21 Things to Do with Dad in NJ This Father’s Day
What better way to spend the weekend than with the man of the hour?
Photo courtesy of Whippany Railway Museum
June 16, seatings at 10:30 am and noon
June 17, seatings at 9 and 10:30 am, and noon
Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
$26.99/adults, $22.99/seniors, $15.99/ages 12 and under, free/ages 2 and under
Enjoy a scenic hayride before heading to Harvest Hall to enjoy a delicious buffet style brunch. Relax on a farm that serves sliced prime rib, butter lemon drumsticks and a vegetable frittata. Reservations are required.
June 17, 10 am-2 pm
Grain House Restaurant, 225 Rte. 202, Basking Ridge
$29/adults, $12/ages 4-10
Celebrate your Dad’s special day with a menu that’s designed to show appreciation for all of the wonderful things that fathers do—it’s your turn to do something great for him. Reservations recommended, call 908-221-1150.
June 17, 10 am-3:30 pm
240 Hackensack St., East Rutherford
Call for pricing
Walk into Elia, the much-buzzed-about modern Greek restaurant in East Rutherford, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the island of Mykonos or Santorini. Treat dad to dishes like Tsoreki French toast with berries, bananas, baklava crubs and maple butter, steak and eggs with Mediterranean chimichurri and loukaniko sausage.
June 17, times vary by game
20 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair
Prices start at $28; Dads get in free
Take Dad to an escape room, where he'll get to make their way out of a staged set filled with props, clues, locks and riddles. Solve the mystery with everything from hidden keys to word puzzles to secret codes. Choose from 4 rooms, including The Forest (find treasure in a secluded spooky cabin) and The Lost Record (hunt down a hidden track in an old-school recording studio).
June 17, 11 am, 1 and 3 pm
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Dr. S., Short Hills
Wander through the woods with Dad, observing different plants and animals. Teen volunteers will guide your crew along a trail and lead you to natural discoveries. Dress for the outdoors. Hikes leave at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm.
June 17, noon-5 pm
Bellview Winery, 150 Atlantic St., Landisville
$5/person, $6 tastings
Get out your fave Hawaiian shirt and join us as we celebrate the men of the hour at this Father’s Day Luau. While adults enjoy a wine tasting, the kids can run around on inflatable bounce houses provided by Jumpin Jax Inflatables on the lawn.
June 16-17, 10:30 am-6 pm
Wild West City, 50 Lackawanna Dr., Stanhope
Dads get in free with a paying kid at this western heritage park that'll transport your brood to 1880s Kansas. Live-action shows get guests involved, plus, don’t forget to jump on a stagecoach or a pony for a ride and enjoy other exhibits.
June 16-17, times vary
Pocono Whitewater, Jim Thorpe, PA
$59.99/adult, $49.99/ages 4-12
Spend the day battling pirates with Dad. The swashbuckling Pocono Pirates are armed with water cannons and ready to (nicely) attack your raft. Enjoy captaining your own ship down Class I or II whitewater rapids. A free all-you-can-eat barbecue lunch is also included and you’ll want to visit the pirate souvenir shop on your way out.
June 17th, 10 am-5 pm
300 Franklin Ave., Nutley
Make sure Dad has an empty stomach for pulled pork sandwiches, shish kebabs and Italian ice. This celebratory fair also features live bands, face painting, rock climbing and a special crafters’ corner full of handmade creations to take home.
June 17, 7 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark
Looking for an adults-only way to celebrate? Take Dad to see some hilarious stand-up comedy by notable acts like Earthquake (famous for his time on Everybody Hates Chris) and Donnell Rawlings from The Chappelle Show.
June 17, 10 am-6 pm
Casino Pier, 800 Ocean Terr., Seaside Heights
$36.95/two-hour weekend pier wristband
Make a splash at one of the coolest spots on the Jersey Shore. Play games, hit the rides and remind dad what it’s like to be a kid again. Take a break from the rides at Breakwater Beach, where Dad gets in free with the admission of a kid.
June 17, Noon-11 pm
Morey’s Piers, 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
Free for dads
Spend Father’s Day at a classic day trip spot. This Father’s Day, dads can hop on free rides at all three piers all day long.
June 17, 11:30 am-5:30 pm
Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport
Enjoy the warm, summer weather with live Thoroughbred racing at one of New Jersey’s finest racetracks. Listen to live music or stop by the Father’s Day Beer Garden to give Dad a special treat.
June 17, 11:30 am-3 pm
Warinanco Sports Center, 1 Park Dr., Roselle
Free admission, $13/person for lunch
What’s better than good music, food and family? Give Dad a break away from the grill and chow down on classics like ribs, roasted chicken, corn on the cob, mac 'n cheese and collard greens.
June 17, 3 pm-7 pm
Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center
7th and Clifton Aves., Newark
Free/dads, $10/skaters, $2/spectators
If your dad rocks, roll into Fathers Day with free rollerblading admission for Dads. Get moving and stay active while saving money and spending quality time together.
June 17, 10 am
Diggerland USA, 100 Pinedge Dr., West Berlin
$34.95/person over 42 inches, $29.95/person under 42 inches
Bring your dad to one of the coolest dig sites around—and build some memories that will last forever. Use code DADSAVE5 for $5 off admission for people over 42 inches on Father’s Day.
June 14-17, times vary
Quaker Bridge Mall, 112 Eisenhower Pkwy., Lawrenceville
Wow your little monkeys with gravity-defying stunts, stunning tech and superhuman skills at a performance by the first ever water circus. Marvel at a contortionist, roller skaters and more.
June 16, noon-5 pm
Balic Winery, 6623 Harding Hwy., Mays Landing
57 acres are his oyster at this gorgeous NJ vineyard. Taste more than 27 award-winning wines, savor bites from Mannino’s Pizzeria and Cannoli Express and wind down in the fresh air with the fam (and the dog).
June 17, 3-6 pm
UCPAC, 1601 Irving St., Rahway
This is Father’s Day outing he can’t refuse. See this classic mobster flick on 35mm film on the Main Stage (if you can manage to leave the little ones at home).
June 17, 10 am-10 pm
110 Schanck Rd., Freehold
Not only does Dad get to ride highlights like the Dizzy Dragons, Happy Swing or Kite Flyer for free, he gets to eat gratis, too at the Game Time Bar and Grill Plus (we’re talking a free entree and draft beer). Is Dad more of a gamer? Go for the Power Play Pass, which scores him four hours of video game play, laser tag, go karts and a show in the 4-D theater.
June 17, 1-4 pm every hour
Whippany Railway Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany
$16/adults, $11/kids 12 and under
Take the fam on an exciting 10-mile, 45-minute train ride from Whippany to Roseland. Search for deer, turtles, wild turkeys, hawks and rabbits as you pass a natural swamp and chug over the Passaic River via an old school steel bridge, all on a mid-1900s excursion train. Rides are at the top of every hour.