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Couple ice skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden on the National Mall in Washington, DC

Things to Do for Valentine’s Day 2025 in Washington, DC

Celebrate the romantic holiday in the nation's capital

The nation’s capital shines as a romantic destination at any time of the year. The 2025 edition of Valentine's Day offers plenty of holiday revelry, including museum exhibits, plays, concerts and more. Here’s how to make the most of the most romantic time of the year. And if you're looking for more date night inspiration, check out our guide to the romantic side of DC.


Enjoy a meal at an award-winning restaurant
For roving gastronomes and travelers who revel in experiences centered on food, it’s time to reserve a table in the nation’s capital. Acclaimed eateries like minibar, FiolaMasseria and many more are all waiting to host you for a special, unforgettable date night.

Street mural in Shaw's Blagden Alley - Historic, trendy neighborhood in Washington, DC

Discover DC's incredible murals
Canvases are everywhere you look in the District, which teems with vibrant street art in all quadrants. Spot everything from renditions of silver screen stars Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor to abstract, museum-commissioned works, restaurant-themed facades and lots more. Don’t miss Lisa Marie Thalhammer's aptly-named LOVE mural in Shaw and the mural at Ben’s Chili Bowl, which features the Obamas, Prince and Harriet Tubman, among others.


Hot Drink

Grab a warm, cozy drink with a special someone
Whether you’re in the throes of winter or the weather is warm, a delicious, hot drink is a perfect treat for date night. Fortunately, DC is filled to the brim with great options, including offerings from Le Diplomate, Dirty Habit, Old Ebbitt Grill and more.

Ice Skating on Georgetown Waterfront - Washington Harbour - Washington, DC

Sam Kittner / Georgetown BID

Take to an ice rink in the District
One easy thing to do in the nation’s capital is rent a pair of ice skates. That’s because the city hosts an array of ice rinks that each present their own special experience. Whether it’s underneath the stars at The Wharf, on the banks of the Potomac River or at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden, each presents a romantic setting and plenty of opportunities for on-ice fun.

Woo your boo with the perfect DC-themed date night
Putting together a special evening for Valentine’s Day (or any day, for that matter) is priority number one – and the nation’s capital shines as a date night destination with its scenic monuments, award-winning dining scene and outstanding attractions. Plan a wonderful DC date night using sweet deals for a romantic night out.

For more ideas on how to do Valentine’s Day right, check out our ultimate guide to romance in Washington, DC.

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