17 Father’s Day Activities Your Dad Will Appreciate

For every kind of dad, there's a perfect Father's Day activity for both of you to enjoy and remember for a long time afterwards.

By Chandni Jhunjhunwala from readersdigest.com
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Fishing Dad

Bond with dad at a local fishing hole or make a weekend out of it at some of America’s best fishing spots. When else do you get to stand side by side and catch up on life while you enjoy the outdoors?

Go-Kart Dad

Give him a speedway, a Go-Kart, and a helmet, and watch Dad go crazy with excitement. Look for a nearby Go-Kart track and spend the day zipping around.

Paintball Dad

Let Dad explore his inner warrior. Nothing says I love you like a little friendly battle of the generations.

Beer Tasting Dad

Make dad’s day by toasting him at a local beer or wine tasting event. Bonus built-in gift: Bring home some of the day’s best bottles.

Amusement Park Dad

Thrilling rides, funnel cake, tacky souvenirs—yes, it's Father’s Day at a theme park.

Golf Dad

You can hire a PGA instructor for a series of golf lessons for you and your dad—a great excuse to spend quality time together, pick up tips from a pro, and improve your game.

Battle Reenactment Dad

Head to the 19th or 18th century to watch a Civil or Revolutionary War reenactment—and experience a slice of history up close.

Sports Dad

Tickets to his favorite sporting event are a winning idea. Many stadiums offer Father’s Day deals; check if they’re offering discounted tickets. Want to be the favorite child? Surprise dad with a splurge of season tickets.

Camping Dad

This year, start a camping tradition. Pitch a tent, start a campfire, swap memories about growing up—it's bonding at its best. Look for a campground near you, pick up the right gear, and go wild.

Handsome Dad

If yours is the kind of dad who appreciates being pampered, book him a luxurious massage, hair cut, or professional shave.

Car Show Dad

Dad a car nut? Contact your local car clubs to find a nearby show of amazing vintage hot-rods or the latest electric car.

History Dad

Check with your local library or historical society and ask if tours are available of their stacks and archives. Many organizations will be happy to show you a behind-the-scenes look at your town's history.

Music Dad

What's playing nearby? Check local listings for an outdoor music festival or concert your pop might appreciate. Remember snacks and cold water, plus a clean blanket.

Art Dad

Many local art museums have dad-friendly works to look at, but you can also go quirky and try a specialized collection or gallery that he might find more interesting.

Cooking Dad

You can treat dad to dinner anytime. Instead, sign up for a cooking class and experiment in the kitchen. Sur La Table and Whole Foods, as well as your own local grocery store, are good places to start your search.

Travel Dad

Make it a day trip or a weekend getaway! From the coast of Maine to Florida's Key West, June is a great month to get away on a scenic road trip.

Volunteer Dad

He's given you so much, now it's time for you both to give back. Turn spending time with Dad into a meaningful opportunity to help those in your community.

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