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Rage with Nicolas Cage: 5 Date Ideas for You and Your Nationally Treasured Bae

January 24, 2020

You’re in the capital city.  Home to monuments, history, politics, news, and those cherry blossom trees that everyone freaks out about -- it’s the place to BE. But are you feeling (red, white, and) blue about your DC dating life? Did the National Postal Museum fail to make any of the 5 dates you brought there weak in the knees?

While we applaud your consistency and perseverance, it seems you may have forgotten the most exciting fact about this buzzing capital. Let us help. 2 words. 11 letters.  

N I C O L A S    C A G E

Forget the founding fathers, this hero brought us to tears in his cinematic search for the National Treasure. Hearts pumping, eyes twitching, tensions rising -- everyone who’s anyone felt this as they watched Nic Cage, legend that he is, follow clue after clue to steal the Declaration of Independence and find the lost National Treasure of the Knights Templar. And guess what? He got the girl at the end. This dude pulls.

So take a page from Cage. Enough with the museums and monuments, it’s time to show your bae you’re capable of more than naming the date of the world’s first postage stamp. It's time for you to steal your own National Treasure -- bae's heart, that is. With these date ideas as your guide, you're sure to become the newest Saint Nicolas of DC.  


Well. It’s a stretch.  But hey you might as well train for the occasion. You never know, right?  And what better way to cozy up to your date than during the thrill of a fun mission.


We can’t all be Nic Cage, but by God we can try.  

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    Gallery Heist Room Escape (Evening)

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    DC is under the scourge of a notorious art thief. As luck would have it, you happen to be a quick-thinking detective with a keen eye for observation. At least for 45 minutes. This interactive experience puts you in a room with a small team of fellow detectives, where you'll need to examine various works of art to locate clues and decipher puzzles using what you've found. If you can successfully complete this challenge, you'll find way into a locked safe, recover the artwork, and capture the culprit. But you've got a limited time frame in which to get the job done, meaning you've not only got to bring your critical thinking skills, but you've also got to work together with the others in the room. The fate of the art world is in your hands! More importantly, you could win a prize.
    Gallery Heist Room Escape (Evening)

    720 I St SE, Washington

    • Immerse yourself in an interactive game in which you play a detective trying to capture an art thief
    • Exercise your critical thinking skills to piece together abstract clues in order to solve the mystery
    • Work with a small team to better your odds of completing the task within the allotted time
    • Feel the rush of urgency as you race against the clock to win the game
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    1904 18th St NW, Washington

    • Develop your knowledge of chocolate during an exquisite tasting class
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    3305 8th St NE, Washington

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    • Participate in a scuba diving program and gain insight on scuba techniques and fundamentals
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    • Journey through the heart of the world's largest Ethiopian enclave outside of Ethiopia on this tour
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