Places to take dad on Father's Day



Find a family-fun spot for every kind of dad

Things to do on father's day

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 some awesome 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-


  • The sporty dad

Just in time this year for Father's Day, the Hudson Valley Renegades opening day game is on June 21st! With special events and promotions all summer everyone in your family will have a good time taking dad out to the ballgame.

  • The biker dad

Might I suggest a trip to Motorcyclepedia. A motorcycle enthusiast’s paradise filled with vintage bikes through present day hogs. A special collection of Harley Davidsons, military, police and much more. And if the museum has dad craving more, head over to Orange County Choppers for a bite to eat after.

  • The dad that likes his food

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 toasts a marshmallow by the fire after lunch.

More: Kid friendly places to Eat ]

  • 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 beginner dads get a free NORA hat with his ride. You could always go geocachingexplore a State Park or take dad camping.

  • The history buff dad

Take dad on a trip back to the civil war era at the Time and the Valleys Museum. Stop in on Father's Day to experience army life during the civil way at the Reenactment ceremony. Further more,  families can take an interactive look at a unique piece of local history. Exhibits typically include hands-on activities allowing families with children to enjoy the museum together. 

  • The best berry in the bunch dad

With strawberry picking in full swing 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 and a visit with the barn animals.

[ More: Hudson Valley’s Best Pick Your Own Berry Farms ]

  • The classic car loving dad

It’s the Famous 50s Hot Rod Weekend at the Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, NY. This show has become known as the biggest family- style car shows 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.

  • The Beach Bum

If the weather is looking up for Father’s Day weekend you can 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. Pack a picnic lunch as concessions there are limited.

  • The budget conscious dad

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



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