We’re not saying you forgot Father’s Day. We’re certainly not saying that you might have looked at the calendar at some point this week, realized Father’s Day is this Sunday, and ended up at the realization that you have definitely exceeded your ugly tie quota for the decade and therefore need to actually – gulp – plan something special this weekend. To be absolutely clear: we’re definitely not saying that you forgot. (Even if you don’t have anything planned, per se – you were totally going to get to it, right? Like, after Happy Hour on Friday. Or, like, right before the Orphan Black season finale Saturday night.)
So, like, just in case you have a friend who forgot, or if you want to find a fresh idea of something to do in addition to the gift you already have (wrapped and everything) for dear ol’ Dad, we are here to help..
But seriously – return the tie. Definitely not his color.
Father’s Day Cruise on the Pride of the Susquehanna (Harrisburg)
If Dad’s the kind of man who likes his riverfront views the way he likes his entrees – that is to say, thoroughly classy and with a cash bar at the ready nearby – then we recommend you bring Pops to the Father’s Day Cruise at Pride of the Susquehanna in Harrisburg. Boarding starts at 5:45 p.m., and you set sail at 6. For two hours, you can enjoy great live music, an awesome three-course meal, a gorgeous view of the river… and that cash bar isn’t half bad either. Tickets for adults are $49.50; kids from ages 3-12 are $29.50. Better hurry – tickets are going fast.
Dads and Doughnuts at The Vineyard in Hershey (Middletown)
If your dad’s less of a riverbound Ahab and more of a Homer Simpson kind of guy, head down to the Vineyard at Hershey. The folks there are bringing back their Father’s Day Dads and Doughnuts event from last year. From 12-5 p.m., they’ll be offering pairings of doughnuts with their own awesome wine and craft beer. How does a chocolate brown ale and a Merlot sound with a devil’s food cake doughnut? What about a Riesling and an IPA with an apple fritter? Yeah, we thought so. What could possibly improve this situation? Well, a little live music, maybe? Great! They’ll have that too! Get there quick, though – this is a first-come, first-served situation, and bringing Dad to an event that’s already over would, as the kids say, totally suck.
Dads eat free at Arooga’s (all locations)
Alright, maybe you – er, your “friend” – forgot about Father’s Day so colossally badly that you spent most of your last paycheck on some jet skis or a collector’s edition actual-size Iron Throne. We’ve all been there, but the father figure in your life is still hungry, and you still have to show your appreciation for his existence. Well, write Arooga’s Downtown a thank-you note – Dads eat free at Arooga’s on Sunday. Dislike your dad, but still feel obligated? Drop him off when they open at 11 a.m. and pick him up at 2 a.m. the next day. You can thank us later.
Father’s Day Packages at Roundtop Mountain Resort (Lewisberry)
Maybe you’ve got an outdoorsy old man on your hands. Or maybe you just wanna Jackson Pollack your dad’s ass at paintball. No worries, we don’t judge – and neither do the good folks over at the Roundtop Mountain Resort. They have a couple deals for you that are just so awesome, we had to bring you both.
- Father’s Day Adventure Package
Roundtop’s Mountain Adventure package is the definition of awesome. And for Father’s Day, dads can buy one Adventure Package – which includes activities like tumbling down a mountainside in a giant ball, bumper boats (bumper cars, but in the water and equipped with squirt guns for optimal combat) and mountainside ziplining – and get one free. Come on: when’s the next time you’re going to be able to challenge your dad to a bumper boat battle?
- Father’s Day Paintball
Paintball at Roundtop is a recipe for a great time … or at least a legit playing field for resolving some inter-family feuds the new/old-fashioned way (jousting is just so passé). Either way, hit up the paintball field with Dad on Sunday from 11 a.m-7 p.m., and he’ll get free field fee and equipment rental with another paying player. All he has to buy is the paint (read: you should buy his paint for him). Here’s the chance for you to make memories to argue over for the next decade, folks.
Father’s Day Picnic at Lancaster Barnstormers (Lancaster)
Dad’s like baseball. Sure, your Pops may have, from time to time, muttered things like “I hate baseball,” “Baseball is boring,” or even “I will write you out of the will if you ever drag me to a baseball game.” But we know all that is just Dad-speak for “I truly love baseball.” With this revelation in mind, consider taking Dad out to the ballgame on Sunday at Clipper Stadium in Lancaster and taking advantage of the Barnstormers Father’s Day picnic special – a game ticket and a meaty lunch buffet from Hess’s BBQ including smoked pulled pork, smokehouse chicken, smoked sausage and all the sides and fixin’s for just $25.