It seems there’s always something to do in DC, however, for those of us that live here, what we do and where we go tends to get a bit redundant.
Humans are creatures of habit and crave stability through familiarity.
Challenge that concept by trying something new and, perhaps, slightly uncomfortable. Growth happens when we step outside ourselves, learn something new and challenge our previous behaviors and ideas.
With Valentine’s day right around the corner we have an excuse (like we need one!) to head off on a new mini-adventure. Living in and around our nation’s capitol, there are plenty of fun, romantic options for a night, or day, out. We’ve put together a short list to give you a few ideas of how you could spend this Valentine’s Day (or any day) with someone you love.
1. United States Botanic Gardens located at 100 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20001
The USBG features amazing exhibits, is open year round and is absolutely FREE to visit. Take a romantic stroll through gardens and discover new and beautiful plants and flowers. Check out the Cacao pods and talk about one of the worlds oldest, and most popular, aphrodisiacs. Chocolate is made of cacao and contains two chemicals called Phenylethylamine and serotonin. Two chemicals produced in the body when feeling happy, loving, or passionate.
There are no restaurants in the facility so either pack a lunch or you can get a bite to eat near by on 3rdStreet, SW, just south of the gardens.
2. Odyssey Cruises 600 Water St SW Washington, DC 20024
An elegant escape on the water. Offering morning, afternoon and evening getaways along the Potomac River. Experience DC like you never have before. Take a cruise along the river, tour historical sights, eat magnificent food and dance to live music.
Odyssey Cruises is hosting special Valentine’s Day cruises. Make your reservation early to avoid being left out. (They’re expecting to sell out early)
3. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and Ice Rink 7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Spend the day, or evening, ice skating hand in hand with the one you love. If you’re worried about falling on your face call the ice rink office at (202) 216-9397 and schedule a lesson. Hungry? Grab a bite to eat at the Pavilion Cafe and take in panoramic views of the sculpture garden while you sip hot chocolate or wine. Don’t forget your hat and mittens!
Open from mid-November through March, weather permitting. Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m
4. TSNY Washington, DC 4th St SE and Tingey St, Washington DC 20003 Phone: (410) 459-6839
Just admit it. When you were a kid you wanted to run off and join the circus, didn’t you? Well, here’s a chance for you fulfill that unmet childhood dream. Offering up classes in Static Trapeze, Flying Trapeze, Silks, Conditioning, Lycra, Balancing and Acrobatics and Juggling TSNY DC is your one stop resource for all things circus act related. Call today to schedule your first class. As a side perk you’ll develop rock hard abs and an ass you can bounce a quarter off of.
Forget Fear. Worry about the addiction. With a catch phrase like that how can you NOT try this place out !?!
5. Komi 1509 17th Street NW (between P & Q Streets/Dupont Circle) Washington DC 20036. Telephone: (202) 332-9200
Dubbed DC’s Best Restaurant for 2011 by Washingtonian Magazine. Komi topped the list pulling the number one slot and beat out some serious heavy hitters. There’s no printed menus and no photos allowed. So what exactly makes this place so great? Go check them out to find out why they’re ranked number one. Oh and leave your friends at home, this place can’t seat groups larger than four. Let us know how you like it!
Let us know what you think of our choices in the comment section below.