Ideas for a First Date in Washington, D.C.

Looking for something a little different for your first date? If you’re heading out near your Washington, D.C. apartment, you’ll have tons of attractions to sort through. Here are some fun ideas for a first date in the nation’s capital:


If your date is the outdoorsy type, you can take him or her on a kayaking trip down the Anacostia River. It’s a tranquil setting that allows you and your date to get to know each other while working up an appetite for dinner later. Just head to the Ballpark Boathouse to rent a couple of kayaks. Or you can be romantic and opt for a double-seater. Bonus: dogs are welcome!

National Zoo

Who doesn’t love animals? Take your date on a trip to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. It has free admission so you can save your money for dinner and drinks. You and your date can walk along the park to visit the monkeys, big cats, alligators and more of the other 400 different species they have at the zoo. Or you can stop in at one of the daily shows like small mammals, elephant training, octopus chat and other exhibits.

Billy Goat Trail

Just minutes from the nation’s capital you and your date can head on a 4-mile hike on the Billy Goat Trail. The trail is along the Potomac River, and you’ll see other nature buffs whitewater kayaking and rock climbing along the stone walls.

Fort Reno

rt Fort Reno is a concert series that is held in D.C. during the summer. People gather with their picnic blankets and listen to all types of music. It’s a great opportunity to listen to music with a new romantic partner.

National Arboretum

The national arboretum is a great place to enjoy nature. It features tons of sights, from bonsai gardens to wooded areas to explore.

H Street Corridor

The H Street Corridor is your one stop shop for things to do on a first date. You can get dinner and catch a show, then head out and grab some drinks if the evening is going well. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is the place to go for live theater, dancing and plays. Finish the evening at Dangerously Delicious Pies, because it speaks for itself.

National Monuments

Yes, this may be an obvious choice, but a visit to a national monument can be a great new experience for your date if he or she has never been to one. For example, you can head to the National Mall along the Potomac River and walk the 2-mile stretch of land is part of the country’s history. There you can visit the monuments of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr. and others. There is also museums on the Mall like the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum and others.

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