10 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.

Have a great Father’s Day at Rail Explorers. Photo from Rail Explorers’ Facebook page.

Father’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday, June 16. 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.

If your dad is a guy who likes to get moving, here are some activities that he might enjoy:

1. Mini Golf

Mulligan’s Island is a great way to celebrate Father’s Day. Whether you favor mini golf, regular golf, hitting balls in the driving range or hitting up the batting cages, this day trip is a perfect way to spend time with dad. Prices vary. 1000 New London Ave., Cranston, 401-464-8855, mulligansisland.com

2. Fishing

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 seafood. Take a look at the species page for more details on what you may catch at the end of your line! Prices vary, $450-$1,250 for full charter. 33 State St., Narragansett, 401-374-1439, cdevilsportfishing.com

3. Rail Bike Tours

Sit back, relax and pedal your way along Narragansett Bay for a two-hour trip with Rail Explorers. You’ll have options of what tour you want when you book, but the Sunday Brunch Tour, featuring coffee, mimosas and muffins might be particularly appealing for a dad who likes to have a bite while he bikes. Prices vary, $80-$90. 1 Alexander Rd., Portsmouth, 877-833-8588, railexplorers.net

Perhaps he prefers dining out instead? Check out these yummy deals for this Father’s Day:

4. Providence Oyster Bar

The rave reviews of this seafood place alone are enough to entice a visit, so book a reservation for the a la carte brunch with bottomless mimosas and bloody marys from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.. If your dad is a fan of great seafood and/or brunch, this is the place for you. 283 Atwells Ave., Providence, 401-272-8866, provoysterbar.com

5. Live Music and Ale Tasting at George’s of Galilee

Stop by this waterfront seafood locale for live music with New England artist Tim Sullivan from 3 to 7 p.m. or opt for the ale tasting (plus free samples!) by Whalers Brewing Company from 4 to 6 p.m. on Father’s Day. Music, beer and seafood, what could be better? 250 Sand Hill Cove Rd, Narragansett, 401-783-2306, georgesofgalilee.com

6. Beer Ice cream at Vic’s

There’s nothing sweeter than treating dad to dessert. Pick your favorite flavored scoop for yourself then order him a scoop or two of Vic’s Coffee Milk Stout, a beer-infused ice cream made from Narragansett Brewery’s Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout. This beer isn’t available to the public until the fall, so let dad be the first to try it out. Plus, pack a pint to take home with you. 74 Maple Ave., Barrington, vicscrafticecream.com 

Finally, here are some other entertaining possibilities for you and dad:

Photograph courtesy of the Newport Car Museum.

7. Newport Car Museum

Dads are admitted for free this Father’s Day, if another adult buys his ticket, so come check out the stunningly arranged, seventy-five plus cars at Newport Car Museum. The museum houses cars across seven decades, from the 1950s until today. If your dad is a car guy, there is no better place to spend Father’s Day. Regular 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. 1947 West Main Rd., Portsmouth, 401-848-2277, newportcarmuseum.org

8. The Bit Players: Award-Winning Improv Comedy

If you’re in the market for a full Father’s Day weekend rather than just a day, this Saturday night comedy show can include dad in the performance if you let them know ahead of time! The Bit Players are one of Rhode Island’s most award-winning improv comedy groups, inspired by hilarious shows like “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Each show is BYOB. Tickets are $18 each. Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Pl., Newport, 401-849-3473, bitplayers.net

9. Narrated Cruise

For the boating lovers, spend this Father’s Day sipping a cocktail or another beverage on a narrated cruise along the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park and the Providence Harbor, either during the day or at sunset. Tours run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and are each fifty minutes long. Tickets are $20 for seniors, $22 for ages eighteen to sixty-five, $15 for children ages four to seventeen, $5 for children ages three and younger. Fox Point Marina, 525 South Water St., Providence, 401-580-BOAT, providenceriverboat.com

10. Newport Helicopter Tours

If you’re shooting for the stars this Father’s Day, look no further than a helicopter tour with your old man. Newport Helicopter Tours offer a range of excursions from twelve to forty minutes long, and if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can sign up to learn how to fly the helicopter yourself. Prices range from $75 to $300 per person. 211 Airport Access Rd., Middletown, 401-843-868, newporthelicoptertours.com




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