Moms may love flowers, chocolates and massages, but we have a sneaking suspicion Dads might want to add a little dose of adventure when celebrating their awesomeness. After all, Father’s Day is all about Dad so why not give him what he wants? So, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest, highest, hair-raising experiences to let Dad know just how cool his little ones (and big ones) think he really is – after all – Dad is a superhero.
Photo: Kip Voytek via Flickr
iFLY! Indoor Skydiving
Some superheroes wear capes, and others wear jumpsuits and helmets when flying faster than a speeding bullet. Well not really, but with wind speeds more than 120 mph, Dad will be able to simulate free-falling in a safe, controlled (it’s still wickedly awesome!) and totally wild environment. He can spin, float, backstroke and even fly (yes really!) up to 30 feet in the air just like Superman. Whether you want to experiment with the whole family, or just send Dad up on his own, iFLY has packages suited to your very own Clark Kent.
20315 Commonwealth Center Dr. (Ashburn, Va)
Cost: $79.95 and up
#ALXBREWTOUR 2017: Historic Breweries Walking Tour & Tasting
If Dad’s newest nickname has the words Hops or Barley in it, then this won’t be any old Father’s Day for your favorite homebrewer. Join local brew masters, Cat Portner (of Portner Brewhouse) and Garrett Peck (Alexandria’s Historic Breweries author) as they take a stroll around Old Town Alexandria searching for the best historical suds. This isn’t your traditional walking tour either as you’ll explore Old Town from a brew making perspective (Did you know the largest pre-prohibition brewing company on the East Coast was in Alexandria?) while meeting other local homebrewers and, of course, raising a few glasses to the post-prohibition era.
June 17, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; June 18, 2 p.m.
Old Presbyterian Meeting House
323 South Fairfax St. (Alexandria, Va)
Golf Lesson with a PGA Pro
Dad’s who’ve always wanted to hit the links with Tiger, Ernie, Arnold or Jordan might think taking lessons from a pro golfer is a pipe dream, but if you really want to impress Dad this might be the perfect setup. A professional PGA golfer can give Pops the perfect pointers on how to sink a 20-foot putt, crush a 200-yard drive and how to chip out of those pesky sand traps. He might not be ready for a green jacket, but we’re willing to bet there will be lots more birdies, and a lot less yelling in his future. Fore!
Cost: $49 per person
Paddle to the Sweetshine
Ahh, the great outdoors – what could be better than a kayak trip on a beautiful weekend? How about one that ends at a local distillery with plenty of drinks, music and fun? No, it’s not a dream – it’s a lazy summer afternoon that we only dream about now that we’re parents! Make it Dad’s reality this Father’s Day; he can paddle till his hearts – or arms – are content, watch some spirits being distilled and then kick back and relax with an awesome picnic. What better what to say “thanks Dad” than an awesome river trip? Bottoms up!
Harper’s Ferry, WV
Aerobatic Biplane Thrill Ride
If Dad is an aeronautical aficionado than this might be the gift that sends him into orbit. A World War II biplane that does loops, tricks, spins, hammer head stalls and even wing overs. Our head is spinning just thinking about it! Dad can take it all in via the capable hands of Pilots David Brown and Brian Rosenstein. Both are award-winning aerobatics flyers so Dad is sure to have the flight of his life. Bonus points if you send him up with a video camera so he can relive his experience and show off to his buddies (and the kiddos of course!)!
What are your Father’s Day plans? Tell us in the comments section below.