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Celebrating Fathers Around West Michigan

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20th! Celebrate the father figures in your life with good food, special events, outdoor adventures, fishing trips, golf outings, and more throughout West Michigan. 


Photo: Gilmore Car Museum

SOUTH WEST MICHIGAN 

Explore extra large art with dad and Krasl Art Center this Father’s Day! On view June 12th – October 3rd is ‘BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art’ and it is not your usual art exhibit. These large-scale inflatable sculptures connote fun and whimsy, are familiar yet strange, and challenge the definition of art. After visiting the galleries, explore KAC’s collection of 40+ public sculptures placed throughout Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, support a regional artist in The Shop, and enjoy an artistic weekend-about-town. 

Take dad for a fun-filled trip through the countryside in South Central Michigan aboard Coldwater Country’s historic Little River Railroad steam locomotives. In celebration of Father’s Day, fathers ride FREE, with the purchase of a regular ticket, on Sunday, June 20th. The round-trip train ride, lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. It 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. Reservations are highly recommended as these train rides will sell out.

Treat dad to an exciting afternoon with axe throwing at Great Mead Hall in Bangor! 

Dads, enjoy an excursion on a Lake Michigan fishing charter in South Haven and try to hook a big one! There are many opportunities to get out on the water. South Haven also boasts two championship golf courses that can both challenge and excite you. Relax and enjoy your Father’s Day weekend in South Haven.

Dad doesn’t have to be a gearhead to enjoy the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners. Each visit is a trip down memory lane. You’ll learn something about American history and culture while getting an up-close look at hundreds of vehicles. The story of the automobile is one rife with adventure, drama, and nostalgia. Don’t forget to buy dad a treat at the Blue Moon Diner, such as a slice of homemade pie or old-fashioned frozen custard. 

Celebrate Father’s Day with a visit to the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta on Father’s Day. Dads will have their admission fee waived on Sunday, June 20th, when visiting with their families. Walk the Sanctuary’s picturesque trails and see birds of prey, waterfowl, gamebirds, and songbirds as you explore. The Sanctuary is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and learn about the natural world around us. 

Allegan Event’s outdoor riverfront zip line is now open and they’re offering a special discount on June 18th-20th to celebrate Father’s Day. Allegan Event’s riverfront zipline is a thrilling outdoor adventure experience over the Kalamazoo River. Climb the north zip tower staircase to the 45-foot-high platform and soar through the open air on a 600-foot outdoor zip line. Once guests land on the south tower platform, they head up a couple more steps and prepare for a return flight back over the river again! Fathers zip for free ($20 discount) when guests pre-book their visit to the riverfront zip line using the promotion code FREEFATHERZIP21. This promotion is for online bookings and requires a minimum of 2 tickets with purchase. The offer may also be redeemed by calling a customer service representative at 269-430-3961 and booking via phone. Limit one promotion discount per customer. 

Healthy populations of trout, walleye, salmon, and steelhead make the Saugatuck-Douglas area an angler’s paradise. Looking for different ways to wet your line? On your own, you can fish from shore at Willow Park, Wade’s Bayou, or on the jetty, or motor out to the Kalamazoo River. Bring your own boat and gear, or rent it there, and see what’s biting.  

On Father’s Day, Guardian Brewing Co. in Saugatuck will be featuring music outdoors with brunch specials featured until they’re gone! Good beer, good food, good tunes, good times. 

Virtue Cider in Fennville is a great place to bring the whole family and celebrate the father figure in your life. Take part in their Father’s Day Weekend BBQ featuring local Louise Earl sausage and pours of Old Spot, a traditional barrel-aged English farmhouse cider. Walk their 48-acres, see the farm animals, and play yard games. Book your spot in advance through Virtue Cider’s website

Treat Dad to a great weekend in Greater Lansing. Make sure there’s a round of golf to start! Greater Lansing has golf for every skill level at affordable rates. Next add on a visit to High Caliber Karting in Okemos. Let Dad fulfill his Mario Brothers gaming fantasy in real life with a fast and furious race with High Caliber’s Combat Karting: fast go-karts combined with laser tag to slow down your opponents. Next, enjoy dinner at a great local brewery. Make a weekend of it with an overnight stay at an area hotel, then get up and get to another golf course. If you’ve packed your bikes, go for a ride on the 17+ mile Lansing River Trail, or rent a kayak through River Town Adventures and paddle the Red Cedar and Grand Rivers.


Photo: Blandford Nature Center

CENTRAL WEST MICHIGAN

Since 1910, our country has taken a day to celebrate Fathers everywhere, including fury fathers, and feathered fathers at the Critter Barn in Zeeland, who have animated personalities and father some of the cutest babies around! Come to the farm to show appreciation for the bucks, rams, roosters, drakes and say Happy Father’s Day to all of the farm fathers. 

