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.

      Summer night at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, Virginia
      Go for classic romance with a rented boat at Lake Anne.


      ☐ Rent a boat for two at Lake Anne or Lake Fairfax.

      ☐ 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.

      ☐ Walk along the historic streets and waterfront of Old Town Alexandria and visit the Torpedo Factory.

      ☐ Explore Meadowlark Gardens and surround yourself with flowers.

      ☐ Go dancing at Colvin Run Dance Hall.

      ☐ Take a river cruise on the Spirit of Washington or the Odyssey.


      The Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival
      The Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival


      ☐ 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.

      ☐ Head to a free summer concert at Reston Town CenterLake Anne, or Herndon.

      ☐ Hear live music at Kalypso’s Sports Tavern or Cafe Monmartre.

      ☐ See a comedy show at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse.

      ☐ See a show at the Kennedy Center and watch the sunset over the Potomac.


      Lake Thoreau in Reston, Virginia
      A walk around the Lake Thoreau trail can end at a restaurant at South Lakes Village Center.


      ☐ 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.


      Three Fox Vineyards in Delaplane, Virginia
      Three Fox Vineyards is one of many fun and romantic places to spend a beautiful afternoon.


      ☐ 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.


      Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Virginia
      The Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum offers an IMAX theater, observation tower, and tons of cool planes and spaceships.


      ☐ 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!

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      Charlotte Geary


      Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

      Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.