Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day this Year



Are you looking for unique ways to celebrate Father’s Day this year or an activity to begin a new tradition?  For every type of dad, there is a unique activity to enjoy and create memories that can last a lifetime.  Here are a list of activities to get you inspired!

1. 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? Be sure to visit the Arizona Game and Fish Website for licenses and information.

2. Go-Kart dad

Forget another gift of golf shirts. Take Dad for a thrill ride. 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.  There are a few local indoor tracks in the Phoenix area.  Click here for details!

3. Paintball dad

Let Dad explore his inner warrior. Nothing says “I love you” like a little friendly battle of the generations.  Mesa and Tempe, Arizona have several options to choose from.  Here is the link to Tempe Airsoft, which offers unique sessions for all ages.

4. Beer tasting dad

Make dad’s day by toasting him at a local beer or wine tasting event. There’s even a no-brainer built-in gift: Bring home some of the day’s best bottles to remember the day for weeks to come. And no need to feel guilty over that beer belly. Did you know that downtown Gilbert, Arizona has several options for tasting and enjoying the atmosphere of small town restaurants and breweries?

5. Amusement park dad

Thrilling rides, funnel cake, tacky souvenirs—yes, it’s Father’s Day at a theme park. Check out a few local parks and make it a staycation!

6. Golf dad

They say golf is a good walk spoiled, but not when you spend 18 holes worth of quality time with dad. You can hire a PGA instructor for a series of golf lessons for you and your dad—a great excuse to hang out together, pick up tips from a pro, and improve your game. Experience some local courses.

7. 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

8. Sports dad

Tickets to his favorite sporting event are pretty much always 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. 

9. 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 in the forest!

10. Handsome dad

Spa days are not just for the ladies. If yours is the kind of dad who appreciates being pampered, book him a luxurious massage, hair cut, or professional shave.

11. Car show dad

Is your dad an absolute car nut? Contact your local car clubs to find a nearby show of amazing vintage hot-rods or the latest electric car. Bond over stories of what it was like for him to drive his first car—or recall laughs over what he went through to teach you how to drive.

12. 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. Quiz dad to see what fascinating facts he knows about America.

13. 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. What is his favorite genre?

14. 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. Or get creative: You could check out a cool art installation in a nearby city instead of doing a more traditional museum. Downtown Phoenix has its local first Friday events in the “walkable” art district Roosevelt Row.

15. 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.

16. Travel dad

Make it a day trip or a weekend getaway! From the coast of Maine to Phoenix, Arizona, June is a great month to get away on a scenic road trip. Take a look at a recent post about local Staycations in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

17. 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. Check out this local Mesa, Arizona homeless shelter for volunteer opportunities.

Enjoy a beautiful holiday with your Dad and make it a day to remember!


Michelle Lohman



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