Choosing the perfect Father’s Day gift can be a harrowing experience. Too often, poor old Dad gets ties or some other boring gift year rafter year, so why not try to surprise your dad with a gift based on his passions? In Philadelphia, there are many different stores, restaurants and special events available to honor Dad on Father’s Day.Related: See last year’s recommendations for last-minute Father’s Day gifts.

Brickman’s Bait and Tackle
4999 Linden Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19114
(215) 632-0674
www.brickmansbaitandtackle.comFounded in 1961, Brickman’s Bait and Tackle is a one-stop shop for fresh-water, salt-water, ice and fly fishing needs. Located near the Delaware River, the staff at the store is knowledgeable about fishing in Pennsylvania’s rivers and creeks. Why not buy Dad a fishing license and take him out for a day alongside a Pennsylvania waterway? The store stocks all types of fishing gear, including brands like Shakespeare, Diawa, Penn, Eagle Claw and more. It also stocks live bait.

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Golf Philly Fairmount Park
7900 City Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19151
(215) 879-3536
www.phillygolf.orgIf your dad is passionate about hitting the green, then Golf Philly Fairmount Park is a perfect place to pick up a last-minute gift. Featuring a 32-stall driving range, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a picnic area, a snack bar and a golf shop, the center is a golfer’s delight. PGA instructors are available for golf lessons. After stopping at the golf shop, check out nearby Cobb’s Creek Golf Course.

Classical Guitar Store
2038 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 567-2972
www.classicalguitarstore.comFor a perfectly-tuned musical gift for Dad, visit the Classical Guitar Store. Founded in 1967, the business sells, repairs and adjusts guitars. In addition to a full line of classical guitars, the store also offers sheet music and instructions. It’s also home to the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society and has both French and American guitars available for purchase. Prices range from student models to top-of-the-line concert instruments. Of course, Classical Guitar also stocks a full range of accessories.

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Courtesy Stable
901 E. Cathedral Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(215) 482-8108
www.courtesystable.orgPut your dad back in the saddle again with horseback-riding lessons at Courtesy Stable. Situated in 9,200-acre Fairmount Park, the stable offers horse boarding and other services, too. Riding lessons include classes on horsemanship, safety, horse grooming and types of tack. A one-hour private lesson starts at $50. At 1 p.m., on the last Sunday of each month, a Horses in the Park program is held at the Valley Green Inn. The program provides visitors with the opportunity to meet riders and their mounts.

Simeone Automotive Museum
6825 Norwitch Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19153
(215) 365-7233
www.simeonemuseum.orgHit the road with Dad and enjoy Father’s Day at the Simeone Automotive Museum. With more than 60 cars displayed in themed dioramas that present a tableau of where each car raced, the museum collection boasts a 1909 American Underslung, famous for its reliability and speed at the time, and three pre-WWI vintage racing cars – a 1912 National Speed Model, a 1911-1913 Mercer Raceabout and a 1916 Stutz Bearcat. Other cars featured span the generations. The history of NASCAR is also represented with a collection of famous race cars. On June 22, the driving demonstration will focus on “The American Playboy.” It will feature a 1915 Packard Gentleman’s Roadster and other early classics. Online tickets start at $12, with a $4.95 processing fee per ticket.

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