This article, written and photographed by Charlotte Geary, originally appeared in Modern Reston magazine.
If your date night routine is getting a little too, uh, routine, then it’s time for something new. Whether you’re looking for free date ideas or something more extravagant, I have lots of suggestions for things to do in the Reston area of Northern Virginia.
☐ Pack a picnic and sit at the shores of Lake Audubon.
☐ Win a prize at a carnival.
☐ Cuddle in the swing at the Lake Anne canal.
☐ Visit an art exhibit at the Greater Reston Arts Center.
☐ Ride the Capital Wheel over National Harbor.
☐ Pick flowers at Burnside Farms.
☐ Explore Meadowlark Gardens and surround yourself with flowers.
☐ Go dancing at Colvin Run Dance Hall.
TAKE IN A SHOW
☐ Go to a show at Wolf Trap, the National Park for the Performing Arts.
☐ See the latest theatrical production by Herndon’s NextStop Theatre.
☐ See concerts and community theater at Reston’s CenterStage.
☐ See a comedy show at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse.
☐ See a show at the Kennedy Center and watch the sunset over the Potomac.
☐ Walk around the two-mile Lake Thoreau trail, and end with a sunset view from the dam or a restaurant.
☐ Bike along the W&OD Trail.
☐ Hike along the Potomac from Riverbend Park to Great Falls and back.
☐ Go indoor parachuting at iFLY Loudoun.
☐ Play at a driving range with all the comforts of a bar at Topgolf Loudoun.
☐ Book a paddleboard session with Surf Reston.
☐ Go ice skating at Reston Town Center.
☐ Take a free outdoor yoga class.
☐ Soar down the slides at the Water Mine water park.
☐ Go rock climbing at Sportrock Climbing Center.
☐ Walk around Lake Newport and take in the spectacular fall foliage.
☐ Fly kites at Baron Cameron Park.
☐ Rent a kayak or canoe at Fletchers Boathouse on the Potomac.
HAVE A DRINK
☐ Relax an afternoon away at a winery.
☐ Taste the latest beers at the Lake Anne Brew House.
☐ Check out the huge, new Tysons Biergarten.
☐ Sample Herndon’s local brews at Aslin Beer Co.
☐ Take a wine tasting class at Washington Wine Academy.
☐ Have a glass of wine on the beautiful courtyard of Clifton’s Trattoria Villagio wine bar.
☐ Sample the wines at the Tasting Room Wine Bar.
USE THOSE BRAINS
☐ Learn a new art technique at ArtSpace Herndon’s Design and Wine.
☐ Team up as a double- or triple-date, and try to conquer the Escape Room.
☐ Visit the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum.
☐ Go to a seminar through the Smithsonian Associates and learn about history, art, or science.
☐ Explore Colvin Run Mill and learn about 19th Century life.
☐ Take a cooking class together at Cookology.
☐ Take a weekly class together at the Reston Community Center.
☐ Explore the exhibits or take a class at the Workhouse Arts Center.
☐ Head back in time at Mount Vernon.
What did I miss? Do you have great date ideas to share? Let me know in the comments!