30 Fun Father's Day Ideas to Celebrate the Dad in Your Life

What dad wouldn't love partaking in these fun Father's Day activities?

Fathers are hard workers, and they love their families more than just about anything. That's why when dad's special day rolls around each year, it's important to show him just how much you love and appreciate him. And if you're looking for some new ways to celebrate dear old dad this Father's Day, you've come to the right place. We've compiled some great Father's Day activities you can do with that special guy in your life. Whether you've decided to skip the gift this year or you're looking for a way to honor dad in addition to a present, these Father's Day ideas will ensure it's a celebration he'll never forget.

Climb a mountain.

Family mountain climbing together

Any active dad who enjoys the great outdoors will love going for a climb on his special day. Strap the little ones into a carrier and hit the trails for a rewarding challenge the whole family will feel good about accomplishing.

Go for a hike.

Family going for a hike

Is something a little less strenuous more his speed? A hike in the woods is a refreshing change from his day-to-day routine that requires only a moderate amount of effort. To find your next great trail, check out AllTrails.com.

Organize a barbecue.

Dad barbecuing with daughter

Put those grilling tools he got for Father's Day last year to good use by hosting a Father's Day barbecue for family, friends, or maybe even the whole neighborhood. Encourage guests to bring a side dish so he doesn't have to work too hard on his day off.

Host a video game marathon.

Dad playing video games with his daughter

Is the dad in your life a gamer? If so, build in some time on Father's Day for a playfully competitive video game marathon. Whether you choose to gift him a new game or stick with his old go-tos, he'll love that you planned something that incorporates his hobbies.

Go fishing.

Father and son fishing

Fishing is pretty much the quintessential fatherly pastime. That's just part of what makes going on a fishing trip one of our favorite Father's Day ideas. Before you head out, make sure to scout the perfect location (be sure there are fish around in the spring!), grab all the bait and tackle you'll need, and pack a bite to eat that you can enjoy while you're waiting for the fish to bite.

Go camping.

Family camping

If you're looking for fun Father's Day ideas, camping should be at the top of your list. It's a fun way to spend time as a family making memories and, of course, enjoying s'mores around the campfire.

Go to a car show.

Classic car hot rod show

Nothing says "I love you, dad!" like a trip to a classic car show. Your old man will love spending the whole afternoon checking out rows upon rows of beautiful, shiny cars from the days of yore.

Try white water rafting.

Family white-water rafting together

If the special dad in your life hasn't tried white water rafting yet, Father's Day is the perfect time for him to give it a whirl. Give him the experience of a lifetime by signing the whole family up for a day of rafting. It's one of those Father's Day activities he'll never forget.

Take a motorcycle riding class.

Father daughter on motorcycle

A motorcycle riding class is sure to give dad a thrill. Many towns and cities offer these courses to people who own a motorcycle or are thinking of buying one. But if he falls into the latter category, be prepared for him to want his own chopper after taking the class!

Rent a sports car.

Older man driving a convertible

Make this Father's Day more about experiences than gifts when you rent a cool sports car for the day and take it out on the town. This unique Father's Day idea is sure to bring fond memories for years to come. In fact, dad may even decide he'd like to make it a yearly tradition!

Go to a baseball game.

Dad high-fiving his son at a professional baseball game

Since Father's Day is in June, it's the perfect opportunity to catch a ball game. Grab some hot dogs, raise a brewski to your favorite father figure, and take in the game as you enjoy each other's company.

Go geocaching.


Geocaching is one of those fun activities that combines detective work with outdoor adventures. Geocachers hide goodies all over, and explorers must use coordinates on the Geocaching app to find these hidden treasures in their area. If dad is looking for adventure this Father's Day, geocaching is something he'll definitely enjoy.

Go on a road trip.

Family road trip in car

Hit the road this Father's Day and whisk dad off to somewhere cool—better yet if you can find a destination he's been wanting to visit. But no matter what, he'll appreciate the thought you put into this special Father's Day celebration.

Do some woodworking.

