15+ Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day Rhody Style

This year, create memories with that special father figure in your life – the Rhode Island way

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From restaurants to polo matches, this list is packed with fun ways to make this unconventional Father’s Day memorable. Whether he’s into fishing, cars, or just great food, there’s something for every family out there. Let’s get planning!

 

For the Foodie

Dips Dips: A mobile eatery that specializes in grilled sandwiches, Dips Dips will be posted up at Buttonwoods Brewery on Sunday from 1-5pm with special menu items tailored to Dad. Watch for the menu online to preorder before kicking back with a beer and tasty eats.

Feast & Fettle: Select a package everyone will love such as Smoked Chipotle Chicken Sausages or a Fresh Lobster Roll Kit that can be paired with special desserts from PVDonuts and Wright’s Dairy Farm! Cue the mouthwatering, but make sure to place your order by noon on June 16! 

Hanju Kitchen: Operating out of The Royal Bobcat in Federal Hill, Hanju Kitchen is putting together Korean barbecue grill kits (with veg options) to bring home and throw on a flame. Preorder by June 18 and select a June 21 pickup date to see the special menu.

Kane’s Donuts: If you’re willing to go the extra mile (or a couple of extra miles) for Father’s Day, your number one stop is Kane’s Donuts just over the border in Massachusetts, which recently collaborated with Rhody’s own Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. to create the magnificent whiskey glazed donut available all month long. 

Narragansett Beer: Since 1890, ‘Gansett has made the Rhody brew scene proud. While the brewery is still working on opening their new site in Providence, find their flavors at all your favorite packies or try something new like their recipe for beer ice cream, described on their blog as “the ultimate step towards summertime refreshment!”

McCoy Stadium: You may not be able to cheer on your team, but McCoy is offering the next best thing: Dine on the diamond with the whole family and indulge in beloved ballpark delicacies. Put in those reservations early, and view the menu online.
 

For the Adventurer

Base Station VR Lounge: This dedicated Virtual Reality arcade is Rhode Island’s first, and offers memberships, gift cards, and parties alongside multiple VR experiences, like a Zombie Training Simulator or Escape Rooms. 

East Bay Bike Path: Beginning at India Point Park in Providence is 13.8 miles of natural beauty. The path connects eight parks along the way, such as Bold Point, Squantum Woods, and Haines Park. Visit RIParks.com to see the four phases of the trail, length in miles, and more.

Frog and Toad: For the perfect gift to bring on his next adventure, shop Father’s Day flasks and other accessories from Frog and Toad. If you’re having trouble finding the words to express your appreciation, the flask’s engraving of “Dad, you’ve always been like a father to me” might help you convey those complicated feelings.

Point Judith Fishing Charters: Looking to reel Dad in for some true Ocean State adventuring? Join Captain John Sheriff and his staff for some sportfishing off Point Judith in a fishing charter. 

Providence River Boat Company: Launch from Providence Marina for a special Father’s Day boat tour, 50 minutes of nautical memories. Plus, thanks to a special deal now through June 17, you can also grab Dad a bonus gift from Red Dot Merch Co., a pair of cool Ts to commemorate the day. Due to limited capacity, tour reservations are required – and don’t forget to BYOB and BYOM (Bring Your Own Mask)!

Rail Explorers: This might be one of the most unique Father’s Day adventures. The pedal-powered tour company operates along the Old Colony Railroad and sports spectacular views ofJamestown, Mount Hope Bridge, and Hog Island Lighthouse. You can even pack a picnic basket to enjoy at Bayside Station during the 20 minute roundabout. 

 

For the Cultural Connoisseur

Acoustic Java:  Is your family tired of spending every weekend endlessly scrolling through Netflix, convincing yourselves that there’s a movie you haven’t yet watched? Acoustic Java is here to break the cycle with their Virtual Cinema! Select from one of the independent films after checking out the descriptions, reviews, and trailers posted with each.

Audrain Auto Museum: Car-loving dads who would rather spend the holiday at home this year can peruse the museum’s virtual exhibit, Shining Bright, and save IRL car cruises for the next time around. Need gift ideas? Visit online for a special discount on Audrain merch for men. 

Misquamicut Drive-In Theater: This single-screen drive-in opened in 2013 and has been a hit ever since. Located on the opposite side of the highway from the beach, they showcase “classic” movies on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays all summer long. June 19, catch Jumanji: The Next Level or Yesterday on June 26.

Newport Car Museum: Whether he’s a classic or contemporary car fanatic, this museum is open daily and offers free admission to dads from June 18-24 with the purchase of an adult ticket!

Newport Polo: This longtime fave recently announced that it is indeed open for the season and taking COVID-19 precautions. Note that tickets will not be sold at the entry gates to the Polo Grounds so you’ll need to plan ahead. Enjoy historic Glen Farm in Portsmouth from a Pavillion table, tailgate, or chalet (that’s a tailgate with a tent to you and me).