GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - This is a day all about celebrating dad. Many West Michigan businesses are hosting special events, discounts, or offers for the dad in all of our lives. No matter their interest, you’ll find something for him here.
Give dad the gift of West Michigan this Father’s Day!
Father’s Day Specials
The Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay is hosting a special two-hour sail for Father’s Day on . As a special for Father’s Day, sons, daughters, grandsons, and granddaughters can sail for free with their fathers, grandfathers, or those who are father-figures to them.
TreeRunner Adventure Park in Grand Rapids is hosting their annual Father’s Day event, where dads can come out and climb for free with the purchase of a full-priced ticket!
Located in Baroda, Round Barn Winery is hosting their Celebrate with Dad event on . The promotion includes free tastings for dad! If you’re looking for a gift that dad will love, get him a lifetime Mug Club membership, which comes with a stainless steel growler.
For Father’s Day, Arcadia Brewing Company in Kalamazoo is offering a “Buy Dad a Beer Day” special. Purchase a tier one beer for only $4 for the dad in your life!
Dads golf for free with a paid round at Waters Edge Golf Course in Fremont on Father’s Day. Waters Edge features a scenic and challenging 18-hole public golf course. Check out the course and book your tee times on Waters Edge’s website.
Take dad for a fun-filled trip through the countryside in Coldwater. The railway offers free admission for dad on Father’s Day, with the purchase of a regular ticket. The round-trip train ride departs from Coldwater and travels to Quincy, where there is an opportunity to get off the train and see the locomotive switch around to the other end of the train for the return trip.
Father’s Day in nearby Michigan City, Indiana includes discounts at the local train museum and free admission to the zoo. For more information to celebrate Father’s Day and beyond, visit their website for all the events happening in Michigan City.
Father’s Day Events
Celebrate Father’s Day early with the Cars and Coffee at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids on . This special evening event is bigger than ever before, with an expanded display area and much more.
Father’s Day in Cheboygan includes the Hot Cars & Cool Crafts event on . Come see the hot cars from yesteryear decked out in all their glory on Main Street and then stroll down the block to Washington Park to check out all the Cool Crafts at the Cheboygan Area Craft Show.
The Bay Harbor Lake Marina in Petoskey will host their 16th Annual In-Water Boat Show over Father’s Day Weekend, . The show will feature the finest in watercraft, with everything from pleasure boats to yachts!
The Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven presents the 37th Antique & Classic Boat Show on . This event celebrates all kinds of antique and classic small craft from power boats to paddle boats.
Bring dad to scenic Warren Dunes State Park in Sawyer for the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival. The festival brings together the members of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail for a spectacular day in the sand on . The festival will feature fantastic regional live music, food trucks, and local restaurants to pair with the world-class wines produced right in southwest Michigan.
Virtue Cider has a special treat for dads and dad-types all weekend long. On , they’ll have local barber Sharp Corners on-site giving haircuts, trims, and shaves. Dads will also enjoy a father-friendly Virtue Cider pork barbecue from , paired with buckets of Michigan Brut all weekend that you can enjoy on the outdoor cider house lawn.
Goodrich Park in Whitehall is home to the 40th Annual White Lake Area Arts & Crafts on . The festival is expected to draw thousands of people this Father’s Day weekend. Those attending can purchase a variety of hand-made art and crafts such as jewelry, wood furniture, and more.
The Hilton Garden Inn in Benton Harbor is hosting their Classic Car Cruise on . Your visit starts with the Father’s Day buffet at the Garden Grille Restaurant, located in the hotel. Afterwards, head out to the car cruise to check out all the cool cars on display.
Historic Charlton Park in Hastings is hosting their 37th Annual Father’s Day Car Show on . There will be over 800 vehicles on display for you and dad to check out together!
Bring dad out for a day the Apple Cannon Shooting Range at Lewis Farms in New Era. Bunker Hill will be open for their Father’s Day event! Fire apples out of air-powered cannons and watch them explode upon impact as they hit their target. Dads receive free admission as well as an apple cinnamon doughnut and cup of coffee.
Lemon Creek Winery in Berrien Springs is hosting their 34th Annual Father’s Day Festival on . This event features live music, wine tasting, food trucks, a classic Corvette car show, kids games, and more. This festival is a great opportunity to get the whole family together outside in the Michigan sunshine and celebrate your favorite dad.
The Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo is a Father-Daughter Dance & Dinner event on . The event includes a three-course dinner, dancing, and a gift exchange with provided gifts. Dads and daughters will be treated to a very special day in a castle setting!
A Feast Fit for a Father
A waterfront meal at Boatwerks Restaurant in Holland will be a real treat for dad! Their menu features everything from salads and seafood to burgers and pizza. Enjoy a great meal while taking in the lakeside views on beautiful Lake Macatawa.
Schuler’s Restaurant in Marshall is the perfect place for the whole family to spend time with dad on his special day. On , meet for an out-of-this-world smorgasbord that only Schuler’s can deliver. Make reservations early and share the experience with your #1 dad.
Head out to the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City to try some of the award-winning wines from the nine distinct wineries along the peninsula. Let dad kick back and enjoy the tasting rooms, patios, and beautiful decks of the unique wineries including the one-of-a-kind Upper Deck and Bridge Above the Vines at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery.
Stop by Zazios at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo for their Cooking with Dad class on . This cooking class will be a fun and interactive way to spend time together on Father's Day weekend. They’re cranking up the grill and learning a few tips on best practices for everyone's summertime favorites.
