10 fun things to do with dad on Father’s Day

father and son

My dad likes to sit back and relax on Father’s Day, my husband likes to be on the go. Sometimes it can be difficult finding something everyone likes to do though there is no shortage of activities in the Hudson Valley. From a delicious breakfast on the farm to soaring in a biplane or relaxing by the lake I have rounded up 10 awesome and somewhat unique things to do with dad this Father’s Day no matter what his passion may be.

“Anyone can be a father but it takes someone very special to be a dad!”

-Happy Father’s Day to all the special dads-

For the budget conscious dad.

Enjoy FREE admission for dad at many local museums, state parks and more. Plus dads ride free at a local amusement park too! Click HERE to see the full list.

For the nature loving dad.

Pack a picnic lunch and head to Storm King Art Center. The whole family can get close to the ponds edge to explore its inhabitants with experts from the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. The program is free with admission. If staying on the dry side of the pond has dad bumming, take him to Kittatiny Canoes on the Delaware in Pond Eddy for a special Father’s Day canoe or raft trip. Tip: Dads paddle for free on their special day.

For the dad that isn’t into sweating at the grill on Father’s Day.

Madava Farms in Dover Plains, home to the famous Crown Maple Syrup is hosting what looks like a delicious BBQ lunch. Seriously my mouth is watering just reading the menu. Enjoy breathtaking views while dad sips his beer and toasting a marshmallow by the fire pit after lunch.

Madava Farm

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For the adventurous dad.

Whether dad is a high flying adventurous guy or a down and dirty type, the whole family can find a thrill this weekend. Check out Northeast Offroad Adventures where dads get a free NORA hat and passengers are $25. But if his dream is soaring, visit the Rhinebeck Airodrome where everyone is celebrating fathers day with special pricing on admission and biplane rides.

For the kid at heart dad.

It’s a trainstastic adventure and the entire family is invited! The crew from Chuggington has rolled into the Catskill Mountain Railroad this Father’s Day weekend! Families will enjoy a show, activities, games and a train ride too.

For the best berry in the bunch dad.

With strawberry picking in full swing this weekend you have plenty of options to let dad fill up on the sweetest berries on the farm. I suggest a day at Kelder’s Farm where dad and the kids can enjoy a jump on the air pillow, a round of mini golf ad a visit with the barn animals.

kelders strawberries

Image Credit: Kelder’s Farm , Facebook

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For the sun bathing, beach loving dad.

The weather is looking beautiful for Father’s Day weekend, why not take dad to the beach? Try one of these great swimming holes or beaches. My top pick would be the beach at Belleayre Mountain. You can spend the day swimming, lounging by the lake, boating, fishing or enjoying a game of basketball or volleyball. My suggestion would be to pack a picnic lunch as concessions there are limited.

beach dad and child

For the biker dad.

Might I suggest a trip to Motorcyclepedia. A motorcycle enthusiast’s paradise filled with vintage bikes through present. A special collection of Harley Davidsons, military, police and much more. And if the museum didn’t quite satisfy you, head over to Orange County Choppers after for a bite to eat!

scott and austin

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For the breakfast lovers or cruisers.

While you might still be recovering from Mother’s Day brunch and another big meal out doesn’t thrill dad anyway. Don’t rule it out quite yet! Take a look at the Father’s Day Breakfast on the farm. This hearty, local and fresh meal has become pretty popular with the locals! If cruising and dining is more dad’s speed , try the Father’s Day brunch cruise which sails along the majestic Hudson River and includes a delicious brunch buffet and narrated tour.

For the classic car lover.

It’s the Famous 50s Hot Rod Weekend at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa! This show has become known as the biggest family- style car show in the Catskills. Featuring hot rods, custom cars and trucks, muscle cars, classics and more. Plus, enjoy live music, flame throwers, contests, games, awards and more. The perfect way to spend Father’s Day weekend.


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