15 Father’s Day Ideas
Spending time with dad is better than any present money can buy. Here are some fun ideas for taking your father out for the day.
Additional reporting by April Federico.
You could give dad the best gift in the world, but really, he just wants to spend time with you. Here are some ideas to get you started on how to spend father’s Day with your dad.
1. Mini Golf
Head to the driving range or play a round of mini golf at Mulligan’s Island. Be transported to an island with a volcano that shoots fire and play put-put with dad surrounded by water and palm trees. Navigate through the course in and out of caves, but be careful of the shipwreck. You never know when a pirate may appear! Don’t lose your ball in the river and keep a tally of strokes on your scorecard — lowest score wins! For more information, click here. 1000 New London Ave., Cranston, 401-464-8855, mulligansisland.com
Celebrate dad this Father’s Day with a brew or two at the Guild’s tap room, open noon to 6 p.m. on Father’s Day. Sample and sip beer from various breweries all over Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The Guild’s tap room is now pouring brews from Devil’s Purse Brewing Co., Narragansett Beer, Sons of Liberty Spirits Company, Willie’s Superbrew, Night Shift, Wash Ashore, Great North Aleworks and NBPT Brew Co. Play some cornhole and there may be a food truck on site, if you are lucky. There are tours every Sunday at noon, 1 p.m., 2p.m. and 3 p.m. So, Sunday is your chance to take your dad on a tour of the Guild! For directions and parking information, click here. Cheers! 461 Main St., Pawtucket, 401-724-1241, theguildri.com
Practice your pitching, batting and fielding alongside dad at Extra Innings’ multi-use tunnels. The tunnels at this indoor facility can be rented out in either half-hour or full hour increments, and although reservations are recommended, walk-ins may be accepted upon availability. A half-hour session is $25 and a full-hour session is $40. For reservations, click here. 69 Illinois Ave., Unit 2, Warwick, 401-737-3100, extrainnings-warwick.com
Score strikes against dad at East Providence Lanes. Keep score on the TV while you swing bowling balls down the lane. If you are daring enough, don’t use the gutter guards and see who is the best straight shooter. This is a perfect rainy day activity to do with dad if the weather is rainy, but it can also be a fun night time activity. 80 Newport Ave., East Providence, 401-438-2300, eastprovidencelanes.com
Feeling adventurous? Bring dad out on the water for inshore or offshore fishing with C-Devil II, Sportfishing. Based out of Point Judith, this fishing charter is a full-day excursion out on the ocean where you can catch all sorts of sea life. Take a look at the species page for more details on what you may catch at the end of your line! Prices vary depending on the length of the charter trip. You can enjoy an inshore fishing trip for six to eight hours or offshore fishing for ten to twelve hours. For more information, click here. 33 State St., Narragansett, 401-374-1439, cdevilssportfishing.com
Wright’s Farm is famous for its family-style dinner with all-you-can-eat chicken and sides for $13.75 per adult and $7.95 for children ages ten and younger. The meals are served from noon to 8 p.m. and include freshly-baked rolls, a salad tossed with Wright’s famous Italian dressing, french fries and pasta with homemade marinara sauce. A fourteen-ounce sirloin steak dinner is also available with unlimited sides for $23.75. Reservations suggested. 84 Inman Rd., Harrisville, 401-769-2856, wrightsfarm.com
Taste the savory desserts from Bake Me Away in West Warwick paired with tastings of six Whalers brews. The tasting takes place at Whalers Brewing in Wakefield from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. What’s unique about each dessert is that they are baked to be paired specifically with each brew provided. Celebrate dad in a sweet and refreshing way on Father’s Day! Tickets are sold here for $20. 1174 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, 401-552-0002, whalers.com