Plank's Tavern at the Inn at Harbor Shores in St. Joseph is hosting a Father's Day Brunch Buffet on . The buffet comes complete with carving stations, omelet station, waffle bar, fresh fruits and vegetables, chef's house-made pasta of the day, amazing desserts and all your favorite breakfast options as well.
Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo is celebrating Father’s Day by raising a glass to dad, just steps from where Larry Bell started his family-owned business in 1985. The father in your life will enjoy tickets to Bell’s special Father’s Day beer dinner on as a way to show your love and gratitude.
Visit Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids for a delicious meal with dad. They create European-inspired cooking in their scratch-kitchen, with an equally impressive beer lineup. Their seasonal beers include the Tropical Saison, with real pineapple and mango balancing the hop complexity!
Outdoor Recreation that Dad Will Love
Make this Father’s Day a golf getaway to Williamsburg with a stay at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The celebration includes their Father’s Day Brunch on and the Golf Your Daylights Out event from . The Golf Your Daylights Out event gives dad the opportunity to squeeze in as many rounds of golf as he’d like, all day long.
Grab the clubs and take dad for a round of golf at one of the four championship courses at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire. Looking to try something new? Make a tee time for FootGolf at Shanty Creek’s Summit Golf Course. A hybrid of soccer and golf, FootGolf is played with a soccer ball and many of the basic rules of golf, all while trying to sink a shot into the 21-inch diameter cup. Make a weekend of your trip with a Father’s Day weekend getaway, with customizable packages available.
Pigeon Creek Golf Course in West Olive welcomes all fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers, and more to a Father’s Day weekend on the golf course. The course offers a few risk-and-reward holes that are sure to get dad excited every time you step to the tee. For information on the course and tee times, visit Pigeon Creek Golf Course’s website.
Celebrate the great dads in your life by visiting the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuaryin Augusta for a summertime walk around Wintergreen Lake on Father’s Day. Dads get in free on their special day! The sanctuary is a great place to enjoy nature and learn about the wonderful world around you.
For the Electric Bike Place in Grand Haven, Father’s Day is a time to celebrate all the dads. Spend the day riding through Grand Haven together on these unique electric bikes, a perfect activity for the entire family.
Take dad out for a golf weekend at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort in Augusta. They have six courses, making it a prime location for a golf outing. Their newest addition, Stoatin Brae, sports amazing views all around the course and vistas that rival courses across the country. Check out Stoatin Brae along with Gull Lake View’s other five golf courses this Father’s Day weekend!
Spend time with dad learning about the history of the Mackinac State Historic Parks on Mackinac Island and in Mackinaw City. You can visit five living historical sites, which include Fort Mackinac, the Mackinac Art Museum, Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Dads will love these incredible historic spots, and you can even purchase discounted admission passes on the Mackinac State Historic Parks’ website.
Visit the trails of Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings for Father’s Day. The institute is located on 742 acres with nine miles of hiking trails for you to explore. For more information on their trails, including a calendar of events, visit the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute’s website.
Golf in Mt. Pleasant is easier than ever with Michigan’s Central Swing’s Father’s Day promotion. By using the promotional code MCSDAD2018 in your quote request, you’ll receive a $50 gift card to local restaurants when booking your golf getaway. Treat dad to some of West Michigan’s finest golf in the Mt. Pleasant area.
Sault Ste. Marie features two golf courses that dad will surely enjoy. For the dads that like to fish and boat, Sault Ste. Marie’s St. Marys River is a paradise. It connects Lakes Superior and Huron and features multiple islands and places to hang out at along the way.
Fathers tend to like the great outdoors, and Mecosta County is the perfect place to celebrate. The area is home to over 100 lakes and numerous streams, with the majestic Muskegon River being a big draw. If dad loves golf, Mecosta County has five beautiful golf courses, each with their own scenery and experience. To plan your entire trip, visit Mecosta County’s website.
There are dozens of things to do with dad in the Mackinaw area over Father’s Day weekend. Take in a round of golf, go on a historic boat ride under the five-mile Mackinac Bridge, climb to the top of McGulpin Point or Old Mackinac Point Lighthouses, or stargaze at the award-winning Headlands International Dark Sky Park. For more travel ideas for dad, visit the Mackinaw area’s website.
The Perfect Gift for Dad
Give dad the gift of a stay at Hotel Walloon in Walloon Lake. He will love the all-day snack services at the Hearth Room bar and Billiards Room. With Tommy’s located right next door, you can also get him out on Walloon Lake in style for an afternoon of fishing.
Just in time for Father’s Day, Northern Latitudes Distillery in Lake Leelanau is releasing their first bourbon. The Latitudes Straight Bourbon Whiskey has been six years in the making, and it’s finally available and on sale at the distillery!
Get dad the ultimate 6-pack at Bonobo Winery in Traverse City. Their wine, produced from estate-grown grapes at their on-site facilities, is known for being high in quality and low in quantity.
Your dad will love tickets to the Circle Theatre in Grand Rapids! They have a full season of shows, including Snow White, Fun Home, Leading Ladies, and On The Town. For a full list of shows and performances, visit the Circle Theatre’s website.
Treat your dad to something special from Veni's Sweet Shop in Niles. They have chocolate tool and golf sets, Father's Day assortments, chocolate cards, and nut and chocolate gift trays. Check out all of Veni's hand-made, hand-dipped chocolates and candies on their website.
Treat your dad to an extreme outdoor activity this Father’s Day with MACkite in Grand Haven! Their kiteboarding lessons are a fun and unique gift for any dad that loves being out on the water. During these lessons, dad will be pulled by a kite as long as 19 meters on a board, right on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. For information on kiteboarding lessons, visit MACkite’s website.