Whether you’re planning on going all out or simply doing something small to hang out with dad this Father’s Day, Columbus has a plethora of events and attractions that fit perfectly with the occasion. Here are 10 local ways to have a truly unique Father’s Day experience this year.
1. For the Music Fanatic: Buckeye Country Superfest
If your dad’s a country music fan, surprising him with tickets to the biggest country concert in town is sure to blow his cowboy boots off. The Buckeye Country Superfest is a two-day music festival at the Ohio Stadium from June 20 to 21, AKA Father’s Day and Father’s Day Eve. The all-star lineup includes bands and artists that both you and your dad can groove to, including Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney.
For more information: http://www.buckeyecountrysuperfest.com/
2. For the Movie Buff:
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
and Beer Tasting at Gateway Film Center
No movie says “Dad” quite like Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The Gateway Film Center definitely hit the nail on the head with its Father’s Day event, which combines beer tasting with this classic comedy. It’s a part of their Timeless Films series. And on June 21, you and dad can enjoy some great craft beers while you laugh your way through this iconic movie. After all, it’s just a flesh wound, so you have no excuse not to come to Gateway on Father’s Day.
For more information: http://gatewayfilmcenter.com/beer-tasting-monty-python-and-the-holy-grail-in-35mm/
3. For the Foodie: Columbus Food Adventures’ Taco Truck Food Tour
Anyone can take their dad out to a steakhouse for Father’s Day, but doesn’t your dad deserve a bit more than that? Columbus Food Adventures offers food tours that can take you and your dad around town to taste the best local cuisine Columbus has to offer. On Father’s Day, Columbus Food Adventures is offering the Taco Truck Food Tour, a 5-stop tour of authentic Mexican food. A tour guide will accompany you throughout your journey to and from downtown Columbus. You’ll be surprised by Columbus’ significant taco truck scene, and you and your dad will share a one-of-a-kind experience.
For more information: http://columbusfoodadventures.com/2011/tour/taco-trucks-of-columbus
4. For the Adventure Seeker: Ohio History Center’s Heritage Kayaking Trip
In case your dad’s a history buff (which, chances are, he is), the Ohio History Center is offering the perfect Father’s Day experience. On June 21, this kayaking trip on Olentangy will take you and your dad back in time to the 19th century. The founder of Clintonville will guide you along the journey, teaching you all about how the city came to be what it is today.
For more informaton: https://www.olentangypaddle.com/schedule-trip.php?event=24
5. For the Athlete: Disc Golf at Blendon Woods Metro Park
If you’re on the lookout for an outdoor sport that both you and your old man can enjoy, look no further than the Blendon Woods Disc Golf course. Disc Golf is a great game for both advance disc players and beginners. The course at Blendon Woods is especially fun and challenging. You and your dad will be throwing discs through branches, around tight corners and more on Father’s Day, as long as the weather permits it. If not, C’est La Vie — get out there!
For more information: http://www.metroparks.net/parks-and-trails/blendon-woods/
6. For the Jokester: Steve Byrne at Funny Bone
If there’s one bonding experience that you and your dad can share, it’s beer and lots of laughter. Steve Byrne, a stand up comedian and actor from the TBS show Sullivan & Son, will be at the Columbus Funny Bone quite conveniently on Father’s Day. Byrne is likely to get you and your dad laughing. Hopefully he’ll make some Ohio-based jokes while he’s here, since Byrne actually attended Kent State University in his college years. Get your dad tickets to this comedy show at the Funny Bone and have a blast with your dad.
For more information: http://www.funnybone.com/Venues/Columbus/
7. For the Family Man: Putt Putt at Franklin Park Conservatory
If your dad’s a family man, you’re going to need to find a family-friendly, fun-for-all-ages event for Father’s Day. The Franklin Park Conservatory’s Putt Putt event might just be the way to celebrate. Take dad and the little ones with you to enjoy the beautiful and fun environment of the park, play some Putt Putt golf, and celebrate dad’s day.
8. For the Fitness Freak: Biking on the Scioto Trail
The Scioto bike trail is a 9-mile trail that runs right into Downtown Cbus. If your dad refuses to do any activities unless it’s the physical kind, a ride down the Scioto Trail is perfect for your Father’s Day Sunday. Take the trail to the city and grab a bite to eat, then ride all the way back for a nice outing with your dad.
For more information: http://www.centralohiogreenways.com/index.php/site/full_trail/11
9. For the Party Animal: Zoofari at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
If you didn’t know that there was more to the Columbus Zoo than sleeping animals and baby strollers, then you’ve been missing out. Zoofari at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is an adults-only event with live music, food from local vendors and lots and lots of drinks. It’s seriously a party, and you can bring your dad the Saturday before Father’s Day to drink and have fun after dark at the zoo.
For more information: https://www.columbuszoo.org/home/visit/plan-your-visit/zoofari
10. For the Eccentric: The Chamber Escape Room
The ultimate bonding experience? Being scared out of your mind in The Chamber Escape Room. The experience is a one-of-a-kind, twisted adventure that places you and your dad in a group of strangers to work together in order to escape the chamber in less than 45 minutes. It’s like being inside a videogame, with puzzles to solve, obstacles to face and an exciting plot to unravel.
For more information: http://www.thechamberescaperoom.com/
How do you plan on celebrating Father’s Day this year? Let us know in the comments or tweet at us at @ColumBUZZ614!