Dad jokes aside, the big guy in your kids’ life deserves a little TLC. And while Dad loves home made gifts as much as any of us, sometimes the best way to show him he’s loved is to spend the day with him. Here are 21 epic ways to spend Father’s Day together in and around LA.
Does Dad prefer zip-lining to Zoom? Parasailing to PTA meetings? Then take him to one of these thrill-seeking spots for the big day.
- Hang-Gliding in Marina Del Rey: Windsports offers hang-gliding lessons off the dunes at Dockweiler Beach; Mini lessons are $99 (4 flights from the top of the dunes) while a full beach lesson (7 flights from the top) are $160. Or, if he's up for an even bigger thrill, he can strap himself into a glider and soar from the top of Kagel Mountain in the Angeles National Forest side by side with a professional instructor (prices start at $249). Of course you'll need to add the Go-Pro footage for $40 otherwise how else can he relive this experience?
- Skydiving off the Coast: Want to cross off more boxes on your thrill-seeking bucket list? Skydive Coastal California will let you jump out of an airplane just off the coast of SoCal. Tandem jumps are $209 on weekdays, $249 on weekends.
- Indoor Skydiving: If Dad's not up for real-life heights—but still wants the thrill of flying—iFly Hollywood has a vertical wind-tunnel waiting for him. Jump into a tunnel of air with an instructor and feel the thrill of skydiving without being 10,000 feet in the air. Prices start at $54.99.
- Parasailing over the Ocean: Want to include the littles in the thrill? Dad can strap into a seat side-by-side with the kids while parasailing off the Marina Del Rey harbor. Rates start at $95 per person.
- Zip-Lining as a Family: Has Dad always wanted to try zip-lining? Now's his chance! Zip with views of the ocean in Catalina ($129 per person); or fly over hills and valleys in San Diego county at La Jolla Zip Zoom—touted as the longest zip line of its kind in California—for $107 per person. Children have to be at least 48 inches tall and weigh more than 65 pounds to do the La Jolla Zip Line tour; for the Catalina Zip Line, participants must be at least 10 years of age and weigh at least 80 pounds—though kids over 5 and less than that can ride tandem with another participant of the tour (not an instructor). Combined weight of tandem riders may not exceed 235 pounds.
Looking for an adrenaline fix that lasts longer than a day? Here's a list of thrill-seeking destinations or check out the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, AZ. Their "Family Adventure" package includes guided hikes, a jeep tour and a mountain biking tour (plus there's an awesome kids club for when Mom and Dad want some alone time).
These cars may look cartoonish, but with its open-air design and motorcycle-like drive, they're sure to thrill every dad (and delight every kid). Choose from the one-hour "Adventure Ride" tour or the longer, 2-3 hour "Discover LA" tour that includes motoring through Griffith Park—there's even a stop at the merry-go-round!
All tours are done in groups and come with a guide. Kids must be over 7 to ride.
Cost: $65 per person for the "Adventure Ride" tour. $140 for the "Discover LA" tour. Pssst: Mention Red Tricycle when booking and get a free photo package (a $50 value!) with your reservation.
The Baseball Buff
For some dads, a perfect day is a day (or two) at the ballfields. This year on Father's Day weekend, Dodger's fans may be out of luck (the team is in Arizona), but if Dad is willing to root for red—the Angels are playing the Detroit Tigers all weekend in Anaheim! Even better, the Saturday night game includes an after-the-game fireworks show!
COVID Protocols: All transactions are cashless. Mobile-only entry. Tickets will be delivered digitally through the MLB Ballpark App. Spectators age 2 and older must wear face masks except when eating.
Date: Jun. 17-20, times vary
Cost: $9 & Up
2000 E Gene Autry Way
The Rodeo Drive Car Show is one of the best car shows in the world, and it happens to take place in Beverly Hills every Father’s Day Weekend. Park your fam anywhere on the "parade" route (check out the map here) between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.to catch a glimpse of more than 50 vintage, new, classic and racing cars as they chug by. Visitors are encouraged to view the tour from public sidewalks or from the outdoor seating of local restaurants and to remain appropriately distanced while watching.
Once you've seen all the cars here, head back to the Petersen Museum for its special Father's Day "Hoods Up" event, where gearheads can see classic cars up close and personal.
When: Jun. 20; 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
The Weekend Vacationer
Want to get out of the house for the weekend—or maybe just the night? Book one of these local vacation rentals and get a taste of vacation without leaving LA! Or, pack up the car and drive a few hours to one of these hidden gems, cool treehouses, or epic farm stays throughout the state.
Whether your family camps every weekend or is ready to bust out the tent for the very first time, we have some amazing spots we’re willing to bet you haven’t visited. Treat dad to a back to nature weekend. Don’t forget the s’more makings! Check out our list of campsites (some of which don’t take reservations, so don’t worry if this is a last minute excursion).
If Dad likes nothing more than getting back to nature and hitting the trails, but a getaway isn’t in the cards, there are still several ways you can get a hike in. Kick off the weekend with a hike to a waterfall, or take the tiniest tots on the trails at these stroller-friendly hikes. Want something even more off the beaten path? Explore local caves with these awesome cave hikes.
Does Dad dream of the wind in his hair on the open water? Whether he wants to ride the waves or scan the horizon, sea faring fathers will want to check out one of these fun waterborne experiences:
Rent a Boat or Jet Ski: Depending on whether he wants his water sports to be serene or speedy, Marine Del Rey Boat Rentals has it all: The company rents power boats, paddle boards, jet skis, sail boats and kayaks by the hour. Rates start at $85 an hour for their 4-person Boston Whaler, $130 an hour for jet skis, $60 for sailboats, $23 for paddle boards, and $19 for single-person kayaks.
Book online at marinadelreyboatrentals.com.
Set Sail on a Tall Ship: Want something bigger than a two-person sailboat? The Ocean Institute in Dana Point takes the family on a voyage on a real tall ship, reminiscent of early explorers. Join the crew in handling line and raising sail, help steer the ship, or just sit back and enjoy being out on the open ocean. Best for ages 4 & up. Kids are $40, adults are $60 per person.
Book online at ocean-institute.org.
Go on a Whale-Watching Cruise: Take a quick 45-minute harbor cruise or a 2.5 hour whale-watching journey, both departing from the Redondo Beach Marina. Seating is available indoor and outdoor, and there's a small cafe if you or the littles get hungry during the trip. Rates start at $25 per person. Book online at rbwhales.com.
For some dads, there's nothing like a cold beer on a hot summer day. And now that restaurants are back open, the beer gardens are ready and waiting for all those brew-lovers to come back with their broods. So sit down and have a cold one at one of these local family-friendly breweries.
The Race Car Driver
On your marks...get set...drive! For dads who love to put the pedal to the metal on the road, there's a special driving experience that will fit your budget.
Go-Karting - If Dad wants to take it to the track against Mom—or the kids, if they're at least 48"—there's a go-kart track for that! K1 Speed—which has nearby locations in Torrance, Thousand Oaks, Santa Clara, Burbank and Anaheim, offers a fun and fairly inexpensive way to get all those car-racing needs met. Prices start at $24 per person.
Porsche lovers: If Dad has a preference for Porsches, the Porsche Experience Center in Carson offers drivers a variety of on-road, off-road and virtual experiences on its 1.3-mile track or its indoor Porsche driving simulators. Even better? The whole family can tag along, as the center has an adjacent cafe where kids can nosh on snacks or lunch while Dad gets his driving fix. Prices start at $450.
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—Meghan Rose, Andie Huber & Melissa Heckscher
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