20 Fun-Filled Father's Day Activities That Dad Will Love

Updated on April 07, 2023 by Melissa Bajda

This Father's Day, make sure Dad feels extra special with these fun and meaningful Father's Day Activities! There are plenty of ways to show Dad how much you appreciate him, from outdoor activities to indoor games.

Look at this list of 20 Fun Father's Day Activities and find the perfect way to celebrate Dad this year.

Father's Day Activities

Father's Day Activities: 20 Ways to Spend Father's Day with Dad!

1. Go for a Hike

Father's Day is the perfect time to take a hike with Dad. Not only is it a great way to get in some quality time, but it's also a great way to get active together.

Pick a nearby trail that suits your skill level and hit the trails! If you feel ambitious, challenge Dad to a race up the hill or pick a peak to the summit together. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks and enjoy the scenery.

2. Play Catch in the Park

If you are looking for a fun, low-key way to spend time with Dad on Father's Day, why not take him to the park and play catch? Not only is it a great bonding activity, but it is also a great way to get some exercise and fresh air.

You only need a ball, a bat, or even your hands, to get started! It is a timeless tradition that will create lasting memories for both of you.

3. Go Golfing

Golfing is a great way to spend Father's Day with Dad! Whether you have a local golf course or can take a road trip to one, this Father's Day activity is a great way to bond with Dad and get some exercise.

If you are playing mini golf at an unfamiliar course, check out the rules before you go and remember to respect the other players. Also, bring all the necessary supplies: balls, tees, golf clubs, golf bags, and sunscreen.

 4. Take a Cooking Class Together

If your dad loves cooking, why not make it an event and take a cooking class together? You can find a variety of cooking classes both in-person and online. Classes usually focus on a specific cuisine, technique or dish.

Participating in this Father's Day activity is a great way to bond with your dad while learning a new skill. Plus, you'll get to enjoy the delicious meal you make together afterwards!

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

5. Go Out to Eat

Treat Dad to a delicious meal on his special day and spend quality time together. Whether it is a classy steak dinner, a casual pizza outing, or something else he wants to try, this Father's Day activity will surely make his day.

If your favorite guy is a fan of fine dining, consider checking out the latest restaurant trends and local hot spots to surprise Dad.

6. Outdoor Movie Night

What better way to spend Father's Day with Dad than to have an outdoor movie night? It is an excellent opportunity to bond and watch a movie you can enjoy.

You only need a projector, speakers, a laptop and a white wall or sheet to project the movie onto. This can be a great activity at home or in your own backyard, but you can also look for outdoor movie venues near you.

 7. Go Fishing

If your dad loves the great outdoors, why not go fishing this Father's Day? Whether it is a peaceful day by the lake or a thrilling adventure on the ocean, there is nothing quite like waiting to see what will come up at the end of your line.

A fishing trip can be a relaxing way to spend time together and share stories or a lively competition between you two.

 8. Have a Picnic

Spending quality time outdoors is the perfect way to celebrate Father's Day. Why not have a midnight picnic with your favorite guy? Pack a blanket and some of your dad's favorite snacks and find a nice spot in the local park or backyard.

You can even throw in a Frisbee or a ball to play catch or have own game of catch while you eat. Enjoy the sunshine, good conversation and backyard games while you have a picnic together.

9. Backyard BBQ Grill

Nothing says Father's Day quite like a backyard BBQ grill. Let Dad teach and take charge of the grill and fire up some delicious burgers, hotdogs, or steaks.

Invite the whole family over and enjoy an evening of grilling and good conversation. For a special touch, get your favorite guy a new apron, utensils, or grilling tools for the occasion. It is sure to be an extra fun on Father's Day.

Related: 17 Best Father's Day Grilling Gifts

10. Go on a Bike Ride

For fun, active Father's Day activity, take Dad out for a bike ride. Whether going on a casual Sunday morning ride through your local neighborhood or planning an adventure on mountain biking trails, cycling is a great way to spend time with Dad.

