West Michigan Celebrates Dad

Give dad a gift to remember this Father’s Day. The father, grandfather, or father-figure in your life is sure to enjoy a day spent exploring all that West Michigan has to offer. Whether he’s an avid golfer, expert fisherman, or beer aficionado, your “Old Man” deserves a day of memory-making fun on Michigan’s west coast. Discover which type of dad below best describes “Pops,” and surprise him with the ultimate Father’s Day experience in West Michigan.

Golf Dad

Does your pops dedicate hours to perfecting his putt? Is his natural habitat the driving range? Did he cry when Tiger won the Masters? Then he might be a Golf Dad. Transcend the typical gifts of polos and hats by surprising dad with time on one of West Michigan’s beautiful golf courses.

Hit the links in Marquette at Greywalls, recently ranked as one of Golf Digest’s top 100 public courses in the nation.

Take a trip to Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, where dads get buy one-get-one buckets of driving range balls on Father’s Day. Head out at 11:30am to golf Mountain Ridge for $45 and Betsie Valley for $35 including cart! Reserve your tee time by calling the Kinlochen Pro Shop at 888-968-7686 ext. 4000.

Grab the clubs and take dad for a round of golf at one of the four championship courses at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. Tight fairways, formidable doglegs and elevation changes will challenge any golfer.

Treat dad to a day at Bucks Run Golf Club in Mount Pleasant. Their Father’s Day Extravaganza includes golf promotions, brunch and dinner options, and free putting course for family!

Head to Mecosta County and the Tullymore Golf Course and Resort to discover two distinct world-class courses. Dad will love exploring 800 acres of pristine Michigan woodlands and wetlands. Nearby, St. Ives Golf Course will challenge pops with a course that has been crafted from the dramatic glacier-carved landscape of Michigan, all with the same excellent ownership as Tullymore. Awarded Golf Digest’s prestigious 5-star rating, this par-72 course will thrill the father-figure in your life. New this year is Tullymore’s Topgolf Swing Suite, an immersive experience offering a comfy lounge to play and enjoy fantastic food and drinks. With multiple massive virtual screens and a wide selection of exciting arcade games, the Swing Suite delivers a one-of-a-kind experience that’s fun for golfers and non-golfers alike. Perfect for a family day celebrating dad! Book a tee time with either of these wonderful golf courses or an interactive virtual experience at the Tullymore website.

Check out Falcon Head Golf Club and gift your Old Man 18-holes of fun. Featuring 6,166 yards of golf and a par of 72, dad is sure to enjoy a day spent playing this beautiful Mecosta County course. Or try taking dad for a swing at Ferris State University’s own Katke Golf Club. With 21 holes of championship golf and an award-winning practice range, Katke Golf Course is one of the finest golf learning facilities in the Midwest. Whether he’s a beginner or an expert, Golf Dads will find the right amount of challenge on the greens.

Surround your father with the rich history and unique character of Clear Lake Golf Club this Father’s Day. A public course that is open to all, Clear Lake has a great 18-hole layout for all levels of play. The course has bent grass greens and a blue grass mix for the fairways and tee boxes. The layout is designed around rolling hills, wetlands and Clear Lake. For more information on golf courses Mecosta County has to offer, visit

Going to the beach isn’t the only thing to do in South Haven! Enjoy a day on one of their local golf courses. The Beeches Golf Club and HawksHead Links are two 18-hole championship golf courses located outside of downtown South Haven.

Arts & Culture Dad

Does your dad enjoy the finer things in life? Is ArtPrize his favorite fall event? Did he correct your grammar a lot growing up? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you might have an Arts & Culture Dad. Rather than a tie or a coffee mug, these classy dads would love the gift of a day exploring the vibrant art and culture of West Michigan.

Take dad to the 41st Annual White Lake Arts & Crafts Festival in Goodrich Park, Whitehall on June 15-16 to satisfy his art bug. This juried arts and crafts festival features continuous entertainment, a food court, and over 75 booths. A great line-up of musicians will entertain the crowds throughout the weekend with a wide array of music! There’ll be inflatables for the kids and a variety of carnival type food vendors. Treat your dad to a corndog, and maybe even a unique piece of art.

Is live music more  his scene? Invite dad to enjoy some live music at Saugatuck Expo’s Sounds of Summer, happening all of Father’s Day weekend! He’ll enjoy a great line up, and embarrassing you with his cool dance moves.

