Things to do in Dallas for Father’s Day should go beyond the typical backyard barbecue. Now, that’s not to say (*gasp!*) you should eliminate that tasty affair from your Sunday plans. Don’t ever do that — it’s far too delicious to do something that dramatic. But rather, in hearty addition to the tasty BBQ action, get Dad out to experience some solid attractions and events in Dallas that add a lil’ extra pizzazz to his big weekend.
Maybe you’re his offspring looking for a new way to really *wow* him after so many Father’s Days together. Or maybe you’re his leading lady, looking for a romantic way to celebrate him as just the two of you. And perhaps you’re looking for things to do in DFW that are family-friendly for all sorts of ages. No matter your motive, you’ve come to the right place. This June, don’t miss out on these Dallas events that are a perfect blend of “fun for everyone” –and – “bound to make his weekend epic.” All without being too touristy for any of you local Dallasites.
So get goin’ on planning unforgettable Father’s Day activities in DFW for Dad. Start with these ideas and make some sweet memories happen. Then head for home to fire up that grill, and enjoy some seriously good grub together!
1. MURDER MYSTERY DINNER AT EDISON’S (JUNE 16 | 7:00 PM)
Ladies and gents, you will gather here on Friday to witness the marriage of… this couple involved in an unsuspected plot twist! During the course of a meticulously planned evening of whodunit, guests will delight in solving the puzzle surrounding a wedding reception. Invite Dad to bust out his sharpest sleuth skills for a night of delicious deception.
2. PLAY WITH HEAVY MACHINERY (WEDNESDAYS – SATURDAYS | DAYLIGHT)
Father’s Day DFW events that take Dad venturing north to Pottsboro, Texas will never have more appeal than this outing offers! Give Dad the chance to wield the construction world’s ultimate power tools: operating an excavator, bulldozer, or wheel loader. As the location’s availability does not include Sundays, you get to start celebrating Dad’s big day early on Saturday. Then he can talk your ear off all day Sunday (and beyond) about “how crazy-fun yesterday was” as you golf, BBQ, swig beers, and the like.
3. ESCAPE TO KING SPA & SAUNA
Put a romantic spin on things to do in Dallas for Father’s Day. Leave the kids at home, and treat your main man to a relaxing adult getaway together. Kick back and relax with amenities like: salt rooms, infared technology and massage chairs. Additional pampering services such as massages, scrubs and steam baths are available for purchase. Admission is good for 24 hours, so you two can take your time unwinding. Check out the accompanying waterpark or health-infused food court to mix things up a bit!
4. TOMATO TASTING CONTEST (JUNE 17 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Got a dad who has a green thumb? Well believe it or not, this Dallas event in June exists! So for a unique, less traditional way to kick off Father’s Day weekend activities, swing Dad by North Haven Gardens with his garden’s finest 3-5 picks from the vine. A panel of judges will put their palates to work from 11:00 AM until noon. The top three best-tasting tomatoes will be announced at 12:00 PM, and awarded gift card prizes.
5. WET ‘N’ WILD THINGS TO DO IN DALLAS WITH DAD
Father’s Day is Dad’s #1 day to play! Leave no doubt about that by taking him to one of the Dallas area’s many hot spots to make a splash. Whether it’s a cool waterpark like Bahama Beach that offers H2O entertainment for family members of all ages; or the refreshing, natural spring-fed waters of Burger’s Lake — it’s easy to find a place in DFW to spend some quality time with your fam’s main man.
6. BEER ‘N’ CHIPS ART FESTIVAL (JUNE 17 | 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Noble Rey Brewery proudly presents a Dallas event that features some of Dad’s favorite things to do in DFW all under one roof! As the event’s name implies, he’ll (obviously) enjoy eating chips, sipping beer, and admiring local art. But he’ll do all three alongside a downright jammin’ selection of music. And the fact that there’s no entry fee means he’ll be singing praises right along with those tunes!
7. GOLF LESSON WITH A PGA PRO (SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY)
Treating Dad to a round of golf on his special day in June is great and all. But if you REALLY want to use the links to leave a lasting mark on his Sunday, tee him up in a most memorable way. A one-on-one golf lesson with Pro Marc Brooks at the Lantana Golf Club will hone Dad’s skills like never before!
8. 7TH ANNUAL CALVARY CAR SHOW (JUNE 17 | 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Take Dad out for a nice lil’ saunter through history’s hottest wheels, ranging from vintage vehicles to modern motorcycles. A $20 entry fee goes towards admission as well as a calendar and t-shirt. This annual Dallas event returns this June with a Honda lawnmower raffle, cash prize drawing, plenty of tasty concessions, and a kids carnival area. So it’s basically perfect for an easy afternoon for early Father’s Day festivities, especially for families with children or grandchildren in tow.
9. FISHING AT WHITE ROCK LAKE PARK
If you’re looking for one of the most relaxed things to do in Dallas for Father’s Day weekend, look no further than this natural attraction. As one of the largest parks in the area, White Rock Lake offers plenty of spots for Dad to try to catch himself a catfish, along with over 1,000 acres of wooded area for a fun family romp among local flora and fauna. Pack a picnic and enjoy afternoon eats amid the backdrop of both the great outdoors and the Dallas city skyline.
