Sunday, June 16, is Father’s Day. You may be asking yourself, “What do I get for the man who has everything” (because, after all, he has you as his kid, so what more could he need, right)?
But, seriously, if you struggle to find the perfect gift for the dad in your life, why not try something new? Spending quality time with dad doing one of his favorite activities might just fit the bill for the perfect Father’s Day gift.
A great place to spend Father’s Day for the outdoorsmen is Harold Parker State Forest, located at 305 Middleton Road in North Andover. Harold Parker offers 35 miles of trails and 11 ponds. Fishing and non-motorized boating is allowed on all 11 ponds, giving you quite a selection for a relaxing afternoon of fishing with dad, and parking is only $5 for MA residents.
But keep in mind, everyone age 15 or older in Massachusetts is required to have a fishing license. Fishing licenses can be obtained online or from most town halls, so make sure you and dad have a valid license before heading out with your fishing gear.
Perhaps your father is a microbrewery enthusiast. Then try the Oak and Iron Brewery, located at 18 Red Spring Road in Andover. The Oak and Iron features over 15 different brewed beers on tap for every flavor palette. From dark and roasty porter to crisp cream lager, and even seasonal flavored ales, there is something sure to please any beer connoisseur. Enjoy snacks and music at the indoor tap room, or have lively conversation over your favorite ale at the outdoor beer garden overlooking the scenic Shawsheen River.
Maybe your dad fancies himself in the Indy 500 every time he gets behind the wheel. If so, the K1 Speed Boston Indoor Go-Kart Racetrack, 40 Fordham Road in Wilmington, is the place to go! K1 offers electric go-kart racing for adults and juniors seven days a week. (There is a height requirement minimum of 48” for juniors, and 58” for adults).
But be warned, these are not your average amusement park type go-karts. Dad can fulfill his need for speed, as these karts can reach speeds of almost 45mph. For information on pricing and to see a layout of the indoor track, visit www.k1speed.com.
Some dads love anything with four wheels. For the automobile enthusiast, Father’s Day is a great time for a road trip to the “Father’s Day Car Show,” located at 334 Old Oak St. in Pembroke, MA. This car show features a large selection of antique and hot rod vehicles on display, as well as music, raffles, food trucks and activities to keep the kids occupied. The show is held Sunday, June 16 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and admission is free.
Many moms and wives consider themselves “golf widows.” If this is true in your family, then why not spend some time with dad in his favorite element? Treat dad to 18 holes at the Tewksbury Country Club, located at 1880 Main St. in Tewksbury. TCC features over 50 acres of manicured greens, and is open to the public. For information about making a tee time, visit www.tewksburycc.com.
We all know that dad is really a kid at heart, so satisfy his “inner child” with a trip to Kimball Farms, 400 Littleton Road in Westford. Besides offering over 50 flavors of award winning, homemade ice cream, they also feature many classic summertime, fun activities. With batting cages, mini golf, ziplining, and bumper boats, you can keep dad’s “inner kid” happy and entertained for hours this Father’s Day.
Sometimes dad’s favorite place to be is just relaxing at his own “castle.” The best gift for dad might just be a bag of his favorite snack food while he relaxes in his recliner watching a sporting event or movie. The rest of the family can pitch in to do some yard work, clean the garage, or detail his car, allowing him a few hours of guilt free rest and relaxation.
This year, skip the generic gifts of neck ties and wallets, and spend some much appreciated time with “dear ol’ dad.” Whether it’s racing around the track, enjoying a micro brewed beer, or simply helping out with some chores around the house, the gift of your time and company will make for his favorite Father’s Day gift.