Celebrating Dad during these uncertain times may feel more challenging than in years past. And With Father’s Day Weekend right around the corner, it’s time to start planning how to let that amazing father in your life know how special he is to you. While options are somewhat limited, there are still plenty of great options for good times with dad. So we’ve handpicked a variety of activities 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

If dad likes a little adrenaline rush, you can get his 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. They are not currently open do to COVID-19 restrictions. Other health guidelines have been put in place including: social distancing protocols and mask wearing.

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

For Foodie Dad

While COVID-19 shut down eateries across the city, many of them continued to serve the public by offering meal pickup and delivery options. Treat dad to breakfast lunch and dinner delivered right to his doorstep. These Pizza spots offer lots of options for dads with every food preference you can imagine. Got a vegetarian or vegan in the household? Check out these restaurants. There’s a wide variety of food choices for “dinner out” at home, so take time to peruse our list of local eateries that want to keep you and your favorite father well fed.

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 meal lunch in the Cascade Dining Room. Please note: seating is limited and face masks are required. 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. Please note: social distancing practices are enforced and mask wearing is appreciated in all public areas.

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

photo: steve via Pexels

For the Active Dad

Is your dad a sporty spice? Well, fortunately for him, there are plenty of nearby hiking trails that are open. Stick to the city and hit the trails at Forest park. You can spend all day exploring our very own urban forest. If your dad prefers to spend his time on the water, break out the tackle and poles and head to these awesome fishing holes. Don’t forget to pack a lunch for a picnic out in nature.

—Carrie Annette Benedeti

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