10 Unforgettable Father’s Day Activities

June 10, 2013 by

Family & Kids, Places to Go, Things to Do, Travel Advice & Inspiration, Viator Exclusives

As that familiar Sunday in June approaches, the age-old question begs an answer. What do I get Dad for Fathers day?!?

As the years of ties and ball game tickets rack up, it’s time to get more creative and hands on. Chances are, dear old Dad is just looking for a chance to spend more time together. So why not focus on the experience, rather than the gift, and join Dad on the trip of his life.

Here are ten unforgettable Father’s Day activities around the world for you and your Dad to enjoy together.

1. Tampa, FL: Yankees Fantasy Baseball Camp 

Every little boy grows up dreaming of playing professional sports for a career. While this doesn’t tend to happen for most, there is a place where adults from all career paths can join together and feel like a Major League Baseball star for a week.  Book a flight to Tampa, Florida at the Yankees Fantasy Baseball Camp. Attendees are split into teams and train on the big diamond in custom uniforms, side by side with former Yankees players.

Looking for a sports thrill closer to home? Check out this VIP tour of the NY Yankees home stadium.

2. Var, France: Formula One Race Car Experience 

Get Dad out on the racetrack!

Get Dad out on the racetrack!

Inspired by Monte Carlo’s Formula 1? Give Dad the gift of speed with a once in a lifetime chance to suit up on the tracks. AGS Formule 1 offers racecar enthusiasts the chance to get behind the wheel in the sports highest-level cars, including the 905 Peugeot World Champion. Choose from one of four tracks, Grand Prix, Hi-Tech, Masters, and Discovery and watch Dad make a little history of his own.

For those adrenaline junkies looking for a tamer start, here’s a close second and third.

3. Cairns, Australia: Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef 

Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef

Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef

If you’re going to do something, why not make it the best? Australia’s Great Barrier Reef offers one of the most famous snorkel and scuba locations in the world, in addition to being one of the Seven Natural Wonders. Explore the underwater mysteries and snap photos of your Dad surrounded by a school of fish, or even holding a starfish in his palm. The beauty of these waters will hands down top the usual tie and hug routine.

4. Taupo, New Zealand: Skydiving in the “Skydiving Capitol of the World” 

Skydiving in New Zealand

Skydiving in New Zealand

Is your Dad not the typical beer and sports figurehead? This Fathers Day, quit the stereotypes and give him an experience he will never forget. Journey to one of the world’s most scenic countries for a tandem sky dive 15,000 feet over New Zealand’s lush countryside.  Create a bonding memory at 200km per hour and receive a fun video of your trip at the end to relive the fun!

Like options? New Zealand is bursting with skydive centers like this gem.

5. Las Vegas, Nevada: Fighter Pilot Experience

Feel the rush of being a fighter pilot!

Feel the rush of being a fighter pilot!

Was your Dad a former Air Force pilot? Or does he just enjoy the rush of seeing the world in miniature? Either way, Las Vegas has the ideal exclusive opportunity for this year’s Fathers Day. Suit up and experience the thrill of aerobatic moves over the scenic Mohave Desert as Dad’s Top Gun fantasy is finally achieved. Then enjoy the Vegas location and hit the slots to see if your winning streak continues!

6. Ireland: The Irish Whisky Trail 

Head along the Whiskey Trail

Head along the Whiskey Trail-Galway

Is your Dad a connoisseur of spirits? Then onward to Ireland, the land of the distillery! Travel throughout the country that invented whiskey on the FREE Irish Whiskey Trail, as you discover all the best landmarks, pubs, and distilleries Ireland has to offer. With the postcard backdrop of Ireland’s greenery, and the historic journey of the distillery process, each step on your trip will be an unforgettable moment. Choose a few top bottles to bring back home and relive the memories all year long.

For a shorter version, try this Dublin Walking Tour and Distillery visit.

7. Port-au-Prince, Haiti: MTB Ayiti Mountain Bike Race

Do you struggle to keep up with your Dad, particularly on a bicycle? Then the MTB Ayiti race in Haiti is the perfect opportunity to show Dad how well you know him. This annual race brings awareness to the burgeoning tourism trade in Haiti while hosting a group of serious bikers to journey through its mountainous region. Each biker will not only experience the thrill of seeing the natural beauty of Haiti’s landscape, but will also have the chance to personally interact with Haitian locals.

8. Brittany, France: Fly Fishing and Naturalist Adventure

For the fly fishing enthusiast, a visit to France’s Bittany region will not disappoint. A site of constant natural beauty, the setting is an ideal one, but the area’s true draw is its trout population. Brittany Tourism offers guided experiences of the prime trout locations with a seasoned local guide to showcase their natural treasures. You will learn about the art of fly-fishing and also gain valuable information about the surrounding nature and environment.

9. Johannesburg, South Africa: Wildlife Safari in Kruger National Park

See Lions in Kruger National Park

See Lions in Kruger National Park

This year, walk on the wild side with a visit to South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park. Don’t forget to pack that telephoto lens as you journey through the wildlife haven in an unforgettable game of hide and seek. Make it interesting and tally up who saw more wildlife, with bonus points for the Big Five: buffalos, cheetahs, elephants, lions, and rhinos. After three days on safari, you may feel like you’ve been inducted in the Animal Kingdom.

10. Hastings-on-Hudson, New York: Saint Andrews Golf Club 

Hit the golf course on Father's Day

Hit the golf course on Father’s Day

An easy 20 minutes from New York City, Saint Andrews Golf Club is the oldest course in American history.  Founded in 1888, the club features 71 courses in a venerated and historic setting. Practice your game with Dad, and maybe a few of his closest pals amongst the setting of golf history.  With a peaceful no-cellphone policy on the course, take advantage of this time to catch up and enjoy each other’s company. After all, Fathers Day comes only once a year.

-Leora Novick

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