15 Ideas for How to Spend Father's Day with Your Dad

Updated on March 10, 2023 by Melissa Bajda

Father's Day is the perfect opportunity to show Dad how much you appreciate him, so why not make it extra special this year?

Of course dad would love to get a unique Fathers Day gift, but most dads would want more is to spend time with the people he loves. Here are 15 Father's Day Ideas and Activities that will bring a smile to Dad's face.

So, grab your dad and get ready to enjoy some quality time with the man of the house.

 Father's Day Ideas: 15 Activities to Surprise Dad

Father's Day Ideas and Activities

1. Go for a Hike

Spending time in nature with your dad is a great way to celebrate Father's Day and create lasting memories.

A camping trip or hike can be a fun Father's Day activity for the whole family, and you can make it as long or short as you like.

Pick a trail that suits your dad's abilities and interests, whether a peaceful nature walk or a rugged mountain trail.

If you'd like, you can even turn these Father's Day activities into a fun competition to see who can get to the end first!

After Father's Day fun, have lunch and drinks at a local park so that you can have a picnic along the way.

2. Have a Picnic

What better way to celebrate Father's Day than with a picnic that he'll love? Pack up a delicious lunch or dinner and head outdoors for an afternoon of fresh air and quality time.

Ensure you bring Dad's favorite foods and snacks, and remember the blanket to sit on. You can also play classic picnic games like horseshoes, frisbee, or bocce ball to help celebrate dad.

To enjoy other fun Father's Day activities, consider having a picnic at a nearby park or lake.

3. Take Part in His Favorite Hobby

Is your dad an avid fisherman? A golfing enthusiast? Or a painting connoisseur? Whatever his favorite hobby, this Father's Day Fun, why not spend alone time with him doing it?

Does he like to go fishing? Pack up a picnic lunch, take him to his favorite spot, and spend the day fishing and chatting. Does he love to golf? Visit the nearest driving range or golf course and challenge him to a game of golf. Is he an artist? Buy some supplies and join him in creating a beautiful work of art.

4. Cook Dinner Together

One of the best ways to spend alone time with Dad for Father's Day is to cook dinner together.

These fun Father's Day activities can be an incredible bonding experience and a great way to make lasting memories with Dad.

Involve the entire family or just him in preparing and cooking a meal that Dad loves. Take a cooking class online if he is a foodie.

Put on some music, open a bottle of wine, and spend Father's Day in the kitchen.

Related: 15 Great Father's Day Aprons for Cooking Dads

5. Go Fishing

Fishing is a classic activity that many families enjoy together, and it is perfect for Father's Day.

Whether your dad loves to fish or hasn't been in a while, this is a great way to treat dad this Father's Day.

Depending on where you live, you can make a fishing trip to local fishing spots or even go on a fishing charter.

Bring the right gear on a fishing trip, like poles, tackle, bait, and a cooler for snacks and drinks to complete the Dad's Day extra special.

6. Play Catch in the Backyard

Nothing says Father's Day quite like a game of catch in the backyard. All you need is a ball and a lovely sunny day.

Whether baseball, football, or other backyard games, spending time and playing outdoor games with Dad can be a great way to show him that you care.

Plus, these Father's Day activities require very little preparation and money.

7. Do a Scavenger Hunt

This Father's Day, why not make it extra special by creating a custom scavenger hunt for Dad? These Father's Day activities are a great way to get out and explore the great outdoors or even the inside of your own home!

  • To get started, list items your dad needs to find. These can be anything from items in nature to things around your house.
  • Then create clues that lead him from one item to the next. You can also make it a competition by giving prizes for the fastest time, the most creative find, etc.
  • You can also make a variation of an "I Spy" game for younger kids.
  • If you don't need more time to make your scavenger hunt, many apps and websites offer ready-made scavenger hunts for you to use.
  • For an extra challenge, add an element of surprise by planting a small  gift for dad in one of the items on the list. When your dad finds it, it will be a great surprise!

No matter how you decide to do it, all the dads will love the thought and effort you put into making a unique scavenger hunt just for them.

8. Go Golfing

If your dad is a fan of the links, why not treat him to a day at the golf course this Father's Day? Golfing is a great way to spend time outdoors and have a friendly competition.

Depending on where you go, you can enjoy a delicious meal or have dad pick his favorite food dish.

If your dad is an avid golfer, you can gift him some new accessories, golf apparel, or even a golfing lesson!

9. Cook BBQ in the Backyard Together

Spending time with your dad doesn't have to be expensive. Get out the BBQ and cook a delicious meal for Father's Day in your backyard.

Whether steaks, hamburgers, or hotdogs, cooking outside is a great way to spend Father's Day with Dad.

You can even include the whole family in these Father's Day activities. Invite a few friends or relatives over and make an evening of it!

Related: 17 Best Fathers Day Grilling Gifts

10. Watch a Movie Together

If you cannot go to the theater, why not have a movie night at home?

Pop popcorn, get your favorite snacks and drinks, and settle for a movie night. You could watch your dad's favorite films or pick a few new ones he has yet to see.

Prepare a dessert date for the night's end, such as an ice cream sundae or cake. He'll love these fun things.

11. Visit a Brewery

Taking Dad out to a brewery is an excellent Father's Day activity.

Not only can he do beer tasting, but he can also learn more about the brewing process and the unique flavors of each beer.

Depending on your location, you can find a brewery that offers tours, tastings, and even the chance to make your brew.

12. Listen to His Favorite Music

Music shows Dad how much you care on Father's Day.

Whether it is a classic from his childhood, something from his favorite band or artist, or a particular song that reminds him of his family, take the time to create a playlist that he'll enjoy listening to.

It could be a mix of classic rock, jazz, soul, blues, rap, or any other genre he loves.

13. Do a DIY Project Together

Doing a DIY project with your dad is a great way to make memories and have quality time.

Whether it is a home renovation, building furniture, or making art together, there are many ways to take on a DIY project together.

If your dad is a hands-on guy, you should tackle a home renovation project or build furniture from scratch.

You can find plenty of online classes that provide step-by-step instructions on completing the project.

14. Make a Family Tree 

A great way to celebrate Father's Day is by exploring the family tree and surprise dad with a special gift.

Involve the whole family in these fun activities and make it a family affair by having each family member research their family line.

  • Ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles for any information they may have on your family tree. Make sure to document all of the information you find out.
  • Once you have all of the information gathered, make a family tree. It can be done by hand or digitally. You can also use a website like Ancestry to help create your tree.
  • Add pictures, stories, and other interesting facts about your ancestors.
  • Finally, for real Father's Day fun, surprise dad with a special gift or something related to the family tree.

15. Play Video Games Together

Video games can be a fun way to spend time with Dad on Father's Day. If you both enjoy gaming, why not challenge each other to friendly competition?

You can go old-school and play classic board games like Monopoly or Scrabble or play games on consoles and beat him at his own game.

There are plenty of online multiplayer games that you can play together, from sports games to adventure games. The most popular ones include Mario Kart, Call of Duty, and Overwatch.

It will surely be an exciting and memorable way to show your favorite guy how much you appreciate him.

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