No Idea Where to Take Dad for Father’s Day in L.A.? There Are More Choices Than You May Think
Does your father live in L.A. or is he coming to visit? Los Angeles activities seem geared toward twenty-somethings who party hard, but there are many lesser-known activities for quieter types, mature folks, and yes, even dads. Celebrating Father’s Day in L.A., but not sure what to do with Dad? Try one of these father-friendly outings on dad’s special day.
1—A Dodger’s game. Take dad to a baseball game while in L.A. While a baseball game may seem like a common suggestion, few fathers would be disappointed. Enjoy a great game in the June sun when it’s not too hot in L.A. or take full advantage of special Father’s Day activities. According to TripSavvy, “Each year for Father’s Day, the Los Angeles Dodgers host a special home game event called the Father’s Day Catch on the Field, which invites dads and their kids to play with the professionals before watching them play a game against one of their rivals.” Tickets are required, but discounts are available for the event.
2—The Autry Museum. Located in fun and easy-to-find Griffith Park, the Autry Museum offers something for the whole family. Open year-round, the museum is dedicated to the heritage of the American West. Activities include panning for gold and guided tours. Exhibitions include art and artifacts of the Old West, along with the history of the American cowboy and Native American art and activism. Nights at the museum feature crafts from local SoCal artists. A great choice for dads whose vibe is more John Wayne than John Krasinski.
3—Visit the Tall Ships. Dad have a nautical frame of mind? Check out the 3-masted schooner, American Pride, built in 1941, docked in Long Beach next to the Aquarium of the Pacific. While this ship is usually a school ship, it does offer whale watching cruises, as well as BBQ, and evening jaunts out to sea. The SSV Tole Mour is operated by Catalina Island Marine Institute and offers sea camp for teens and can be seen at dock. The Pilgrim, a copy of an 1825 Boston brig, is docked at Dana Point, the only harbor deep enough for tall ships in Orange County. A copy of a 1770’s privateer, the Spirt of Dana Point, features many public outings, whale watching, onboard plays, excursions, and pirate battles! Check out their schedule here.
4—Rodeo Drive Concurs d’Elegance. During the Concurs, or car show, most of Rodeo Drive (the 200, 300, and 400 blocks) is closed to show off more than 100 unique cars. If Dad is a car buff, this is the place for him on Father’s Day. Over three days, the event features an array of amazing cars with a different theme each year, such as historical models from the turn of the century, luxury models few have ever owned, classic 50’s models, or the fastest race cars in the world. According to Trip Savvy, “The 25th anniversary of this event was in 2018, and to honor that milestone, an entire block was filled only with silver cars.”
5—It’s Off to the Races. An exciting day of fun can be planned around Santa Anita Park. Ready, Set, Go! Few things are as exciting as the seconds the horse of your choice races around the track and heads for the finish line. Have a side bet with dad, or treat him to a Whiskey Brunch called Dads ‘n Drams in the Chandelier Room or try the BBQ Trackside package especially for Father’s Day.
6—What if Dad just doesn’t care for the busy city? The best Father’s Day present you can give him may be to go on a road trip out of L.A. Head down to San Diego to visit the Naval yard and see the famous Queen Mary, last in battle during WWII. Events include a ghostly tour of the haunted ship several times a day. Or head north for the Santa Barbara art festival or a tour of Malibu. Take him surfing at Zuma Beach. Those willing to go on longer road trips may enjoy the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, or Yosemite National Park.
There are many things to do with Dad on Father’s Day in Los Angeles that you may not have even known existed. Whether Dad likes cowboys, ships, or race cars, there are plenty of opportunities to spend some fun, quality time with your dad this Father’s Day!
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