Everyone loves a good summertime romance.
You know how it is with summer lovin’—it happens so fast, summer days drift away, ah those summer nights. With sunshine, warm weather, and lots of good vibes, you want someone to make the most of the summertime with.
First dates are important. A good first date will allow two people to get to know each other and see if there are any sparks worth igniting.
If you’re looking for unique summer date ideas, then look no further. Here at #FrayLife, we want to help make sure you have the best first date possible.
1. Eat, Drink, and Play at Pinstripes
No one loves to play, eat, and drink more than us. Pinstripes offers a really fun and unique environment to have a first date. Show off your competitive side with bowling or bocce, and enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and cocktails while doing so. It will be a great way to connect and enjoy a laid-back first date.
#FrayLife Tip: Pinstripes recommends you make a reservation in advance.
2. Sip and Soar on the Capital Wheel
If you ever went on a Ferris wheel at an amusement park with a special someone when you were younger, you can do the adult version at the Capital Wheel in National Harbor. Nothing is more romantic than taking in views of the Potomac River and sights in Washington. The Capital Wheel makes it easy for you and has a summer date night package for $35, which includes two Ferris wheel tickets and two drinks at the Flight Deck outdoor lounge.
#FrayLife Tip: Purchase an $8 souvenir cup at Flight Deck and bring your drink with you on the ride!
3. Wine and Dine at District Winery
Wine tasting and dining on the waterfront sounds like a perfect first date to us. Have your first date at District Winery, DC’s first winery. Purchase the date night package at $50 a person, which includes a winery tour, wine tasting, dinner reservation, and one complimentary glass of wine. The date night package is available Monday through Saturday, and the wine tour begins at 6 p.m. Your dinner reservation will be at 7:15 after the tour. On this date, you will not only swirl wines but a romance too.
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#FrayLife Tip: Just a heads-up: the package includes just the dinner reservation, not the cost of the dinner. The regular dinner menu is available only for the a la carte section.
4. Go Wild at the National Zoo
Visiting the National Zoo makes for a great first date. The environment will be fun spirited, and seeing the different exhibits and animals will spur easy conversation. Plus, it’s free! If all goes well at the zoo, move the date to Duke’s Counter, a neighborhood pub that serves London-inspired food. It is located directly across from the zoo!
#FrayLife Tip: Take advantage of Duke’s Counter’s long happy hour from 12 to 7 p.m.
5. See the Capital’s Historic Landmarks at Night
Before or after dinner and drinks, take a moonlight sightseeing cruise. If you’ve never seen the city at night, you’re missing out. The Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials are beautifully lit up by indirect lighting from the Tidal Basin and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Soothing music is played on the cruise to add extra ambiance. It is a unique way to cap off a romantic first date. Tickets are $25 a person, and there is a full bar on the cruise.
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DC’s cherry blossoms are expected to hit peak bloom in a week or two. And here’s an insider tip: To get the best photo ops, go beyond West Potomac Park and the Washington Monument to the less crowded National Arboretum. Here you’ll find the special Okami cherry tree, which blooms early in the season. You can also find the fleeting cherry blossoms in Foxhall Village near Georgetown and in Anacostia Park. 🌸 #travelwithaninsider
#FrayLife Tip: You can enjoy the cruise from inside the air-conditioned cabin with panoramic windows or on the outdoor deck.
What is your ideal DC summer first date? Let us know in the comments below, and if you use any of our ideas, make sure to tag us on social using #FrayLife.