All dads are different – but regardless of whether the dad in your family is a stay-at-home carer or heads out to work, likes to play ball or prefers video games – he is easily one of the hardest people to shop for. Dad is a superhero in his own right, and with Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start brainstorming ideas to let Dad know just how much we appreciate him. This Father’s Day, we recommend giving Dad the gift of a fun experience and quality time.
Whether the dad in your life is active or into the arts, loves to travel or would rather stay closer to home, we’ve got you covered with our top 20 Father’s Day events spanning all of Houston – from Kemah to The Woodlands and back. There are even some out-of-town experiences that you won’t want to miss! Father’s Day also falls on Juneteenth in 2022, so there are options to recognize two important events on one day.
Photo courtesy of the Moonstruck Drive-in
Indulge in some nostalgia with a family trip to one of Houston’s drive-in movies. The kids will be entertained, and Dad can relax and eat popcorn!
We can all agree that most dads are basically big kids anyway, right? With that in mind, a trip out to the Kemah Boardwalk riding amusement rides and playing arcade games is sure to be the perfect way to spend the day.
Fishing, boating, hiking and camping are just a few of the activities at this state park an hour north of Houston. Or visit Lake Livingston state park, with one of the largest lakes in Texas.
This fun spot keeps kids entertained with rides and activities as well as fruit-picking.
5. Attend Magical Dads Day at The Woodlands Children’s Museum – June 18
We can all agree that dads are pretty magical, and Monty the Magician and Professor Hughdini are two of the acts performing magic shows throughout the day at The Woodlands Children’s Museum to celebrate. Kids can also create crafts for Dad while at the Museum and listen to a special book reading.
Photo courtesy of Good Company BBQ
7. Drive a digger at one of Houston’s new attractions
This hands-on family attraction in Katy allows young and young-at-heart family members to enjoy the fun of construction vehicles. A covered pavilion and refreshment stand allow dads to take a break while the kids play in the sandbox and playground.
And while we’re on the subject of craft beer, Houston has no shortage of local craft breweries to visit, most with great outdoor patios and play areas for the kids. Father’s Day is an ideal time to let Dad chill out with a cold one while the kids burn off some energy.
Head out of town for the weekend without leaving the state by visiting one of these awesome Texas destinations with Dad. Whether you’re hauling an RV or just trekking across the great Lone Star State because of the enjoyable drives, there are a number of places to go with attractions along the way.
Photo courtesy of Emancipation Park
Two days of family-friendly events to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Stage performances, food, and fun activities are just some of the planned entertainment.
11. Hit the Trails
For all the trail lovers out there, there are plenty of family-friendly ways to get off the beaten path and do some exploring via foot, with a stroller, or on a bike. Just make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen and bring lots of water, because it’s almost guaranteed to be h-o-t.
12. Paddle your way around Houston
Looking for an active and unique Father’s Day adventure? We recommend exploring the city by canoe or kayak on one of Houston’s popular paddling trails. You’ll get to see the Bayou City in a totally different way!
Touring the art collections at Rienzi/Photo courtesy of Cameron Bertuzzi/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
13. Celebrate Father’s Day weekend at Discovery Green
Astros photo courtesy of mlb.com
14. Watch the Astros play ball
Take Dad out to the ball game! If Dad is a baseball fan, head out to the ballpark for some major league baseball fun against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Saturday, June 18 is a bobblehead giveaway game!
15. Cool off in a waterpark
Get Dad out of the heat and into the water after checking out our list of the Best Waterparks and Amusements for Toddlers near Houston! These parks are fun for all the family, including its smallest members.
16. Race outdoor go-karts
If Dad is an adrenaline junkie, then take some speedy laps around the track at one of Houston’s outdoor go-kart racing centers. Just make sure to check each for their individual hours. Pro tip: Speedy’s is offering Dad one free ride if you bring in this coupon!
17. Take an aerial adventure
For even more blood-pumping fun, take Dad on an aerial adventure that features ziplines and sky-high obstacle courses.
18. Spend the afternoon fishing
If you’re looking for a free outdoor activity that’s a little more low-key, there are some pretty great fishing spots throughout the city. Toss in a line and kick back and relax with Dad for the day.
Photo courtesy of Trader’s Village
If Dad is a car enthusiast, take him to Trader’s Village for a special Father’s Day Car Show. A live DJ will be spinning tunes throughout the car show and fathers are invited to participate by bringing out cars of all makes and models and registering them for the show.
20. Float the river
Cool off this Father’s Day by airing up some inner tubes and floating down one of the many kid-friendly rivers in Texas. You don’t have to worry about the rapids on these rivers; these floats are all easy enough for most age levels and offer a more laid-back, slow float, so you can dip your toes in the water and enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the water.
This post originally published in May 2017.