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7 Ways to Enjoy a DC Date Night

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 DC-themed movie night or show binge

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. Of course, in order to complete the evening, you’ll need dinner, which you can acquire when you….


Order take-out or delivery for dinner


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Transport a wonderful dining experience by ordering pick-up or delivery from eateries across the DC. The variety available is staggering, as DC's dining scene is as diverse as any. No contact deliveries are available; make sure to specify your preference in your order details, including a drop-off location for the driver.


Check out virtual offerings from DC museums

DC has a plethora of museums, including 17 Smithsonians. If you're looking for creative ways to get out of your house and into a new environment without actually leaving your house, we've compiled a list of virtual museum offerings in DC. You can take a voyage to space, see live animals, discover famous women in history or view the Hirshhorn's Sculpture Garden from a whole new perspective. Read on for more!


Take a socially distanced stroll through one of DC’s parks


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Although many indoor options for recreation remain closed, DC’s outdoor offerings are still very much in play. Check out the array of parks, gardens and outdoor spaces and plan for a socially distanced stroll or bike ride. There’s the 2,000-plus acres of Rock Creek Park, the beautiful gardens of Tudor Place, the Capitol Columns at the scenic U.S. National Arboretum and so much more.


Snuggle in and watch a DC sports team compete

Currently, the NBA's Washington Wizards and the NHL's Washington Capitals are in action, with nearly every game for both teams broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. The Wizards are led by guards Bradley Beal and the newly acquired Russell Westbrook, while Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and the rest of the Caps look to rekindle the magic that led to a Stanley Cup title in 2018. MLB's Washington Nationals plan to start their season on April 1.


Have a dance-off to music from DC artists


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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.


Enjoy a stay-at-home activity or game

You didn’t think we forgot about games, did you? We’ve got a plethora of DC-themed activities for you and your boo – or to occupy the kids while mom and dad enjoy their date – including a word search, a board game, Origami, coloring pages and more. There’s also our version of social distancing bingo – try to hit every square!

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