Experiences Make The Best Gifts: 7 Father's Day Ideas To Do With Dad

Experiences Make The Best Gifts: 7 Father's Day Ideas To Do With Dad

Tess Wilson
Jun 11, 2015

If you're lucky enough to have a father figure to spend time with on June 21st, why not give him what he really wants: quality time together! Here are seven fun Father's Day adventures- or should I say dadventures...

Trip to the Museum of Whatever He's Into: There's a Mustard Museum, for crying out loud, so there's sure to be one that's perfect for every dad. If you'd like to splash out, at the end of your visit present him with a membership so he can keep the fun going all year long.

A Factory Tour: Again, there's a factory for every father! From the fortune cookie factory in San Francisco to a crayon factory tour straight out of a Sesame Street video, and from baseball bats to tractors, there's got to be something he'd love to see made. Important: brewery, distillery, and winery tours count.

A Hike/Walk/Bike Through Your Local Forest Preserve: This one is free! You should be able to find a guide to wheelchair-accessible trails for your area (for example, here's Illinois') so nature-loving dads of all activity levels can enjoy the great outdoors. For a pricier gift, take your dad(s) to a nearby state or national park and present him with an annual membership. Senior memberships are only $10!

An Architectural Tour: Most cities offer architectural tours, which I find to be great for generating conversation. Walking, biking, and double-decker bus tours allow for architecture lovers of different energy levels to see all the sights.

A Class: If we lived in Oakland, I would love to take a class at The Crucible with my dad and my father-out-law (my ex's dad). They both love power tools and I love waffles! There's sure to be something your dad(s) would love to learn how to do- play harmonica, make macarons, throw pottery- and he'll get such a kick out of learning (or failing hilariously to learn) with you.

A Concert: This could either mean tickets for both of you to that band he likes that you don't or tickets for both of you to that band you love that he got you into: I owe my dad eternal thanks for Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, and so many more. It would be amazing to see any of them in concert with him.

A Project: I wrote DIY For Dad: 15 Father's Day Gifts To Make thinking they were 15 great ideas to make for your dad, but why not make them together? Maybe skip the DIY desk organizer, however, since apparently I'm the only person who would like to receive an inbox as a gift!

Do you have any Ultimate Father's Day Experience suggestions to share? Thanks!

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