June 16, 10 am-5 pm
300 Franklin Ave. Nutley
With nonstop music and entertainment, you’ll want to make sure dad also has an empty stomach for cheese steaks, zeppoles, cotton candy and so much more. There’ll be more than 100 vendors, hosting tons of different activities like face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo.
June 16, 10 am-6 pm
Casino Pier, Seaside Heights
Free for fathers when paying for child (16 and under) or free with under 48″ paid child admission
There’s no better way to celebrate dad than to spend time with him. At Casino Pier, you and dad can relax by the wave pool or get your adrenaline pumping on the Hydrus Roller Coaster. Don’t forget to indulge in funnel cake at the boardwalk. Don’t forget your bathing suit for the waterpark! Free wristband excludes Go-Karts, Skyscraper, SkyCoaster and Sky Ride.
June 16, trains departing at 1, 2, 3 and 4 pm
Whippany Railway Museum, Whippany
Club seating: $19/adults, $14/ages 12 and under, free/ages 1 and under
Caboose seating: $16/adults, $11/ages 12 and under, free/ages 1 and under
All aboard! Spend dad’s special day at the Whippany Railway Museum where visitors can climb aboard mid-1900s excursion train. Explore the operating model trains and pick up a souvenir from their gift shop before you leave.
June 16, 10-11:30 am, 11:30 am-1 pm, 1-2:30 pm
Alstede Farms, Chester
$29.99/adults, $19.99/ages 12 and under
Hop on a scenic hayride before heading to the Harvest Hall for a delicious buffet brunch which includes a farm to table inspired menu with options like vegetable frittatas, french toast, lemon chicken, pulled pork or a little of everything. Reservations required.
June 16, hikes leave at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, Short Hills
Explore the outdoors and wander through the woods alongside dad as you observe different plants and animals. Teen volunteers will guide your crew along a trail and lead you to natural discoveries. Don’t forget to dress for the outdoors!
June 16, Noon-5 pm
Bellview Winery, Landisville
$5/admission, $6/wine tasting
Sport your fave Hawaiian shirt and celebrate with dad at the Luau, where adults can also enjoy a wine tasting and the kids can bounce on inflatable bounce houses. No Luau is complete without tropical sangria, music and tons of food, which Wipe Out Eats and Dump-N-Roll food trucks will be doling out.
June 15-16, 10:30 am-6 pm
Wild West City, Stanhope
Free/dads with paying child, $18/ages 2-11
Spend the weekend exploring with your pops at this western heritage park that’ll transport you back to 1880s Kansas. There are interactive live action shows, plus other exhibits and pony rides.
June 15-16, 9 am-6 pm
Pocono Whitewater, Jim Thorpe, PA
$59.99/adults, $49.99/ages 4-12
Spend the weekend rafting with the family on an adventure along the Lehigh River and Pocono Mountains of Jim Thorpe. The whole family can raft down the eight mile whitewaters. Don’t worry if you don’t have a ton of experience, the Leigh River is ideal for everyone. Stick around after for a free all-you-can-eat BBQ.
June 16, 7 pm
Looking for a fun, adults-only way to celebrate with your SO? Take him to see hilarious stand-up comedy by notable acts like Earthquake (Everybody Hates Chris) and this year’s specials guests Cedric the Entertainer, Deon Cole, Chico Bean and D’Lai.
June 16, 11 am-6 pm
Diggerland USA, West Berlin
Free with purchase of child ticket
Spend the day getting up-close-and-personal at one of the coolest dig sites around, which also features thrilling rides and the opportunity to spark some friendly competition at arcade games with dear old dad.
June 16, 10 am-10 pm
iPlay America, Freehold
Not only does dad get to spend Father’s Day riding highlights like the Dizzy Dragons, Happy Swing or Kite Flyer for free, he also gets to eat at the Game Time Bar and Grill Plus (we’re talking a free entree and draft beer). Is he 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 16, 4-7 pm
3830 Dorney Park Rd, Allentown, PA
Bring the man of the day to Dorney Park’s all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet. There’ll be hamburgers, BBQ ribs, fried chicken, redskin mashed potatoes, brownies, cookies and more. Dad can also get special perks like the Dorney Park-themed beers—Lazy Lager and Epic Ale —specially brewed by the Hijinx Brewing Company.
June 14, 8 pm
980 East Academy Str., Clayton
If you’ve got a father or SO well-known for his dad jokes, this special Father’s Day movie screening is for your family. Bring your blankets, chairs and snacks and kick back at the park for a showing of The Goonies with your own goon crew.
June 16, 11 am-5 pm
Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport
Free/dads and ages 12 and under, $5/admission
Dig into a pre-fixe or buffet brunch with daddio, then focus your attention on the racetracks, where there’ll be live Thoroughbred racing and dad can enter the Father’s Day Sports ticket drawing for a chance to win tickets to his favorite sports team’s game. Reservation required.
June 15, 2-3:30 pm
Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton
Are you a family of baseball fans? Celebrate dad and America’s favorite pastime with historian John Zinn, who’ll host a Q&A and discussion. He’s also the co-curator of Morven’s baseball exhibition, which means he’ll answer any questions you and your kids might have about his career.
June 16, 8 am
Bedwell Elementary School Grounds, Bernardsville
Free registration/kids, $25/pre-registration, $40/day of
Start Father’s Day with a bang! You and dad can run side-by-side at this fun-filled 5k. After the run you’ll be rewarded with some sweets and snacks.
June 16, 2-4pm
The Eclectic Chic Boutique, Montclair
Every dad is a super dad right?! Why not spend an afternoon making comic book themed picture frames decorated to mimic your favorite superheroes? Make sure you reserve a spot for you and dad at the art and crafts table.
June 13-16, times vary
Christ Church, Rockaway
This Tri-County fair has something to entertain the whole family during Father’s Day weekend. There’ll be a classic car show endless rides and festival food, plus a free fireworks show that takes the cake!
Medieval Times, Lyndhurst
Dad free with paying adult
There’s nothing quite like a jousting tournament! Entertain dad with all the food, drink, merch and showmanship he could ever want—without paying a cent for him. (Plus Medieval Times’ new Queen and show are fun for the whole family.) If you wanna give dad an upgrade, spring for a photo of the family and a 25 oz. souvenir glass stein for him (for an extra $25).