Are you in need of some inspiration for a fun Fathers Day gift? Well, look no further! This Fathers Day weekend, treat your dad or leading-man to an action-packed day exploring a new city, or depending on your location, perhaps your hometown! Whether you take the trip over the weekend or give it as a future getaway, these destinations are bound to please. Here, Tripping.com highlights the top things to do in these beloved, dad-friendly destinations.
Home of the world-famous boardwalk, Venice’s reputation as the ‘Coney Island of the West’ means there’s plenty for dad and the whole family to do. The Ocean Front Walk has tons of shopping and restaurant options, but after wandering through, dad might want to cool down at the beach- or maybe let the kids play in the waves while he checks out the 30+ craft beers on tap at Venice Ale House. If beer is a priority, travel down the coast and raise a glass to your dad at one of San Diego's top breweries, or, if you prefer to stay nearby, attend a baseball game at Dodgers Stadium.
Start spreading the news (that you’ve got a great dad!). New York City has ideal weather this time of year- the spring chill is gone, but the full-on summer heat is still a month away. Families can head to the famous tourist spots: places like the Empire State Building, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, or Ellis Island. If shopping and Broadway shows don’t appeal, Dad can always check out the ‘man spa’ experience (complete with flat-screen TVs and a glass of Scotch) at Truman's Gentlemen's Groomers, or show the kids who’s boss on the big piano at FAO Schwartz.
Nothing beats a classic spot for some fatherly R&R- and there’s way more going on in this area than just the sun and sand. Guests visiting Virginia Beach have three beaches to choose from. Bike the three-mile boardwalk along Resort Beach, travel north to Sandbridge Beach for a more secluded environment for kayaking and fishing, or take in the historic beauty of the Chesapeake Bay at First Landing State Park. For dads watching their wallets, the whole family can enjoy the free nightly concerts, activities, and celebrations during Beach Street U.S.A. on the boardwalk.
Father’s Day travel planning can mean a lot of considerations- but a family who takes their dad to the ‘Edge of America’ can’t lose. Folly Beach is a low-key island destination located near the city of Charleston, and has all the Lowcountry charm and beach activities you would expect, such as golf or surfing along the coast. Indulge in some shrimp and grits while experiencing the live music at Folly Beach Shrimp Company. Nap under a big palmetto tree: optional.
Forget the ‘Windy’ City, Chicago is both gorgeous and warm in June! Whether Dad prefers to spend the day on one of the Great Lakes or to stroll through museums, Chicago is sure to please. Take in incredible views of the cityscape and the lake at the top of the Willis Tower, or check out the kid-friendly exhibits at the Field Museum of Natural History. Sports fans can enjoy the memorabilia at Harry Caray’s steakhouse, named after the legendary Cubs announcer, or even attend a game at Wrigley Field. Lastly, to order that Chicago-style hot dog: remember, yes to the sweet pickle relish, no to the ketchup.
If you want to experience the old and the new side-by-side, head to the Bay Area. From downtown San Francisco, the family can hop on hundred-year-old cable cars and ride to the bustling Pier 39, then walk along the Embarcadero to the Exploratorium museum, where you can see the newest advances in science and technology. If your father loves wine, visit the wineries in Napa Valley or take the ferry across the Bay to Alcatraz Island, where you can all learn about the people behind (and once inside) the infamous prison, and also take in impressive views of the city.
A stress-free getaway to Panama City Beach is perfect for the dad who’s ready to kick back. Offering twenty-seven miles of beaches, five championship golf courses (including the Nicklaus-designed Bay Point Golf and Tennis Club), and plenty of opportunities for windsurfing, diving, fishing, and boating, PCB (as the locals call it) this adored beach destination is the perfect place to kick-off summer and celebrate with Dad. There are even dog-friendly spots on the beach, so dads can bring their four-legged friends along, too.
The weather may be hot, hot, hot, but Fathers Day is a great time to escape to Miami, Florida. Dino-loving kids can see Everglades wildlife up close at the nearby Gator Park, while dads arrange a charter boat for some deep-sea fishing experiences. After a day in the sun, the adults in the fam can enjoy Cuban food and the legendary nightlife in glamorous South Beach.
The nation’s capital is a classic vacation destination, but families with a little thirst for adventure can look beyond the National Mall and the monuments for some truly original travel experiences in Washington, D.C.. Check out the gadgets and gear at the International Spy Museum, head to Nationals Park to watch the Washington Nationals take on a rival team, or go snap some photos in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue downtown, where you can wish Mr. President a Happy Fathers Day.
Things are definitely bigger in Texas, so South Padre Island is the ideal place to go big for Fathers Day. Sporty dads can try ocean kayaking, or play around at the South Padre Island Golf Club. Dads, if that’s not your style, just find a deck chair, grab a cold one, and lean back…you earned it, big guy!