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What to Do on Father's Day in NYC 2018

June 11, 2018 - by Regina Molaro
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It’s time to show just how much we truly appreciate Dad. New York boasts lots of great places to celebrate Father’s Day, celebrated on Sunday, June 17, 2018. NYC is home to fun, unique experiences for every type of father—from the outdoors enthusiast to the artist, sportsman, adventurer, or gardener. Read on for our picks for the best things to do on Father's Day in New York City.

Chelsea Piers 

If Dad loves sports (and chances are he does), head over to Chelsea Piers—a fun destination for learning, practicing, playing, and competing. More than 25 different sports are available. Drop-in activities include batting cages, bowling, golf, hockey, basketball, and soccer. For more adventurous types, there’s rock climbing and sailing on the Hudson. After working up a sweat, grab a bite and beer at one of the many eateries such as sandwich spot 'Wichcraft or Piers Pizza.  62 Chelsea Piers, 212-336-6666,


spirit of new york father's day cruise

There’s only one thing that can improve on a New York cruise with views of the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, and the Brooklyn Bridge and that’s fireworks. Sunday evening, weather permitting, catch a pyrotechnic extravaganza from onboard Spirit of New York. A casual trip departs from Chelsea Piers with a bountiful buffet, interactive games, and DJ entertainment. For the city’s finest plated cruise, opt for the fully glass-enclosed, European-inspired cruises of Bateaux New York. Sunday night you’ll have prime fireworks viewing on top of dinner, three hours on the water, and the Sterling Band playing live, with hits that range from Frank Sinatra to Bruno Mars. Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, near W. 23rd St. on the Hudson. Spirit Cruises, 866-483-3866,; Bateaux New York, 866-817-3463,

Culture & Food

empanadas egg rolls eldridge

For a different slant on New York history and culture, take Dad on to the Lower East Side and the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival, hosted by the Museum at Eldridge Street. Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican tastes, traditions, sights, and sounds all come together in an afternoon-long street fair. 12-4pm.

Over in Chelsea you'll find another Father's Day block party, this one hosted by the Rubin Museum of Art. Create a galaxy in a jar, fly a drone, build a city of dreams, and learn garba dance, with art making, performances, and activities for all ages. This year's theme, “We Make the Future,” celebrates intergenerational learning, including dads and honorary dads. Starts 1pm.

Bring dad to the New-York Historical Society for a Father's Day Museum Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt. Follow a trail of quirky clues and challenges related to the museum’s countless artifacts. No knowledge of the museum or New York history required—just sharp eyes and comfy shoes (and one smartphone per group). 170 Central Park West at 77th St., 212-873-3400,

Drones, Ships, and Aircraft at Intrepid

intrepid sea air and space

Dads looking to explore should check out the legendary aircraft carrier that’s now the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The museum includes the Space Shuttle Pavilion, home to Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle, plus a submarine and 27 authentically restored aircraft. Dads get in for the price of a child's admission with Intrepid's coupon (good on Father's Day only).

Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island

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Now in its 13th year, all weekend long you can take Dad back in time with the Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governors Island.

Helicopter Flight Services

Helicopter Flight Services

Soar over the skies of Manhattan and its surrounding areas with Helicopter Flight Services, as you take in iconic city sights such as One World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the United Nations. Winner of the “Best NYC Tour” by the Association of Hotel Concierges, Helicopter Flight Services has also received an impressive TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Several packages are offered such as The Ultimate, which was the No. 1 ranked tour voted by Association of Hotel Concierges in 2008, 2009, and 2011. That 30-minute aerial excursion offers views of New York City landmarks, as well as Brooklyn and the New Jersey Palisades. Downtown Manhattan Heliport, Pier 6, 212-355-0801,

Kayaking on the Hudson 

Water and nature enthusiasts will enjoy paddling around New York City by kayak and taking in the sights that abound. Dad doesn’t have to be an expert—free and expert kayaking lessons are offered at several locations, which include Piers 96, 66, 40, 84, and 26. For more information, call 212-627-2020,

Yankee Stadium Tours

Yankee Stadium Tours is a must for baseball fans visiting New York City. Tours are led by knowledgeable, experienced guides and last approximately an hour. The Classic Tour grants fans access to the stadium, a Yankee museum, Monument Park, and even the Yankee dugout. Another option is the Pregame Tour, ideal for fans who already have their tickets and would like a more intimate view of the stadium. It grants fans private access to the legendary Monument Park before it opens to the public, and concludes with exclusive access to batting practice in Section 105. 1 E. 161st St., Gate 6, 646-977-TOUR,

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