12 Great Father’s Day Activities
Special treats for dad, from our friends on Facebook and Twitter
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Homemade Ice Cream for Dad
Ice cream is wonderful. Homemade ice cream is so heavenly it's a sure-fire Father's Day hit. A hint of cinnamon makes this custardy, super-smooth, ice cream special.
(For a lighter treat, serve Dad DIY Tart 'n' Tangy Fro Yo)
Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream
tip: Hiking in Glacier National Park for the day and ice cream on the way home!! 😉 - Susan Schwager
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Ride the rapids
Consider taking Dad for a Father's Day trip he'll never forget: white water rafting on any one of our favorite rivers.
Or, for the angler in your life, fishing is a good, relaxing alternative.
More: Top 10 rafting trips
tip: Treat Dad to a day of . - GreerTerry@SunsetMag
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Make Dad a ballpark-inspired spread
When you're at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium, the best thing to order between innings is the piled-high Fairfax sandwich made by Canter's Deli. This is our version.
Dad will love our whole World Series menu.
Recipe: Hot pastrami sandwiches
tip: Burgers & baseball parks! - deniseslatteryRT @SunsetMag
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Climb Grand Teton
If the dad in your life is an outdoor enthusiast, why not give him what he wants? A good climb up a beautiful mountain. Try Grand Teton
or any of the West's other National Parks. More: The West's other National Parks tip: Take Dad to new heights - Climb the Grand Teton with - GreerTerry@SunsetMag
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San Diego day trip for So Cal dads
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Pacific Grove day trip for Nor Cal dads
For dads who like to pedal (or dads who just like to eat seafood), Pacific Grove is an ideal, low-key day trip.
Or maybe your dad is more interested in perfecting his swing? Treat him to 18 holes at
More: Explore Pacific Grove by bike
tip: Carmel; golf @ PacificGrove Poor Man's Pebble Beach - Nancydbrown@SunsetMag
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Father's Day brunch
Brunch isn't just for Mother's Day anymore. Surprise Dad with this make-ahead menu, complete with Asparagus and Prosciutto Strata, Buttermilk-Currant Scones with Lemon Glaze, and Strawberry-Marmalade Salad.
Add a glass of sparkling wine and he's sure to ask for the same gift next year.
More: Get our make-ahead brunch menu
tip: Champagne brunch at home with an oven omelete on the patio, PRICELESS!!!! - Kelly Dolan-Hagadorn
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Tomales Bay for foodie fathers
You can find good local food in any number of beautiful places, but in Tomales Bay, on California's North Coast, there's a special kind of seamlessness between the act of eating and just being in nature.
This is the perfect Father's Day trip for your favorite foodie.
More: Feast on oysters at Tomales Bay
tip: Osteria Stellina, Pt Reyes- great destination for Father's Day ... Best of local ingredients. - BertinoPR@SunsetMag
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This is the granddaddy of national parks, full of waterfalls, bison, and geysers. It's a big trip, but it's one most dads are sure to love.
More: Unforgettable Yellowstone vacation
tip: Take your "Old Faithful" to Old Faithful! Explore Yellowstone National Park - GreerTerry@SunsetMag
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Portland day trip for Northwest dads
Dads who love coffee and browsing through indie shops will definitely appreciate a day trip to Portland's hip North Williams Avenue.
More: Explore Portland's North Williams Avenue
tip: Portland's Governor Hotel has a travel package w freebies for the beer loving dad - ashleybern@SunsetMag
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Tasting trip for a wine-loving dad
Don't buy him another bottle of Cab. This year, impress him with a mini wine country escape.
More: 10 irresistible mini wine country escapes
tip: Maryhill Art Museum in the Gorge & then wine tasting! It's a treat for dad to not have to be the designated driver! - Columbia Gorge Winegrowers
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Go cherry tasting
Take Dad cherry-picking (and tasting), then serve him up one of our favorite cherry treats. Let him pick his favorite: Cherry Limeade, Chocolate Waffles with Poached Cherries, Double-Crust Cherry Tart, or Fresh Cherry Preserves.
More: Cherry ripe
Tip: My dad loves cherry tasting at Andy's Orchard in Morgan Hill every Father's Day... 20 some varieties... delicious! - Sunset
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