Father's Day Activities That Don't Cost a Thing

Spend some quality time with Dad on Father's Day this year. It doesn't matter what the two of you do—the most important thing is to spend time together. Try our fun ideas for Father's Day activities, such as grilling together or taking a trip to a museum, and you'll help Dad enjoy an awesome day.

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It's time to celebrate dads and all they do for us! There's no need to break out a flashy gift when spending time together is priceless. Check out our list of fun things to do with Dad on Father's Day. We have suggestions to fit any dad, whether the two of you enjoy one-on-one activity or kicking back and relaxing with some much-needed quiet time. An added bonus: Most of them are free. 

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Plan a Father's Day Outing

Plan a trip to a nearby attraction to celebrate Father's Day. Check out a free museum, visit a farmer's market, or score cheap tickets to a local ball game. Choose something that fits Dad's personality and interests—after all, it is his day!

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Give Dad Alone Time

Whether it's watching baseball on TV, taking a nap, or catching up on some light reading, Dad will love the chance to have a few hours for himself. It's Father's Day, so let Dad pick his activity for the day—and then let him enjoy his alone time!

Cook Dinner with Dad

Looking for Father's Day activities for toddlers? Get the whole family involved in cooking Dad's favorite meal for a special dinner. Assign younger kids easy tasks, such as setting the table or tossing the salad.

Find the perfect chicken dinner to make with Dad! 

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Spend One-on-One Time Together

Take Dad out for a date to your (or his!) place of choice. Milk shakes, burgers, a nice dinner—it doesn't matter! The important part is spending one-on-one time on Father's Day.

Enjoy the Outdoors Together

Find a hiking trail, go for a bike ride, or head to a local park to enjoy the outdoors. As long as you're outside and spending time with Dad, he'll be sure to have a great Father's Day.

Check out our family cycling tips.

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Grill Outside with Dad

Step aside and let the grill master work: Host a Father's Day barbecue or cookout in your backyard. Invite friends and family to come—the more the merrier! Delicious food AND the chance for Dad to show off his skills? This will become one of his favorite things to do on Father's Day.

Get handpicked grilling recipes just for you!

Take a Trip to the Beach

Stuck on ideas for Father's Day? This one will appeal to all ages: Take advantage of the warm weather and have some fun in the sun at the beach! (Look up local parks with a beach, which are often free to visit.) Dad will love the chance to relax and spend time together as a family.

Play one of our family-theme beach games.

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Read Your Favorite Book Out Loud

It can be difficult to find time to spend with the whole family—one easy way to get everyone together is to sit down and read a favorite book out loud. Looking for something more upbeat? Have the kids act out the scenes as you read.

Take a Fishing Trip

Go fish! What better way to spend Father's Day than doing what Dad loves best? A fishing trip can be as simple as throwing a rod in the local pond, but he'll love showing you his tricks of the trade.

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