Father's Day Activities in NJ
What better way to spend your day with Dad than one of these fun outdoor events?
Thank the devoted dads in your life by taking the whole family to one of these unique Father’s Day activities—it’s a great way to remind them how special they are.
When: June 18, 9 am-2 pm
Where: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
This buffet brunch will fill his belly and score him some top-tier bonding time with the crew. Enjoy farm fresh eggs, french toast, hash browns, braised short rib and more. Afterwards, take a pony ride, hop on the moonbounce, ride a wagon and explore the farm grounds.
When: June 18, 10 am-2 pm
Where: Olde Mill Inn and Grain House, 225 Rt. 202, Basking Ridge
Chow down with the big guy at this local fave. He'll munch on everything from shrimp po' boys to baby back ribs to omelets. The ice cream sundae bar is sure to be adored by little ones with a sweet tooth.
When: June 18, 11 am-3:45 pm
Where: Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, 324 Forest Dr. S., Short Hills
Enjoy the great outdoors with Dad as you wander through the woods observing plants and animals. Teen volunteers will guide your crew along the trail and lead you to plenty of natural discoveries. Dress for being outdoors. Hikes leave at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm.
When: June 18, Noon-5pm
Where: Bellview Winery, 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville
This luau-themed celebration will be a great summer kickoff for your crew. Enjoy the scenic views while celebrating Dad with barbecue, music, wine and tasty sangria. Wine tastings are optional and only $5 per person for 8 tastes.
When: June 17, 11 am-2 pm
Where: River Road District, Between Berdan and Fair Lawn Avenues, Fair Lawn
Show Dad your appreciation at this free family fun day while also celebrating volunteer organizations and township departments that serve the town. There will be plenty of entertainment and family activities along beautiful River Road. Dad can look forward to a day filled with dance demonstrations, live music, balloon sculptures, giveaways and more!
When: June 17, 11 am-3 pm
Where: Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, 9 Main St., Madison
Get a history lesson with the whole gang at this museum tour. This pre-holiday activity is not only educational, but fun for all ages. Consider making this tour a surprise gift to Dad. Craft included with admission.
When: June 17-18, 10 am-7 pm
Where: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers, NY
Little builders should visit this STEM super center in general, but especially when Dad can get in for free. Build LEGO creations together and explore all the activities and stations in the building with your mini.
When: June 17-18, 10:30 am-6 pm
Where: 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 1880's Kansas. Live-action shows that involve the crowds will thrill the little ones, as will the stagecoach rides, ponies and exhibits.
When: June 17-18, 2016
Where: Pocono Whitewater Rafting, Jim Thorpe, PA
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. Don’t miss the pirate souvenir shop on your way out.
When: June 18, 10 am-5 pm
Where: 300 Franklin Ave., Nutley
Bring Dad to this special street fair with all his favorites: pulled pork sandwiches, shish kebabs and Italian ice. The fair also features live bands, face painting, rock climbing and a special crafters’ corner full of handmade creations to take home!
When: June 18, 1-4 pm every hour
Where: Whippany Railway Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany
Take Dad on an exciting 10-mile, 45-minute train ride excursion from Whippany to Roseland. Search for deer, turtles, wild turkeys, hawks and rabbits as you pass a natural swamp. Rides are at the top of every hour.
When: June 18, 7 pm
Where: 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.