Best Activities in Seattle for Father’s Day

by | Jun 7, 2024 | Destinations, Family Adventures, USA, Weekend Trips, West Coast

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There are many places to celebrate Father’s Day but since my family lives in Seattle, this is where we do it. We’ve found all the great family activities to bring the family closer. Or if Dad wants to go off on his own for a while (since Mom might have gotten a break on her day), he can enjoy his favorite hobbies or chill out with the other refugee dads. 

Seattle has that idyllic blend of urban excitement and natural beauty that caters to just about every kind of dad. So, if your Seattlelite family is looking for options or a visit is happening that weekend, here are our favorite things to do on Father’s Day that will be a better way to celebrate than just a card that says, “Happy Father’s Day.” 

 

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Send Dad to the Washington Brewers Festival 

If Dad is a homebrewer or simply a connoisseur of craft beer, a ticket for a day (or two) at the Washington Brewers Festival will be well received. (The festival is 21+, so this is a great opportunity to pair up with another dad and send them off on a kid-free outing.) 

This year’s festival, presented by the Washington Brewers Guild, runs the weekend after Father’s Day (June 22nd-23rd) and will be held at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion. Gift Dad, Grandpa, or even Uncle Joe with a beer-tasting extravaganza, where they can sip and sample their way through Washington’s incredible array of craft beer and ciders – and some from beyond the borders of the Evergreen State. More than 80 Washington breweries and cideries will be represented, including this family dad’s personal faves, Stoup Brewing and Holy Mountain

General admission for the Washington Brewer’s Festival is $49 and includes eight 4-ounce tastings and a commemorative tasting glass, but if you really love dear old Dad, consider the VIP ticket for $99, which comes with 12 4-ounce tastings, one-hour early entrance, access to the VIP lounge (with snacks and seating included), commemorative tasting glass, and even access to the VIP-exclusive restroom. There’s live entertainment, too, no matter which ticket you choose.

 

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Draught day for dads! Photo by Julian Hochgesang/Unsplash.

 

… Or Go Brewing Hopping 

If Dad loves beer but would prefer to wash it down with great comfort food (think specialty hot dogs, fish and chips, and gourmet burgers), the Seattle area has kid-friendly breweries with beer gardens in spades. There’s typically a fun kids’ menu and board or yard games to keep the littlest family members happy while Dad can sit back, enjoy a meal and a beverage in a convivial setting – which, hopefully, includes some Seattle sunshine so he can sit outdoors. 

Favorites include Reuben’s Brews in the Ballard Brewing District, Fremont Brewing, and Rooftop Brewing, where you’ll find food trucks seven days a week and a free popcorn machine, a huge hit with the kids, or anyone who needs a nosh. Or find new favorites with a brewery and restaurant tour. 

 

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Marysville Strawberry Festival 

Multigenerational families can celebrate all the dads in their lives at the sweet Marysville Strawberry Festival, a 92-year-old beloved local tradition. Taking place the weekend after Father’s Day weekend on June 20-23, the festival boasts one of the state’s longest-running parades, which starts at 5 PM on Saturday, June 22nd. The Funtastic carnival can’t be missed – a pint-sized fair with amusement park rides and carnival games without the crowds of a theme park but oozing with charm. 

Throughout the weekend, look for adult trike races (really!), strawberry shortcake-eating contests, fair food favorites (funnel cake, anyone?), craft booths, the Strawberry Festival/Sunrise Rotary beer and wine garden, live music, kids’ activities, cornhole and golf tournaments, the Strawberry Cup Pickleball Tournament, and a car show on closing day, (more for your car guy below). 

 

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The Emerald City does dad day right, with views that don’t quit. Photo by Thom Milkovic/Unsplash.

 

Sail Away on Lake Union

Send Dad off on a boat or paddling outing on Lake Union. The Center for Wooden Boats at the south end of the lake has a variety of ways to get out on the water. Book ahead for the public Peapod Program, which offers free one-hour rowboat rentals from Wednesday to Sunday all year. Each boat holds up to four adults, and they’re ideal for rowers of all experiences. 

It’s free to stroll along the center’s docks and explore the recently opened Wagner Education Center and its new exhibits on the historic small watercraft of the Pacific Northwest. The nine small craft primarily from King County include a George Pocock (of Boys in the Boat fame) rowing wherry and the Hvalsoe 13. Look for boats being built or repaired as you wander the docks and the exhibit areas. 

