One of the best parts of living in the Washington, DC area is being surrounded by so many forms of cultural entertainment, most widely-known are the museums. Everyone has heard of the Smithsonian Institution and their collection of museums and art galleries, all of which are free and open to the public.
In addition to the Smithsonian, we have several others but some of my favorites are the Newseum, the National Museum of Crime & Punishment and The International Spy Museum. Although these three are not free, they are definitely worth the cost of admission.
The Spy Museum is one of my favorites because I'm very inquisitive and I love a challenge. I'd been the Spy Museum before but it wasn't until recently that I found out they have so much more to offer than just general admission and self-guided tours. They also have several other "experiences" including Spy in the City, Spy at Night, Operation Spy and Spy City Tour (which is a scavenger hunt that takes you around Washington, DC).
Recently, I went on a date and he decided on the Spy at Night / Operation Spy package. I thought it was a great idea so I was game. We arrived there a little earlier than the scheduled time and they allowed us to walk around inside of the museum for about 30 minutes before our scheduled start time. They have many intriguing exhibits and the museum features the many espionage tools that exist, past and present.
Fast forward to the tour, It began with a small group of about 14 of us being briefed by a "spy". We were told we had a mission to complete and throughout the hour long journey, we operated cameras, listened to wire taps, disarmed bombs, and even did a little running. I won't go into much more but it was a lot of fun and made for a great date. At the end, they give you a refreshing a cocktail prepared by one of the bartenders from Zola, their neighboring restaurant.
If you're looking for something fun to do in the city on a Friday or Saturday, make sure you check out the Spy at Night tour.
International Spy Museum
800 F Street, NW
Washington DC 20004