Father son woodworking together

Help dad brush up on his handiwork by completing a woodworking project together. For a basic project, assemble this trinket box using only a bandsaw. And if he knows his way around the power tools, opt for a more involved project like this rolling shop cart. The final product is a gift he's sure to love, especially since he'll think about how he got to make it with you every time he uses it.

Go on a brewery tour.

Clinking glasses of beer cheers

This Father's Day, take a trip with dad to a local brewery—or several! Make a plan for the day, and arrange the transportation ahead of time so he can relax and enjoy his special day trying all the best brews.

See a movie.

Father and son at the movie theatre

No dad would refuse a big bucket of popcorn and a movie with his favorite person. That's why going to the movies should definitely top your list of Father's Day ideas. Just be sure to pick a flick dad will enjoy!

Go to a concert.

Little girl on shoulders watching a concert

An outdoor concert is just right for the third Sunday in June. This Father's Day idea may require some planning ahead, but it'll be worth it to see the big smile on dad's face as he takes in a great show in his lawn chair.

Attend a comedy hour.

Family laughing in audience of a comedy show

If dad's a comedy buff, there's no better way to spend Father's Day than taking in a comedy show. He'll be in stitches during the set, and memories of the occasion will keep him laughing for years to come.

Go golfing.

Father and son golfing together

Be dad's caddy on Father's Day when you hit the green together for a long afternoon of golf. He probably doesn't get to play as much as he'd like, so a guilt-free day spent sinking balls with you is probably near the top of his list of ideal Father's Day activities.

Make dad's favorite dessert.

Dad baking with daughter

Does the dad in your life have a sweet tooth? If so, there's no better way to celebrate his special day than by making him his favorite dessert. If you want, you can even turn this into a fun activity and make it together!

Volunteer together.

Family volunteering together planting

Make Father's Day an altruistic event when you seek out a volunteer opportunity to do together. If he's got a favorite charity, reach out and see if they have any events you can volunteer at around Father's Day. Other great charities to check out are Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Go to a park.

Family picnic in park

Looking for a great low-key Father's Day idea? Pull off a fantastic day without blowing your budget by packing a picnic, gathering up some sporting equipment, and heading to a local park to celebrate dad. You'll all have a blast, and he's sure to feel loved.

Host a family game night.

Family playing monopoly for family game night

Another budget-friendly Father's Day idea is a family game night! There are so many amazing games to play, including Exploding Kittens, Scrabble, and Catan. Chances are, you'll be laughing long into the night.

Set up a scavenger hunt.

Father son scavenger hunt

If you've purchased or made a gift for your favorite guy this Father's Day, don't just give it to him and call it a day. Instead, set up a scavenger hunt and make him search for his present. You can make it as easy or as hard as you'd like; either way, he'll love the thought and effort you put into his day.

Play laser tag.

Family playing laser tag together

Let dad be a kid again when you take him for an afternoon of laser tag this Father's Day. It's a great way to have a blast together while he leaves the burdens of everyday life behind.

Enjoy an afternoon of paintball.


Don some protective gear and fire up the paintball guns for a day dad will never forget. We guarantee dad will be the last one in the car when it's time to leave this super fun Father's Day activity.

Go to an arcade.

Family at an arcade

On Father's Day, it's important for dad to be able to have fun with the people he loves the most—namely, you! So, gather up all the quarters you can find and treat the whole family to a throwback day at the arcade.

Visit a historic site.

Father daughter visiting historic site

If dad's a history buff, then he'll love spending his special day at a historic site. Need some help finding one? Visit the National Register of Historic Places website for some inspiration. There are more options than you may think, and there's a good chance you'll be able to find something nearby.

Go bowling.

Family bowling

Grab a pitcher of beer and some fried food and knock down some pins this Father's Day! Whether it's just you and dad or the whole family, going bowling provides plenty of bonding time.

Go to the gym.

Father son sparing boxing

If dad's passionate about working out, make Father's Day all about him and head to his favorite workout spot together. Maybe he's impartial to weightlifting, or perhaps he prefers his weekly karate class. Whatever his workout of choice is, he'll be thrilled to have you by his side on his special day.

Christin Perry
Christin Perry is a freelance writer covering health, lifestyle, and parenting. Read more
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