8 Budget-Friendly DC Date Night Ideas
Date night isn’t limited to just dinner and a movie. Especially not if you live in a city like Washington, DC. Here you can tour historical museums, picnic with planes, and engage in a friendly competition at the arcade. Give one of these 8 date night ideas a try.
Meander the halls of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Open daily from 11:30 am until 7pm. This is one date that won’t break the bank. Admission is free all day, every day. The museum is full of folk art, carvings, sculptures, and paintings. Guests are able to tour the artwork themselves, or you can sign up for a guided tour.
Have a picnic at Gravelly Point.
Instead of eating at one of the many upscale DC restaurants, have your meal outdoors. Gravelly Point is a unique green space area with amazing views of DC. Trails along the Potomac River make for a great way to walk (or ride) off your meal. The big draw to the area is its proximity to the Raegan National Airport. You can sit and watch the planes fly overhead and land on the nearby runway.
Sample treats at the Eastern Market.
This indoor/outdoor market is perfect for a casual date with your significant other. Vendors set up shop with their handmade crafts, artwork, and locally grown produce. You can stop in and grab a quick, pre-made meal at one of the many indoor locations. Don’t forget to grab a bouquet of fresh cut flowers before you leave. The market is open every day except Monday. For more information on events, take a look at their website.
Take a tour at Tudor Place.
The Tudor Place is one of America’s first National Historic Landmarks. The home was built in 1816 by a granddaughter of Martha Washington and son Robert Peter, who was the first Mayor of Georgetown. The house stayed with the Peter family for over 170 years and, is now serving as a historical museum and garden. The majority of the landscaping you see today is original to the home. You can schedule guided tours every hour, and this month only, tours are only $1.
Laugh ‘til it hurts at a DC Improv show.
Are you a lover of comedy? Then, you’ll love the DC Improv. Each night they bring on new comedians to make you laugh until it hurts. Most tickets are under $20, which is great if you don’t want to spend much money on date night. After you buy tickets, they’ll send you a confirmation email to let you know when to arrive. You can find out more on their website.
Watch a show at the Arena Stage.
If performing arts are more your thing, the Arena Stage is the date night destination for you. It’s one of the largest performing arts centers in DC and hosts many theatrical appearances each month. Some of their upcoming shows include The Heiress, Kleptocracy, JQA, and Junk. For more information on showtimes and available tickets, check out their website.
Get your game on at Penn Social.
Penn Social is the ultimate date night spot if you enjoy booze and games. Happy hour lasts from 4-7pm every day. You can watch the game on one of their large tv’s while sipping on your favorite brew. Have a drink and get in on a game of giant Jenga or shuffleboard. They also have more arcade-style games to play with. Check out their website for information on live shows and music each month.
Grab after dinner desserts at Buttercream Bakeshop.
No date night is complete without a little dessert. The Buttercream Bakeshop offers a wide variety of baked goods and coffee. Take a bite out of their cookies, cupcakes, unicorn bars, brownies, and gluten-free treats.
Do you have a favorite date night spot in the DC area? Feel free to let us know so we can add it to the list.