Father's Day: More Important Than Ever Last Updated 6/20
As we prepare to celebrate Dad, we recognize that Father's Day festivities may be different this year– but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the day special. Here are some great ideas for 2020.
Gifts Made in Connecticut
When shopping for a thoughtful gift for Dad, why not look right in your own state? Plenty of Connecticut businesses are still shipping their homemade products, offering curbside pickup, and many have reopened with new safety measures in place.
Make a gift basket for Dad filled with Connecticut-made goodies or choose his favorites from food to clothing accessories.
Food & Drink
Gift Cards for Dad
During this time, we may not be able to bring Dad to every place we'd like to, but Father's Day is a perfect opportunity to plan ahead – by gifting exciting experiences. Make this Father's Day unique with a certificate to a place he'll love to visit as soon as he can. Check out these spots that are currently taking gift card orders. When Dad's ready to use his gift card, we recommend checking with each location, as each spot has their own reopening date.
- Pine & Iron Axe Throwing, Hartford and New Haven: Every single digital gift certificate now includes a little something extra special—from coupons to t-shirts to free club memberships. For more details, visit Pine & Iron’s website, select Reserve, pick your location, and then select Gift Certificates to see all the options.
- Montana Nights Axe Throwing, Newington: Offering gift cards with no expiration dates.
- Foxwoods HighFlyer Zipline, Mashantucket: Purchase a gift card for the HighFlyer Zipline, which launches guests from the top of the 33-story Fox Tower hotel and connects them to the Mashantucket Pequot & Research Center, nearly a mile away.
- The Adventure Park, Bridgeport: Offering gift cards and discounted ticket packs for future visits to the 50-acre aerial adventure park with five courses that include zip lining and climbing.
- The Adventure Park at Storrs, Storrs: Shop the adventure park’s spring sale, which includes deep discounts on ticket packages.
Arts & Crafts
- Painted by the Shore: Buy tickets to one of their virtual workshops or purchase a DIY in a BOX that comes with paint brushes, project materials, paint tubs and an invitation to join the exclusive DIY in a BOX private Facebook group to access the LIVE Virtual Workshop for your project.
Indoor Go Karting
- Supercharged, Montville: Buy an e-gift card for future race days at Supercharged, the largest indoor multi-level karting track in the world.
- On Track Karting, Wallingford: Purchase a gift card for any dollar amount, no expiration. Not sure what amount to buy? Give them a call and they’ll design a custom gift package just for you.
- The Fig Cooking School, Milford: Named one of the top 10 “Best Cooking Schools in New England” by Yankee Magazine, purchase a gift certificate for Dad to attend a class!
- Argia, Mystic: Let Dad embark on a day-sail or sunset cruise with a gift card to sail away on the last commercial ship in Mystic.
Dine with Dad
Outdoor Dining with Dad
If you want to take Dad out to celebrate, many of Connecticut's restaurants have opened outdoor seating for a safe and refreshing dining experience. All restaurants will be following these guidelines. Below are a few places where you can enjoy a meal outdoors this Father's Day.
Father’s Day Fine Dining Delivery
This year take advantage of the takeout and delivery services that are currently being offered by some of the state’s most high-end restaurants. Set the table and make it a special day for Dad!
Award-winning farm-to-table restaurant Jesup Hall in Westport will now be offering curbside pickup or delivery so people can taste their fine cuisine safely from their homes.
Arethusa al Tavolo in Bantam, another high-end farm-to-table restaurant will provide a takeout option they've named “al tavolo at home,” which allows customers to experience their fresh food in the comfort of their homes.
This award-winning restaurant is offering a daily selections of soups, salads, sandwiches, pies, lasagnas for takeout for their fine cuisine can be enjoyed at home.
This high-end spot known for its seasonal Mediterranean cuisine is offering takeout and delivery to bring their fine food right into your home.
Send a Meal
If you’re unable to see Dad or Grandpa in person this year, send him a meal from his favorite spot with food delivery service! Below are some of the fantastic restaurants that are currently offering delivery.
