Fun Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in Rhode Island

Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 19, and there are plenty of creative ways to celebrate dad in Rhode Island.
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Father’s Day falls on June 19, and as the summer season approaches, Rhode Island has many unique spots for families to celebrate their dads. From breweries and live music to rail tours and outrageously large ice cream sundaes, there is no doubt there is something exciting to do with your dad this year. 

 

If your family loves to be active, take a look at these activities:

Go Golfing at Mulligan’s Island

After a day at Mulligan’s, it will be clear why golfing is a classic activity to do with dad. Whether you like to play a regular game, prefer mini golf, or enjoy hitting balls at the driving range or the batting cages, Mulligan’s has an option for you no matter the skill level. Prices vary. 1000 New London Ave., Cranston, 401-464-8855, mulligansisland.com


Climb the Walls at Rock Spot Climbing

For especially active families, Rock Spot Climbing is a great spot to break a sweat and learn a new activity. All skill levels are welcome. The facility offers day passes, family memberships, lessons, and gear rentals. Prices vary depending on booking type, age, military ID, and rentals. 100 Higginson Ave., Lincoln, 401-727-1704; 42 Rice St., Providence, 401-217-2772; 1174 Kingstown Rd., South Kingstown, 401-789-7768, rockspotclimbing.com 


Enjoy the Outdoors with Providence Kayak

As the weather warms up, spending the day on the water is the perfect way to spend Father’s Day. Providence Kayak offers kayak rentals starting at $20 for sixty or ninety minutes and $40 guided tours of Providence for ninety minutes. If your family wants more rural scenery, they offer rentals in Lincoln Woods State Park as well. 101 Dyer St., Providence;, and Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln, 401-829-1769, providencekayak.com 


Explore Aquidneck Island with Rail Explorers

Rail Explorers provides rail bike tours that allow people to view the gorgeous scenery of Aquidneck Island from a unique perspective. Dad would love to take the brunch tour, which features coffee, mimosas and muffins, but you need to book fast to reserve one for Father’s Day. It’s a good thing Rail Explorers also provides tours into the evening, in which families can bring picnics and enjoy rail bike tours with lanterns and s’mores. Prices vary between $90–125. 1 Alexander Rd., Portsmouth, 877-833-8588, railexplorers.net

 

If Dad is looking for a more relaxing weekend, check out these alternatives:

Dive into the Gilded Age at the Breakers

If dad is a history buff, try a tour at the Breakers. The Vanderbilt’s’ famous summer “cottage” is one of the most famous architectural masterpieces in Rhode Island. It displays the financial and social prowess of the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century in America. The Breakers is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the family audio tour allows both kids and parents to enjoy an immersive experience of the rich history encapsulated in the mansion. The tour lasts forty-five minutes and includes separate audio for kids and for adults that follows the same route while explaining the history and architecture of the building. Tickets are $29 for adults and $10 for kids. 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, 401-847-1000, newportmansions.org


Celebrate Cars as Works of Art at the Newport Car Museum

If your dad is into cars, the Newport Car Museum is the place to be on Father’s Day this year. With a collection of more than eighty-five cars that date as far back as the 1950s, dad can explore separate galleries of Ford/Shelby cars, World Cars, Fin Cars, Muscle Cars and Mopars. These exhibits will not only appeal to dad, but they will apply to the whole family as they have been carefully curated to appeal to women and kids from all generations as well. The museum runs a Father’s Day special, where dad gets in free on the day itself along with the following Monday. Tickets are $9 for kids, $19 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and those who serve in the military. 1947 West Main Rd., Portsmouth, 401-848-2277, newportcarmuseum.org


Cruise Along the Water in Providence with Some Drinks

Providence River Boat Company is offering Father’s Day Boat Tours of the city from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 19. This narrated tour is BYOB, so make sure to bring dad’s favorite drinks while you enjoy the Captain’s discussions of nautical, historical and architectural points of interest in Providence. The Landing of the company includes a Rhode Island-themed gallery, gift shop and creamery at its new location, so make sure to check in early for your tour to check it out. 101 Dyer St., Providence, 401-580-2628, providenceriverboat.com 

 

If Dad wants to grab a bite to eat, try these spots:

Dinner and a Show at Blu on the Water

If Dad loves live music, Dr. Slick and Felix Brown Band will play at Blu on the Water in East Greenwich this Father’s Day. Dr. Slick will be performing from 2–5 p.m. with a mix of hip-hop, R&B, rock and pop covers. Then, from 7–10 p.m. Felix Brown Band will play a mix of pop, rock, reggae, rap and hip-hop. Between these two talented bands, there will surely be music the whole family will enjoy. While you listen, enjoy Blu on the Water’s delicious menu and try their famous lobster roll and sangria as well as locally made craft spirits, beer and soft drinks. With a location right on a bustling marina and a menu of locally sourced seafood, reservations are sure to fill up quickly so make sure to make yours soon. 20 Water St., East Greenwich, 401-885-3700, bluonthewater.com 


Try Local Beer at the Guild

Take Dad to try the Warren location of the Guild Brewing Co. that focuses on crafting unique beers with a menu that encourages a shareable experience. On Sundays they are open from noon–8 p.m. Located on the water near a marina, the Guild offers a gorgeous scenery in addition to delicious menu options such as mac-n-cheese, sliders, charcuterie boards, flatbreads, sweets and more that will go nicely with a locally brewed beer. 99 Water St., Suite 2, Warren, 401-252-4275, theguildwarren.com 


Treat Dad to Outrageous Ice Cream Sundaes and Shakes

Newport’s newest ice cream shop, Sandcastles and Sundaes, is striving to stand out from the rest with their big portions and unique menu options. The sundaes and shakes contain copious scoops of ice cream and are garnished with unusual toppings such as apple pie, carrot cake, whole s’mores and twinkies, donuts and more. If Dad has a sweet tooth, this is the place to celebrate with him this Father’s Day. Brick Market Place, Newport, 401-846-1020, sandcastlessundaes.com

 

Enjoy Brunch or Dinner Specials at Red Stripe 

Red Stripe in Providence will offer a number of delicious special menu additions in honor of Father’s Day on June 19. Served 11 a.m.–4 p.m., the brunch menu will feature Huevos Rancheros (think: pulled pork, stewed black beans, poached eggs and house made cornbread served with pico de gallo) along with Red Stripe favorites like the bread pudding French toast and the classic Benedict. The dinner menu, meanwhile, will be available 4–8 p.m. and feature a brined and grilled bone-in pork chop special served with roasted potatoes and cauliflower puree and finished with an apple-Dijon compote. Or, if Dad is a sea-foodie, he may want to go for the seared sea scallops served with a chilled white bean and Brussels sprout salad topped with savory bacon jam. 465 Angell St., Providence, 401-437-6950, redstriperestaurants.com

 

This blog was adapted from a post previously written in 2020 by Theresa Brown and updated by Amy Martin in 2021.

 

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