Fun Father’s Day Activities to Plan

This Father’s Day, take Dad out for something that you both can enjoy. Check out these easy and fun activities.

By Reader's Digest Editors
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    Whether it’s extreme, deep sea, or a trip to the neighborhood lake, a fishing trip can be a great time to connect with your dad, and with nature. Book an overnight trip or pick Dad up early for a day of fishing and bonding.

    Outdoor music festival

    The warm June weather is a perfect time to take Dad out for a music festival. Whether its rock, soul, classical, or country, there are plenty of opportunities to check out great music in your area.


    Sign-up for a trip to paintball country and let Dad explore his inner warrior. From indoor to outdoor venues, you’re sure to have fun with a little friendly battle. Find a local paintball venue here.


    Take a day with Dad and give back to your community by volunteering at a local soup kitchen, community garden, or outreach program. Turn spending time with Dad into a meaningful opportunity to help those around you.

    Spa day

    Everyone deserves to be pampered, even Dad. Book him a trip to the spa for a massage or a hair cut, or even to get a professional shave.

    Archives tour

    For the history buff, 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.

    Battle reenactment

    Hop in a time machine and head to the 19th or 18th centuries to watch a Civil or Revolutionary War reenactment. Both you and Dad will enjoy experiencing a slice of history.

    Car show

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


    Even Dad likes to go shopping, but it just may not be at the mall.  Take Dad to all of his favorite stores and spend the day shopping for anything from wrenches to antiques.

    Cooking class

    Book a cooking class with Dad that explores his favorite cuisine. Dad can use the opportunity to spice up his skills, or maybe show off a few you never knew he had!

    Your Comments

    • kate

      is that all i thought you guys would have a hole bunch but noooooo you only have one fishing why not swimming, picnic, steak out in the dark, etc.  

    • Melanie Daryl

      Many people say that fishing is the best activity during father’s day. Yeah! It could be because this helps make bonding more fun between kids and fathers.Of course, eating will also be more enjoyable because you and your dad caught the fish that you’re about to eat.