As Father’s Day, June 20, is approaching, now’s the time to plan meaningful experiences to celebrate your father. We’ve compiled Top 10 things to do with your father that will give you a chance to spend time together, talk about your favorite moments of the past, show appreciation, and create new memories. From taking a weekend road trip to a place you haven’t visited to explore a new site in your town, Tennessee offers a variety of fun and meaningful options.
Spend a day with your father hitting the trails and enjoying nature. Leaving your devices at home and taking a hike is a perfect opportunity to talk with your father without the distractions of everyday life. Mousetail Landing State Park, in Perry County, has several hiking trails of various difficulty levels, from easy to difficult. Old Stone Fort State Archeological Park, in Coffee County, offers several trails, as well. Watch the sunrise with your father. The Summer Solstice Sunrise event at the Old Stone Fort Archeological Park is set for June 20.
Visit a distillery
Visit a distillery to learn about Tennessee history and taste whiskey. Jack Daniel Distillery, in Moore County, offers a variety of distillery experiences. Taste George Dickel Tennessee Whisky and enjoy a tour of the facility. George Dickel Tennessee Whisky is made at Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. in Coffee County. The distillery is part of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. Nearest Green Distillery, in Bedford County, reopens June 19 – just on time for Father’s Day celebrations. Head to the distillery to learn about “the best whiskey maker the world never knew.”
Enjoy beer tasting
Visit a brewery. Tasting beer is a fun and informative experience, and a great way to spend quality time with your father. Common John Brewery, in Coffee County, welcomes you and offers “the highest-quality craft beer” that’s “never pretentious, always approachable and crafted for enjoyment by the casual beer drinker and fanatics.” Craft breweries are popping up all over Tennessee, so head to one that’s near your town or take a daytrip.
Go wine tasting
Visiting a winery presents a chance for everyone – wine connoisseur or not – to learn about Tennessee grapes, the winemaking process and enjoy delicious wine. But, most importantly, wine tasting is a fun and bonding experience. Head to Beans Creek Winery, in Coffee County, and taste award-winning wines, made in Tennessee from grapes grown in the state. Beans Creek Winery also offers music experiences – check out the Grape Jam Music Series. Amber Falls Winery, in Maury County, invites you to “come for the wine, and stay for the community.” Have fun with your father and make new friends at Tennessee wineries.
Go fishing with your father. Enjoy fresh air, feel the sun on your face and appreciate the sounds of water. Laurel Hill Lake is in Lawrence County, and you can find largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, and blue and channel catfish. Mousetail Landing State Park is located on the Tennessee River and provides perfect opportunities for fishing. You can fish from the bank, but the best way to experience the Tennessee River is by boat.
Head to the river to spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Mousetail Landing State Park provides boat access, campground and fishing from the banks of the Tennessee River. Rent a boat at Clifton Marina, located in the heart of the Tennessee River. Canoe or kayak the Buffalo River. The Buffalo River is the longest tributary of the Duck River. It supports a diversity of wildlife, including nearly 85 species of fish, according to tn.gov.
Get your tires muddy. Experience nature and feel the sun and wind on your skin as you ride the trails. Spend a day with your father at Wooly’s Off Road Park. Whether you enjoy tame trails or steep climbs, mud tracks, rocks and roots, Wooly’s Off Road Park offers a trail for you. Or head to Maury County to Fisher’s Off-Road Rentals for an off-roading adventure.
Hit the golf course
Enjoy fresh air, de-stressing and talking with your father, while you play golf together. Golf at Bear Trace at Tims Ford, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. The golf course is located on a peninsula surrounded by the beautiful Tims Ford Lake. The park offers 20 cabins, equipped with appliances, fireplace and a charcoal grill.
Unplug and get away from your screens. Go camping. Enjoy the fresh air and the aromas of dinner cooking over an open fire. Find a campsite for your next adventure at David Crockett State Park.
Head to a park for a biking adventure. Mousetail Landing State Park offers a series of mountain bike trails. Mousetail Landing State Park is a 1,247-acre park on the east banks of the Tennessee River, in Perry County. The biking trail in the park is 7 miles and is rated advanced. Stop by the visitors’ center to pick up a map, learn more about the park and purchase a souvenir.