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Celebrating Fathers Around West Michigan

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th! Celebrate the father figures in your life with good food, special events, outdoor adventures, fishing trips, golf outings, and more throughout West Michigan. 

South West Michigan

Father’s day is right around the corner, and what better way to spend it than some outdoor adventure bonding time at The Woods Fitness Park. Their 40-acre fun park, loaded with tunnels, tires, ropes, and even a zipline is a great way to spend the day. Then relax under their new 1500 square foot pavilion, grill out, and hangout in their KidZone with a bounce house, kids ax throwing game, giant Jenga and much more.  See you all on Father’s Day.

Join The Inn at Harbor Shores in St. Joseph at Plank’s Tavern on Father’s Day for a special brunch buffet from 9am to 2pm Treat Dad to a memorable dining experience with their regular brunch favorites along with some special added items tailored just for him. Indulge in a delectable selection of dishes that are sure to delight his palate, all while enjoying the stunning views of the harbor. In addition to the buffet, their regular menu will also be available, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy on this special day. Make your reservations today and celebrate Father’s Day in style at Plank’s Tavern. 

Make memories that you and your dad can remember forever in Lansing. When you take a visit to Lansing you’ll discover Michigan’s Capital City doesn’t disappoint. Stop by the Potter Park Zoo on June 16th where dads will receive free admission to adventure through a variety of animal exhibits. Check out other spots to spend your father’s day here.

Treat Dad to a day of admiration and appreciation. The Michigan Maritime Museum presents the 43rd Antique & Classic Boat Show in South Haven on June 15th. This event celebrates all kinds of antique and classic small craft from power boats to paddle boats. Woodworkers and collectors alike will show their boats, demonstrations on boat building techniques will be featured, and toy boat building will be available for kids.

Plan a trip with Dad to Saugatuck/Douglas for Father’s Day and enjoy a host of outdoor activities. Spend the weekend trying out every club in your bag on the pristine fairways of The Ravines Golf Club, charter a sportfishing expedition on Lake Michigan and see what you can catch, or spend the day hiking together at the Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Also on June 16th, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., there will be a free Car Show with live music, games, and plenty of vintage cars to ogle at Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery. Cap your adventures off with a craft beverage tour at Guardian Brewing Company or Waypost Brewing Company, where you’ll discover a host of flavorful brews to quench your thirst. 

This Father’s Day, surprise Dad with the ultimate gift of entertainment, a Tibbits Summer Theatre ticket. Treat him to an unforgettable experience filled with laughter, drama, and toe-tapping tunes. From the riveting performances of “Rent” and “Sweeney Todd” to the heartwarming tales of “Over the River and Through the Woods”, and the nostalgic harmonies of “Forever Plaid”, there’s something for every dad to enjoy. Let him escape into a world of theatrical magic and create lasting memories with the ones he loves. 

Father’s Day in South Haven is always a fun weekend, because it coincides with their first big bash of the summer: Harborfest. This two-day event takes place June 14th & 15th and features live entertainment, dragon boat races on the Black River, a beer tent where grownups can cool off, and loads of fun for the kids. Come share in the fun and make lasting family memories on the water in South Haven.

Head to south-central Michigan to take dad on a fun-filled trip through the countryside on the historic Little River Railroad steam locomotives. The round-trip train ride aboard a 110-year-old train, lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, 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 trains will sell out.

While the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo is for everyone, it is PERFECT for Dads! Take him to see air and spacecraft throughout history and take flight in their flight simulators! Finish your perfect day with a thoughtful gift from their Fly Buy Museum Gift Store. See here for their current exhibits. 

Fathers will love a gift of a growler refill or cans of River Saint Joe’s organic beer! Dads love lunch or dinner at River Saint Joe in Buchanan and love to relax outside while the family enjoys all of the outdoor activities or fun around an evening bonfire.

Central West Michigan

A Father’s Day tradition in Ludington, the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament returns to Stearn Park Beach on June 15th & 16th. Whether you are a player or spectator, the fun atmosphere of this charity event is second to none. Also, head to Stix’s for a performance by Uncle Kracker on June 14th for Father’s Day in Pure Ludington. Uncle Kracker has played sold-out shows across the country and appeared everywhere from the American Country Music Awards to Late Night With Conan O’Brien.

Take Dad on an immersive cannabis experience and get into the weeds of the commercial cannabis industry. Learn about the beautiful truths cannabis has to offer. This is an experience like nothing you’ve done with Dad before. Suit up from head to toe and go into the grow rooms where you can touch, smell, and learn about IndiGrow’s unique strains. The fun won’t stop there, you’ll get to learn the secrets into what makes IndiGrow products crafts, and even get to go through our state-of-the-art laboratory. Finally, something you and Dad can geek out to together. 

