This Sunday, June 19th, is Dad’s Day. We know most of you either forgot or don’t know what to do for him. Instead of handing your dad a gift card to his favorite clothing store or crafting a last minute homemade card, plan a day in his favorite city doing what he loves. Nothing is better than spending some quality time with your number one man by doing one (or all) of these activities in the city you both call home.
1. Get Burgers at Craigie on Main
Located in Cambridge, Craigie on Main is notorious for its iconic, in-demand cheeseburger. In fact, this piece of meat was even featured as the cover of Bon Appetit magazine last September. In case you need anymore convincing, this burger is so sought-after that the restaurant only serves about 20 of these bad boys a night, so make sure you get there when doors open and remind your dad it’ll be worth the early start.
2. Bowling at Jillian’s
Jillian’s is the mother of all bowling alleys. Located just behind Fenway park, the 70,000 square foot multi-level entertainment complex spans over three floors of bowling alleys, billiards, ping pong tables, lounge areas and dance floors. The menu offers a number of food and drink options for you and your pops to enjoy while playing in the alleys or at the pool tables. While it’s safe to say Jillian’s has something for everyone, make sure you and your company are at least 18 years old after 8pm on Father’s Day, when the destination turns into an 18+ club.
3. Rent Hubway Bikes for the day
If your dad is the adventurous, outdoorsy type, treat him to a bike ride around your beautiful city. It only costs $6 to rent a bike for the whole day, making Hubway bikes a fun and affordable option that the whole family can take part in. Try biking along the Charles River Esplanade or the Harbor Walk for some unbeatable waterfront-meets-city-skyline views.
4. See a film at the Mugar Omni Theater at The Museum of Science
Is your dad a history buff or a nature lover? Does he like movies? If yes, definitely consider getting tickets to a film showing at the Mugar Omni Theater located in The Museum of Science. The theater offers “the world’s largest film format” by engulfing its audience in a wrap-around, dome shaped screen complete with powerful surround sound to create the ultimate immersion experience.
5. Fishing in Boston Harbor
Nothing is more classic than taking dad for an ol’ fishing trip out on Boston Harbor’s waves. You can book a reservation for the whole family with Boston Sportfishing and spend the day together on the water overlooking Boston’s coast. Even if you don’t catch anything, you’ll score some solid family time and make great memories.
6. Put a cherry on top with Brownie Sundaes at Picco
After dinner, grab a cab and swing over to Picco on Tremont Street in the South End. Rated number one in the city for best ice cream by Boston Magazine in 2011 and crowned as the city’s best ice cream sundae in Boston Magazine’s 2013 article, Picco has received its fair share of awards and notable mentions. Don’t miss the “Dark Chocolate Brownie Masterpiece,” an indulgent mass of hot fudge, decadent brownies and creamy vanilla ice cream that’s perfect to share with two spoons. Go ahead, spoil your dad. He’s worth it.