By Andrea Hescheles
Looking for fun activities to do on Father’s Day? The Los Angeles area has a lot to offer and something for every type of dad.
Whether looking for an escape from the city, an adventure, a day of relaxation or good eats, there are plenty of unique ways to celebrate. Here are some ideas to show your dad how much you appreciate him.
Father’s Day at Dodger Stadium
Is your dad a baseball fan? The Dodgers are playing against the San Francisco Giants at home for Father’s Day so why not take dad out to the ball game.
While there, treat dad to a Dodger Dog and ice-cold beer, or classic ballpark snacks including peanuts and popcorn. After the game, you can go down to the field and play catch with dad for the Father’s Day catch.
Get to the game early; the first 40,000 fans in attendance will get a Father’s Day money clip. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. on June 17.
1000 Vin Scully Ave.
Another option if your dad is a fan of classic cars is to check out the Automotive Museum’s annual Father’s Day event featuring car rides and beer tasting. Classic care on display include the 1961 Chevrolet Corvair, 1964 Plymouth Valiant Signet Convertible and the 1963 Ford Falcon Futura.
While there, enjoy some ice cream in their 1950s themed ice cream parlor featuring cones, sundaes, floats and shakes.
The family-friendly event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children 11-17. Free for children under 10.
610 Lairport St.,
Horse racing at Santa Anita
For a dad who is a horse racing enthusiast, surprise him with a day at the racetrack. Food, family and Thoroughbred racing makes for a memorable day.
There are several Father’s Day packages available. The Turf Terrace Father’s Day package includes a three-course brunch, a glass of champagne or beer, clubhouse admission and a racing program. Cost is $75 per adult and $35 for a child’s ticket which includes ice cream instead of alcohol.
In addition to the Turf Terrace, there will also be a whiskey tasting and Father’s Day brunch. The “Drams for Dads,” features a brunch buffet and whiskey tasting from the Woodford Reserve collection of whiskeys and bourbons. Brunch is served from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $95 and includes clubhouse admission, a racing program, seating in the director’s room, and more.
The Club Court, located on the first turn, offers a brunch package from noon to 2 p.m where you can enjoy a delicious meal while sitting in a trackside seat. Cost is $60.
Head down to the apron and join the celebration with barbecue, craft brews and wine. This package costs $30 for adults and include clubhouse admission, a racing program, and access to the trackside seating area. Child’s ticket is $20 and substitutes ice cream for the alcohol.
Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Drive
Climb aboard the Queen Mary for a Father’s Day brunch with over 50 different dishes from around the world, endless champagne and live music. Dishes include omelets, southwestern albondigas soup, Asian-style ribs and imported tuna nicoise.
Tickets are $59.95 per adult and $24.95 for children 4-11. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
1126 Queens Highway
Whitewater River Rafting
For a dad who loves adventure, river rafting with the whole family is a fun option. Located about three hours from Los Angeles on the Kern River in the Sequoia National Forest, Kern RiverTours offers whitewater rafting adventures. So, pack your swimsuit, sunglasses and hat and head out there, where you will have a blast paddling through the rapids.
There are a variety of river trips to choose from such as a one-day trip or a weekend adventure. Cost varies depending on package. Call for more detailed information.
Kern River Tours
2712 Mayfair Road
Father’s Day Cruise
Dine on the water with dad. Treat him to a beer brunch cruise on the scenic Marina Del Rey Harbor. The two-hour cruise include a brunch buffet, unlimited beer and champagne, music.
Cost is $80.95 per person. The cruise departs from Fisherman’s Village Marina at 11 a.m., noon or 3:30 p.m.
There is also a sunset dinner cruise featuring a four-course dinner and free-flowing beer. A DJ and dancing. Cost is $95 per person. This cruise departs at 5 p.m. and sets sail for 2.5 hours.
13755 Fiji Way,
Marina Del Rey