You can exercise and explore new places, but it is also an excellent opportunity for quality bonding time. He'll love this fun activity.

11. Play Board Games

Board games are a classic way to spend quality time together on Father's Day. Gather up your favorite board games and make it an entire family game night by involving everyone together.

Some great board games for the whole family to enjoy including Monopoly, Risk, Catan, Ticket to Ride, Scrabble, and Battleship.

12. Do a Science Experiment Together

Science can be fun to bond with your dad on Father's Day. If you want something educational together, why not try a science experiment? This Father's Day activity is a great way to get creative and learn something new.

You can use items around your house or purchase supplies at a craft store or online. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Create your rain cloud in a bottle. All you need is a two-liter bottle, water, a few drops of food coloring, and a bit of rubbing alcohol.

2. Make a mini volcano using baking soda and vinegar. This classic experiment never gets old.

3. Observe how plants absorb water. Place an unpeeled hard-boiled egg in a cup of colored water. Watch as the egg absorbs the color and see what happens.

4. Build an indoor garden. Plant different types of seeds in a container and watch them grow!

No matter which experiments you choose, these fun activities will surely be a hit with Dad on Father's Day.

13. Go to a Trampoline Park

A great way to spend quality time with your dad on Father's Day is to take him to a trampoline park. Trampoline parks offer various activities, from slam dunk basketball to ninja courses.

It is an excellent opportunity for some friendly competition, and your dad will get to show off his skills! The adrenaline-pumping fun will be sure to give you both an unforgettable experience. 

14. Plant a Tree

Planting a tree with your dad on Father's Day is a great activity! Not only will you be making the world a greener place, but you'll also have a great time bonding with your dad.

First, decide where to plant the tree - it could be in your yard or a nearby park. Then, ensure you have all the necessary supplies for planting the tree.

This Father's Day activity is a beautiful way to show appreciation for all the dads and improve the world.

15. Go Horseback Riding

If your dad or father figure is an outdoor type, then why not spend the day horseback riding? Horseback riding is a great way to bond with your dad and enjoy the fresh air.

You can find stables near you that offer trail rides, or if you are feeling more adventurous, consider finding a place that offers lessons or even overnight rides. Horseback riding is also great for getting in some exercise and enjoying nature.

16. Visit a Vineyard

If your dad is a wine enthusiast, visiting a local vineyard is the perfect way to spend Father's Day. Not only will you enjoy the stunning views and fresh air of a vineyard, but you can also learn more about the winemaking process while sampling some delicious varieties.

Depending on the vineyard, you may even have the chance to participate in a tour or a beer tasting experience, where you can learn more about the history and techniques used to produce their wines.

17. Go Canoeing

Canoeing is a great way to spend Father's Day with Dad. Whether paddling down a peaceful river or taking on wild rapids, it is an exciting way to explore the outdoors and have quality time with your dad.

Ensure you bring all the necessary gear, like life jackets, paddles, and a map of the area, to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

18. Play Video Games

Nothing like a good video game can bond father and son (or daughter). Whether playing the latest blockbuster or an old classic, it is a great way to spend quality time together.

Depending on your preference, you can choose from console or PC gaming or even go for a mobile gaming experience.

19. Go to a Waterpark

Nothing screams summertime fun more than going to a waterpark! Whether you and Dad have a big appetite for adrenaline or want to relax and soak up the sun, a waterpark is a perfect way to spend Father's Day.

There is something for everyone, from thrilling water slides to lazy river rafting. You can also treat dad at the arcade or grab a bite from the snack bar.

20. Go on a Road Trip

Road trips are a great way to spend some quality time together. Whether you go for a day or a weekend, this Father's Day activity creates fun memories and provide many bonding opportunities.

Plan your route together and map out the sights you want to see and the attractions you want to visit. Pack snacks and drinks, bring along games and music, and remember to take lots of pictures!

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