Father's Day Ideas Houston Dads Will Actually Love

He ties shoes, fixes every broken toy, plays ball in the backyard, always knows how to make Mom smile... and he is easily one of the hardest people to shop for. Dad is a superhero in his own right, and with Father's Day right around the corner, it's time to start brainstorming ideas to let dad know just how much we appreciate him. This Father's Day, we recommend giving dad the gift of a fun experience and quality time.

Whether the dad in your life is active or into the arts, loves to travel or would rather stay closer to home, we've got you covered with fun Father's Day events spanning all of Houston - from Kemah to The Woodlands and back. There are even some out-of-town experiences that you won't want to miss!

1. Play at Kemah Boardwalk

We can all agree that most dads are basically big kids anyway, right? With that in mind, a trip out to the Kemah Boardwalk riding amusement rides and playing arcade games is sure to be the perfect way to spend the day.

2. Dig into crawfish at Southern Star Brewing Company

If Dad likes craft beers and spicy mudbugs, then look no further than Southern Star Brewing for your afternoon activity. D's Cookin' is providing the crawfish and Southern Star is providing the brews so Dad can kick back and relax.

3. Attend Magical Dads Day at The Woodlands Children's Museum - June 19 

We can all agree that dads are pretty magical, and Monty the Magician and Professor Hughdiniis are performing magic shows throughout the day at The Woodlands Children's Museum to celebrate. Kids can also create crafts for Dad while at the Museum and listen to a special book reading. 

4. Visit a local brewery

And while we're on the subject of craft beer, Houston has no shortage of local craft breweries to visit, most with great outdoor patios and play areas for the kids. Father's Day is an ideal time to let Dad chill out with a cold one while the kids burn off some energy.

5. Get out of town for the weekend with a Texas Road Trip

Head out of town for the weekend without leaving the state by visiting one of these awesome Texas destinations with Dad. Whether you're hauling a RV or just trekking across the great Lone Star State because of the enjoyable drives, there are a number of places to go with attractions along the way.


Dads out running the No Label Brewing 1st Street 5k. Photo by Mark Goodman/Run in Texas 

6. Run the No Label Brewing 5k - June 19

This annual Father's Day weekend 5k at No Label Brewing offers the best of both worlds: starting the morning off on an active note and kicking back after with an ice cold craft beer. Plus it's on Saturday, so you can make an entire weekend of fun activities out of Father's Day by pairing this race with something else on this list! Runners receive a commemorative glass, a tech shirt and a tasting that includes four craft beers. Non-runners can purchase a tasting after the race, food trucks will be on site for some post-race refueling, and the kids can expend some energy at the brewery's playground. 

7. Hit the Trails 

For all the trail lovers out there, there are plenty of family-friendly ways to get off the beaten path and do some exploring via foot or bike. Just make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen and bring lots of water, because it's almost guaranteed to be h-o-t.

8. Paddle your way around Houston

Looking for an active and unique Father's Day adventure? We recommend exploring the city by canoe or kayak on one of Houston's popular paddling trails. You'll get to see the Bayou City in a totally different way!


Touring the art collections at Rienzi/Photo courtesy of Cameron Bertuzzi/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

9. Go to Father's Day Weekend at Bayou Bend

Art enthusiasts can spend the day exploring the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens in Houston's River Oaks district, then treat Dad to an afternoon of live music on the lawn. As a bonus, all dads and grandpas get in FREE on Father's Day. 

10. Watch the Astros play ball

Take Dad out to the ball game! If Dad is a baseball fan, head out to the ballpark for some major league baseball fun. As a bonus, the first 10,000 fans will get a Carlos Correa Father's Day Jersey.

11. Race outdoor gokarts

If Dad is an adrenaline junkie, then take some speedy laps around the track at one of Houston's outdoor gokart racing centers. Just make sure to check each for their individual hours. Pro tip: Speedy's is offering Dad one free ride if you bring in this coupon!

12. Take an aerial adventure

For even more blood-pumping fun, take Dad on an aerial adventure that features ziplines and sky-high obstacle courses. 

13. Spend the afternoon fishing

If you're looking for a free outdoor activity that's a little more low-key, there are some pretty great fishing spots throughout the city. Toss in a line and kick back and relax with Dad for the day. 

14. Participate in the Father's Day Car Show & Concert at Trader's Village - June 20

If Dad is a car enthusiast, take him to Trader's Village for a special Father's Day Car Show. A live DJ will be spinning tunes throughout the car show and fathers are invited to participate by bringing out cars of all makes and models and registering them in the show. 

15. Float the river 

Cool off this Father's Day by airing up some inner tubes and floating down one of the many kid-friendly rivers in Texas. You don't have to worry about the rapids on these rivers; these floats are all easy enough for most age levels and offer a more laid-back, slow float, so you can dip your toes in the water and enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the water.

This post originally published in May 2017.

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