15 Charming Spring Date Ideas in DC and Baltimore


March 12, 2024

Spring is a magical time in the nation’s capital and Charm City, offering a plethora of romantic opportunities for you and your honey to enjoy the season together. From blooming cherry blossoms to outdoor adventures, here are fifteen delightful date ideas in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore during the spring:

1. Cherry Blossom Festival at the Tidal Basin (DC):

Experience the beauty of the iconic cherry blossoms in full bloom at the Tidal Basin during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Take a leisurely stroll hand in hand amidst the pink and white blossoms for a truly romantic experience.

2. Outdoor Movie Night at Meridian Hill Park (DC):

Pack a cozy blanket and some snacks for an outdoor movie night at Meridian Hill Park. Enjoy a free screening under the stars while cuddling up with your honey in this charming, historic park.

3. National Arboretum (DC):

Explore the vibrant hues of spring at the National Arboretum. Wander through the blooming Azalea Collection and marvel at the delicate beauty of cherry blossoms, magnolias, and other flowering trees.

4. DC Beer Festival (DC):

Head to Nationals Park to indulge spring seasonal beers from dozens of craft breweries at the DC Beer Festival. Plus enjoy food trucks, cover bands, and more throughout the park

5. Dumbarton Oaks (DC):

Take in the wonder of the Wisteria in bloom at Dumbarton Oaks. A truly astounding site to see each year as the lavender blooms dance along the historic walls and gardens of Dumbarton Oaks.

6. Ladew Topiary Gardens (Baltimore):

Escape to the suburbs in Baltimore county to explore the blooming gardens of Ladew Topiary Gardens. Pack a lunch and enjoy a self guided tour through one of the most outstanding topiary gardens in the country.

7. Cylburn Arboretum (Baltimore):

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the tranquility of Cylburn Arboretum. Stroll hand in hand through the blooming gardens, fragrant floral displays, and peaceful wooded trails. (fun fact: it’s also one of my favorite engagement session locations!)

8. Hampden in Bloom (Baltimore):

Explore the charming neighborhood of Hampden, which comes alive with colorful blooms and vibrant street art during the spring. Wander through the quirky shops, art galleries, and cafes while admiring the springtime beauty.

9. Picnic at Patterson Park (Baltimore):

Pack a picnic basket filled with your favorite goodies and head to Patterson Park for a romantic outdoor picnic. Find a cozy spot beneath the blossoming trees, spread out a blanket, and enjoy a leisurely meal together.

10. Sail on the Inner Harbor (Baltimore):

Embark on a romantic sailing cruise on the Inner Harbor. Set sail aboard a private charter and soak in the breathtaking views of the waterfront, city skyline, and historic landmarks while enjoying the fresh spring breeze.

11. Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar (Baltimore):

Kick off your Sunday morning with a visit to the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar. Explore the bustling market filled with fresh produce, artisanal crafts, and delicious food vendors. Indulge in a leisurely brunch while soaking up the lively atmosphere of this beloved local tradition.

12. Opening day at Camden Yards (Baltimore):

Kick off baseball season at Camden yards. Grab a Natty Boh and crabby fries while you cheer on Baltimore’s beloved Orioles in the heart of the city.

13. Sherwood Gardens (Baltimore):

Pack a basket and enjoy a picnic lunch amongst the tulip fields at Sherwood Gardens. Nestled in the historic neighborhood of Guilford, you’re sure to enjoy an afternoon of sunshine and relaxation!

14. Preakness at Pimlico Racecourse (Baltimore):

Bring out your Baltimore “Hon” at Pimlico Racecourse. Whether you’re dancing away at infield fest or donning your best hat or fascinator in the stands, this Baltimore spring tradition will surely leave lasting memories.

15. Downtown Annapolis:

Okay okay, not technically Baltimore, but being just a quick drive I had to include. Share in history for commissioning week at the US Naval Academy. Watch the famed Blue Angels take flight over the Annapolis sky as you stroll through downtown. Enjoy a romantic dinner at the many delicious restaurants along the water.

Whether you’re admiring cherry blossoms in D.C., exploring charming neighborhoods in Baltimore, or cheering on a Baltimore favorite, these spring date ideas are sure to create lasting memories. So, grab your partner and embrace the beauty of the season together in the capital region!

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Nicole Simensky Photography is a wedding photographer for the joy filled, sophisticated couple with an edge. Here to put you at ease, have you laughing, and capture timeless photos for you to enjoy for a lifetime. Nicole Simensky Photography serves Towson, Baltimore, Maryland and beyond.

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