5 Quirky Date Night Destinations in Arlington

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Date night doesn’t have to be the same each time. While we all love cuddling up at the movies or trying new restaurants or embracing a bit of high culture at museums, every once in a while, date night needs to be shaken up. Each city has a hidden world of strange, quirky, and delightful things to do. Try any one of these on your next date night and embrace the weird, whimsical part of life.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Take an afternoon or early evening to float among the clouds, as if you are one yourself, but do so in a basket with a colorful balloon carrying you higher and higher. Balloons Unlimited Inc. Hot Air Balloons rides are the most popular in the Arlington area. A hot air balloon ride is perfect for both romantic date nights and date nights out of the ordinary.

Bad Axe Throwing

Axe-throwing has become increasingly popular over the past few years, especially for couples who are tired of classic date nights (dinner and a movie). Axe-throwing is perfect for active couples, those looking for a little competition, and those who want adventure. Any trip to Bad Axe Throwing will begin with safety and instructions before getting to the good stuff – throwing an axe at a wooden target and reveling in the satisfying thud when it hits the board. Walk-ins are accepted, but it is usually best to book in advance.

Punch Bowl Social

A three-story “fun factory” with all the cocktails and craft beers you could want alongside popular date night games. There are ping-pong tables, wall scrabble, bowling (mini and full-size), karaoke, and old school, classic arcade games. If you and your date are up for a little friendly competition, then this is the place to be. There is something for everyone and the entire building is bustling with the joy of people letting go and simply playing. 

Escape Room Arlington

Escape Rooms have become popular date night activities because it is outside the typical wheelhouse of date night ideas. At Escape Room Arlington, you’ll love solving the puzzles and challenges required to escape and have a chance to choose from several adventures. Try the Supervillains escape room and become a superhero hunting the city’s most notorious supervillains or play the Secret in the Attic and find what your seemingly innocent Grandmother may be hiding in the attic.

Gravelly Point Park

On the Peninsula of the Potomac River is this beautiful park, well-known for its views. However, the views are not those of the water or nature, but of the many jets and planes that take off from DCA airport. Plane enthusiasts will love stopping at Gravelly Point Park for a picnic and an afternoon scouting the aircraft soaring above you.

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