Whether it’s the start of a new fling or the continuation of a long-term relationship, whether you’re trying not to break the bank or want to treat yourselves, we’ve got you covered on the best NOVA date ideas for this summer.
Eat Peterson’s Ice Cream in Clifton
If you are looking for a quick, simple and cheap date idea, ice cream is the way to go. Enjoy Peterson’s family owned, homemade ice cream shop for a chance to cool off during the hot summer days. From milkshakes to sundaes and ice cream cones, Peterson’s never disappoints and is one of the best NOVA date ideas.
Go To A Drive-In Movie
Open every night during the week in the summer and only $8 per person, the Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City, Virginia is the perfect spot for a cozy date night. Snuggle up in the back of your car, enjoy some food from the concession stand and watch a movie on a large screen as the sun sets in the background!
Check Out A Carnival
Fried Oreos, funnel cakes, cotton candy, amusement rides, Ferris wheels and photo booths! Two of my favorite carnivals that are great NOVA date ideas to have some fun with your S/O at are Viva Vienna or the Herndon Festival.
See the Free Performances at the Kennedy Center
Every night in summer at 6 p.m., enjoy a free performance at the Kennedy Center, from live music to plays. You also have an excuse to come in early and relax with your date beforehand with happy hour specials from 5 to 6 p.m.
Have A Picnic at Gravely Point
Enjoy a picnic at this scenic spot in D.C. – Gravely Point. It’s located by Regan Airport so you get a direct view of planes taking off overhead while you enjoy yummy food with your date – it won’t break the bank, and is cute and relaxing!
Go To the National Harbor
National Harbor is not only beautiful (especially at sunset), but also has a variety of delicious restaurants and activities. Enjoy stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking at sunset, or take a ride on one of the biggest Ferris Wheels in the world. Then enjoy a romantic dinner at one of many waterside restaurants. Some nights even have free live bands playing or free movies projected on a screen above the water.
Stroll Through Mosaic District
Mosaic District offers a variety of dinner spots, desert options and shops, as well as a movie theater and a free outdoor movie projected in the park every Friday, which is great for a nice and relaxing date night.
Explore Old Town Alexandria
Stroll through the quaint streets of Old Town Alexandria, hop on a sight-seeing cruise or dine in historic hot spots with your date! Old Town provides a variety of options that are perfect for spending a summer night outside on the town.
Discover The Gems Of Georgetown
Enjoy a nice romantic meal on or near the water or participate in water activities like paddle boarding in the Atlantic. Stroll down M street and stop in the shops and try the famous Georgetown cupcakes – totally worth the calories!
Go To King’s Dominion (or another Amusement Park)
Because who doesn’t love a day filled with giant roller coasters, cotton candy and lots of shrills and laughter. Jam out in the car on the way down with your date, and enjoy bonding over the thrills King’s Dominion has to offer.
See A Baseball Game at National’s Stadium
Baseball games are a great way to sit back and relax for a night. Grab some ice cream and enjoy the National’s play, then stay for the fireworks that are set off after most evening games! This is one of the most fun NOVA date ideas.
Dance At Wolf Trap Concerts
Wolf Trap is a beautiful outdoor concert venue with different performances throughout the summer. Enjoy a picnic dinner followed by live music played by your favorite artist or band. Dance along to the beat or snuggle up in a blanket.
Have A Melting Pot Dinner
Treat yo-self to a delicious fondue dinner with your date. The cook-yourself style restaurant gives you the opportunity to spend the night in a nice, low-lit, romantic setting.