 

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Come sail away … Photo by Zoshua Colah/Unsplash.

 

Pro Tip: Pair a day at the Center for Wooden Boats with Father’s Day brunch at the nearby Local Public Eatery, with yummy egg dishes and drink specials, or at iconic Duke’s Seafood with a waterfront view of South Lake Union and a full menu of oysters, seafood nosh bites, line-caught halibut, and chowder samples. 

 

Rev It Up at LeMay, America’s Car Museum 

Take Dad on a drive down to Tacoma to LeMay, America’s Car Museum, a tribute to Harold LeMay, who was a prolific car collector – we’re talking 3,500 vehicles amassed in his lifetime. The core of the museum’s collection has been sourced from his vast collection. On June 15th, LeMay will host a Family STEAM Day, so car enthusiast dads can bond with their burgeoning motorheads as they design, build, tinker, and learn together and explore the world of cars. It’s included with admission (free if you’re a museum member). Kids under the age of 18 get free admission on STEAM Days. 

After the session, explore the wider museum, which – even for those who might not consider themselves a “car person” – is fascinating. At any given time, the museum houses more than 350 cars, trucks, and motorcycles representing a range of automotive history and culture. from the earliest cars to muscle cars to electric cars. 

 

Best Father's Day activities in Seattle, family travel

Channel Dad’s inner “car guy.” Photo by Ramlan Junkeer/Unsplash.

 

… Or Head to a Classic Car Show 

Pro-Tip: Back up north in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood, the popular Greenwood Car Show takes place this year on June 29th. It’s a day of community, kettle corn (if you’re my kids), and cars … especially lots of classic cars. Enterprising neighborhood kids set up lemonade stands, neighbors and friends are out in droves, the local fire station hands out free hot dogs, and hundreds of proud car owners open up their vehicle’s hoods and show off spiffy colors and designs in an event that has become a successful fundraiser for local nonprofits. 

 

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Have an Adventure 

For the outdoorsy dad who would rather spend time in the woods than at a planned Father’s Day event, there are countless ways to mark the special occasion out in nature. From Discovery Park for a morning or afternoon hike to a full day out at Mount Rainier, there are ample reasons to lace up the trail shoes, pack a backpack full of yummy snacks, and set off into the woods (plus it’s a great way to fuel an appetite for a family-friendly brewery dinner later to close out a special day). 

 

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Everyone wants Dad’s arms on a hike. Photo by Juliane Liebermann/Unsplash.

 

Favorite Father’s Day Hikes Close to Seattle:

Grand Ridge, Issaquah

A 7-mile, multi-use trail with a 40-foot cedar log stringer bridge built out of wind-fallen trees, a variety of birdlife (including barred owls and bald eagles), and a 605-foot-long boardwalk that winds through soul-quieting stands of western hemlock and Sitka spruce. 

 

Paradise Valley Conservation Area, Woodinville

Lose yourselves for a few hours in this 800-acre park of woodlands, wetlands, and streams. Keep an eye out for eagles, hawks, and deer. There are 13 miles of trail to choose from. 

 

Carkeek Park, Seattle

Combine forest walks, frisbee on a huge lawn, and time down on the shore looking for marine life and beach treasures at this 216-acre park with 6 miles of trail, demonstration gardens, a historic orchard, and absolutely spectacular views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. 

 

 

When You Go 

 

Getting To Seattle From Los Angeles

Families heading to Seattle on or near Father’s Day, have a couple of choices for transportation. Fly into SeaTac International Airport. Delta, Spirit, United and Alaska all fly nonstop.  Or, take the Amtrak to King Street Station. 

An excellent discount site for flights (and cars, hotels) is Expedia! This is where we start our research for the best deals!

 

To get discounts on tours in the area, we recommend Get Your Guide or Viator (which offers 51% off last-minute tours!).

 

Where To Stay In Seattle

Treat dad to a staycation! Or if your family is flying in to see dad or grandpa, no need to crowd the fam. There are a number of national brand hotels in the city center, including the Hilton Embassy Suites, Crowne Plaza, and the Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle

Happy Father’s Day! 

 

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From her home in Seattle, Michelle writes for a variety of internationally based travel companies. When not writing, she’s hiking, skiing, reading, or (in actuality) working her other job as “mom taxi.” Check out her other work at Eagle Eyes Editing.