With a shovel and pail in hand at the 41st Annual Sand Sculpture Contest, you’ll be sure to enjoy a beautiful summer day at Grand Haven City Beach. Visitors, residents, and businesses of the Grand Haven Area are invited to participate in the Sand Sculpture Contest, spectate from the sideline, and even cast a “people’s choice” vote.  The contest will be held the day before Father’s Day on Saturday, June 15th. This family-friendly event is a great way to kick off your summer along Lake Michigan while putting your sand sculpting skills to the test. 

What better day for Muskegon’s Aquastar Cruises first whale watching cruise than on the “dad joke” day of the year? Come aboard on June 16th as you “watch” for whales and enjoy a few drinks and snacks from their bar while sailing into the sunset. Like we Michiganders say . . . No Salt. No Sharks. No Worries.

This Father’s Day, surprise him with a trip to the Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park. Challenge him to a race on the unique wheel luge track, conquer the 38-foot rock climbing wall, test his aim at the archery range, explore miles of scenic trails, relax with yard games at Camp Chill, or zipline through the forest canopy on a thrilling 1400-foot dual zipline – all in one place. Don’t wait, tickets are sure to disappear fast. 

Treat Dad to a history adventure this Father’s Day with a Lakeshore Museum Center located in Muskegon 7-Day History Pass. For a whole week, he can explore Muskegon’s past at five fascinating locations: the Muskegon Museum of History and Science, the grand Hackley and Hume Houses, the Fire Barn Museum, the Scolnik House of the Depression Era, and the Muskegon Museum of Business and Industry. It’s a history buff’s dream come true. 

Give your art loving Dad a LowellArts membership this Father’s Day. Not only does your gift show your Dad how much you love him, it helps support the arts and is active for 12 months. In addition to knowing your gift is supporting a dynamic, non-profit arts organization for all, your membership gift includes the following benefits: Discounts on LowellArts theatre tickets, concert tickets, and art classes, 10% off all Artist Market purchases during their Member Appreciation Weekend in December, and for visual artists, discounts on exhibition entry fees.

Northern West Michigan & Upper Peninsula

Treat the father figure in your life to a round (or more) of championship golf at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. Save up to 30% off tee times with their Golf Fore Less special on June 16th. Plus, juniors get up to 60% off on tee times and golf free at twilight with a paid adult. Play the newly renovated Betsie Valley course or the Mountain Ridge course which has been home to the Michigan PGA Women’s Open for 20+ years. 

Celebrate Father’s Day on Mackinac Island. This year it lands on the most exciting and final day of the Lilac Festival. Explore history at Fort Mackinac and the State Park, test your golf game at one of two renowned golf courses, enjoy a narrated carriage tour, saddle horse ride, or try your hand at driving your own carriage, explore over 70 miles of trails on foot or by bicycle, and at the end of it all, sit back and relax at one of the diverse dining opportunities including bourbon selections, draft beers on tap, and cigars at one of the most historic locations in Michigan. 

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 than to share 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. Whether you are experienced paddlers with older kids, or if you have little ones along, they have something for all ages and skill levels. Bring your dad out for a trip that he’s bound to never forget, and start a new Father’s Day tradition.

Throw a line with dad this Father’s Day. Between Lake Superior and the many lakes of Marquette County, there are numerous opportunities for fishing. Anglers on Lake Superior from Marquette are sure to reel in many species of fish. With nature abloom and pleasant summer temperatures, Marquette County is the perfect place to treat dad to 18 holes this Father’s Day. Marquette County invites visitors to come experience the area’s premier golfing, picturesque location and charming small-town setting. Golfers will delight in a range of courses available to them, each set against a stunning natural backdrop.

Grab the clubs and head to the heart of Northern Michigan, to Shanty Creek Resort. Shanty Creek’s four villages are home to five championship golf courses. Tight fairways, formidable doglegs and elevation changes will challenge any golfer. Following an afternoon on the course, head to downtown Bellaire to continue celebrating dad with a 19th hole stop. Head to downtown Bellaire to Short’s for a brew and a bite or stop at Fireside Lounge to toast dad. 

Give dad the gift of a stay at the Harbour View Inn this Father’s Day! Experience the rich history of Mackinac Island while enjoying exceptional comfort and service in their unique buildings. Book your stay here.

Also bring the family to participate in Barrel Back Restaurant’s 3rd Annual Father’s Day Cornhole Tournament hosted by Michigan Dogman Baggers. Walloon Lake Inn is also celebrating Father’s Day with a lakeside Sunday brunch on June 16th. Be sure to make your reservation ahead of time to secure your spot! 

From guiding you on your first steps to seeing you grow, fathers offer a special kind of love deserving of celebration. Treat the extraordinary dads in your life to an unforgettable experience at Hotel Walloon. Relax at the private Hearth Room Bar offering unique bourbon flights. Learn more about Father’s Day Weekend at Hotel Walloon.