Family-friendly Father’s Day ideas
By Mimi Slawoff
Omni San Diego Hotel (Courtesy Omni Hotels)
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Treat dad to a baseball game, flying lessons or tee time at a world-class golf resort for a Father’s Day getaway in a city that also has numerous kid-friendly attractions. Whether dad prefers an active or low-key family vacation, San Diego, Portland and New Orleans are among the exciting family-friendly cities to visit for Father’s Day.
Father’s Day gifts are nice, but whisking dad away for a vacation tailored to his interests is much more fun and creates lifelong memories. Whether it’s for golf, outdoor adventures or a pub crawl, a weekend getaway can work wonders to make dad feel loved and appreciated.
Check out these five diverse trips that transport dads from the daily routine to pleasing adventures that shout out Happy Father’s Day.
Baseball-Loving Dads Score in San Diego, CA
Take dad to a ballgame with the Beer, Brats and Baseball package at the family-friendly Omni San Diego Hotel, connected to the San Diego Padres Petco Park by a sky bridge. The baseball package includes accommodations, game tickets for two, beer, brats, peanuts and Cracker Jack (an in-room amenity). Plus, those who book between June 15 and 17 can treat Dad to a Batter’s Up pancake and/or waffle breakfast. From $289/night.
Thrill-Seeking Dads Soar in Boston, MA
Located in the heart of New England, about an hour outside of Boston in Central Massachusetts, the kid-friendly Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center recently unveiled an Adrenaline Overload Package. Thrill-seeking dads will love this two-night stay featuring daily breakfast for two, a skydiving adventure for two, and an introductory flight lesson that includes maneuvering and landing a Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Package rate starts at $1,099.
Dad on a Golf Cart in Sarasota, FL
The Resort at Longboat Key Club (Courtesy Longboat Key Club)
A little R&R and a game of golf at The Resort at Longboat Key Club will surely put a smile on dad’s face. The Opal Golf Package includes a complimentary cart for a spin across the 410-acre resort’s two championship courses (45 holes total), tee time for two at the on-site driving ranges, cocktails on the beach, and a 15 percent discount at the pro shops. Amenities for kids include a fun-filled program for ages 5 – 12. Package starts at $439.
Satisfy the Foodie Dad in New Orleans, LA
Visit New Orleans (without Mardi Gras crowds) and enjoy fried oyster egg benedicts, beignets and other palate pleasers. Located in the heart of New Orleans, the family-friendly Hyatt Regency New Orleans is steps from restaurants and major attractions, including the French Quarter, the Garden District and more. After a day of sightseeing and yummy tastings, relax at the hotel’s rooftop pool or burn off calories in the gym. The Eat, Play, Shop in the Big Easy package starts at about $225/night.
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Cheers to Craft Beers in Portland, OR
Riverplace Hotel, Portland, OR (Courtesy Riverplace Hotel)
Home to four of the world’s largest breweries, Portland is also a family-friendly city with many kid-friendly attractions. The Oregon Zoo and Portland Children’s Museum are among fun places to visit with kids. While dining out, enjoy craft beers in the city and from the comfort of the RiverPlace Hotel, situated on the banks of the Willamette River. Indulge your taste buds at the hotel’s Three Degrees Waterfront Bar and Grill.
Mimi Slawoff of WriteMimi.com contributed this to MiniTime. She is a Los Angeles-based journalist and a seasoned family travel expert who explores the world with her three children and writes about their journeys.