With Father’s Day Weekend right around the corner, it’s time to start planning how to celebrate the amazing dad (or dads) in your life. Since your top pop is all about fun and family, we’ve handpicked a variety of activities happening that weekend to honor dads of all stripes, whether they love history, the outdoors, or craft food and drink. Scroll down to learn more. And happy Father’s Day to all the fabulous papas out there!

photo: courtesy of Tree to Tree Adventure Park

For Adventure Dad

Get Dad’s heart pounding at Tree to Tree Adventure Park. There he can ascent approximately 25 feet into the tree canopy and spend hours exploring the six-level aerial obstacle course filled with wobbly bridges, tight ropes, balance beams, zip lines, and more. Meanwhile, kids will have a blast climbing like monkeys or exploring obstacles in specially-designed areas. The park also has a 1200-foot long zip line and walking trails. Safety equipment and introductory lessons are all provided by the park staff. Reservations are required. Check online for Father’s Day specials.

2975 SW Nelson Rd.
Gaston, Or
Online: tree2treeadventurepark.com

For Foodie Dad

Treat Dad to a memorable meal at unpretentious butcher shop/steakhouse Laurelhurst Market. There he can pair an excellent steak with his choice of apps or sides, such as oysters, fried potatoes, and grilled asparagus. Craft beer and a solid list of cocktails will make him a happy camper. The kids menu offers smaller, simpler dishes for younger palates, like steak and fries or mac and cheese. Check out the butcher shop for some take-home delights. Reservations are highly recommended.

3155 E. Burnside St.
Portland, Or
Online: laurelhurstmarket.com

photo: Carrie Uffindell

For Outdoorsy Dad

With miles of trails around and plenty of waterfalls to discover (like Little Zig Zag Falls), Dad will love the chance to get out his hiking boots at Timberline Lodge. Back at the lodge, refuel with a hearty buffet lunch in the Cascade Dining Room. Then let him relax with his pick of favorite brews by Mt. Hood Brewing Company. Cap the day off with one of the most popular summer activities here, riding a chair lift to the top of the 7,000’ mountain. It’s a 30-minute round trip, or 2 hours if you want to walk down.

27500 E Timberline Rd.
Timberline Lodge, Or
Online: timberlinelodge.com

For Golf Dad

Hit the links with Dad at the annual Father’s Day Tourney at Edgefield. This two-person team competition takes place on two par-3 courses meandering throughout the 74-acre property. Along with wide-angle views of the Gorge, Dad can enjoy a pint (or two) while working on his short game. Afterwards, head to the Distillery Bar for fabulous prizes, such as McMenamins T-shirts and gift cards. Tickets are $30 per person and available online. Be sure to sign up early, it usually sells out in advance.

2126 SW Halsey St.
Troutdale, Or
Online: mcmenamins.com/edgefield

photo: Alex Butterfield via Flickr Creative Commons

For History Buff Dad

There’s no better place to experience local history than Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a reconstruction of the historic 19th century fur trading post. Dad will discover fun facts about the fort, such as at its height, it watched over 34 outposts and 600 employees. While kiddos might ignore Dad’s history lessons, all will be fascinated by the live demonstrations, from watching a blacksmith forge to learning how historical weapons worked. Make a day of it with a tour of next-door Pearson Air Museum. Admission for the recreated fort is $10 for ages 16 and up. All other ages and sites are free. While the grounds are open daily, the fort, visitors center, and air museum will be closed on Sunday.

1501 E Evergreen Blvd.
Vancouver, Wa
Online: nps.gov/fova/index.htm

For Geeky Dad

For the ultimate family game night, take this dad to Punch Bowl Social, a swanky, 32,000-square-foot restaurant-slash-entertainment center located on the third floor of Pioneer Place. Grab a quick bite (not to miss are the Sriracha Peanut Fries) then hit the games. If bowling isn’t Dad’s thing, check out the giant Jenga or Scrabble sets for oversized fun. Don’t forget to hit up the old-school arcade, where he can introduce the kids to some of his favorite games from 70s and 80s. Don’t forget the quarters.


340 SW Morrison St.
Portland, Or
Online: punchbowlsocial.com/location/portland

—Carrie Uffindell

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