When it comes to holidays, moms usually get the gourmet feasts while dads often get the leftovers. This Father’s Day, think outside the stereotypical gift box. Throw away the ties, t-shirts, golf balls and gift cards. Instead, explore the City of Brotherly Love, and show your pops some love with these top activities in and around the Philadelphia area for Father’s Day.
Father’s Day Car Show
Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast
2400 Old Lincoln Highway
Bensalem, PA 19053
Date: June 15, 2014 at 10 a.m.
If hot rods rev up dad’s engine more than rods and reels, then head over to the Father’s Day Car Show benefiting the Philadelphia and Bensalem Fraternal Order of Police Survivors Fund on June 15th. Dad can enter his own pride and joy for $15, or the family can be awed by all of the shiny makes and models for free. Treat your special man to an indoor Sunday brunch, or enjoy the outdoors at the barbecue and bar. Live music, raffles, fun kids’ activities and appearances from special police units make this a can’t-miss event.
Father’s Day Fishing Frenzy
Long Beach Island Sea Pirate Campground
148 Main St.
West Creek, NJ 08092
Date: June 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Grab a pole and get ready for a boatload of fun at the Jersey Shore during Sea Pirate Campground’s Father’s Day Fishing Frenzy. Pack a tent, roll up in an RV or rent one of the cozy cabins at this family-friendly campground for a weekend of dad-centric activities. A fishing tournament with prizes and a full Sunday breakfast fit for a king are on the agenda. A stocked catch-and-release pond, swimming pool, arcade, volleyball, horseshoes and rental canoes and kayaks add to the fun.
March-Out Of The Continental Army Event
Valley Forge National Historical Park
1400 N. Outer Line Drive
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Date: June 14, 2014 at 11 a.m.
What better way to celebrate your father’s special day than by honoring the father of our country, George Washington, at the March-Out of the Continental Army Event at Valley Forge. After having suffered six months of horrific conditions at the encampment, in June of 1778, the Continental Army marched out of Valley Forge more unified than ever. The annual event not only commemorates the renewal of the army and birth of our nation, but, on Father’s Day, can also symbolize the unity and rebirth of your family. Participants will march in formation along the historic route that General Washington walked while costumed guides present programs along the way. The event culminates with a special soldier life program near Varnum’s picnic area, so pack a lunch and enjoy a day outdoors getting back to basics and bonding with dad.
Philadelphia Father’s Day Cruises
123 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Date: June 15, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Sail aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia for a Father’s Day to remember. Lunch and dinner cruises include delicious all-you-can-eat buffets, DJs, dancing and amazing views of Philadelphia’s historic waterfront. Get a different perspective of the city from climate-controlled interior decks and a rooftop deck as you bond with family on dad’s special day. The spectacular June 15th cruises start at $50 for adults and $30 for children ages three to 12.
1519 State Route 903
JIm Thorpe, PA 18229
Pack your squirt guns and super soakers for a wild and wet afternoon whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River. Pocono Whitewater offers an eight-mile, three- to four-hour family raft trip ideal for beginners age four and older. On Father’s Day, you can bring your pet along for the ride for free. If you honor your dad on a weekday in June, the adventure also includes a complimentary, all-you-can-eat barbecue on the riverbank. Package rafting with Skirmish Paintball, a 700-acre Pocono paintball paradise, and you’ll be talking about this day for years to come.
Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.