Father’s Day Activities Abound in the DMV

Dad and child at the stadium for the Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals play the Miami Marlins on Opening Day, Monday, April 3, 2017 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Kim/Washington Nationals)

 

Father’s Day is your chance to plan a perfect day for Dad and show him how much he means to your family. Skip the basic brunch and create a day personalized for the fabulous father in your life. Whether he loves live music, whiskey or activities the entire family will enjoy, we can help you plan Dad’s special day.

 

Bowl-a-Rama

If you don’t want to strike out this Father’s Day, take Dad bowling. It’s one of the few activities kids of all ages can enjoy just as much as their parents. Pinstripes Bowling & Bocce in Georgetown and Pike & Rose in North Bethesda have bowling alleys and a full-service restaurant with a scrumptious brunch buffet.

 

Rarefied Tasting

Over Father’s Day weekend, send Dad to Mount Vernon’s distillery for a unique opportunity to taste spirits made using the same 18th-century distilling methods used by George Washington. Admission also includes a tour of George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill. Explore Mount Vernon’s grounds with the family before the tasting begins.

 

Take Him Out to the Ballgame

Head to Nationals Park to see the Nats take on the Philadelphia Phillies. Dads with kids 4-12 can head to the field after the game and watch the kids run the bases. Watching a game of baseball is a great way for Dad to share his love of the game with the next generation. Peanuts and Cracker Jacks are optional!

 

Drama King

Take Dad to the theater. The Kennedy Center is hosting two performances of Jersey Boys on Father’s Day. It’s impossible to resist hearing these classic hits live. You will have Dad singing your praises all day long.

Family watching Journey to Africa in Macaroni Classroom at the Kennedy Center
Family watching Journey to Africa in Macaroni Classroom at the Kennedy Center | Photo by Tracey Salazar

 

Hike It

Spend Father’s Day slowing down and taking a breath of fresh air. Head to a national park to spend time as a family hiking and taking in the sites. Great Falls is not only beautiful but also has several trails from novice to difficult so that every family can find one that works for them.

Family on a hike
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Slow Sips

DuCard Vineyards, on the edge of Shenandoah National Park, is hosting a live music and cigar and wine pairing on Father’s Day. This vineyard is also dog-friendly, making it a great choice for anyone with both human and four-legged family members. Tours of the vineyard and winery may also be available.

 

Fish-a-Rama

Fishing on Father’s Day at Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Virginia, is a fun way to spend the day. Kids and Dads alike can try their hand at catch-and-release fishing, chow down on barbecue and cider and then head to the farm’s expansive play area to round out the day.

 

Row, Row, Row a Boat

Relax on the water at Little Seneca Lake in Montgomery County. Head to the boathouse to rent a kayak, canoe, paddleboard or rowboat. Let Dad sit back and relax while the kids take a turn carting him around for a change. Pack a picnic lunch with Dad’s favorite foods to complete the day.

 

The Adventure of a Lifetime

Terrapin Adventures is the place to go for family-friendly thrills. Dad can spend his special day speeding on a zip line, trying a giant swing, ascending the climbing tower, and reaching for the sky on the high ropes course.

About Jamie Davis Smith

Jamie is a DC mother of four, attorney, photographer and writer.

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