The Best Father’s Day Outings for All Types of Dads


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Dads—whether they love video games, history, bbq and beer, or mountains and medieval times— there’s a perfect way to celebrate each of them! After the kids give dad his cards and a bowl of cereal (here’s breakfast in bed!), whisk him off on a Father’s Day adventure he’ll never forget with one of these options. Or maybe try to hit them all? The Ultimate Quest! Scroll down to find your fit.

photo: Karl Anderson via Flickr

The Geeky Dad

Play the Classics
Take Dad on a date to the epic game room at Ground Kontrol, one of the best arcades in the west. He’ll love to introduce the kids to his favorite games from 70s and 80s, and kids will love to beat him at Dance Dance Revolution (or can they?). The newly opened expansion offers 4,000 extra square feet of space as they renovate the old room this summer. Before 4:30 p.m. it’s an all-ages pass for fun, so get there early with lots of quarters!

Ground Kontrol Arcade
When: Open daily at noon, all ages until 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $.25 each, full bar and menu
Where: 115 NW Fifth
Contact: 503-796-9364

Watch Totality from OMSI’s Planetarium
Is Dad super excited about the upcoming Solar Eclipse in August? Get him in the mood for the epic astronomical event with a trip to OMSI to watch their new planetarium show, Totality. The show takes a peeks at what eclipses are, how and when they occur, and the fascinating history of them. Follow it up with a spin around the rest of the exhibits for a full day of science fun.

When: Totality shows daily
Cost: Adults: $14, kids 3 and up: $9.75 (plus $5.75 for the Planetarium showing)

Where: 1945 SE Water St.
Contact: 503-797-4000

Foodie Dad

The Woodsman Tavern
This feels like the Dad-est restaurant in all of Portland, with dark paneled walls, Edison bulbs, and on overall cabin vibe. The rustic decor is paired with great local bounty like oysters, Dungeness crab, and a bucket o’ chicken. Fourteen taps and a long cocktail list will make Dad a happy camper. Heads up, there’s no kids’ menu here, so it’s a chance for them to act important and order from the big menu! Check out the weekend brunch options, too.

The Woodsman Tavern
Cost: Main courses around $16
Where: 4537 SE Division St.
Contact: 971-373-8264

photo: wit.happens via Flickr

Berries, Brews, & BBQs
They call it “the most fun you can have on a farm,” and with live music, incredible bar-be-que, beer and cider, and tractor rides, they’re right! Kids will love the farm animals and rides, and dad will love the variety of brews to choose from. Come home with a bucket of fresh picked strawberries to make the fun last!

When: First three weekends in June
Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission, $5 for activity wristbands, $10 for bucket for strawberry picking (you keep the bucket), $8 souvenir beer mug.

French Prairie Gardens
Where: 17673 French Prairie Rd.
St. Paul, Or
Contact: 503-633-8445

photo: Alex Butterfield via Flickr

History Buff Dad

Tour an Old Fort
Explore history at Fort Vancouver, the historic site of a 19th century fur trading post. Dad will be thrilled to discover facts like, at its height, the fort watched over 34 outposts and 600 employees! (“Wow, Dad, cool, yeah”) They might ignore Dad’s history lessons, but kids will enjoy the live demonstrations like blacksmith at his forge or how historical weapons worked. Combine the visit with a tour of next-door Pearson Air Museum for a truly happy Dad.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Cost: $5 admission to the recreated fort (15 and under are free), all other sites free
Where: 1001 E 5th St.
Vancouver, Wa
Contact: 360-816-6230

Oregon Renaissance Faire
This whimsical world sweeps you back in time to a land of faeries, gypsies, pirates, and village folk from the Vale of Dunrose, in Scotland. The village folk will tell you all about Mary, Queen of Scots in this interactive adventure, and you’ll see sights straight from Renaissance-era Scotland. Kids will love being immersed in medieval village life as they browse merchant and artisan booths, laugh at Broon the comedian, watch jousting and archery, and snack on medieval treats.

When: June 10-11, 17-18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $16, Kids ages 6-17: $8, Family (2 adults 2 kids): $46 for one day. Full weekend packages available.
Where: Clackamas County Fairgrounds
694 NE 4th Ave
Canby, Or.
Contact: 800-587-0172

Andrew Malone via Flickr

Outdoorsy Dad

Explore a Mountain
Head out for a mountain adventure with Dad this year, on a trip to Timberline! With miles of trails around and plenty of waterfalls to discover (like Little Zig Zag Falls), dad will love the chance to get out his compass and hiking boots. Back at the lodge, load up with a big buffet lunch in the Cascade Dining Room, let Dad pick his favorite brews by Mt Hood Brewing Company, then take a ride on the Magic Mile Sky Ride for some great views. This chair lift up to the top of the 7,000’ mountain is one of the most popular summer activities here. It’s a 30 minute round trip, or 2 hours if you want to walk down.
Chair Lift

Cost: Adults and kids 7 and up: $15, Kids 6 and under are free

Lunch Buffet
When: 11:30-3 p.m.
Cost: Adults $22, Kids 3-11 $10.50, Under 3 are free

Timberline Lodge
Where: 27500 E Timberline Rd.
Timberline Lodge, Or

What’s your favorite way to celebrate Dad? Tell us in the comments below!

—Katrina Emery

featured photo: Pexels via pixabay

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