Take your dad to the Cruisin’ Downtown Car Show on June 15th, sponsored by the Mecosta County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Big Rapids Pioneer. The day will be fun-filled with cars of all kinds, trophies, food, and more! The car show is facilitated by the Legendary River Valley Car Club of Big Rapids. For more upcoming information on this first time event, keep up to date with the event page on Facebook.

Take dad for a fun-filled trip through Coldwater Country on the historic Little River Railroad steam locomotives. Fathers ride free with the purchase of a regular ticket, making this fun for the whole family! The round-trip train ride lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, with 11am and 2pm departures. Reservations are highly recommended as these train rides will sell out.

Foodie Dad

Does your dad’s idea of the perfect Father’s Day involve a delicious meal? When you were a kid, did he make you try “no thank you bites” of food? Is he the family grill master? If so, your dad is definitely a Foodie Dad. He won’t say no to a snack, a beer, or a glass of bourbon, so you should say yes to a day enjoying West Michigan’s incredible food and beverage scene.

Bring dad in for a free tasting at Northern Latitudes in Leeland. Dad and three other adults can sample one of the artisan spirits made on-site at Northern Latitudes. Also enjoy a great cocktail made with Deer Camp Straight Bourbon Whiskey or one of their other 13 spirits!

Treat dad to a day enjoying one of Grand Rapid’s premiere destinations by taking him to 616 Day at the Downtown Market on Sunday, June 16th from 11am – 6:16pm. Shop the outdoor market filled with local vendors selling homemade and homegrown West Michigan goods! Grab a local craft brew from the Market bar and head inside for Market Hall specials, priced at only $6.16. This is a day all about eating, celebrating, and shopping local! Perfect for dad and the whole family.

Does your dad dig the craft beer scene in West Michigan? Bring him to Founders Fest 2019, June 22nd in downtown Grand Rapids! This celebration of beer and music is sure to please any fun-loving guy.

Treat your Old Man to a meal at Staymaker Restaurant at Journeyman Distillery, in Three Oaks. He’ll love the breakfast-themed specialties, freshly baked sweets, soups, salads, and meats—even pizza, donut, and taco bars! Make time for a round on their 18 hole “Welter’s Folly” putting green or a distillery tour and tasting, for an unforgettable day for dad. Request your reservation by Monday, June 10th at Phone 269-820-2050 for more information.

Does your Foodie Dad consider himself a grillmaster? Join Radisson Kalamazoo Zazios for a Zazios’ Grillin’ Steaks Cooking Class on June 15th! Learn more at

Forget the standard tie or set of fishing lures, what dad really wants is something chocolate for Father’s Day! Whether you want to stop in and pick up a ready-to-go chocolate gift, sign up for one of their destination experiences, or reserve some of your dad’s favorites, Chocolates by Grimaldi in Grand Haven has many delicious and thoughtful gifts that are guaranteed to bring a smile to his face. From Turtles to Chocolate Covered Caramel Pretzels, Zebra Chips, and Malt Balls, Chocolates by Grimaldi has something to please any dad’s palate.


Outdoorsy Dad

Does your dad love the great outdoors? Does he love exploring the natural beauty of West Michigan? Are nature walks his favorite pastime? Then you might have an Outdoorsy Dad. Treat him to the Father’s Day of his dreams by gifting him an experience enjoying West Michigan’s great outdoors.  

Get dad the gift of adventure for Father’s Day! Book dad a guided tour or self-guided rental with the Keweenaw Adventure Company. Explore one of the best places to kayak in Michigan and the best place to mountain bike! Located on Lake Superior’s largest natural harbor on the Keweenaw Peninsula, a Copper Harbor vacation offers a true, unplugged escape from the hustle-bustle of today’s do-it-all dad. Apply promocode FATHER10% by June 30th to save on any reservation of a tour, rental, or shuttle! *NOTE: One promo code may be redeemed per party. Must be applied to the 2019 season, May 25th – August 31st.

In Marquette, dad and the whole family can enjoy the relatively quick hike to top of Sugarloaf Mountain, where he will be rewarded with scenic vistas of Lake Superior.

Celebrate Father’s Day with some feathered friends by visiting the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta. Dads and grandpas receive free Sanctuary admission on Sunday, June 16th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; a perfect day for a summertime walk around Wintergreen Lake on the Sanctuary’s Lake Loop trail.

