If it’s date night and you and your sweetie can’t figure out what to do, choose chills and thrills over dinner and a movie this weekend. From the flying trapeze to more intimate lessons on fake rockface, D.C.’s most adventurous dates promise memorable fun for any couple.
Trapeze School New York – Washington DC
4th and Tingey streets Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
Price: $40 to $55 a class
Forget fear. Worry about the addiction, or so goes the official slogan of the Trapeze School New York. Located within a few blocks of Nationals Park, the Washington D.C. branch of the school provides a wide variety of thrilling acrobatic classes including flying trapeze, aerial silks, aerial hoop and trampoline. Each class includes a team of highly skilled instructors, a warm up, strength training, conditioning tips and stretching. Participants are encourage to wear fitted clothing. Class times vary but usually last no more than two hours.
5308 Eisenhower Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
Price: $18 admission/$11 all gear rental
Take your love to new heights at SportRock II in Alexandria. Explore more than 18,000 square feet of climbing space, even if you’re completely new to rock climbing. The facility offers beginner climbing courses as well as outdoor, quick start, advanced and accelerated-learning courses. SportRock also offers a cardio and weight-training area, fitness courses including yoga and CrossFit as well as specials including reduced student admission and/or membership, and discounts at sporting good stores.
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3500 Water St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
Price: $14 per person for canoes and kayaks for one hour/$14 for each additional hour/$20 per person for stand-up paddle boards for one hour/$20 for each additional hour/maximum rental time is three hours
Climb into a kayak and see popular D.C. monuments like you’ve never seen them before. View the backside of the Lincoln Memorial and see the Washington Monument while floating down the Potomac. Other sites along the way include the Georgetown Waterfront, parks and trails, and the Kennedy Center. Sign up for the escorted tour and see the wildlife that surrounds Roosevelt Island. Afterward, try out a spicy new barbecue recipe in the picnic area or relax in comfy lounge chairs and enjoy the view from the patio.
Tactical Airsoft Arena
20 Southlawn Court
Rockville, MD 20850
Price: $15 each for admission and rental Wed to Fri/$20 each for admission and rental Sat and Sun
Feel the adrenaline course through your veins as you raid rooms and seek out the enemy at the Tactical Airsoft Arena. Each participant is armed with a facemask, airsoft replica BB gun, one high-capacity magazine and 1,000 BBs. The evening starts with basic training and lessons on how to use your equipment, then the real fun begins. Explore starting points, hallways and rooms in search of the bad guy, or your honey, in a mock combat environment. The facility features more than 3,600 square feet of space as well as a shooting range and an equipment shop.
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Bike and Roll
1100 Pennsylvanian Ave.
Washington, DC 20004
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Explore D.C. while you and your special someone get a good workout. Reserve a tour with Bike and Roll, and cruise past major sites along the National Mall, Capitol Hill and Potomac Tidal Basin. Sites and attractions may include the Smithsonian Museums, the Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, World War II Memorial, the cherry blossoms and the National Gallery of Art. Tours range from two to seven hours, a heck of an adventure for any non cyclist. Bike rentals include a keyed U-lock, handlebar bag or rack, a local map, tire changing kit and a helmet.
Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.