Great Falls Park
9200 Old Dominion Dr.
McLean, VA 22102
Cost: $5/vehicle or $3/individual (passes good for 3 consecutive days)
With over 800 acres, go on a picnic, take a hike, bike, boat, climb, or simply come to see the rapids! Enjoying the beauty of nature with your spouse is the ultimate way to enjoy each other’s company.
Night Sky Astronomy Observing
George Mason University
Research 1 Building
Fairfax, VA 22030
Every two weeks on Monday nights, the George Mason University Observatory holds an “evening under the stars” that is the perfect recipe for romance. Stand atop the observatory deck for amazing telescopic views of the night sky.
University Mall Theatres
10659 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA 22032
Cost: $2/Tuesdays, $4/regular admission, $3/over 60 or with GMU ID
The University Mall Theatres, located across the street from George Mason University’s Fairfax campus, provides last month’s movies for cheap. Concessions are about half the price of normal theatres! Come see the movie you might have missed last month for a fraction of the price.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street
NW Washington, DC 20566
800.444.1324 or 202.467.4600
Bet you aren’t aware of this steal: The Millennium Stage offers free performances every day at 6:00 pm. Local artists will entertain you with music and other great talent. Did we mention that it’s free? Being with your spouse at a concert you both can enjoy is a great way to spend time together without breaking the bank.
Cookology Recreational Culinary School
21100 Dulles Town Circle
Sterling, VA, 20166
Cost: Approximately $60.00
OK, so it’s not the cheapest of the frugal dates, but the school actually has a Date Night theme based class where you and your spouse prepare a three course dinner, then relax and enjoy your creations with a glass of wine. As the school’s website claims: Couples that cook together, stay together.
Shenandoah National Park
3655 Hwy 211 East
Luray, VA 22835
Cost: $10/vehicle December-February; $15/vehicle March- November
Take a day trip up (and down) Skyline Drive, pack a picnic, hike, visit some wineries, and photograph the scenery. Ask a close friend to take the children and stay overnight at one of the amazing camping location on a waterfront site on the Shenandoah River.
D.C. Museums, Art Galleries, National Zoo
Take advantage of our area’s rich history and create new memories with your spouse. When was the last time you went to the zoo with no kids in tow? Museums are a nice way to spend some quality quiet time together. If you haven’t recently, check out the Newseum in Washington, DC (newseum.org).
Cost: Low. Varies by location/time
No matter what day or wherever in DC or NoVa you may be, did you know that you can get the latest scoop on where to enjoy discounted drinks and food? This website will tell you where you can find free appetizers or dollar beers. Meet friends for a double date or spend a couple of hours with your loved one talking about something other than household chores.
Massachusetts Avenue Embassy Waking Tour
NW Washington, D.C.
Stroll on Massachusetts Avenue NW to get a close up look at the magnificent architecture of the world’s embassies. With almost 60 embassies located just off Massachusetts Avenue, you two can take in the charisma and diversity of these cultural delicacies. And speaking of delicacies, stop by an eatery at nearby DuPont Circle.
Washington and Old Dominion Trail
21293 Smiths Switch Road
Ashburn, VA 20147-6016
Bet you feel like there is never time to exercise. Well, dust off your bikes and go to the W&OD Trail. With 45 miles of asphalt trail and 32.5 miles of crushed stone and dirt bridle paths, there are plenty of landmarks to visit along the way. With endpoints in Purcellville, VA and Shirlington, VA, you can hop on (OR hop off) from anywhere. Biking is not only good for your
health but it will strengthen your relationship.
DEBORAH MOSS is a full-time student at George Mason University. She is pursuing a degree in Community Health, with a concentration in Global Health. Deborah is an avid animal lover. She lives with her family and pets in Loudoun