It’s here again. Another year, another Father’s Day and another chance to top your epic gift from the last year! We know all too well the challenge that comes with trying to outdo yourself when it comes to celebrating your dad. With how much he’s done for you over the years and his endless devotion to your family, there are few things you wouldn’t do for him. But don’t fret, we know just the things to do on Father’s Day that will make your dad feel special.
On our list you’ll find fun Father’s Day activities that go beyond your typical brunch or backyard BBQ (though we still have those options too.) Here, we’ve listed events to get him outside, like a concert featuring his favorite band or a food festival, and some stuff you can even do at home like singing karaoke with the kids or having a movie marathon. If you happen to be looking for something that will keep the attention of your teenager or even a fun activity for adults, we have just the thing for that, too.
Trust us, these options are sure to appeal to every kind of dad and touch upon every kind of interest, so you really can’t go wrong.
1. Take a historical site tour.
If Dad’s a history buff, look for historic sites that offer tours. The experience will give him an opportunity to tell you all about his favorite leaders and events, making the day even more special.
2. Head to the race track.
3. Go to a car show.
A buzzing car show will add a unique touch to your Dad’s day. Spend time looking at his favorite models through the years and discover new favorites together.
4. Take him to a food festival.
Whether its food trucks, a BBQ battle or Smorgasburg, a food festival or food market is the perfect activity for any foodie dad. You can choose to browse and taste multiple kinds of cuisine or focus in on his favorite!
5. Help Dad wash the car.
If Father’s Day is sunny and bright this year, it’ll be the perfect time for a car wash. To make it a bit more fun, you could even fill up some water balloons and grab some water guns to turn it into a water fight.
6. Treat him to ice cream.
Who doesn’t love ice cream? Treat your dad to his favorite flavor and maybe even grab a pint for him to take home.
7. Take him to see live music.
Whether your dad loves jazz or country music, finding him a live performance to attend on Father’s Day is sure to warm his heart.
8. Go for a bike ride with the family.
The entire family can get some exercise with a bike ride on Father’s Day. Scope out dad’s favorite trails ahead of time and maybe even plan for a picnic once you reach your destination.
9. Create a scavenger hunt.
Add some extra flare to your dad’s Father’s Day gift by having it discover it himself. Leave him a list of riddles and clues that will lead him right to his present.
10. Perform a concert.
Nothing will make a dad smile more than seeing his child perform an original song or dance. If you want to make it really special, add in some lyrics that will let your dad know how special he is to you.
11. Schedule a pottery class.
Take your DIY crafts up a notch and take a pottery class with your favorite guy. You all can laugh over the wacky creations you make or create something pretty enough to showcase at home.
12. Break things at a rage room.
Allow your dad to blow off a little steam through the cathartic exercise of breaking things at a rage room. By the time you finish ripping through the room of various items, you’ll both feel more relaxed.
13. Take him shopping.
Your dad might say he doesn’t want anything this year, but that could change if you let him pick out exactly what he wants during a mini shopping spree.
14. Try out axe throwing.
Bowling always brings family together. This Father’s Day, you could split up into teams — like parents against kids — to see who has the best form.
16. Build a pillow fort.
Father’s Day is as good a day as any to create lasting memories. Grab a few pillows, couch cushions and blankets to create the ultimate fort, perfect for reading stories or sparking a pillow fight.
17. Solve a mystery in an escape room.
Have your dad channel his inner detective when you take him to an escape room. As you all comb through clues in order to solve the puzzle and escape, you are bound to learn more about each other.
18. Work on a puzzle together.
Depending on the puzzle, this activity can create hours upon hours of bonding and laughs. Once you’ve completed the puzzle, you can even frame it.
19. Visit a museum.
If your dad is a history buff, take him to visit a local museum. And even if history isn’t really his thing, there are tons of museums with interactive exhibits that are sure to be fun for the entire family.
20. Go skydiving.
Free-falling through the air might not be for everyone. But if your dad is a self-proclaimed risk taker, then this might be just the activity for him.
21. Compete in a mud run.
If your dad has a competitive streak then he’s sure to have fun navigating a mud-filled obstacle course. You can even set a wager on who will finish first.
22. Take a rock climbing class.
Get in a workout and maybe even a new hobby but taking him to a rock climbing class. It’ll give him an adrenaline rush without being too dangerous.
23. Hire a private chef.
Allow your dad to relax this Father’s Day and hire a private chef to take care of the cooking.
24. Plan a paint and sip.
Break out the paint and open a bottle of your dad’s favorite wine. While you both attempt to paint a tree, a vase or a dreamy landscape at sunset, you can bond over your artistic skills or simply share a laugh at the final product.
