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.

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 AdventureThe 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.

Or, take the day slower – but make it stunning. Explore Connecticut’s historic homes and gardens, stroll a photo-worthy flower towns, or perhaps visit outdoor murals.

And let's not forget about fishing with Dad! Try inland fishing, shoreline fishing, or the fishing adventures below!

Unique Experiences

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!

Axe Throwing

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
 

Zip Lining

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

Painted by the Shore
 

Indoor Go Karting

Supercharged, Montville

On Track Karting, Wallingford
 

Cooking

The Fig Cooking School, Milford

Foodology Cooking School, Plantsville
 

Sailing

Argia, Mystic
 

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

Father's Day BBQ with Live Music, 1741 Pub & Grill

Enjoy an outdoor barbecue and live music under a tent at the Lyman Orchards Golf Club.

 

Father's Day Barbeque, The Spa at Norwich Inn

Celebrate Dad at a Father's Day Barbeque on June 20 with live entertainment and giveaways.

 

Father's Day Vintage Vehicle Car Show, Shelton Historical Society

Show off your car or admire others on the lovely grounds of the Shelton Historical Society. Vote for your favorite car and enjoy refreshments.