Father's Day is this Sunday, June 18 - show that special man in your life how much you appreciate his support, guidance, and friendship! Spend the day together celebrating love and life, taking some inspiration from this list of 10 fun dad-centric things to do right here in the Dayton area!

1. Take him out to the ballgame!

Dayton Dragons at Day Air Field

The Dayton Dragons are on the road this Father's Day weekend, but get him tickets for an upcoming ballgame! It doesn't get much more fun than a visit to Day Air Ballpark. Learn more fun facts about the Dayton Dragons

2. Go fishing! 

Gone Fishing

What's a more iconic Father's Day activity than fishing? Grab your fishing pole, tackle box and dad, and head out to one of the many MetroParks with fishing areas. 

These locations include: 

*These parks have areas where you may fish without a state fishing license. We recommend confirming hours and availability in advance.

3. Road Trip!

Biking on Miami Valley Trails

The Miami Valley Trails has 340 miles of paved connected trails perfect for a day of walking, running, hiking, and biking! These trails wind though the city as well as scenic countryside. They connect historic landmarks, local parks, and area attractions. It's a great way to spend the day connecting with nature and with each other.

4. Geek out with Dad at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery!

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is waiting for you and dad to enjoy Father’s Day weekend, exploring everything from earthbound creatures to outer space.

5. Take a trip back in time at Carillon Historical Park

A view of the Carillon Park Railroad, showing a steam locomotive pulling a passenger car with park visitors.

Time travel back into Dayton's history with Dad at Carillon Historical Park, where you can see the original Wright Flyer III, visit a fully operational 1930s letterpress print shop, climb aboard the new Carillon Park Railroad, or take a break at Carillon Brewing Company.

6. It's always a good time for BBQ!

BBQ in Dayton

Show your dad how much you appreciate him by enjoying good times and great BBQ. Check out Dayton restaurants to find some of the best BBQ places in town. There's even an entire festival, Brew-B-Que Fest 2023, taking place at the Fraze Pavilion on Saturday, June 17!

7. Hike to the top of Woodland Cemetery 

Woodland Cemetery

For the history-buff dad, you can also visit Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, the final resting place of the Wright Brothers and many other famous Daytonians. While you are there, make sure you make your way to the very top and bask in the beautiful view of the Dayton skyline.

8. Get out on the water 

Kayaking at Eastwood Metropark

Grab a kayak or canoe and get out on the water for a leisurely river trip or some exciting whitewater.

9. Go golfing 

Golfer putting

It’s a great weekend FORE celebrating dad on the green! Check out golf courses in Montgomery County, which have opportunities for all skill levels and ages. If link golfing is not for you, check out the Disc Golf courses we have here in the county. 

10. Head out on the Dayton Ale Trail

Dayton Ale Trail

Treat dad to a cold beer on a patio or visit local breweries on the Dayton Ale Trail! You can pick up a Dayton Ale Trail passport at any participating breweries.

What's your favorite way to celebrate Father's Day in Dayton? Drop your suggestions in the comments! Looking for more fun things to do in Dayton? Check out our calendar of events and download our free Visit Dayton app!