Take dad to Holland, where the beautiful blue water of Lake Michigan is known as one of the best freshwater fisheries in the world! Holland has several fishing charters for you to climb aboard and cast a line. You can also fish directly from the break wall and pier at the Holland State Park.

South Haven is a great place for Outdoorsy Dads too. Go on a fishing excursion aboard one of the many fishing charters to head out on Lake Michigan and have a truly exciting experience!

Relaxation Dad

Does your dad work for the weekend? Can he be found taking a nap in the sun on a nice day? Is his preferred method of travel a leisurely boat cruise? You might have a Relaxation Dad. These dads know how to kick back, relax, and most importantly: rock a Hawaiian shirt.

Invite dad out to Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay for a special 2-hour Steady the Ship sail. On this sail, Dad will have an opportunity to raise the sails, steer the ship, learn the forces keeping the ship afloat, discover why the ship stays upright and moving forward, and learn how sails work. He will also have the opportunity to go below deck and explore life on a schooner. As a special for Father’s Day, sons/daughters can sail for free with their fathers, grandfathers, or those who are father-figures to them.

Surround your pops with boats and head over to Muskegon for a Powerboat Weekend, June 14-16th. There’ll be over a dozen of the biggest and baddest boats on display you’ve ever seen! Saturday events include the offshore Poker Run, Boat Raft-Up, Boaters’ Hang-Out, and the awards party. Sunday features Muskegon fun venues for Sunday Funday.

For ultimate relaxation, bring dad to Crystal Spa at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville to celebrate Father’s Day and get two for one spa services! Book one spa service at regular price and get a second spa service of equal or lesser value for free. What better way to bond with your dad than in a hot tub or sauna at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville?

If dad enjoys relaxing at the lake, Holland is the place to be! Head out onto Lake Macatawa or Lake Michigan for sailing, touring, or water sports of all kinds. Take an experienced charter service to make dad’s dream day on the water a reality. You can rent a powerboat or charter a sailboat to watch the sunset over Lake Michigan.

Kid-at-Heart Dad

Are “Dad Jokes” your old man’s bread and butter? Does he still get excited about his favorite childhood games? Would he rather sit at the kid’s table and play with his food at dinner? Your dad is definitely a Kid-at-Heart Dad. These dads love spending time with their kids, so surprise him with a fun day exploring unique activities in West Michigan.

Impress dad with your footwork by treating him to a round of FootGolf at Shanty Creek’s Summit Golf Course in Bellaire. This hybrid of soccer and golf is played with a soccer ball, and players must play past the usual array of bunkers, trees, and water hazards, all trying to sink a shot into the 21-inch diameter cup. If you win, you can tell everyone you got your skills from dad.

Take dad for a thrilling day at Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon, celebrating American Heroes Week, June 10-16th. They’re honoring heroes by offering admission for a discounted rate to firefighters, police officers, EMTs, members of the armed forces and their families (up to 6 people) for a wonderful day at Michigan’s only amusement and water park!

Remind dad of his childhood and take him to see TOYS! Summer Explosion at Grand Rapids Public Museum. Experience the TOYS! exhibit like never before with giant games, including Battleship, Lincoln Logs, Chess, Connect Four, UNO, and more. Games and activities will be located on the museum’s first floor galleria and outside the TOYS! exhibit on the second floor starting June 15th.

Does dad still get giddy at the prospect of petting a goat? Treat him to a day at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo in New Era, honoring Dad this year with FREE Admission. All Dads will also receive a complimentary freshly-baked donut and cup of coffee to enjoy on their special day. Whether meeting the petting zoo animals, friendly competition in the sports zone, or taking a lap around the pedal cart track, everyone is sure to find a little something to love at the farm. Most importantly, Dad will treasure spending time making memories with the little ones who adore him.

Invite dad out to Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, and purchase one admission to the Park at Water’s Edge outdoor pool, a single ride on the Alpine Slide, or a two-hour bike rental – and dad will enjoy the same activity for free. Perfect for families who enjoy thrilling adventure and splashing in the pool.

Take dad to Newaygo for the Father’s Day Weekend event at White Cloud County Park. This Rockin Trails event is sure to be fun for the whole family. From live music to a movie in the park, everyone will find something to love in Newaygo this Father’s Day.

Help dad relive his basketball glory days and head to the country’s largest Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Ludington this Father’s Day. Two days of basketball action will be featured at Stearns Park Beach, right on Lake Michigan. Food vendors add a festive flair to the event, sure to please any kid-at-heart.