When it comes to Father’s Day gifts, most dads have unwrapped their fair share of neckties, socks and personalized mugs. So if you’re looking to surprise Dad with something a little outside the box this year, we can help!
Most men are hardwired for adventure, so give him some inspiration to be more adventurous! A gift certificate for a paddleboard rental from RideAway Adventures or Cape Cod Kayak is the perfect way to get him out on the water this summer. Both also offer guided tours in and around some of the Cape's most scenic waterways. When he's back on shore a personalized beach chair from Cape Cod Beach Company in Harwich is the gift that keeps on giving.
A round of golf is always a guaranteed Dad-pleaser. Whether he is seeking a laid-back experience or hoping to sneak in a quick nine before heading to the beach, Cape Cod is home to more than two dozen public golf courses in a variety of captivating layouts. Reserve tee times online to avoid waits!
Help him sharpen his fishing skills by enrolling him in Chatham Bars Inn's Orvis Saltwater Fly-Fishing School (the only one of its kind in Massachusetts!) Open to guests of the Inn and to the public, Chatham Bars is partnering with Orvis to offer the one- and two-day schools on select dates through early October; he'll walk away an expert on everything from fly casting and tackle selection to rigging and fish fighting.
Take him for some good old-fashioned fun at Grand Slam in Harwich Port, where bumper boats, batting & pitching cages, rock walls and zip lines await. Cape Cod Inflatable Park in West Yarmouth is another family-friendly option; in addition to a lazy river, wave pool, water slides and surf simulator, a cabana rental and the new adults only swim-up bar may give him another alternative for staying cool.
Talking about cars, looking at cars, driving cars - all things that men love. And while a brand new vehicle may not be in the budget, there are other car-centric ways you can impress him. Start a new tradition with dad and take him to admire 350+ classic cars lining both sides of historic Hyannis Main Street at the annual Father's Day Car Show, the largest vintage auto show in New England.
You can also check out the nostalgic American automobiles on display at Heritage Museums & Gardens, from a 1931 Duesenberg once owned by Academy-Award winning actor Gary Cooper to a 1965 Ford Country Squire station wagon. Later, head to Mashpee Commons to let him pick out some trendy apparel at Puritan Cape Cod, followed by bowling at Lanes Bowl & Bistro.
If he wants to be behind the wheel, let him explore Cape Cod’s natural beauty for the day (or even the weekend) from behind the wheel of a rented Jeep Wrangler from Cape Cod Jeep Rentals! Cruising the Cape with the top down and music blaring is enough to make anyone smile. Added bonus: Cape Cod Jeep Rentals offers free local pick-up and delivery.
Let’s face it. Most dads like beer. And we’ve got incredible breweries right here on Cape Cod! Offering seasonal ales, rich ciders and punchy IPAs, Tree House Brewing in Sandwich has a taste for every palate, and you can savor one of their craft brews with water views. Enjoy brews by the glass or a flight paddle with pizzas on the outdoor patio at Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery in Falmouth. Sweeten the gift of a growler from either of these breweries.
Another great gift idea? A gift card for a TapTastings Craft Brew Excursion. Leave the car behind; this guided tour can bring Dad to the Cape's best breweries and vineyards for tastings.
We all know the old saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Test out the theory! Revel in the old fashioned charm of an English tavern with him at Bayzo's Pub at The Mansion at Ocean Edge in Brewster. Dine on seafood at The Chatham Squire (Chatham), a lobster roll at Spanky's Clam Shack (Hyannis), or a stacked high burger at Gannon's Tavern (Hyannis). You can also enjoy a casual lunch with killer views at Soprano's Casino By the Sea in Falmouth or Fishemen's View in Sandwich.
Good Old Fashioned Bonding
Family time is just as precious to dad as any gift you could give him. So why not plan a fun day out just the two of you? Get out on the water on an epic whalewatch or sealwatch adventure, book a trip on one of Hy-Line Cruises’ deep-sea fishing boats or another fishing charter, take a hike or bike ride, or roast marshmallows together under the stars at Provincetown's Coastal Acres Campground or the new luxury AutoCamp in Falmouth.
We’re sure dad loves the Cape Cod Baseball League, so catch a game together! With 1 out of 6 players in Major League Baseball having come through the Cape League, there’s no doubt that dad will leave there with a unique memory of a future star and a fabulous start to his weekend.