Father’s Day is a holiday where you get to celebrate your dad or the important father-figures in your life. Usually that involves breakfast in bed, a nice card, perhaps a present, but the best gift to give your dad is the gift of quality time.
Spending time with your dad, or as a dad spending time with your family, is a precious, irreplaceable thing that will create long-lasting memories. Whether it’s sharing ice cream sundaes or practicing your golf swing together, quality time with your dad is the best. The Merrimack Valley has an abundance of activities to choose from to make this Father’s Day one to remember.
Activities For the Whole Family
Kimball Farm is practically a dream Father’s Day outing location. Whether you’re bringing along young kids or your dad is simply a kid at heart, it’s 50 acres of family fun! Dad can show off his golf swing at the driving range or compete with the family at mini-golf. Everyone can hop into bumper boats or bumper cars to get the adrenaline pumping. There’s also the arcade, zipline, and batting cages for additional fun.
Don’t forget to feed everyone! Head over to the Grille & Seafood Shack to dine on fried clams and scallops, onion rings, burgers, steak tips, and more! For dessert, Dad can have his pick of Kimball Farm’s 50 delicious flavors of ice cream.
Grab a Brew with Dad
Some dads would rather celebrate Father’s Day with a cold beer. Lord Hobo Brewing Company is perfect for getting those, along with watching the game together, sharing a meal, and just chatting about the good time. The taproom has an extensive 40 draft line system, including fan favorites, exclusive releases, and wine and cider options for the non-beer drinkers.
If your father would rather enjoy a drink from the comfort of his own couch, you can order food and beer from Lord Hobo to-go! From single cans to 12-packs, you’ll be able to get the best of the taproom in your own home.
Indoor Father’s Day Fun
June generally has consistent, warm, sunny days, but New England is famous for its fickle weather. That’s why if you don’t want to risk your plans getting rained out, you should go to Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment.
There are all kinds of indoor activities you can do with Dad, from tenpin and candlepin bowling to indoor golf simulators to shuffleboard. At the arcade he’ll have an absolute blast playing classic games he grew up with, or win prizes for his grandkids to take home. If the little ones are back at home, you and dad can share a few drinks while you compete.
Is your dad a fan of history? Then perhaps you should take him to Minute Man National Historical Park to learn about the Founding Fathers and the American Revolution. Even if he’s an expert, he’ll love the chance to discover more or show off his knowledge of the historic events of April 19, 1775.
Start at the visitor’s center for a 27-minute multimedia presentation that gives an excellent introduction to what started the Revolution. You can hike the 5-mile Battle Road Trail where thousands of Colonial Militia and British Regulars fought a bloody battle in 1775. Stop by Hartwell Tavern, a restored 18th century home, for tours of the building and even live musket firing demonstrations.
Remember that celebrating your father shouldn’t be limited to just one day a year. Make plans to get together and make memories all summer long.