After paying off over $40,000 in debt in Northern Virginia (and dating while I did it!), we put together a list of free and cheap date ideas in Northern Virginia that will blow your mind!
|FDR Memorial at Sunset: Washington, D.C.|
Let’s face it… Northern Virginia is not a cheap place to live. Friends from out of state gasp at how much we paid for a 900 square foot townhouse. If you commute to work (which is likely to be a half hour or more!), you’re going to spend a fortune in gas from the constant braking/ accelerating thanks to the traffic on our lovely interstate system.
But there’s a beauty here too. I love this place. I love the access that I have to so many amazing places. If you look out of the ordinary there is so much for this area to offer you, especially in the name of cheap love! (That didn’t sound right did it?)
Date Ideas in Northern Virginia (either free or cheap!)
Game night and picnic at Heroic Aleworks in Woodbridge, Virginia:
This is one of our favorite date nights! This brewery doesn’t sell food but encourages you to order delivery, pack your own, or use the BBQ Food truck they have there on the weekends to bring your own food while they provide beer. They have bottled waters for 50 cents, high rated craft beers starting at $5, and draft root beer for $3. Where they really stand out is free entertainment. They have tons of tables and space, a free arcade machine and board games at no cost.
We LOVE getting a babysitter and heading here with our best friends for a double date game night. The boys usually spend $15 in craft beer and are thrilled, we pack chicken salad sandwiches, chocolate chip cookies and fruit salad. We spend 2-3 hours playing monopoly, trivia, risk or even some of the lesser known geek games.
It’s our favorite date night. 🙂 You can get the hours and special events at Heroic Aleworks here…
Blueberry picking at Great Country Farms (Loudoun County):
Cosmic bowling at Bowl America:
Potomac Nationals ball game:
FDR Memorial at Sunset:
Potomac River Waterfront Park at sunset:
Hiking at Prince William Forest Park:
Biking/Walking the Mount Vernon Trail:
Free Yoga at National Harbor or Lorton Workhouse Arts Center:
Free outdoor movies at (tons of places! Stonebridge Town Center in Woodbridge and National Harbor are my favorites):
Gravelly Point on the Mount Vernon Trail:
You can walk the Mount Vernon Trail in Arlington, or you can head right here for a memorable picnic. If you spread out your blanket and lay down, the planes fly directly over your head (closer than you would think! I swear I could see duct tape on the door of an overhead plane once).
You can get some really cool photos with the planes overhead as well. This park is right on the shores of the Potomac River and offers beautiful views of the DC monuments. Click here for directions- The link goes to the yelp page for the park, which has both directions and the reviews. The reviews say it all.
If you’re looking for date ideas in Northern Virginia for a girl you want to marry, then this is it. (This is also a fantastic proposal spot!)
Screw the traffic, stay in and have a cooking date night:
Washington National baseball games:
Ingham family mystery challenge:
Pinterest project date night:
Do any of those amazing projects you would love to do on Pinterest, but take some sort of skill that you don’t have (woodworking is my Achilles heel). This develops the same team building skills as the cooking date night and gives you something in addition to just your memories for your money.
You can build a new kitchen table, create a family mission statement, or any project that you’re both excited about!
If you’re looking for date night ideas for… well, me. Then this is you’re best bet.
Arlington National Cemetery:
This is both a powerful and awe-inspiring place that will make you really appreciate one another. We’re very blessed to live so close to it. Besides walking through the tombstones of soldiers that gave the ultimate sacrifice to their country, you can see JFK’s tombstone and the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
I’m incredibly proud to say that my husband served in the changing of the guard ceremony for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and you won’t be disappointed by the dedication of the men that serve there. Click here for more information.
Dollar Night at Arlington Cinema and Draft House:
Cherry Blossoms in DC!
The National Zoo:
This amazing place is completely free if you do it right! Pack a picnic (take the stroller if you must, sans baby to stash your stuff in- no one will be the wiser), take metro up (parking is $25 if you’d rather do that but they run out of parking right after they open) and print off a zoo map from the website online (they charge for copies there).
The absolute best time to go is off season (we went on an unusually warm day in February and had the time of our lives). It can get really hot and crowded there in the summer.
If you’re looking for date ideas in Northern Virginia that are fairly unique, this is your best bet. We’re so lucky to have such a huge (FREE!) zoo right next door.
Not to mention, you can take some pretty cute instagram pictures here. Just sayin’.
Those are my best date ideas in Northern Virginia! What’s your favorite?
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