10 Best First Date Locations in Maryland

First dates are all about location. Finding just the right place can make or break it. Those in Maryland are in luck as fun and laid-back first date options abound. From hilarious comedy clubs to sprawling sculpture gardens, here are the 10 best locations for that first impression. 

Share a slice at Dangerously Delicious Pies

Start your budding relationship off sweetly with a slice of pie at either of the Dangerously Delicious Pie locations in Baltimore. Why is pie a great first date? It’s low key, low cost, and low stakes. Plus, if the date is going well, you can linger over a cup of coffee or a second slice.

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Go to an escape room like the Clue IQ in Frederick

Escape Rooms are all the rage these days and they’re always a good time. Clue IQ in Frederick offers indoor and outdoor options with themes that run the gamut from covert operations to magic portals. Work together as a team on your first date to get a glimpse of what teamwork in a future relationship might be like.

Grab a bite at the Reynolds Tavern and 1747 Pub

Known for its beautiful Georgian architecture, the Reynolds Tavern and 1747 Pub provides a romantic backdrop for any first date. The outdoor patio often has live music. Come in for Monday night trivia or a picturesque, memorable dining experience for the first date of many.

Go for a laugh at the Laugh Riot in Bethesda

Keep the atmosphere relaxed during your first date at the Laugh Riot in Bethesda, Maryland. Enjoy dinner food, drinks, and a live show, all for only $15. Follow it up with a walk afterwards.

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Drink and paint at Color Me Mine in Rockville

Color Me Mine and paint bars like it offer the perfect opportunity to prove to your new crush that you have an artistic side. Many paint bars allow you to bring your own drinks, so why not stop by the store, pick up a bottle of wine, and head out for a night of creativity? 

Enjoy dinner and a visit to the Bio Wall in Silver Spring

Silver Spring, Maryland has one of the most unique outdoor art and education attractions in the state with their Bio Wall. The 16-by-9-inch HD video display operates all day every day with content as from amateur and professional videographers and photographers. According to a 2014 Commercial Integrator article by Jonathan Blackwood, the Bio Wall “aims to display the beauty of the world, showcasing an ever-changing selection of nature, science, and art videos collected from all over the world.” Marvel at the beauty of the world and your companion at the same time.

Go for a plane ride jaunt in Berlin

If you get the vibe that your date is the adventurous type, you might consider renting a 1930s-style two passenger plane. Ocean City Plane Rides in Berlin, Maryland will take you and your date up to see the Ocean City and Assateague beaches from the air. 

Enjoy dinner, live jazz and classic R&D at the Half Note Restaurant and Lounge in Bowie

The Half Note Restaurant and Lounge serves comfort food in a relaxed setting with live jazz and classical R&D artists playing regularly. Make a reservation online or over the phone and check their calendar for an upcoming list of music acts and performances.

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Make a picnic at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center

The Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Dowell is a scenic spot along the Patuxent River. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy lunch among the sculpture garden, then tour the exhibits, take a walk, and drop into the artLAB. If you plan ahead, you might be able to visit during an event, too. 

See a magic show at the Illusions Bar and Theater

The trick to having a magical evening during your first visit isn’t difficult when you can go to a magic show. Illusions Bar and Theatre offers 90-minute comedic magic shows and has been voted “best first date bar.” No matter who you’re with, the show is a great way to start off a new relationship.

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