Dad has always been there for you and it’s time to show him how much you appreciate everything he does. With Father’s Day Weekend right around the corner, it’s time to start planning how to let that awesome father in your life know how special he is to you. We’ve handpicked a variety of activities and events to honor dads of all stripes, whether they are sporty, adrenaline addicts or food lovers. Read on to find out more.

photo: photo courtesy of Tree to Tree Adventure Park

For the Adventurous 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. Tree to Tree Adventure Park adheres closely to and follows recommendations from federal, state and local agencies including the centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) and the world’s health organization (WHO). They implement strict cleaning and social distancing policies and offer free climbing gloves to all participants.

Cost: Adventures start at $45/person and up
Address: 2975 SW Nelson Rd.
Gaston, Or
Phone: 503-357-0109

For the Foodie Dad

Portland Spirit Father’s Day Cruises 

Your dad has fed you and diapered you, and now it's your turn to treat him to a truly memorable day. Celebrate Father's Day with an awesome meal one water. The whole family  is welcome aboard the Portland Spirit Cruise ship! Choose from brunch cruises in Downtown Portland or Cascade Locks, or a scenic dinner cruise. Brunch includes our delicious Northwest breakfast, dessert, and reserved table. Dinner includes, a 2.5-hour yacht cruise from Downtown Portland, freshly prepared three-course dinner, bread, salad, choice of entrée, house dessert, and  private candlelit table. Portland cruises include entertainment. 

Cost: Ranges from $34/person to $96/person
Phone: (503) 224-3900

Picnic at Topaz Farm

Treat dad to a picnic on the farm! Bring a blanket, pick up your picnic box, and spread out near a big Oak tree. Or find a private spot on the 130-acre farm (picnic tables are available first come, first serve). The kids will love visiting with Maybe Bob and the other goats while dad has a beer and plays corn hole. Each picnic is boxed up fresh when you arrive. They serve two adults and include items like BBQ Braised Brisket with Crispy Buttermilk Shoestring Onions and Topaz Farm Strawberry Tres Leches Cake. Vegetarian options are available.

Cost: $75
17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd. Portland OR

photo: photo by Carrie Uffindell

For the Active Dad

Head to Timberline

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, reservations are strongly encouraged 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.

Address: 27500 E Timberline Rd.
Timberline Lodge, Or
Phone: 503-272-3311

Go Fishing!

If your dad loves the outdoor and the excitement of reeling in the catch of the day, grab the reels and rods and head out for a day of fishing. Blue Lake Park is stocked with a variety of species, this lake offers bank fishing or an ADA accessible dock along with beautiful views. Make the day extra special and rent a boat to get out on the water. For more ideas on where to take dad fishing, check out this list of awesome nearby fishing holes.

Address: 21224 NE Blue Lake Road, Fairview

The Sporty Dad

Golf Tournament at Edgefield

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 $35 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.

Cost: $35/person
Address: 2126 SW Halsey St.
Troutdale, Or
Phone: 503-669-8610

—Annette Benedetti


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