What to Do on Father's Day in NYC 2017May 23, 2017 - by Regina Molaro
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 18, 2017. 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.
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, chelseapiers.com
It's not too late to book a special Father's Day brunch or dinner cruise with dad aboard Spirit of New York. For reservations, visit spiritofnewyork.com. Spoil him with a savory meal, cocktails, enjoy music and incredible views aboard Bateaux New York. Brunch and dinner options available. bateauxnewyork.com.
Culture & Food
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. eldridgestreet.org.
Drones, Ships, and Aircraft at Intrepid
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. Now on display, Drones: Is the Sky the Limit? Click here for a coupon that takes $5 off admission.
Folk Music Fest on Governors Island
If Dad's a fan of folk music, Governors Island (which is just a short, $2 ferry trip from Manhattan and Brooklyn) is having its Porch Stomp Festival, one day before Father's Day, on June 17. Porch Stomp invites over 60 bands, artists, and performing arts organizations to play everything from traditional folk to old-time, blues, roots, bluegrass, and Americana music on a set of historic porches. Dance is also a major part of Porch Stomp: throughout the afternoon there are several square dances visitors can join in on top of workshops where folks can learn basic steps. govisland.com.
Green Thumbs at New York Botanical Garden
Those with a green thumb may enjoy a quiet afternoon surrounded by blooms at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). Founded in 1891, it’s now a National Historic Landmark that boasts diverse landscapes, extensive collections, and colorful gardens. Through October 29, colorful glass artworks by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly will be on view. After enjoying a leisurely stroll around the gardens, visitors can dine at The Hudson Garden Grill, which is nestled within the Ross Conifer Arboretum. Helmed by award-winning Executive Chef Julian Alonzo, it features New American cuisine inspired by locally sourced, ethically produced ingredients from Hudson Valley farms and other regional producers. If dad is local, consider sending him to one of the NYBG’s gardening classes, which offer ecologically responsible garden care and design, including plant use, soil husbandry, composting, and pest control. 2900 Southern Blvd., 718-817-8700, nybg.org
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, heliny.com
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, hudsonriverpark.org
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, Yankees.com/tours