Coming up with ideas for a date night can take longer than the actual date. If you’re tired of the same date night routine, why not try something new? Grab your date and head to the National Harbor for a ride with a view, see country’s national monuments in all their glory on a night tour or challenge your date to a round of duckpin bowling. These date ideas will help you show your significant other that date night in DC doesn’t have to be boring.
Escape Artist DC
720 I St. S.E. 
Washington DC 20003

Escape Artist DC is a unique experience where people play detective. The participants are placed in a room, given character descriptions which they act out and then attempt to solve the mystery. The group is placed in one of three of themed rooms and given 45 minutes to piece the clues together. You can choose either a private detective or a political thriller theme. Tickets are $20 per person and can be booked online.

National Harbor
165 Waterfront St. 
National Harbor, MD 20745
(877) 628 5427

The sprawling National Harbor sits on the Potomac River near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and features shopping, dining, entertainment, activities and stellar views. The jewel of the harbor is the Capital Wheel, a 180-foot ferris wheel with climate controlled gondolas, day and night. Visitors can walk along the marina, take a ride on the classic carousel or go on a river cruise. In warmer weather, the harbor has a free date night movie series on the plaza.

Zohery Tours
400 New Jersey Ave. N.W. 
Washington, DC 20001

DC at night is a sight to see.The best way to see it is by taking a night time tour of the District. Zohery Tours will take you through the city, viewing the illuminated Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Washington Monument, the White House in addition to dozens of other DC Landmarks. The bus tour costs $39, lasts between three and four hours and departs nightly at 7 p.m. from the Hyatt Regency on New Jersey Avenue. 

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Ford’s Theatre 
511 10th St. N.W. 
Washington, DC 20004 
(202) 347-4833

The infamous theatre where President Lincoln met his end is now a place that celebrates his legacy. The museum and theatre offer exhibits, theatre performances and special events that emulate the late president’s values and ideals. Evening programming at Ford’s Theatre includes author presentations, educational panels and plays like “The Glass Menagerie” and “A Christmas Carol.” Your next date night at Ford’s Theatre will be both fun and educational.

White Oak Duckpin Lanes
11207 New Hampshire Ave. 
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(301) 593-3000

Bowling is a fun activity for the first date or the 1,000th date. Duckpin is basically bowling on a smaller scale using a smaller ball and a higher number of smaller pins. The size and the scale make it both challenging and simple for players of all levels. White Oak Duckpin Lanes in Silver Spring offers unlimited cosmic bowling, complete with disco lights and a fog machine on Saturday nights for a flat rate of $15.  

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