5 Quirky Date Night Destinations in Washington, D.C.

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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.


If you’re looking for a date night full of color and wacky art, Artechouse is a great place to visit. Rotating installations, more often than not larger-than-life, can be found in this art and technology space that also features a futuristic cocktail bar. The graphics on display in Artechouse are always incredible and will leave you and your date full of wonder and maybe even with some inspiration for your next artistic endeavor.

Augment VR Arcade & Bar

Looking for something beyond your typical night out at the bar? Are you a couple that enjoys playing video games together but want to get out of the house? Augment VR Arcade & Bar is the place for you! They are a cocktail bar in all the traditional, beloved ways but have a unique twist. You and your date can rent a VR space with goggles and enjoy games of every style, including puzzle-based, sports, and high intensity FPS games.

International Spy Museum

Fancy a night out like James Bond? At the International Spy Museum, you and your date can test your spy skills at the exhibit “Undercover Mission”. You’ll receive a cover identity, crack codes, attempt to stay undercover, and even crawl through air ducts to spy on others. Before or after this interactive exhibit, you can stroll through an exhibit featuring all the fun gadgets of spy craft through the ages. The International Spy Museum is not your typical museum: fun, intrigue, and mystery lie around every corner. 

Gravelly Point Park

On the Peninsula of the Potomac River is this beautiful park well-known for its views. However, the best 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.

Catacombs of D.C.

If you and your date enjoy history but are looking for a guided tour outside the norm, then the Catacombs of D.C. are a must-see. Climb down to the hidden, spooky world of dimly lit passages that wind beneath the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. Your heart may pound as you pass wall graves and keep an eye out for ghosts, but the truly quirky part about these catacombs is that all but one of the graves are fake. The Catacombs may resemble those of Ancient Rome, but they were built by a monk in the 20th century to create a replica of the Holy Land for Americans who couldn’t afford the trip overseas. Still, the catacombs are a fun, adventurous date night idea and are certainly interesting.

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