With winter finally behind us and the days getting longer, spring has us longing for fresh air and Vitamin D. Springtime is the quintessential season for going on fun dates in Washington D.C.
Whether you’re looking for adventurous date ideas or charming, romantic date ideas, D.C. is packed with beautiful places to visit, outdoor activities, and scenic, romantic spots that are perfect for a spring date. So today we’re sharing 12 super fun spring date ideas in D.C.
1. Take a Bike Ride Around East Potomac Park
If you’re looking for some healthy and active date ideas to do this spring in D.C., a bike ride may be just the thing for you and your sweetheart.
If you ride Mt. Vernon Trail over the George Washington Memorial Bridge to East Potomac Park, you will not only take in fantastic views of the city, but it’s also a great way to catch some spectacular views of the cherry blossoms.
The Hains Point Loop Trail is a 4.1-mile loop around the East Potomac Park that offers breathtaking views of the Washington Channel, the Potomac River, and the Anacostia River.
2. Twilight Paddle on the Potomac River
Paddling the Potomac River by kayak or canoe in the twilight hour is not only an awesome active date activity, but the beauty of the peaceful skyline just before, during, and after sunset turns the whole activity into something more romantic and even a little magical.
3. Craft Cocktails on the Clocktower Course at Swingers
Mini golf is always a good spring date idea in D.C. and Swingers has it all.
Swingers refers to itself as a 1920’s English golf clubhouse. Pair that with craft cocktails and gourmet street food and we’re sold!
Play a couple of rounds of crazy mini golf on the 2 courses at Swingers Dupont Circle; the Waterwheel Course or the Clocktower Course. If you get thirsty with all that golfing activity, the caddies at Swingers will happily bring you more cocktails.
Check them out:
1330 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
4. National Cherry Blossom Festival
From live performances on stage at the Tidal Basin to the annual Blossom Kite Festival, to Petalpalooza fireworks—the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival always has a ton of merrymaking events to choose from for a perfect spring date.
D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms are as romantic as it gets. So take your date for a walk to view the blossoms in bloom, have a picnic in the park, or attend one of the many Cherry Blossom Festival events planned this year.
5. Have a Picnic at Rock Creek Park
Over 1700 acres of national park in the middle of the city make Rock Creek Park a perfect picnic destination for a romantic spring date in DC.
Take photos on the beautiful historic Boulder Bridge that was built in 1902, find the perfect picnic grove, and enjoy an afternoon relaxing on your favorite picnic blanket.
6. Bottomless Brunch in D.C.
If you’re looking to wash away the winter blues with a wild and fun day date that includes plenty of booze, a bottomless brunch in D.C. might do the trick.
Try the bottomless brunch at The Fainting Goat at 1330 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, within close proximity from The Rodney Apartments, Sixteen Hundred Apartments, 1830 R Apartments, and The Rocksboro Apartments, and then you can enjoy the stroll back home.
Want to avoid the awkward silences that can happen when you first? Artechouse is such a cool first date spot because it’s so visual it gives you both something to look at and discuss.
They have an annual spring-inspired Pixel Bloom immersive metaverse experience that would impress any date.
8. Spend the Afternoon in Union Market
The Union Market District is a foodie heaven but it’s also a great place to find some entertainment. From the historic sights, to live entertainment, arts, and community events, Union Market is a bustling, fun place for an afternoon date.
9. Grab and Go Lunch at Yards Park
Stop by your favorite D.C. lunch spot and grab your grub to go then head over to the award-winning Yards Park along the Anacostia River for a romantic lunch on the water.
Find a spot along the water’s edge, enjoy your favorite lunch, and watch the dancing fountains water feature.
10. The Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History
If you love the magic of butterflies and you’ve never been to the National Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Pavilion, it makes for a great date in D.C.
The free-flying butterflies will inspire your conversations and create an atmosphere of playfulness that can make for an extraordinary afternoon date.
11. Spend the Evening Wandering The Wharf
The District Wharf is such a fun place to wander around the waterfront for date night.
Stroll the piers, do a little shopping, or dine at one of the many restaurants offering everything from fresh seafood and burgers, to fine dining experiences, and gourmet treats to s’mores by the fire pit…The Wharf really does have something for everyone.
If you’re looking to do a fun daytime activity, The Wharf has plenty of opportunities for water recreation on the Potomac. From renting a standup paddleboard, kayak, or electric picnic boat from Float DC Boat Rentals, to sightseeing cruises, or Sip and Sail cruises, there’s a way to explore the river for everyone.
12. Rooftop Sunset Cocktails
Celebrate the sunset with cocktails on a D.C. rooftop bar. Bring your date to catch the setting sun and sip cocktails while watching the twilight hour turn into a sparkling night skyline illuminated with all the city lights.
We love the rooftop bar at Hive Rooftop. They serve yummy cocktails and killer pizzas. Our favorite pizzas—the American Honey and the Dirty Bird!
Check out Hive Rooftop at the Hive Hotel:
2224 F St NW, Washington, DC 20037
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