Father’s Day is coming! Personally, I’m certain my father is sick of my tradition of taking him out to dinner every year. It’s great bonding time with pops to do an actual activity that we both enjoy instead of our yearly, expected meal. Now my only problem is narrowing down which of these great activities we should do! I had a hard time coming up with alternatives to a restaurant, so Team Awesome assisted me by sharing their favorite Father’s Day activities:
Detroit Tiger’s Game
I don’t know of many dads that live in the great state of Michigan that aren’t fans of the Detroit Tigers. Tickets can be so inexpensive as well, just as long as dad doesn’t eat too many hotdogs. Comerica Park is so accessible that you can easily make this a full weekend trip or just a simple day trip. The Tiger’s don’t have a home game on Father’s Day, however, Monday the 17th will host a game at 7:05PM.
Going to a zoo is a great way to change up your traditional Father’s Day routine. Some of Team Awesome’s favorite zoos include:
Potter Park Zoo, Lansing
This large zoo has over 500 animals and 160 different species. It is open year-round and admission is a mere $4 for adults. If you’re looking for a way to spend the full day with dad without spending much money, this is perfect.
Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak
The Detroit Zoo is the largest paid family attraction in Michigan and is well worth the $14 admission fee. It has a fantastic polar bear exhibit that is much more of an experience than anything else, allowing guests to walk under their habitat and see them swimming around. There are also many food and beverage stands around to keep you and dad fueled on this full day.
The DeYoung Family Zoo, Wallace
If you are in the Upper Peninsula, I highly recommend making a stop at the DeYoung Family Zoo. They have a great variety of animals and the petting zoo portion is extraordinary. They are also a fascinating family to learn about, as they actually live at the zoo!
This is a given. We all know that Michigan’s beauty is best experienced outdoors, so why not head out to a golf course with pops? I am not a good golfer, and I don’t want to exasperate my father too much on his special day, but for those of you with skills, I recommend taking advantage of the many courses that have Father’s Day specials. Many golf resorts have great specials to make a full weekend with dad, including Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Riverwalk Place in Gladwin, or even the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
If your dad is like my dad, he hasn’t made the plunge into craft beer yet. My pops is still foolishly sipping on Bud Light. With new microbreweries popping up almost daily, it is time to get dad into the groove of good beer. The Royal Oak Brewery in Royal Oak, Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, or Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids are all excellent ways to get dad into the beer game. I have full intentions of making my father at least try something adventurous.
Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival
This music festival takes place on June 15th in Brethren and would be a blast for the music loving father. The music line up includes The Red Sea Pedestrians, Kennedy’s Kitchen, Billy Strings and Don Julin, The Crane Wives, The Nephews, and Larry Bialik and the Ramblin’ Band. Held in the Dickson Township Park, there are two stages, food, dancing, and of course, a good time to be had by all.
No matter what you decide to do, dads all around will be happy just to spend time with their delightful children. If none of these ideas tickle your fancy, there are many buffets and other Father’s Day specials circulating throughout the state that dad will love.
Do you have a Father’s Day tradition that we should know about? What do you plan on doing with your dad this year?