Try a family canoe paddle with Earthplace
Try a family canoe paddle with Earthplace

10 Things To Do With Dad in Connecticut on Father's Day

It's time to treat dad like the superhero he is on Father's Day! There’s a little something on this list of things to do in Connecticut on Father's Day that should make each and every dad out there feel special. Go on a family adventure in a canoe or on a hike, explore his culinary side with a delicious meal, or cruise across the Long Island Sound taking in the sights. If dad would enjoy a lazy day by the water, take a trip to one of these awesome Connecticut area beaches.

No matter how the day is celebrated, Connecticut has plenty of ways to make dad feel loved. 

1. Visit a Brewery

Games for the kids and craft brews for dad - what more could a guy want? Connecticut is filled with tons of breweries, but we’ve rounded up a shortlist that is fun for the whole family. These six Connecticut breweries provide enough entertainment in the form of fun farm tours or giant Jenga to make sure the whole family has a happy Father's Day.

2. Enjoy some Shakespeare on the Sound

This summer, Shakespeare on the Sound is back! Pack a picnic dinner with some juice boxes for the kids and wine for the grownups, and enjoy a night under the stars while watching a live performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

3. Explore New Haven’s Festival of Arts 

There is more to New Haven than just its pizza (although, I’m sure dad would LOVE to indulge in a slice or two.) Once a year, this city bursts to life for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Make sure to check out the full schedule of events including historic bike tours, paddleboard yoga, and a gospel brunch. 

4. Take a Hike

Put on those hiking shoes and welcome the first day of summer with a guided walk on through Werner's Woods at the Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton. For even more adventure, check out this list of our tried-and-true Best Family Hikes in Connecticut.   

5. Go on a Family Paddle at Earthplace

Earthplace's canoe paddles are a great way to spend an afternoon on the water with family or friends. Travel along the Saugatuck River in search of egrets, osprey, ducks, shorebirds, and much more! Make sure to reserve a space early, as this activity tends to sell out. 

6. Spend the Day at an Amusement Park

Give dad a thrill ride on a roller coaster or a ride in a bumper car - both of Connecticut’s amusement parks are open for the season! In honor of its 175th year, Lake Compounce is celebrating with the Bites and Pints Food & Drink Festival every weekend of June.  

7. Check out a Museum 

Whether dad wants to try his luck at a wigwam escape in Litchfield County, ride a historic trolley in Hartford County, stroll a seaside village in Mystic, or check out some contemporary art in Fairfield County, Connecticut museums have it all. Spanning modern art to ancient history, there is something for everyone at one of our fantastic museums

8. Take a Cruise

There are a variety of ways to explore the Long Island Sound with dad on his big day. The Maritime Aquarium is offering its popular Marine Life Encounter Cruise. Watch onboard naturalists dredge up a variety of fish, crabs, mollusks, and more right before your eyes! Or cruise to Sheffield Island with The Seaport Association to explore the beautiful, historic lighthouses of Norwalk.

9. Plan a Day Trip

Get out of town! After a chaotic year, dad deserves a little change of scenery. We’ve got dozens of perfect summer day trips for you to pick from all around the state. 

10. Enjoy a Meal Outdoors

Beautiful views and kid-friendly vibes make the outdoor restaurants around Connecticut a perfect choice for family dining. We’ve rounded up a dozen choices of outdoor restaurants in Connecticut that bring the summer dining experience to the next level.


This post was originally published on June 13, 2016. 
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