25 Great Father's Day Activities for Long Island Dads
For all the wonderful things they do for their families, dads and grandads deserve some extra special attention on Father’s Day. If you haven’t made plans yet, we’ve put together a list of activities to do with dear old dad or grandpa to let them know how much they're loved and appreciated.
So, whether he’s crazy for sports, loves to spend time outdoors, or enjoys creating things with his hands, we hope this roundup sparks some fun ideas for Sunday, June 20. Find more family-friendly options on our list of the best things to do with Long Island kids in June and our Summer Fun Guide.
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1. Scream for Ice Cream
Treat dad to a sweet, out-of-this-world treat at Milky Ways Ice Cream and Cereal Bar.
2. Bury Dad in Berries
Enjoy four days of shortcake, fireworks, carnival rides, and more at the Lions Club Strawberry Festival in Mattituck. The event climaxes on Father’s Day when dads and granddads are admitted for FREE when joined by a paying child. Proceeds benefit the Lions Club’s North Fork charities.
3. Enjoy Some STEAM Fun
Cheer on the Ducks with dad and pick up a fun giveaway. Photo courtesy of the LI Ducks
4. Play ball!
Cheer on the home team at a Long Island Ducks game at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip. Celebrate a day early to see fireworks following the Saturday, June 19 game or collect an Atlantic League championship poster on Father's Day.
5. Hit the Road
Pack up the car and head out on the open road for the day or weekend. Head out east or upstate to see sights beyond your neighborhood. Or, if you're near Port Jefferson, hop on a ferry and spend the day in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
6. Book an Overnight
If dad’s been extra good this year, maybe it’s time to treat him to a night or weekend away at one of New York’s awesome hotels with cool pools.
7. Dinner With a View
Dine alfresco at one of these great, family-friendly outdoor restaurants across Long Island.
8. Dive With the Sharks
If dad is the adventurous type, head to Long Island Aquarium, where patrons ages 12 and older can participate in a shark dive. Before dad goes nose to nose with the sharks, he’ll receive instruction and safety tips. The rest of the family can safely watch from the sidelines.
9. Go Fishing
Hook a line and throw it into a pond stocked with trout at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, or drop a line at one of these other local fishing holes.
10. Head for the Hamptons
Head out east and rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboat and spend the day exploring some of Long Island’s beautiful waterways. There are plenty of places in the Hamptons and North Fork to rent equipment for whatever water sport your family prefers.
11. More East End Fun
Explore Fire Island's spectacular coastline, then build a lighthouse with dad. Photo courtesy of the Fire Island National Seashore
12. Enjoy Fire Island's Bio-Diversity
Visit the Fire Island Lighthouse. You can explore the Keeper’s Quarters and exhibit center, and take the 182 step tour of the tower. Then, stop by the Visitor Center to learn the Japanese art of fish printing, explore the Sunken Forest, and go fishing at the Fire Island Seashore.
13. Hit the Links
14. See a Flick
Treat dad to a night at the movies, drive-in style.
15. Enjoy a Family Play Date
Visit the Long Island Children's Museum for a day of hands-on family play.
16. Enjoy Yoga With the Kids
Goat yoga, anyone? Take an evening class (tweens and older) at the Suffolk County Farm & Education Center this Father’s Day. All levels welcome.
Spend a day with dad enjoying the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum
17. Visit a Museum for Free
Enjoy virtual trivia games, celebrate Summer Solstice, or enjoy Ocean Science Sunday at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, all during June. Best of all, admission is FREE for dads on Father’s Day!
18. Head for the Shore
Hit the beach! Long Island is home to some gorgeous shorelines, so pick one and plan a day of family fun in the surf and on the sand.
19. Go for a Wild Ride
Have a rollin' good time with dad on the rides at Adventureland in Farmingdale.
20. Indulge Dad's Wild Side
Spend the day at the Bronx Zoo. There’s so much to see and do at this iconic spot for the whole family!
21. Stage a Family Battle
Embrace dad's competitive fire and take him axe throwing at one of these LI venues.
Dads and grandfathers enjoy FREE admission to the Heckscher Museum of Art on Father's Day. Photo courtesy of the museum
22. See Some Art
Visit the Heckscher Museum, which is celebrating its 100th birthday. Check out the museum’s expansive new exhibition: The Heckscher Museum Celebrates 100. Plus, the museum’s Digital Action Painter is back in the galleries for guests to flex their creativity. Admission is FREE, but book tickets in advance.
23. See the Stars
There’s lots going on at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, including the return of live shows at the Reichert Planetarium and tours of the mansion.
24. Head for the Big Apple
Ride the LIRR into NYC to check out Harry Potter New York, the brand new 21,000-square-foot store that will delight the whole family.
25. Morph Into Mini-Figure Form
Take a drive to the Hudson Valley to visit the new Legoland New York Resort and ride the only-in-NY ride that lets you see the world from the point-of-view of a Lego mini-figure.
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