Father’s Day is fast approaching so it’s time to start to think about what to do with dad on his special day. Of course there is always the traditional Father’s Day barbecue. Can someone tell me why sending dad out to grill on Father’s day has become such a tradition? Mom gets brunch or dinner, dad get put to work…
Instead, how about doing something a little more memorable? Following are ten ideas that we have come up to help with your Father’s Day planning:
1. Take Dad to an Amusement Park – All right, we suggested this for Mother’s Day too. But amusement parks can be fun and it is warmer in June. The other major difference is that for Father’s Day all of the amusement parks are open. Check out New England Amusement Parks, Theme Parks, and Water Parks for a complete list of New England amusement parks.
2. Take Dad to a Baseball Game – What could be better on Father’s Day then a baseball game. Unfortunately most of the professional teams are out of town. The only professional game in New England on Father’s day pits the Minor League Double A New Britain Rock Cats against Erie SeaWolves in New Britain, CT. Your best bet for Father’s Day baseball fun is summer college baseball. Summer college baseball games will be played in the following cities and towns on Father’s Day:
- The Cape Cod Baseball League will have games in Brewster, Cotuit, and Falmouth on Father’s Day.
- The Futures Collegiate Baseball League will have games in Brockton, MA, Old Orchard Beach, ME and in Oak Bluffs, MA on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard
- The New England Collegiate Baseball League will have a game in North Adams, MA
3. Let Someone Else Do the Barbecuing – Instead of parking dad by the barbecue, take him to a great BBQ restaurant. Some suggestions include:
- Redbones Barbecue in Sommerville, MA
- The Cookhouse Restaurant in New Milford, CT
- Chester’s BBQ in Groton, CT
- Rick’s Roadhouse, Providence, RI
- Smoke ‘n Bones in Oak Bluffs, MA on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard
- Curtis’ All American Barbecue in Putney, VT
- Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing Co. in North Conway, NH
- Buck’s Naked BBQ in Freeport, ME and Windham, ME
4. Take Dad to the Beach – It should be plenty warm by June 17 to get your feet in the sand. Pack a lunch, grab the kids and head for the seashore. See our article on New England Beaches as well as our post on New England’s Top Beaches.
5. Get Dad a Brewskie – Take dad for a nice meal at a brew pub. To get some ideas see:
6. Go Canoeing or Kayaking – If dad is a serious paddler than you may want to check out the Maine Island Trail, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, or the fresh and salt water paddling from the Rhode Island Blueways Alliance. But if high adventure is not on the agenda, maybe a simple canoe or kayak adventure with a rental from someplace like Charles River Canoe & Kayak is more in order.
7. Check Out Some Military Hardware – Nothing says Father’s Day like a tank. Take dad to the Military Museum of Southern New England to see some heavy military hardware.
8. Take in an Old Warship – How about taking the family to see an old warship? There are many to choose from, including:
- The USS Albacore in Portsmouth, NH – The Albacore is a retired US Navy research submarine.
- Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA – At Battleship cove you can see the battleship Massachusetts, destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., and the submarine USS Lionfish.
- The USS Constitution in Charlestown, MA – Old Ironsides is the oldest commissioned warship in the world.
- The USS Salem in Quincy, MA – The world’s only preserved heavy cruiser.
- The USS Nautilus in Groton, CT – The Nautilus was the world’s first nuclear submarine.
If dad is simply into ships and it does not have to be a warship check out Feeling Nautical?
9. Take Dad on a River Cruise – Another fun on-the-water activity for dad and the whole family would be a river cruise. Some ideas include:
- Combine a great tour of Boston with a cruise on the Charles River aboard a Boston Duck Tour.
- Combine a train ride with a riverboat cruise with Essex Steamtrain & Riverboat
- A Father’s Day Cruise at Eagle Landing State Park aboard the RiverQuest.
10. Take Dad Out Sailing – How about plying the waters off of Maine’s coast on a Windjammer cruise? Or perhaps sailing off of Martha’s Vineyard or sailing off of Nantucket? A nice New England sail would make for great Father’s Day memories.