Top 10 Thursday: Washington, D.C. Date Ideas


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Every Thursday, I will put up a top ten list of awesomeness, with short descriptions and tips. Feel free to laugh, enjoy and pass them around.

Top 10 Washington, D.C. Date Ideas

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But for now, I’d like to leave you with some of the best date ideas you can do in our nation’s capital.

10. Jazz Cafe. Music is great but there’s something about Jazz that creates a much more intimate vibe. Although the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe is currently closed, there are other places you can check out to grab a drink and listen to some of the best musicians in the city. 

9. DC Improv. Deemed the best comedy show in D.C., it features headliners, local celebrities, a comedy school, two showrooms, plus a full restaurant and bar. It’s been said that laughter is the key to a woman’s heart so if you’re not funny, find someone who is to do it for you.

8. Sight seeing. Washington, D.C. is a no-brainer for attractions and a great idea is to play tourist for a day and learn more about your city's history. With amazing locations such as the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument & Roosevelt Island, you’ll have so much fun sharing a totally new experience with your date.

7. Capitol Steps. The Capital Steps are a musical political satire troupe, made up of Congressional staffers-turned comedians. They perform songs, skits and parodies satirizing the people and places that once employed them. Nothing like getting a good laugh at the expense of the people who run our country. 

They perform every Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

6. Musical concert. Every day -- that’s right, every day -- there is a musical performance at 6PM at the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage. With every musical genre performing on a regular basis, you’ll have an instant go-to date. The best part, it’s completely free and no tickets are required.

5. Outdoor activities. D.C. has more options for adventures outdoor than you can imagine. Go kayaking down the Potomac River. Go paddle boating at Tidal Basin. Go hiking through the Canal Historic National Park. The city is yours to explore.

TIP: If you’d like something less active but still want to be outside, you can blow your date away and go to Rock Creek Park. Set up an evening picnic and cap things off by checking out the stars in its planetarium. It’s great for spending quality time getting to know someone.

4. Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Who doesn’t like animals? Open every day of the year (except Christmas), you have access to around 2,000 animals from about 400 different species and about one-fifth of the species are endangered or threatened. I would save this as a daytime weekend date. 

This date will also cost you nothing as the Zoo provides free admission.

3. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. One of the most highly-anticipated landmarks Washington, D.C. has been waiting for is finally here. I would recommend going during the week as its novelty will draw massive crowds on the weekends. 

The landscape and architecture of the memorial will amaze you and the history of MLK will not only inspire you but also bring you and your date closer together understanding such an important part of history that has affected all of our lives.

2. Skywatching at Sky Meadows State Park. Take your date on an astronomical (literally) adventure, checking out the stars under telescopes completely removed from city lights. The evening starts with an orientation at dusk followed by checking out different objects in the galaxy.

On nights when you’re focused on only what’s in front of you, you and your date can share new appreciation for the amazement that’s above you.

1. Mansion on O Street. The Mansion on O is only open to the public a couple times during the week and it’s one of the coolest places to go to in D.C. Take your date on a Sunday and enjoy some coffee or tea. Then get lost checking out the 100+ rooms in the maze of the secret passageways.

You’ll be having so much fun, you won’t care that you may not know how to get out of the maze.

If you have great date ideas you’d like to share, place them in the comments.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about being in D.C. Time to celebrate!