Struggling to think of something to do this Father’s Day? You can take your dad out for lunch or a nice dinner but what about trying something a little different? Taking some time out to go explore the outdoors with the big chap is a great alternative to sitting in a busy restaurant with a million and one other kids and dads. So rather than making a reservation, why not make a date and try one of our six alternative Father’s Day activities?
Go for a Hike
Hiking is a great activity if you are looking to spend some quality time with your dad. From planning your route to actually being out on the trail, hiking gives you the opportunity to bond. Without any distractions, you won’t have to worry about being interrupted by phone calls or Facebook notifications.
You don’t even have to go on a fully fledged hike, you can just simply go for a walk. Whether it’s through the countryside or down by the beach, this low-impact activity is a nice way of getting away from it all. Why not choose somewhere you went as a child and reminisce about the old days as well as making some new memories. Not only that, hiking and walking don’t break the bank but the time you get to spend together is worth more than any gift.
Take Him Camping
If you want to make a weekend out of it, why don’t you and dad pack up and go camping. Like hiking, camping is perfect for escaping the stresses of everyday life and is a great bonding activity. By working together to pitch the tent, set up the campsite and get a fire going, you get the chance to really connect as you won’t have a TV, laptop or tablet diverting your attention. Once all that’s done, you both get to relax with one another and simply enjoy being in each other’s company even if it’s only for the night. Have a look at our Camping Checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything important.
Go for a Round of Golf
If your dad is always heading out to play golf then why don’t you join him? Nothing shows your dad how much you care more than taking part in something he enjoys doing. Partnering up for a round of golf gives you the chance to spend time together without any interruptions. You can simply talk for hours just going around the course and it gives you the opportunity to chat about things you can only say when there’s nobody else around. Not only that, it’s a chance for a little friendly competition but with it being Father’s Day, maybe better just letting him win.
Another alternative way of spending this Father’s Day is a day spent fishing. Grab a couple of chairs and rods and head out to your local fishing spot for some quality time together. Great for young and older kids, sitting by the river in the serenity of the outdoors helps to build better communication and allows you to sit and chat away. Plus with any catch you do get, you can make into a delicious Father’s Day meal at the end of the day. Have a look at our Fishing Tips for some ideas on what to bring with you on your trip.
Take Him Cycling
If you and your dad prefer doing something active then you can always head out on a bike ride. Whether you go to the trails or a designated cycle route, the chance to get out and ride your bike with your dad is a terrific way of making the most of this Father’s Day. You can easily adapt this activity to suit each of your skill levels and you can even assign designated stops to enjoy a picnic or to take in the view. Why not hire a tandem bike? Not only is it a different way of cycling but it’s also means you have to work together so you get the chance for a proper chat.
Switch off Your Phone
This may not be an activity as such but it’s something to bear in mind this Father’s Day. Of course we would recommend you bring your phone with you when you’re out exploring, in case of an emergency, but when you are out try putting it on silent or switch it off. Getting to spend quality time with the old chap without technical disruptions is rare but being outdoors is the perfect opportunity to escape the stresses of everyday life and switch off completely.
Whatever you end up getting up to this Father’s Day, getting outside with your dad will help you both to make the most of the day and spend quality time with one another in the peacefulness of the outdoors. Whether you go hiking, camping, cycling, fishing or just go for a walk around the pond, make sure this Father’s Day is one to remember.