relaxing date and a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Play at East Potomac Park in Washington, DC or find a miniature golf course in Maryland and Virginia.

6. Free Summer Concerts

© Rachel Cooper
Summertime brings great free concerts to the Washington DC Area. Pack a picnic, grab your lawn chairs and head outdoors to listen to great local music.

7. Free Outdoor Movies

© Moshe B. Zusman
Watching movies on a large screen outdoors has become a popular summer activity. There are several outdoor movie festivals in the Washington, DC area. Pack a picnic and enjoy watching a movie under the stars.

8. Visit the Torpedo Factory Art Center

© Rachel Cooper
Explore this visual arts center in Old Town Alexandria with 84 working studios, 5 galleries, and 2 workshops. Watch artists of all kinds of media at work and ask questions about their creative processes.

9. Visit the National Zoo

© Smithsonian National Zoo
There is no admission fee and what’s more romantic than marveling over those adorable animals while walking through the beautiful grounds at Washington, DC’s zoo.

10. Skating

© Kathy Quirk-Syvertsen

Ice skating and roller skating is great fun. The Washington, DC area has a nice selection of skating rinks.

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