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The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.
While your dad might appreciate a fancy new putter or the latest and greatest in leaf blowing technology, he doesn’t want you spending money on something he’d rather spend a Sunday picking out and buying for himself. What dad really wants is to spend some quality time with his kids (and maybe some cold beer and tasty snacks as an added bonus.)
Luckily for you our state is brimming with incredible activities that he is sure to appreciate. Whether you live in the North State, Bay Area, or Southern California, we’ve got you covered for the best things to do with dad this Father’s Day, in no particular order.
Buy him some peanuts and cracker jacks and catch nine innings under the sun. The obvious choice this Father’s Day is headed to the ballpark where you can watch one of California’s most classic sports rivalries unfold. If you want to grab a drink beforehand, stop by any one of the local places near the park. You will find dozens around any ball park.
Most dads love to throw back a cold one, so why not make a day of it? California is home to a boatload of craft breweries, where you can order up a flight of beers to taste. If you are in the Petaluma area, you can’t go wrong with Lagunitas Brewing, which features an array of delicious brews and food. Did I mention they are dog friendly? Or if you can’t make it to Lagunitas, do the next best thing and send him a delicious gift with their beer.
There are few things as serene as spending a few hours paddling on the open water. That is, unless your dad is the racing type, and you spend your morning in a furious frenzy of splashing and shouting. Either way you will have a blast. For the northern folks, you won’t do better than Lake Almanor in Plumas County, a gorgeous and gigantic body of water that is perfect for kayaking– there are several rental options nearby!
If the Great Outdoors is his thing, treat him to a little camping trip. After you’ve set up a tent, gotten a little lost in the woods, and tried to cook beans over a fire pit, it is literally impossible not to bond. Of course there is nowhere better for a weekend camping trip to Yosemite National Park, which has some of the best views and trails in the entire country. Wherever you decide to go, book a spot soon as they are filling up quickly.
Some may say its cliché, but I say why mess with a classic? Take your dad out for a day of casting and sipping adult beverages, and he will cherish the memory forever. I have never had more fun than dropping some lines from a boat on the San Joaquin Delta and reeling in some striper salmon with my dad, so if you’re nearby, check it out. Best of all, there are some great restaurants in the area for you to stop by for dinner if you strike out on catching anything.
Ok so you might think locking yourself in a room with dad for an hour with no way to get away isn’t a recipe for a good time, but hear me out. Escape Rooms are a super fun way to bond and learn a lot about someone as you flex your thinking skills and run around like a lunatic searching for clues. If you haven’t tried one out, now is the perfect opportunity. If you are based in the Bay Area you have to go to Real Escape Game in San Francisco. – or if you are elsewhere be sure to check out EscapeRoomTips.com for lists of the best rooms by city.
If he’s not into carts and clubs but still wants to get out on the greens, a little mini golf is your best bet. Whether playing a leisurely putt putt match or a high stakes shootout, its hard to have a bad time. A personal favorite in the Sacramento Area is Golfland Sunsplash in Roseville, which boasts a huge variety of unique and challenging courses that will keep you on your toes for the full afternoon.
Have some inner child water fun!
Dad’s not a beer drinker? No problem. California is home to some of the greatest wineries on earth to fit nearly every preference and palate. And if you are dad’s designated driver, he can taste to his heart’s content. I recommend taking him to Sonoma County, where he can sample a huge variety of incredible wines as he takes in the gorgeous rustic landscape and enjoys unbeatable artisanal foods.
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