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Distinctive Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in New York City

Show your love for dad by acknowledging his favorite pastime

Now that we’re able to go out and about, this Father’s Day is a time to make up for lost time. If you haven’t been together with your dad IRL for more than a year, you can create a truly enjoyable and memorable day.

For the Dad Who Wants to Be with the Kids

It’s all about color at Eataly NYC Downtown this Father’s Day. Together with The Color Factory, the Italian emporium has created the new La Pizza and La Pasta A Colori, a fun and delicious experience for the entire family. Everyone will love the Italian cuisine in this colorful restaurant which features a striking art installation that mimics the Italian sunset and connects Torino, Italy, to New York City. To create their own colori, kids have a whiteboard to doodle and write their messages to Dad. Plus, there are live music and activity stations for both children and adults. It’s la dolce vita, family-style, for a not-so-lazy Father’s Day. While the kids enjoy fun designed-for-children, interactive foods, and special viewing glasses, adults can enjoy an Italian spread of Giallo in Sfumatura and Italian cheeses. Eataly’s Neapolitan pizza is also set out for dining with colorful cocktails like the Ora d’Oro (Golden Hour) made with Rye, Americano, and honey cardamom syrup.    

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Eataly Downtown is All About Color (courtesy Eataly Downtown)

For the Dad Who Loves New York City’s Parks

If trees and parks are Dad’s special love, give Dad the gift that gives back to New York City through the New York Restoration Project (NYRP). You can honor Dad with a donation that supports the planting of a tree in Northern Manhattan’s Highbridge Park. The trees in the park, spanning Harlem to the Bronx, will help expand the city’s urban forest canopy and add to the city’s quality of life and air.

For the Golfing Dad

Golfing dads will love this ticket package from the Northern Trust PGA Tour. Scheduled August 18-22, the event takes place in Jersey City at the exclusive Liberty National Golf Club with direct ferry access from New York City. The world-class event is a great way to return to the arena of live sports events, taking Dad away from that much-worn spot on the couch in front of the TV. You don’t have to be a golfer to attend – it’s a wonderful family spectator event in a luxe setting, and it’s the only PGA Tour event in the New York tri-state area that will have fans outside. You can purchase a Daily Grounds ticket that allows access to various venues and restaurants and the all-important up-close positioning along the rope line to watch the golfers compete. If you bring the family, there’s a discount for purchasing two single-day tickets, and you can add a ticket to The Ultra Club for stadium-style seating overlooking the final hole.

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PGA Golf Tournament (courtesy PGA Golf Tour)

For the Dad who Dreams of an Island Escape

Get Dad out on the water this Father’s Day with kayaking on the Hudson River. The free kayaking tour leaves from The Downtown Boathouse on Pier 26 in Hudson River Park. Like most desirable programs in the city nowadays, Timed reservations are advised or required depending on the day. Then head down to the Battery to catch the ferry to Governors Island for some outstanding city views from the water and a day exploring the park. Dad will have a complete island holiday.

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Kayaking on the Hudson River (© Graeme Birchall)

For the Dad Who’d Rather Stay Home and Watch a Baseball Game

Dad can park himself in front of his favorite baseball competition on Father’s Day while enjoying an over-the-top deli feast from Katz’s Delicatessen. The deli’s special Triple Classic package is the best of the best from beloved Katz’s with a full pound of each of their most popular meats. Get ready to dig into house-cured corned beef, slow-cooked brisket, and Katz’s legendary pastrami. The accouterments are all included in the package. You’ll get a loaf of seedless rye bread, deli mustard, and two quarts of pickles. There’s no need to go downtown – just set it up at home and enjoy with the whole family. 

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Triple Classic Package from Katz's Delicatessen (courtesy Katz's Delicatessen)

 For the Adventurous Dad

Turn New York City into your own personal adventure with a scavenger hunt courtesy of Watson Adventures. The company lets you choose Dad’s favorite part of the city and put together a fun day of hunting and finding. If Dad thinks he knows Grand Central Terminal, you can prove him wrong with this fun hunt or make it more challenging with the Escape from Grand Terminal program that takes the concept of an escape room to a new level. Grand Central is much more than the terminal – you’ll hunt for items in the Graybar Building, below the main gathering area, and in the Chrysler Building. For a virtual experience to involve even the littlest Harry Potter fans in your clan, Watson Adventures is offering a Father’s Day Wizard School Hunt.

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A Scavenger Hunt from Watson Adventures (© Rachel Duncan)