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Summer Date Night Ideas in D.C.

Whether you're looking for fresh ideas or tried and true staples, we've rounded up our top summer date night ideas in Washington, D.C. 

From outdoor adventures to cultural delights, read on for eight summer date night ideas that will have you ready to book a sitter.

1. Moonlit Monuments Bike Tour

Explore the iconic monuments and memorials of Washington, D.C., in a new way on a moonlit bike tour. Rent bikes or join a guided tour as you pedal through the illuminated National Mall and Tidal Basin. Marvel at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Jefferson Memorial after dark. This romantic and adventurous date idea offers a new perspective on the city's landmarks.

2. Outdoor Cinema Night

Enjoy an al fresco movie experience at a rooftop or outdoor cinema in Washington, D.C. Various venues around the city offer outdoor screenings during the summer months. Snuggle up with your partner under the stars, with the cityscape as your backdrop, and indulge in a classic film or the latest blockbuster. 

3. Kayaking on the Potomac River

Escape the city's hustle and bustle by embarking on a kayaking adventure on the Potomac River. Rent a kayak or join a guided tour and paddle along the scenic river, taking in views of the Kennedy Center, Roosevelt Island, and the Key Bridge. Enjoy the serenity of the water, explore hidden coves, and embrace the tranquility of nature.


4. Picnic and Outdoor Concert at Meridian Hill Park

5. Jazz Night at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

Experience the perfect blend of art and music at the Jazz Nights in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Every Friday evening during the summer, the garden transforms into an open-air jazz venue. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, relax under the stars, and listen to live jazz performances while surrounded by stunning works of art. This romantic and cultural date night will leave you feeling inspired.

6. The Brewmaster's Castle

Technically a museum and once home to the National Capital Brewing company, The Brewmaster's Castle is the perfect venue to immerse yourself in history and romance on a captivating date night. Visit their website for unique events happening in this beautifully preserved Victorian mansion all summer.

7. Cotton & Reed Distillery

Experience an unforgettable date night at Cotton & Reed Distillery in Washington D.C. Embark on a journey through the distillation process with a guided tour. Afterwards, settle into the stylish bar area and enjoy delicious cocktails made with Cotton & Reed's handcrafted rum. The distillery offers a curated menu of small plates and charcuterie boards available, so you can enjoy snacks before or after your dinner reso.

8. Brewery Hopping

Begin your journey at Atlas Brew Works, known for their range of handcrafted brews and a spacious tasting room. Next, head to 3 Stars Brewing Company, where you can enjoy innovative and bold beers in a lively atmosphere. Make your way to Right Proper Brewing Company, a local favorite offering a diverse selection of artisanal beers. Finally, wrap up your brewery-hop at DC Brau Brewing Company, renowned for their award-winning brews and a welcoming taproom.


Date nights are proven to be important for parents—they tend to make us feel connected, relaxed and able to return to parenting refreshed and with a stronger sense of personal identity.

But don't feel pressured to do date night in a way that's not 'you'! Adventurous and romantic dates are the ticket for some, but going for a drive, a jog, or sitting in peace and not saying anything for a little while are great options, too.

No matter your date night style, vetted sitters are available to help.

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