Dads and father figures come in all sorts, from the outdoorsy to the intellectual, the food-focused to the fashion-forward. While you’re looking for the perfect way to show appreciation to yours this Father’s Day weekend, check out some of these Lehigh Valley options.
Go on a Trek
Head out together for some quality time exploring the summer sights along Lehigh Valley’s many miles of multi-use trails. The LINK Trail Network makes it easy to plan your expedition (picnic, anyone?), with interactive maps of 125-plus miles of interconnecting paths. Sort by activity and find the perfect place to walk, bike, or fish!
Go to a Show
For the theatrically-inclined fathers out there, there’s no need to travel as far as New York City for a great production. The PA Shakespeare Festival is putting on In the Heights featuring music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. These performances are fun for the whole family!
A festival takes place the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend at ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks to revel in the freedom won by enslaved Americans upon emancipation. With live music, ethnic food trucks, activities for kids and relevant cinema with a panel discussion, it’s a time for history-, food- and freedom-loving dads to live it up.
Get Ice Cream
Treat your pops to an ice cream waffle sandwich, a fresh waffle taco piled with toppings, or just a plain old scoop of his favorite flavor at an area spot like Allentown’s extravagant Udder Bar. There’s an ice cream parlor near you where you can sit side by side on a bench enjoying life’s simple pleasures with the guy who very well may have handed you your first cone.
Take a Ride in a Classic Car
If you've never been to the America on Wheels Museum, Father's Day might be the right time. On Saturday, June 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., you can head out on a ride in one of their vintage cars! Adults are $7.00 and kids under 12 years old are free.
Some dads live for the pure joy of working side by side. Get outside and work in the garden or landscaping together and you can look upon your shared effort with pride for the rest of the season or the life of the plants! A trip to Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery in Orefield may be in order to find attractive trees, shrubs or flowers that support our pollinators.
Try an Escape Room
With themes like The Pirate’s Chamber and The Haunted Theatre, Captured Lehigh Valley Escape Room places you in an immersive environment with the whole family or friends and the challenge to find your way out! Putting your heads together to solve problems makes you feel like a real team. When else will you have the chance to crack a safe together? There are two Valley locations to choose from in Allentown and Bethlehem.
Cheer on the IronPigs
Head to Coca-Cola Park for the IronPigs' 6:35 p.m. game on Saturday or the 1:35 p.m. game on Sunday against the Toledo Mud Hens. This Father's Day weekend celebration at the ballpark honors dads with merchandise giveaways, fireworks and on Sunday, a post-game catch on the field.
Encourage the Cook
If dad’s known for his lovingly-grilled loin chops, passing on the culinary heritage of his people, or just trying new recipes, consider the gift of a personalized cutting board from Domaci Home in Bethlehem, etched with a local city skyline and text of your choice. Cook together and he’ll teach you his ways!