The Sloppy Waffle, Bloomfield
DISH N DAT, Canton
Center Grill, East Granby
Butchers & Bakers, Farmington
Agave Grill, Hartford
Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen, West Hartford
Bohemian Pizza, Litchfield
@ the Corner, Litchfield
Market Place Tavern, Litchfield
116 Crown, New Haven
Meat & Co., New Haven
Pitaziki, New Haven
Sandra's Next Generation, New Haven
Engine Room, Mystic
Harp & Dragon Pub, Norwich
Mansion at Bald Hill, Woodstock
Bartaco, Multiple Locations
Bear's Smokehouse BBQ, Multiple Locations
Grill Fixings To Go
Want to cook your own feast at home? Pick up some sustainably raised meat and other fixings from one of Connecticut's boutique butcher shops and grill Dad a meal to remember! Below are some butcher shops that are open for pickup.
Wine and Beer
Treat Dad to his favorite drink for a relaxing Father’s Day at home.
Whether he prefers sipping wine or hops, spots like Maugle Sierra Wines in Ledyard and Brignole Vineyards in Granby are offering grab-and-go wine pickup, while breweries such as Urban Lodge Brewing Company in Manchester and Brewery Legitimus in New Hartford are doing the same with beer orders. Problem Solved Brewery in East Windsor even has a drive-up beer-to-go window.
More ideas for take-home offerings from Connecticut breweries, wineries, and distilleries can be found here.
For a one-stop Father’s Day pickup, you’ll find that many wineries and breweries are offering pickup for both drinks and food. Half Full Brewery in Stamford is offering curbside beer pick-up and food truck takeout on weekends, Elicit Brewing in Manchester has takeout and curbside pickup for crowlers and pizza, Kinsmen Brewing in Milldale has curbside pickup for craft beers and pizza, and Chamard Vineyards in Clinton and Charter Oak Brewing in Danbury are offering takeout or curbside pickup for drinks.
If Dad enjoys bartending or you want to let him kick back while you mix him a drink, Hartford Flavor Company's Wild Moon Liqueur offers virtual mixology classes for you to refine your craft cocktail skills. For a fun and simple night of self-bartending, try out a take-home cocktail kit! Bridgeport's Fifth State Distillery is making your next golden hour easier with cocktail kits. Whether it's a Bloody Mary or a Mule, their kits will make your next cocktail an easy task. Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill in New Haven is offering make-your-own margarita kits that can be ordered in a variety of sizes and taken to-go. Meanwhile, Conspiracy Bar in Middletown is another perfect spot to find a cocktail kit. This bar is offering special to-go cocktail list featuring unique make-your-own kits that come with all the ingredients to make 1-2 specialty drinks at home.
More Delicious Ideas
Create your own at-home clam bake with Dad! Chowdafest is offering a "Clam Bake To Go" kit which includes one large 1.5 lb lobster, clams, mussels, sausage, potatoes and corn on the cob! Spend the day having a classic New England clam bake for a very memorable Father's Day.
If you're a fan of ribs and BBQ sauce, make your backyard feast a barbecue with Saybrook Point Resort & Marina's Father's Day BBQ. Indulge in a curbside pickup menu of jalapeno jack corn bread, red bliss potato & green bean salad, sweet steamed corn, smokey bourbon baked beans, chipotle peach BBQ St. Louis pork ribs, and more!
While the array of Father’s Day activities may be smaller this year, there are still many ways to make memories.
Admire nature’s beauty by hiking or taking a walk with Dad! Luckily, Connecticut has some stunning locations to make it special. Check out these social distance-friendly hikes and these secluded hiking destinations. Additional information on less-traveled trails can be found here by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. For a full list of state parks click here.
Experience some outdoor thrills with ziplining! Nomads Outdoor Adventure and The Adventure Park are both open for aerial fun with plenty of safety measures in place. For more outside activities for a memorable Father's Day, check out these great suggestions from golfing to fishing to art walks.
To ensure that too many people do not visit the same state parks at the same time, which would make social distancing more difficult, the state authorities have instituted regulations designed to limit visitor capacity. Find more information on the latest guidance here.
Before venturing out, we recommend checking for temporary closures as well as reviewing these steps to take to enhance “social distancing” when enjoying the outdoors.
Below are some hiking spots that are typically less crowded.