Dads are cool, brave, smart, funny and all-around fabulous. Sure, he never wants to stop and ask for directions, but he fixes things, grills up a storm, and gives the best hugs. This weekend is a great time to remind him just how much you care.
Father's Day is June 19 and we have some great ways to celebrate dad this weekend as we lead up to his special day. Here are some fun and wild ways to show him how special he is.
A WILD DAY WITH DAD
Dad’s Dollar Day at the Buffalo Zoo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19. Dad is sure to have a wild time at the zoo and the price is right - dad pays just a buck. Spend some quality time with your father and all of the animals at the zoo. Visit buffalozoo.org.
BBQ AND WILD ANIMALS; DAD'S GONNA LOVE THIS
Hidden Valley Adventure’s Dad’s Day Barbecue, June 19 (2887 Royce Road, Varysburg; 585-535-4100 for reservations). Serve up some good fun and food at Hidden Valley. Take a safari ride through the animal adventure and get some barbecue for dad. They’ll be serving all dad's favorite foods including ribs, steak and bison burgers. For a look at more menu items and prices, visit hiddenvalleyadventure.com
HAVE FUN, WOW! WITH DAD
Dad’s Day at Martin’s Fantasy Island, June 19 (2400 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island). It’ll be a fun time riding the rides with dad and the whole family. And, what’s even better - dads are free with one paying child. Visit martinsfantasyisland.com.
GO TAKE A HIKE, AND BRING YOUR POPS
Tell dad to take a hike from 2 to 3:30 p.m. June 19 at Tifft Nature Preserve (1200 Fuhrmann Blvd.). Take your father on a casual walk through the woods in the beautiful preserve. You can find bugs, frogs and many other animals dad is sure to love. The price is $5 and pre-registration is required. Call 826-6397. Visit tifft.org.
DOWN BY THE RIVER, WITH DAD
Check out the amazing Dragon Boat Races at the Hope Chest Dragon Boat Festival from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18 at River Works (359 Ganson St.). This is sure to be a fun-filled day for dad and the whole family. The stunning boats, the power and speed - yep, right up dad's alley. Visit hopechestbuffalo.org
A DAD TO LOOK UP TO
Celebrate dad by remembering one of Buffalo's favorite sons - and fathers: Tim Russert. Head over to the Buffalo History Museum (One Museum Court) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18. Get this - dads are free - but so is the whole family. Take a tour of the exhibit "Inside Tim Russert's Office" for an up-close and personal look at the legendary journalists' office. For more information, visit buffalohistory.org.