Searching for a few last minute Valentines Day ideas? From an endless January to Super Bowl madness, Valentine’s Day has creeped up on all of us. But just because it’s a few measly days away, doesn’t mean you can’t knock it out of the park.
To help you do just that, we’ve assembled the types of gifts that go beyond money– time. These shared experiences will give you something to talk about long after you’ve done them. The best part? Grab a significant other, a friend, or a family member. Whatever you do, make sure you experience it in full.
Hire a Private Chef
Think this luxury is only for the ultra-wealthy? Well think again. Companies like CozyMeal have completely removed the friction and made private dining easy and affordable. Simply choose your group size and the type of meal you’re in the mood for and CozyMeal does the rest.
Interested in a different kind of dining experience? The same company offers cooking classes and food tours.
Find a Favorite Flora at the US Botanical Gardens
What’s Valentine’s Day without flowers? Mosey through the beautiful indoor fountains and rooms filled with a variety of plant life without worrying about the weather forecast. Commit to a more sustainable Valentine’s Day by gifting flowers without the cost of a bouquet.
Address: 100 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20001
Visit a Free Smithsonian Museum
Take a stroll under the stars on the National Mall. Explore one of DC’s acclaimed Smithsonian Museums. This free activity will allow you and your date to learn something new sparking conversation and hopefully some romance.
Address: 3rd to 14th St. NW (between Madison Dr. NW and Jefferson Dr. SW) Washington, DC 20004
Ride to Olde Town (Alexandria)
Raise a glass at Captain Gregory’s
Every month there is a rotating menu of 15 expertly crafted cocktails as well as an assortment of curated beer and wine. Date night can include exploring your taste buds as it’s encouraged to “go off menu” by providing a preferred flavor profile and a liquor. This Valentine’s Day can be an opportunity to create a signature cocktail for you and your date to enjoy for years to come.
Address: 804 North Henry St. Alexandria, VA 22314
Ditch the Boxed Chocolate
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a box of chocolates. Visit Blüprint Chocolatiers in Alexandria where all pieces are made onsite. Bring a date to sample truffles, bonbons, and other flavored chocolates and an espresso or coffee at the micro-cafe.
Address: 1001 King St. Alexandria, VA 22314 (corner of King & Patrick in Old Town)
Get Out of Town
Stroll the Beaches at Assateague Island
Take a mini-road trip to Assateague Island to watch the majestic ponies in their natural habitat on the sandy beaches and salty marches of the waters on the Virginia and Maryland coasts. Relax as you watch the waves crash and stroll down the beach hand in hand with your date.
Address: 8586 Beach Rd. Chincoteague, VA 23336/11800 Marsh View Ln. Berlin, MD 21811
Hike at the Great Falls
Only 15 miles from the Nation’s Capital, the 800-acre park boasts a scenic view of the Great Falls. Explore the trails that are steeped in early U.S. history and the natural beauty of the Potomac River.
Address: 9200 Old Dominion Dr. McLean, VA 22102
Enjoy the Outdoors
Work Your Way Through a Labyrinth
Get lost together at the labyrinth in Georgetown Waterfront Park. At the western end of the park, start your date on a journey through the geometric twists and turns of the maze as you work together to reach the center and back. Afterwards, enjoy the Rain Gardens, Bio-Edge, or Pollinator Gardens featuring a variety of native plants.
Address: Wisconsin and K St. NW Washington, DC
Ice Skate at the Washington Harbour
Glide through the 11,800 square foot ice rink with your date at the largest outdoor ice skating venue near the Potomac River. The Harbour is home to a variety of restaurants, so you and your date can plan an evening out without really needing to make plans.
Address: 3000 & 3050 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20007
Catch a Show
Love is laughter. This year, take a date to the Stand-Up Showcase featuring the best comedians from the DMV at DC Improv Comedy Club.
Address: 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036
Focus on a Film
The Angelika Pop-Up Theater at Union Market is a cinema that combines signature films and unique events for viewer’s entertainment in a luxurious setting. Films range from classics to new releases.
Address: 550 Penn St. NE, Washington, DC 20002
Shop for Some Art
Shop over 150 original artworks at the Transformer’s Heartbreakers Ball. This exhibit displayed in DC’s luxury hotel, The Line, consists of two-dimensional mediums featuring emerging DMV-based artists. After, check out drink specials at BAS Bar and A Rake’s Progress.
Address: 1770 Euclid St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Try Something New
Flirt with Danger
Plan to hit the bullseye at Bad Axe Throwing. Try something out of your comfort zone or discover a new hobby you and your date can learn together.
Address: 2419 Evarts St. NE, Washington, DC 20018
Share a Bite at The Fish Market
The Municipal Fish Market is the oldest continuously operating open-air fish market in the U.S. The renovated Market features an update to the historic oyster shed that helps make Captain White’s Seafood City, Jessie Taylor Seafood and more food vendors a vibrant, one-of-a-kind dining experience at The Wharf.
Address: 760 Maine Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20024
Try a New Cocktail
Join for a Galentine’s Day celebration of love and friendship at The Graham Rooftop bar. Enjoy specialty crafted cocktails with a love-inspired theme such as Spin the Bottle, a vodka based drink with lemon juice, strawberry pucker, mint, and peach liquor.
Address: 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, Washington, DC 20007