25. Take a road trip.
Pile the family into the car, crank up the tunes and take the scenic route. Whether your destination is the beach or your dad’s favorite national park, this trip will definitely create a lasting memory.
26. Create your own vintage arcade.
Celebrate your dad’s inner gamer by putting together a vintage arcade for him. All you’ll need to do is to rent out the machines for his favorite childhood games, like Pac-man and Sonic. Once you set them up, watch his inner child come alive.
27. Bake him a homemade dessert.
28. Surprise him with a race car test-drive.
Has your dad always dreamed of tearing down a NASCAR track at top speed? You can make that dream a reality by surprising him with a NASCAR racing experience where he can either ride with a trained professional or take to the asphalt all on his own. Whichever experience you land on, your dad is sure to have a Father’s Day he’ll never forget.
29. Take care of a task.
Even the handiest of dads seem to have that one project that they’ve “been meaning to get to.” This Father’s day, let your old man take a load off while you take care of whatever lingering tasks he may have cluttering his to-do list. Trust us, you’ll be able to see the appreciation all over his face.
30. Build a campfire.
31. Garden with him.
If your dad already has a green thumb, why not join him in his natural habitat? You may be surprised to find yourself bonding over tomato plants and fresh herbs. And if his garden is far along you may even be able to create a meal with what you pick.
32. Challenge him to a pick up basketball game.
If your dad has been coaching you in sports for most of your life, now is the time to see if he’s still got it. Challenge your dad to a pick up game. You could even get the entire family involved, making it siblings versus parents and set a wager for the prize. What ensues is sure to create an epic memory.
33. Trace your family’s roots.
Even if you think you already have a grasp on everything there is to know about your dad, there’s so much more to his story. Take a walk down memory lane by flipping through his photo albums and school memorabilia. Then take time to trace your dad’s family tree to get a deeper look at your family’s past and present.
34. Plan a family workout.
35. Take an online cooking class.
36. Host a lawn game tournament.
37. Watch all of the Marvel movies in order.
Cross one more thing off your dad’s bucket list: Track down all of the Marvel movies — some are available to stream, others must be rented — and cozy up on the couch for an all-day movie marathon. There are 24 Marvel movies in total, so it may take a few weeks to get through them all.
38. Get your karaoke on.
39. Serve dad an all-star brunch.
40. Have a family game night.
41. Host a wine tasting.
For all wine-loving dads, the ultimate treat on Father’s Day is an at-home wine-tasting event. Complete a selection of the best wines with a beautiful spread of cheeses and grapes, along with a scorecard to keep track of all the wines he’s tasting.
42. Craft together.
43. Pack up a backyard picnic.
44. Pamper him with a spa day.
Dads deserve some pampering, too! Turn your home into a relaxing spa by lighting candles and playing soothing music. If you or your kid’s aren’t great at giving messages, give him a gift basket full of self-care goodies, including shaving creams, lotions and soaps.
45. Get out on the water.
Rent a boat or jet ski for the day, so he can spend quality time on the water. For a budget-friendly option, grab his fishing poles and head out to a nearby lake or pond. Whatever you settle on, make sure the entire family remembers to apply a generous amount of sunscreen.
46. Fire up the grill.
47. Hit the golf course.
We’re sure if you ask dad how he’d like to spend Father’s Day, golf will most certainly be at the top of the list. Make his wish come true with tee time at his favorite golf course. Feel free to go the extra mile by organizing his gear ahead of time and arranging his transportation.
48. Go for a hike.
Enjoy the great outdoors as a family by hitting up your local hiking and biking trails or driving to the nearest National Park in your area. Let dad choose the path and be ready to take tons of family photos.
49. Host a beer tasting.
On Father’s Day, serve dad a refreshing pint of his favorite brewski. For the ultimate treat, plan a craft beer tasting with an assortment of ales, lagers and IPAs from local breweries. He might just find a new favorite and you’ll be the one to thank!
50. Bring him to a steak dinner.
Give dad what he really wants on Father’s Day: a nice dinner served with a glass of his favorite bourbon. Practice the recipe ahead of time to ensure that you can sear the steak just right.
51. Plan an outdoor movie night.
Since drive-in movie theaters are hard to come by, set up an outdoor screening in your own backyard. Shine a projector against a blank wall and pick one of dad’s favorite movies to watch as a family.
52. Make a splash at the pool.
Father’s Day happens to coincide with the first day of summer. The only way to celebrate? With a fun poolside hang, of course! Give him his own pool float or let him knock out his first summer read — it’s his choice!