Father’s Day is just around the corner and people everywhere are busy brainstorming for a gift to give their dad’s on this special day. It can be daunting to find the perfect gift to give to the man that has supported you through everything.
Rather than writing a card or buying him a new tie for work (you can still do that, too!), try opting for an activity where you and your dad can spend quality time together. There are endless activities to do with your father right here in the Central Valley, here are just a few!
1. Treat him to a round of golf
If your dad is a golf enthusiast, one of the many local golf courses would be the perfect setting for one-on-one time with the man of the day. He will appreciate you showing interest in one of his hobbies; especially after all of the soccer games and recitals he has attended for you. Once you have worked up an appetite, grab lunch after the round.
For a full list of local golf courses, visit here!
Fishing is an American dad staple, head to the San Joaquin River to spend quiet time on or near the water. This setting will give you a chance to bond with your dad while enjoying the great outdoors. Or make a weekend of it and drive up to Shaver Lake where you can rent a boat, soak up the sun, and catch fish with your favorite guy.
3. A day at the movies
If the temperatures are too high, nothing is better than heading to a movie theatre to enjoy tasty popcorn and an action packed film with your dad. Take in the cooler surroundings and check out Captain America: Winter Soldier with the man that has always been your hero!
4. Go on an adventure
One of the several perks of living in the Central Valley is all of the beautiful scenery that is available at our fingertips. Grab your dad and drive just 30 minutes up to Millerton Lake and hike up to Pincushion Peak. Bring snacks and kick-back and relax as you enjoy the view!
5. Father’s Day Blues Fest
Enjoy live music and fun at the 7th Annual Tower District Father’s Day Blues Festival! The event is held on Sunday, June 19th on the St. Therese Church lawn. Event starts at 4:00 p.m. and the bands go live at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased at the event or online here!
Treat your dad to the classic ice cream cone to help cool off after a hot summer day in the Valley. Is your sweet tooth looking for a little variety? Try Fresno’s hip, new ice cream shop, CREAM, where you can create your own ice cream sandwich with fresh-baked cookies both you and your dad will love! Or you can visit locally-owned Ampersand Ice Cream, where creative and delicious flavors will tickle your palette.
7. Set up a tent for the weekend
Turn off the Netflix, put down your iPhone, and take a quick trip to the mountains where you can re-connect with both nature and your dad! There are several different campsites right in our backyard that makes for a quick overnight getaway. You can book a campground at Bass Lake here. Don’t forget to pack marshmallows and chocolate for s’mores by the campfire!
8. Play ball!
Is your dad a huge baseball fan? Gather your family together and head out to the nearby park to play ball! Or grab a bag of chips and plant a seat on the couch with him to watch his favorite team play. You can even surprise him with tickets to a Fresno Grizzlies game! Purchase tickets here.
In 100 degree temperatures nothing is better than hopping in the water and cooling down. Head out to Island Water Park or Wild Water Adventure where you and your pops can enjoy a day lounging around on the lazy river or racing each other down the “Tunnel of Terror!”
10. Go on a bike ride at Woodward Park
If your dad is more of an active kind of guy, suggest going on a bike ride at Woodward Park! Whether you two prefer to go on a casual cruise or a serious race there are a variety of different routes you can take throughout the 300 acre park!
No matter what how you decide to spend this holiday, make sure you say thanks to that man in your life that has left a lasting impression on you.
Author: Ashley De Young