Research shows that experiences make you happier than things, so show your dad how much you appreciate him this Father’s Day by treating him to an awesome adventure! There’s something for dads with every taste and in every price range. With L.A. as your playground, the options are endless for things to do with dad. Whether he prefers golfing by the ocean, chowing down at some of the best steakhouse restaurants, surfing the waves or catching a comedy show, our fair city offers a slew of impressive options to fill your day. Here’s a list of a few events and restaurants we compiled that we know Dad will love!
For The Horse & Car Lover
It’s a good bet that your dad would love a day at the races at Santa Anita Park on Father’s Day. Options include various brunches, including a whiskey-tasting brunch, or a track-side barbecue package. You can also get a barbecue package for the kids.
For The Foodie
Take your dad on a 2 1/2-hour vintage train ride through Heritage Valley with an onboard barbecue on the Fillmore & Western Railway. Your journey begins in Fillmore, about an hour north of Hollywood, Santa Monica, or Downtown LA. There are two train runs, one at 11 a.m. and the other at 3 p.m. on Father’s Day.
Treat your Dad to a memorable Father’s Day at the Aquarium. The celebration includes admission, a delicious meal, and crafts for the kids. Space is limited so reserve your spot today and take advantage of this great value. All day Aquarium admission is included. The Aquarium is open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on this day.
Treat dad to a mouthwatering barbecue meal with tasty sides and ice-cold beer, available for purchase at the Patio Grill (adjacent to the Rose Garden Tea Room) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Choose from smoked brisket, Carolina-style pulled pork, espresso-braised short rib, and grilled chicken sandwiches; mac and cheese, cabbage slaw, beans and potato salad sides; and hot dogs and cheeseburgers for the kiddos! No reservations required. General admission.
For The Pampered Dad
This modern, earthy space definitely has the aesthetics of relaxation down: It’s minimally decorated with earth tones, potted plants and sleek wooden furniture, and the stripped-down treatment menu is displayed across one entire wall. It’s nice to have a spa that doesn’t overwhelm you with choices: aside from their signature massage, you can get four other types specifically for athletes, travelers, expecting mothers and one for general healing. There’s also a massage for kids 17 and under, as well as one for head, neck and shoulders, and another for legs and feet. Pretty straightforward. The massages themselves are more rigorous than relaxing: you’re jostled and stretched and rubbed, and it all feels good and will do wonders for your muscles, but you’re not likely to leave feeling like you’ve just had a nap. That being said, you just can’t beat these prices, which work out to about a dollar a minute. Our suggestion? Go from 5-7 for happy hour, during which you can get a 30-minute neck or foot massage and a glass of wine on the cheap.
Smack dab in the middle of Hollywood (on bustling Highland, no less), this urban oasis offers a full menu of spa services from massages and facials to detoxifying mud body treatments and alphabiotics (hands-on body alignment that’s chiropractics-meets-stress relief). The former house was restored by Jeff Widmann, who also owns Golden Bridge Yoga across the street. The result: a homey feel that’s part cathedral (lofty ceilings, stained-glass windows) and part living room (fireplace, comgy lounge chairs). Massages range from Shiatsu and Thai to traditional Swedish. There are four treatment rooms for singles and couples, and the entire spa can be reserved for group parties.
Whatever you choose to do for Dad on Father’s Day, we’re sure he will love it!