Make Dad’s Day

Jun 14, 2024

Need some new ways to celebrate Father’s Day? We’ve got ideas to celebrate your #1 guy throughout the tri-state.

Forget the tie and toolset. This Father’s Day weekend, give Dad something he really wants: a day to do what he loves with the people he loves.

Whether Dad’s got a passion for food and drink or leans more towards the great outdoors, we’ve curated a list of the best spots to celebrate Father’s Day this year.  And—bonus!—spending a fun day in the ‘burbs is a great way to test drive the towns on your list and get a feel for what life is really like.

For the Foodie Dad

Celebrating a food lover? Whether he’s a fine dining aficionado or more of a grillin’-and-chillin’ kind of guy, one of these choices are sure to delight his taste buds.

Greenwich, CT

Valbella

Once a small fishing and farming community, the Riverside section of Greenwich is now a bustling neighborhood with world-class recreation—we’re talking yacht clubs, golf courses, parks, and more—and top-rated restaurants. Book a reservation at Valbella and enjoy an old-school Italian feast in one of the stately landmark Victorians that line East Putnam Avenue.

Maplewood, NJ

Restaurant Lorena

Satisfy his hunger for food and culture in leafy Maplewood. Check out eight one-of-a-kind paintings hanging on the tunnel walls of the Maplewood Train Station underpass as part of Art In Motion, then sit down for a lavish jazz brunch at Restaurant Lorena and discover for yourself why this iconic restaurant is a three-time winner of North Jersey’s 2023 Best of the Best Restaurant.

Chappaqua, NY

Crabtree’s Kittle House

Founded by a group of Quakers in the 1730s, Chappaqua has a rich history that’s well preserved in landmark buildings throughout this charming hamlet. Get a taste of the past at Crabtree’s Kittle House, a historic inn serving fresh, farm-to-table cuisine sourced from local ingredients.

For the Adventure-seeking Dad

Looking to thrill Dad this Father’s Day? The tri-state area delivers on adventure—take your pick of our favorite spots for active adventure. 

Westfield, NJ

Tamaques Park

Westfield may be known for its busy shops and restaurants, but there’s plenty of opportunity to get active in beautiful Tamaques Park just south of the downtown district. There are 18 picnic areas, 2 basketball courts, 8 tennis courts, 3 pickleball courts, and even shuffleboard courts packed into this 106-acre dog-friendly park—so grab your gear and head on over.

Cos Cob, CT

Montgomery Pinetum Park and Nature Center

Help Dad get his nature fix at Greenwich Botanical Center, where you can spend the day exploring the greenhouse and hiking the 1.9-mile loop that winds through nearby Montgomery Pinetum Park.

Tarrytown, NY

Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, birding… you can do it all—and more—at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, a 1,700-acre retreat donated to the State of New York by the Rockefeller family in the 1980s. Pick up a trail map at the park visitor center or through Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. If you’re feeling hungry after your day of exertion, Blue Hill Cafeteria at Stone Barns serves a seasonal, locally sourced menu.

For the Dad Who Loves Days on the Water

Is a day spent on the water Dad’s idea of a perfect day? We’re on board with that! Here’s how we suggest spending the day.

Westport, CT

Sea Kayak 

Paddlers of all levels can take to the sea with Sea Kayak Connecticut. Choose from island tours or harbor tours with a group, or book a private tour with your very own guide.

Sleepy Hollow, NY

Sleepy Hollow Kayak Tours 

Sleepy Hollow may be known as the town of Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman, but there’s so much more to this pretty Hudson River community. Explore it by boat with a guided paddle tour down the Hudson with Sleepy Hollow Kayak Tours—you’ll pass the historic Tarrytown Lighthouse before heading towards the Tappan Zee, one of the widest points on the Hudson River.

Oyster Bay, NY

Oyster Bay Watersports (Oyster Bay)

Teddy Roosevelt spent his summers enjoying the great outdoors in Oyster Bay—and your special Dad can too! Learn to wakesurf, wakeboard, waterski, or tube on Super Air Nautique wake-boats or enjoy a scenic cruise around beautiful Oyster Bay Harbor.

For the Always-on-the-Green Dad

Golf and Father’s Day go hand-in-hand. There are so many places to hit the links in the tri state area—but these are four of our favorite courses.

West Orange, NJ

Rock Spring Golf Club

Dad will love playing 18 holes at Rock Spring Golf Club , then stopping at the “19th hole” to take in the sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, Cable Lake and Second Mountain from the clubhouse. After a day on the green, hit #1 zoo in New Jersey, the Turtle Back Zoo, to visit baby animals with their daddies on Father’s Day.

Fairfield, CT

Carl Dickman Par 3

Book a tee time at Carl Dickman Par 3, a welcoming public golf course perfect for golfers of all skill levels. It’s an ideal spot for dads and kids to bond over a round of golf in a relaxed and friendly environment. The par-3 course offers a peaceful and picturesque setting, making it a great place to enjoy the game surrounded by natural beauty. 

Scarsdale, NY

Saxon Woods (Scarsdale)

Start the day at Scarsdale Farmers Market to pick up local ingredients for Dad’s favorite dinner before you tee off at Saxon Woods. This wooded public course is plenty challenging—and the new restaurant and concession stand is the perfect spot to fuel up before heading home.

For the Dad Who’s Always Ready to Raise a Pint (or 2…)

Raise a glass to the greatest guy! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite breweries and brewpubs in the tri-state area.

Montclair, NJ

Montclair Brewery

Montclair has long been known for its art scene—and it’s got a pretty hopping beer scene, too. Stroll around Montclair’s antique shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques, then grab a picnic from one of the many restaurants in town and head to Montclair Brewery, where you can enjoy your food in a relaxed indoor or outdoor setting and live music on select nights!

Rye, NY

The Barley Beach House

If sun, sand, and suds sounds like the perfect way to spend Father’s Day, head to The Barley Beach House, located just steps from Rye Town Beach. Sip a craft brew as you soak in the sweeping views of the Long Island Sound from the outdoor patio. 

Glen Cove, NY

Garvies Point Brewery

Indulge your guy’s inner science nerd with a visit to Glen Cove’s Garvies Point Museum, where you can do a deep dive into Long Island geology, then ponder your new-found knowledge over a fresh draft at Garvies Point Brewery, where all the beers are handcrafted on site.

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