Thursday, June 8, 2017

Family fun on Father’s Day in the D.C. area

Father's Day is almost here. If you’re looking spend a day out with Dad and are in Washington D.C. metro area, you won’t be lacking for things to see or do. June usually brings beautiful weather in the District and its suburbs (albeit sometimes hot!) and it’s a great time of year to be out and about.

Looking for ideas of things to do with Dad this year? Here are some thoughts:

Go to a car show

Car show at an Air Show in Manassas a few years back
Every Father’s Day a number of places in the region host car or antique car shows. Here’s are some of the ones I know about:

Sully Historic Site – This is a long running event, now more than 40 years. Co-sponsored by FCPA and The Model A Ford Club of America, see hundreds of classic and antique cars on display. Family-friendly. Admission includes a tour of the 1794 house and grounds. 

Crystal Car – Held in Crystal City, 2017 is its first event. This car show offers a variety of cars including electric, sports, classic muscle cars and motorcycles, to name a few. There is a beer garden hosted by the Washington Wine Academy. The event is also advertised as having some kid-friendly activities too.  

Old Town Warrenton Father’s Day Car Show – Another long-time tradition, this car show takes place on Main Street in Warrenton, Va. See classic cars, hot rods, bikes, tractors and more. They have an active Facebook page to find more information and updates.  

Father’s Day Blues, Brews and BBQ – Hosted by the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant in Middleburg, Va., this event is advertised as a family-friendly day full of activity. There is the classic car show, along with lawn games, music and a BBQ buffet.

Kent Island Cruisers Father’s Day Show – This annual event is held at the Kent Island High School in Stevensville, Md. (Side note, there is a great nature preserve located in the area too – see my earlier post).

There are some other car shows too, the Capital Cruisin' website has many listed, so if you want to go beyond local, there are numerous other shows too.

Take in a museum in Alexandria

George Washington greets his guests
Many of the local museums in D.C. are free daily, but they’ll also probably be crowded this time of year. If you want to explore something different, many of the historic sites in Alexandria offer Father’s Day specials. Gadsby’s Tavern, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary and the Friendship Firehouse are all offering free admission for Dads on Father’s Day (the firehouse is offering free admission for the whole family). There are many terrific restaurants in the area, you can end your day with taking Dad to a nice dinner.

Over across Route 1 in Mount Vernon, George Washington himself will be at his beloved home to celebrate Father’s Day. He’ll talk about his role as a husband, stepfather and Father of the United States during a special program being offered, “Father to the First Family”.

Water fun

If your Father’s Day is going to be spent with your little ones, water fun usually fits nicely into the equation. Check out SplashDown in Manassas, one of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s many pools/waterparks, Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole (Fairfax County run) or Waterworks Waterpark (Dale City). Day or weekend trip? Head down I-95 to the ever-popular Kings Dominion (believe it or not, I’ve never been to Kings Dominion but everyone I know who has loves it!)

Other Father’s Day ideas

Are the kids older or you’re celebrating with all adults and maybe you’re looking to something more “grown up”? In the District itself, I’ve noticed there are a ton of restaurants downtown offering special Father’s Day brunches. Also, one of Virginia’s many vineyards are also other good options.

Like enjoying the great outdoors? Up for a hike anyone? If it’s not too hot out, try visiting Rock Creek Park,
Theodore Roosevelt Island, Prince William Forest Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park or Great Falls Park (Virginia or Maryland side). Want to go a little further or make a weekend out of it? Head out to Skyline Drive (about 90 minutes from downtown, 60 from Fairfax County). You can enjoy a nice hike, leisure stroll or simply enjoy nature and the fab scenery. There are a handful places to eat or grab food along the way or you can stop at one of the numerous areas with your own picnic lunch.

Happy Father’s Day!

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