Father's Day: More Important Than Ever Last Updated: June 2021
After a challenging year, it's time to say "yes" to gratitude and celebrations – especially on Father's Day! Even with some safety restrictions, we can give Dad a truly fantastic day. Here are some great ideas for 2021.
Dine with Dad
Let someone else do the cooking this Father's Day and take Dad out for a fabulous meal. Get out in the open air at these outdoor dining spots with a view or try these delicious brunch destinations. Below are some popular spots the whole family will love.
Get Grill Fixings To Go
Want to cook your own feast at home? Upgrade your cookout and pick up sustainably raised meat from one of Connecticut's craft butchers or fish markets and grill Dad a meal to remember! Below are a few spots to consider.
Sip Wine and Beer
Treat Dad to his favorite drink for a relaxing Father’s Day – either at home or on the inviting grounds of a vineyard or brewery.
Whether he prefers 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.
For a one-stop Father’s Day pickup, Chamard Vineyards in Clinton is offering takeout or curbside pickup for drinks and food from their French-inspired bistro.
If Dad enjoys bartending or you want to let him kick back while you mix him a drink, 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. Meanwhile, Conspiracy Bar in Middletown 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.
Visiting in person? Try the vineyards and breweries below. Or make the day even more unique with a trip to these beer gardens and food halls!
Enjoy the Day
Father’s Day is an opportune day for memory-making, so why not get outdoors as a family?
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 top hiking trails or these social distance-friendly hikes in every county. If you’re looking for some incredible views, these hiking (and biking) destinations will take you to new heights.
Give the day some extra thrill and take Dad ziplining! Swing through the trees at Nomads Outdoor Adventure, The Adventure Park, or HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods. Want to really amp up the day? Take him skydiving at Skydive Danielson – the memory will be unforgettable.
Want to make Father's Day truly unforgettable? Take Dad to enjoy a unique experience like those below. Get ready for some serious memory-making!
Pine & Iron Axe Throwing, Hartford and New Haven
Montana Nights Axe Throwing, Newington
Brass City Raceway & Axe Throwing, Waterbury
Odin’s Keep Axe House, Enfield
Foxwoods HighFlyer Zipline, Mashantucket
The Adventure Park, Bridgeport — Dads climb free on Father's Day!
The Adventure Park at Storrs, Storrs — Dads climb free on Father's Day!
Arts & Crafts
Indoor Go Karting
On Track Karting, Wallingford
The Fig Cooking School, Milford
Foodology Cooking School, Plantsville
In a League of its own…
Smash Avenue, West Hartford
Give Special Gifts
When shopping for a thoughtful gift for Dad, why not look right in your own state? Plenty of Connecticut businesses have online stores as well as in-store shopping!
Support small businesses and make a gift basket for Dad filled with Connecticut-made goodies or choose his favorites from food to housewares. Plus, you can support local Black-owned businesses with this online directory. Find a guide to Connecticut-made shopping here.
And Don't Miss these Father's Day Events
Enjoy an outdoor barbecue and live music under a tent at the Lyman Orchards Golf Club.
Celebrate Dad at a Father's Day Barbeque on June 20 with live entertainment and giveaways.
Show off your car or admire others on the lovely grounds of the Shelton Historical Society. Vote for your favorite car and enjoy refreshments.