Enjoy Father’s Day with a summer barbecue from 12:30–3 p.m. at Mount Hope Farm’s Cove Cabin in Bristol. Dine in the beautiful and quaint scenery of the farm. Chow down on the following: Cajun fried turkey, cheddar and caramelized onion demi burger, slow roasted ribs with Tennessee mopping sauce, old-fashioned potato salad and a shortcake bar that includes fruits and whipped cream! Tickets are $40 for adults and $18 for children younger than twelve on Eventbrite. 250 Metacom Ave., Bristol, 401-254-1745, mounthopefarm.org
Give dad the gift of breakfast, specifically pigs-in-a-blanket wrapped up in everything bagels complete with Gastros “piggies.” Get your side of ketchup and mustard for dipping. To pre-order your platter, click here as Rebelle Artisan Bagels’ platters sell out quickly. If you’re looking to treat dad even more, purchase a gift card to Rebelle. These gift cards can be loaded with any amount, starting at $25. The pigs-in-a-blanket platters are only available for Father’s Day, and orders close at midnight on June 15. You can also pre-order coffee, tea and other beverages on Rebelle’s website. 110 Doyle Ave., Providence, 401-349-1263, squareup.com
The Newport Car Museum in Portsmouth is offering free admission for dads on Father’s Day, with the purchase of an adult ticket. The Newport Car Museum just opened a new gallery for American muscle cars called “Then and Now.” Take a look at the new displays and cars and buy something at the gift shop on your way out. On June 17, the hours are from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors, military and students; $8 for ages five to fifteen (with an adult); and free for ages four and younger. To purchase tickets, click here. 1947 West Main Rd., Portsmouth, 401-848-2277, newportcarmuseum.org
If dad doesn’t want to cook on his special day, take him to Perella’s Ristorante’s first annual Father’s Day Clambake at the East Warren Rod and Gun Club. “Captain” Vinny Calenda will be your clambake master for the afternoon and evening. The event will open at 2 p.m., and the menu will include steamers, chourico, Rhode Island “Saugy” hot dogs, corn on the cob, onions, potato, sweet potato, fish filet, quahog dressing and “buckies.” Call 401-245-0150 or visit Perella’s Ristorante at 311 Metacom Ave., Warren to purchase tickets for $30 per person. 24 Long Ln., Warren, 401-245-5763, perellas.com
Treat dad like a king for the day by taking him out to a high-end dinner at Ten Prime Steak and Sushi. Make your reservation here or call the restaurant. Going anywhere else for Father’s Day would be a huge mis-steak, get it? Speaking of steak, the special this Father’s Day is a forty-ounce porterhouse steak, available from 4 to 10 p.m. on June 17. 55 Pine St., Providence, 401-453-2333, tenprimesteakandsushi.com
Hop on the bright blue brewery bus, which departs from Providence’s Trinity Brewhouse and heads to Portsmouth and Newport to visit Ragged Island Brewing, Greenvale Vineyards and Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling Co., and returns back to Providence. Experience the taste of beer, wine and much more from each Rhode Island brewery. You will not only visit two breweries, but you will also step into a distillery and a Newport vineyard. The bus leaves from Providence this Sunday at noon and the tour will end at 4:15 p.m. For more information, click here. You must purchase tickets in advance for $70 each. Passengers must be twenty-one and older. 186 Fountain St., Providence, 401-232-4232, therhodeislandbrewbus.com
Buy a beer, get one at 50 percent off at Newport Craft Brewing Distilling and Co. on Father’s Day. Wear your best Hawaiian shirt and leis and enjoy Sunday’s special, the Mai Tai on the pavilion. Snacks and light eats are on the menu, as well. The party takes place noon to 8 p.m. For more information, click here and check the Facebook page. 293 JT Connell Hwy., Newport, 401-849-5232, newportcraft.com
15. Father’s Day Burger Night at Easy Entertaining
Dad doesn’t need another tie or tool set. How about a burger and some quality time, instead? Treat him to the Father’s Day special, the Blackbird Farm 100 percent Angus beef burger. There will be a full menu to follow, so check the Facebook page and the website for updates. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Burger night will take place 5–8 p.m. at Easy Entertaining. Reservations are strongly recommended. 166 Valley St., Bldg. 10, Providence, 401-437-6090, easyentertainingri.com