10. DOWNTOWN CARROLLTON LAVA LUAU (JUNE 17 | 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
Nothing welcomes both Father’s Day and the official start to the summer season quite like this DFW event. As far as things to do in Dallas for families go, this one will certainly make you want to hula! Parents and children will love the festive food, dancers and decorations, as well as live music, contest and plenty of photo opps. And guess what?! This fun activity is free!
11. DRIVE A REAL STOCK CAR AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY (JUNE 23-25 | VARIOUS TIMES)
If you’re wondering what to do in Dallas with a dad who has a need for speed, this is it! Head to one of the racing world’s most renowned tracks, letting Pops put the pedal to the metal on the same turf as the pros. A driving class and safety orientation will give Dad all he needs to know to do some real NASCAR racing! And if Dad can’t make the June dates, you can still give this experience as a Father’s Day gift that he can redeem for a later 2017 track session. Advanced booking is a must! Call 866-525-6839 for details on availability.
12. SHARK FEEDING AT DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM (DAILY | 4:30 PM)
This spectacle certainly breaks the mold when it comes to out-of-the-ordinary things to do in Dallas for Father’s Day! Watch the feeding frenzy as a 400,000-gallon tank full of hungry sharks mow down their dinner. And there are plenty of other fascinating exhibits to check out as a family in the meantime: like crocodiles, exotic birds, monkeys, manatees, sloths, gigantic catfish, waterfalls, Mayan dance performances, and so much more — making it one heck of a way to spend Father’s Day in Dallas with the family!
13. TEE UP AT TOPGOLF DALLAS
Do dinner and drinks as a couple in your own cozy, private bay. Or indulge in grub, golf and games as a family! Whether it’s Pop’s first time to this impressive establishment or he’s a golf guru doubling as a veteran visitor, this Dallas activity with Dad won’t disappoint. Score a bay on the top tier of the range and let him feel like he’s the king of the clubs this June!
14. INDY CAR RIDE ALONG (JUNE 23 & 25 | VARIOUS PM TIMES)
Cross off one of Dad’s top bucket list wishes with things to do in Dallas for Father’s Day that come packed with horsepower! Send Dad to Texas Motor Speedway for Indy Car racing! Give him a real feel for how the pros handle the track, as he sits shotgun and the car tops out at incredible speeds. Maybe June is a busy month for him? Not to worry – give him this experience BEST Father’s Day gift he’ll ever unwrap. Then have him book a spot for one of the school’s later dates in September (22nd or 24th) or October (13th or 15th) instead. Advanced booking is a must! Call 866-525-6839 for details on available afternoon times.
15. EMBARK ON A ROMANTIC GONDOLA RIDE
Looking for a romantic way to wish your main squeeze a happy Father’s Day in Dallas? Let him know he’s the best dad to your kids you could have ever asked for with an escape just outside of Dallas city limits. Take a tranquil float for two through nearby Irving’s Mandalay Canal and Lake Carolyn. Keep it simple, or up the ante with options like adding breakfast, apps, lunch, dinner or dessert to your wander on the water.
16. KAYAK OR CANOE THE TRINITY RIVER
In terms of top things to do in Dallas this weekend, the Trinity River is a great place to start. This waterway is a window to Mother Nature’s most serene offerings, via kayak or canoe rentals. Of course, the river has its more ‘active’ areas to be mindful of, but your outfitter should have launch- and landing-points planned to avoid these. Guided tours down the river are typically available as well.
17. INDOOR SKYDIVING (SUNDAYS – FRIDAYS)
Here’s another DFW activity for Father’s Day that the entire family can enjoy — from its littlest 3 year olds to its wisest members! Don flight gear together and, one-by-one, spread your wings in a lively wind tunnel that will take you to new heights to hover, ascend, descend, rotate and more! Make memories that will last Dad a lifetime, as everyone tries two one-minute flights in the tunnel with an instructor. Call 866-525-6839 prior to booking for additional information on any participant limitations that may exist.
18. ZIPLINE ADVENTURE COURSE
If Dad has an inner Tarzan that’s waiting to be unleashed, now’s your chance! Take the whole family on an outdoor excursion featuring rope ladders, treetops, bridges, and obstacles galore. Operating rain or shine, this outing is all the more fun if Mother Nature makes it a wet ‘n’ wild adventure! Participants must be 55” for this activity, and planning 2-3 hours to complete the course is recommended. Which is the perfect amount of time if you’re trying to leave room to enjoy other fun stuff to do in Dallas with Dad for Father’s Day. (Like that backyard BBQ *wink, wink*.)
19. STOCKYARDS CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO (FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS | 8:00 PM)
This is Texas, y’all! So you best believe that, as a resident Dallasite, rodeo should be in your family’s blood. Treat Dad to one of the most classic things to do in Dallas on the weekend: a Friday or Saturday at the Cowtown Coliseum to cheer on weekly competitions. And if he leaves with an adventurous itch to scratch, there’s no time like Father’s Day to help him fulfill his wildest dreams! Check out local bull riding schools (yes, they do exist for the general public) to find one that will get him yeehawww’in faster than you can count to eight!