Take dad to dinner at Amway Grand Plaza’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Grand Rapids, open from 4pm to 9pm on Father’s Day. Reservations can be made online 

Celebrate Father’s Day by grabbing some sticks and your imagination, it’s time to build Fantastic Father’s Day Forts! Explore the woods of Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids to gather the perfect materials to make your fortress. Participants will learn how to safely build human-sized habitats with nature’s materials.

Take dad out to a Muskegon Clippers ballgame or to check out the Muskegon Powerboat Weekend for boating fun when you Visit Muskegon over Father’s Day Weekend. Or build a bonfire and enjoy a special performance with Fire Pit Follies, a fundraiser concert for the Muskegon Civic Theatre. Find details on these and more events on the Visit Muskegon website. 

Head to White Lake over Father’s Day Weekend for the 43rd Annual White Lake Arts & Crafts Festival. Many talented and creative artists participate in this very popular juried art show featuring variety of hand-made art & crafts such as jewelry, wood furniture, birdhouses, ceramics, items for the garden, clothing, paintings and prints, folk art, leather goods, floral designs, stained glass, signs, children’s toys, and bath items. Adding to the weekend is a great line-up of musicians offering a wide array of music, inflatable obstacle course and jump house, and food trucks with a variety of delicious specialties.

Kick off the official first day of summer cruising aboard the Aquastar on Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake on the Odd Side Ales Summer Solstice Cruise June 19th. Odd Side Ales is bringing their special brews and the first one is included with the price of your ticket and Two Dudes in Flip Flops will be on board with their “Trop Rock” for some Caribbean Soul with guitar, steel pan, and tight vocal harmonies designed to take you to the islands. Light appetizers will be provided. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase onboard. 

This Father’s Day, spend some quality time with dad at the farm! Fathers will enjoy free admission at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo in New Era.

Hit the links for Father’s Day in Pure Ludington! The area has two public golf courses and one semi-private course, all with formidable holes among beautiful, natural landscapes. All of the courses are located within minutes of Downtown Ludington and Lake Michigan. 

Summertime offers some of the most epic trout fishing on the Pere Marquette River. Gift your dad a guided fly fishing trip or a spot in one of their upcoming fly fishing schools for Father’s Day. The Pere Marquette River Lodge, an Orvis endorsed fly fishing outfitter, has an upcoming Hex/Mouse School on June 18th–20th. The schools teach anglers how to target trophy trout during some of summer’s most prolific bug hatches. Each school includes two nights stay at the lodge in Baldwin, two lunches, and culminates in a half day guide trip. Visit Pere Marquette Lodge online for more info or call the fly shop at 231-745-3972 to book.

 

 


Photo: Pine River Paddlesports Center

NORTH WEST MICHIGAN & UPPER PENINSULA 

Give the gift of adventure for Father’s Day! Book dad a guided sea kayak tourguided mountain bike tour or self-guided mountain bike rental with Keweenaw Adventure Company. 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. Learn more: www.keweenawadventure.com

Are you looking for a way to show dad how much you appreciate him this Father’s Day? Give him the gift of quality time and memories made together. What better way to spend the day than by sharing the adventure and pure fun of paddling the awe-inspiring Pine River? Whether your preference is canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, or rafts, the Pine River Paddlesports Center in Wellston has you covered with one of the Midwest’s largest selections of watercraft. Bring your dad out for a trip that he’ll never forget, and start a new Father’s Day tradition!  

Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay has two special Father’s Day sails! Make unique memories with your father, son/daughter, or father-like figure during ISEA’s two-hour Steady the Ship sail. During this sail, you 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. You will also have the opportunity to go below deck and explore life on a schooner! Reserve your tickets today.

Grab the clubs and take dad for a round of golf at one of the five championship courses at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. New this year, Hawk’s Eye Golf Club has been added to the Shanty Creek umbrella giving golf fanatics 90 holes to play at the one destination. Have dad try something new with 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 (first shot at each hole has to been taken from the tee, 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.

Father’s Day is about remembering funny family stories and creating new special moments. Do you need a gift idea or are you struggling to come up with something unique? Check out these Five Gift Ideas for Father’s Day from Visit Charlevoix.

Enjoy a Father’s Day getaway to Walloon Lake with a stay at Hotel Walloon and a special 10% exclusive discount at Dunmaglas Golf Club. And treat dad to Father’s Day Brunch at Walloon Lake Inn with indoor and outdoor seating available. Make your reservation online in advance.

There is no better bonding experience for Father’s Day than an adventurous weekend in Marquette, where unlimited outdoor adventure is just five minutes away in every direction. Treat dads to a getaway where they can explore Marquette’s 77 waterfalls, take to the water with 83 miles of Lake Superior shoreline, tee off at Marquette Golf Club, ride along Marquette County’s 150+ miles of bike trails, and so much more. With tons of urban culinary options and a bustling brewery scene just minutes from the shoreline, dad will also be able to savor the flavors of the Great Lakes and finish the day with an ice-cold beer from one of nine local breweries.