With a mission to create, preserve and promote classic theatre with ambitious, enduring plays featuring universal themes for all audiences, this theatre company offers a great opportunity for a date night throughout the year. Founded more than 30 years ago, the company has two theatre spaces â" Lansburgh Theatre and Sidney Harman Hall â" where folks may catch a show either by Shakespeare, one of his contemporaries or playwrights influenced by his work. Many productions receive nominations for Helen Hayes Awards, annual regional professional theatre recognition so you are bound to catch one of the area's best at work. METRO: Archives/Navy Memorial or Gallery Place
For those of us lacking a green thumb or the ability to grow anything, the U.S. Botanic Garden is the spot to see an amazing array of living plants from many different areas. Dating back to the 19th century, the museum is divided into three separate sections: the Conservatory showcasing displays and exhibits including jungle, Hawaiian and endangered plants, the National Garden highlighting a regional and butterfly garden and the Bartholdi Park housing the historic, cast iron fountain. Kids can check out the seasonally open Children's Garden to get a better view of plants and play with garden tools. METRO: Federal Center SW
Care for a picnic where some of America's most iconic buildings are the backdrop? Head to the grass portion of the National Mall. On warm days, you will find a number of people playing pick up games of soccer and football or flying kites. Be sure to take a silly photo with the Washington Monument where it looks like you are a giant. Some people pretend like they are touching the top of it while others are leaning against it. If you don't feel like packing a lunch, grab some food from one of the area food truck vendors that circle the area. METRO: Metro Center or Federal Triangle
Opened in December 2016, this luxury gaming resort has been quite the hot spot for those looking for a short romantic getaway from the nation's capital. The new site features 308 rooms and suites with a modern yet elegant décor varying in size from 400 to 3,120 square feet. Test your luck at the casino showcasing more than 125,000 square feet of poker, table games and over 3,300 slot machines. Upscale and casual dining options await you from world-renowned chefs such as Jose Andres, Marcus Samuelsson and Bryan and Mike Voltaggio. Be sure to go when there is an amazing show scheduled in their 3,000-seat theater which has hosted Bruno Mars, Jim Gaffigan and Kings of Leon.
Before the days of planes, trains and automobiles, goods made their way across the region via the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. Stretching 185 miles and hugging the boarders to three states, this travel route dates back to the early 1800s. Declared a national monument in 1961 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the canal is now known as a national historical park. Bicyclists are a common site on the trails so if you are walking be sure to share the path. Another great activity here is taking a canal boat ride which is put on by the National Park Service.
Want an unforgettable evening that you and your loved one won't forget? Grab tickets to a show at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. No matter you or your partner's interests, they are sure to have a show that will make you both happy. Take in an opera. Admire a ballet. Be seduced by a symphony. Laugh out loud at a comedy show or sing along to an internationally known recording artist. You may also want to check out a free guided tour of the facility which ends with a 360 degree view of the district from the center's roof terrace. METRO: Foggy Bottom
The nation's capital has a number of fabulous museums with priceless works of art. However, if you get too close to said art, a friendly but stern docent will tell you to nicely to back off. However, D.C.'s newest gallery actually encourages folks to have an immersive and interactive experience with their large scale exhibits which combine new age arts, science and technology. Located a short walk from the National Mall, their first installation 'XYZT: Abstract Landscapes' sold out during its three month run and became the go-to spot in DC for buzzworthy social media pictures. They do not allow food or beverages inside so grab a bite to eat before or after your visit. METRO: L'Enfant Plaza
In 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted Washington, D.C. with 3,000 cherry trees. To commemorate his generosity, the Cherry Blossom Festival was born. Tourists from all over the world come to the Tidal Basin to see the blooms which come out on average between late March to early April. The peak bloom date is the day that 70 percent of the blossoms are open. While the blooms may be the main attraction, the festival features a variety of creative and diverse activities that promote contemporary arts and culture, the environment and education. While most events are free and open to the public, some require paid admission. Metro: Smithsonian
Mix a fun ride with a bird's-eye view of the Washington Monument and you will get The Capitol Wheel at National Harbor. Offering breathtaking views of the Metro area and Potomac River, the ride lasts around 12 to 15 minute and each gondola has heating or air conditioning so you will be comfortable no matter what time of year you are visiting. Up to eight people may fit in one gondola while only four are allowed in the VIP carriage. Bringing food and drinks onboard is a big no-no so eat before or after your ride. Open year-round, the hours of operation change depending on the time of year.
We have all seen paper copies of fine works of art hanging in homes and businesses. Once, you step inside the National Gallery of Art, you get to see the real pieces for your own eyes. The west building features early European and American works and boasts the only painting by Leonardo Da Vinci in the Americas. Meander over to the east building to take in contemporary art work including Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso. For those coming here in the winter months, head over to the museum's garden ice rink where you can rent skates and take lessons. But don't leave without taking a picture by Robert Indiana's AMOR sculpture also in the gardens. METRO: Smithsonian