Show your father or father-figure how much you love and appreciate him FLX style this Father’s Day! Whether he is a foodie, angler, or golf hot shot, you are sure to find some ways to make him feel extra special here in the Finger Lakes.
Here is a curated list of suggestions to help you find the perfect activity or gift for dear old Dad!
For the Spirit-ed Dad
Celebrate Father’s Day with a class at New York Kitchen about what might just be (or become) his favorite spirit - Bourbon! Explore the history of distilling from its origin to present day with NYK Beverage Instructor, Andy Dunn who will lead Dad on his bourbon themed journey with five bourbon samples served with a pairing plate in the Wine Spectator Theater on June 19th.
If you’re looking for a gift for the spirit-ed dad, how about a passport for the ROC/FLX Craft Beverage Trail? Dad can visit more than three dozen craft beverage establishments, five of them being distilleries.
For the Foodie Dad
With an abundance of local ingredients available, the flavors of the Finger Lakes extend well beyond wine, beer, and craft beverages. Treating Dad to a farm to table dining experience is a gift every dad will love. From the communal dining experience of F.L.X. Table and the farmhouse cooking inspired Kindred Fare, both in Geneva, to the family run Mill Creek Cafe in Honeoye and the rustic, yet hip Roots Cafe in Naples, the Finger Lakes are a foodie’s dream come true.
For the Sporty Dad
Biking, hiking, watersports, tennis, swimming, and even disc golf are all available for the dad who loves the sporting life.
Of course, with five lakes and multitudes of streams, fishing in the Finger Lakes is an unparalleled experience. Both warm and cold-water fishing is abundant in our lakes with Lake Trout, Black Bass, Atlantic Salmon, and Walleye are some of the most frequent catches. Additionally, Naples Creek and other area streams draw anglers casting for the much sought after, colorful Rainbow Trout. Arrange a charter and/or guide for the day and let the experts show dad the way to the hot spots. The Sutton Company, legendary for their family made “Sutton Spoons,” located on Main Street Naples carries a wide variety of lures, tackle, and outdoor gear that make great gifts for the angler dad.
The Finger Lakes Region is a golfer’s paradise, if hitting the links is your dad’s way to have fun and unwind. Why not give Dad a relaxing day of golf that lets him totally escape, if only for a few hours? With nearly a dozen golf courses in Ontario County, it’s a great place to hit the links with challenging holes, fantastic views, and scenery that stretches for miles. Treat Dad to a private lesson at the award-winning 18-hole Ravenwood Golf Club, a golf package at Reservoir Creek, or a pass to Victor Hills Golf Club that will be enjoyed all season long. The gift of golf will surely be his cup of “tee!”
For the “Kid at Heart” Dad
The Finger Lakes Region is the perfect outdoor playground for dads of any age to explore and feel like a kid again. Let Dad experience the thrill of the Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventure Park as he ziplines through the trees. At Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center dad can bowl, play laser tag, and jump in a bumper car as he finds his inner-kid! For the dad who loves water adventure, a day riding water slides and swimming in the wave pool at Roseland Water Park may be just the answer.
Celebrate Dad with any one of many special Father’s Day events created just for him, but that the whole family will enjoy.
• Father’s Day at the Farm - live music, craft brews, “good eats and a great time” at Lincoln Hill Farms. Take part in the “Dress like your Dad” contest for some extra laughs at Dad’s expense.
• Father’s Day Car Show at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park - celebrate Dad with classic cars, food, flowers, and fun for the whole family.
• Heartbeat of America: The Classic of Country at Bristol Valley Theater-enjoy country music as unique and varied as the nation that created it. From Hank to Loretta and Charlie to Patsy plus many more, one evening can’t begin to touch on all the classic country songs but BVT is going to try!
• Father’s Day BBQ Brunch at the Barn at Brewery Ardennes, Geneva-celebrate the special guy in your life by treating him to brunch in this historic barn brewery!
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