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Ideas to Make Father’s Day Extra Awesome for Dads (2024)


It’s a special day for the dads this coming weekend, and there are a bunch of great ways for the whole fam to celebrate if you’re looking for ideas. This round-up has a variety of suggestions, with something to suit every honoree. Happy Father’s Day!

Take Dad Out to the Ballgame
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: June 14-16
Admission: Ticket prices vary

For Dads who are Nats fans, take them to the ballpark for a game against the Marlins. They are hosting them all weekend, so if the actual Father’s Day doesn’t work, you’ve got your pick of other days — and there are special promos and activities for some of them, including a Mike Rizzo Bobblehead giveaway on Friday and a bear plush giveaway for kids on Sunday.

Walk in the Woods
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Celebrate the day and dad on the trail.  Tramp in places with scenic views, walk and explore history at interesting locales, try to spot wild creatures, and enjoy a day of active fun. Bring along a picnic for lunch al fresco, too. This go-to KFDC post has a bunch of recommendations for good places to hit the trail with the whole fam.

Hike & Apres Hike
Where: Around the DC area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by place

These specific recommendations for hikes are great if you want to extend the day to include food and drinks to celebrate, too.  A few awesome combos for that:  Patuxent River State Park and Waredaca Brewery (how we celebrated a couple of years ago), Sky Meadows State Park and Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, VA.   Sugarloaf Mountain and The Comus Inn or Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard in Dickerson, MD. Great Falls (MD side) and The Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac, MD. Patapsco Valley State Park and the Guinness Brewery in Howard County MD. Harpers Ferry hike and the Harpers Ferry Brewing about an hour and a half drive from DC.  Get details about all of them here!

A Meal for the Man of the Hour
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Cost of your meal

You really can’t go wrong with plans focused around food and drink, and there are plenty of restaurants around DC to go out for a good, fun meal with the fam.  Here are a few of my recs for the occasion:  Ivy City Smokehouse, 2 Fifty Barbeque, PastisMartin’s TavernCactus Cantina, and Tabard Inn. Be sure to make reservations.

Brunch & Play
Where: Around the DC area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by activity

For dads who like to get their game on or enjoy a fun mission, take him to place that offers opportunities to play. From pickleball and roller skating to bowling and bocce to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts, this round-up has a bunch of ideas for celebrating with some active indoor fun. Even better, many of the places also serve food to include a meal, too. (If not, just find a restaurant close by!)

Family Bike Ride
Where: Around the DC area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Free

For dads who like to two-wheel it, plan a family bike ride.  You’ve got your pick of good routes around the area. Take in the summer scenery, get some exercise, and enjoy some QT together. This post has a bunch of pedal-worthy recs, with something for riders of all levels, and this route is particularly ideal with kids.

Father’s Day Fish-a- Rama
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: June 16
Admission: $13/child, $15/adult

Treat Dad to a fun-filled weekend with BBQ and catch-and-release fishing. Guests can compete in the Fish-a-Rama contest, fishing for catfish, bass, and blue gill in the stocked ponds, and prizes are on the line for the largest fish hooked from 9am – 2pm. Bring your own pole and gear to fish (no drag hooks). GCF has worms for purchase in the country store. The amusement continues on the five-acre farm-style playground featuring the Giant Jumping Pillow, Triple Threat slide, corn bin, animal barnyard, and loads more fun for all.

Father’s Day Kids & Family Festival
Where: Shipgarten | Tysons Corner, VA
When: June 16, 12-6pm
Admission: Free 
Enjoy a day of excitement at this Father’s Day Kids and Family Festival with all kinds of fun. Live music, great drinks, moonbounces, and a full outdoor playground will ensure everyone has a blast.  For little ones, there is free face painting and arts & crafts. Even furry family members are welcome, whether on-leash or in our off-leash dog park — treat them Pup Cups and Kongs filled with peanut butter.  Tunes 4 Tots will be holding a parent-and-me music class at 4:30pm — sing, dance, and play to celebrate dads!  Get free tickets here.

Fun in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: Ongoing
Admission: Starts at $69/age 12+, $56/7-11, $22/5 & 6

For adventurous dads who love the outdoors, particularly being in the trees, an afternoon in the aerial adventure forest of the Adventure Park at Sandy Springs is the perfect way to spend the day — it is hands down the best aerial ropes course in the area.  There are still some tickets available for Sunday, but if you can’t score them for that day, think Father’s Day gift and reserve for another day! (FYI: This is one of our favorite adventures in the area — read more about it here.)

Take Dad Out to the Big Train
Where: Shirley Povitch Field| Rockville, MD
When: June 16, 7pm
Admission: Starts at $5

The Nats aren’t the only team in town for some Father’s Day baseball. Bethesda Big Train, a local collegiate summer team, are hosting the DC Grays on Sunday, and there’s extra fun to enjoy for the special day — kids can bring their dads to the ballpark early and play catch in the Povich Field outfield from 6:30 to 6:45pm.  You can also get dad an ice cream sundae from Kona Ice.

Go With the Flow
Where: Around the DC area

When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Spend quality time with the man of the hour on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, SUPs, and pontoons. This post has a round-up of all of them. And if you want to go a little bigger, consider a Solomons Island pontoon boat rental (the post is about a Mother’s Day excursion, but can obvi be for Father’s Day, too).

Disc Golfin’
Where: Parks Around the DC Area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale (usually FREE)

Celebrate the day by hitting the links, the chain links, that is! Disc golf is a great way to savor a day outdoors with the family.  This post has info about our favorite in College Park, and there are also great courses at Patapsco Valey State Park in MD,  Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA,  Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, MD, and Burke Lake Park in Burke, VA. Not only is it fun and challenging, the courses are set up in pretty parks with opportunities for more recreation at all of them. Bring along a picnic for lunch in the fresh air, too.

A Grand Feast
Where: Crab houses around the area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Cost of your meal

Steamed crabs, cold beer, scenic views… that’s a recipe for a great Father’s Day for at least one dad I know. The 2024 Summer Guide has lots of suggestions on where to feast on Maryland’s best dish. I recommend making reservations — this is always a very popular way to celebrate.

More Ideas
* For an at home celebration, these “dude food” recipes sound awesome.
* A round-up of good movies for Father’s Day.
* Need gift ideas? I recommended this and this already. A few book recs that you can get quickly: This novel, this one for sports fans, or this fun one.
* If you can swing a last-minute getaway, here are some destination ideas.

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