Father’s Day in Northern Michigan: What should you do with your Dad this Father’s Day? Here are our ideas:
Traverse city was just named the best boating town in the nation by BoatU.S. For a relaxing tour through Round Lake, Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan, make a reservation with Keweenaw Excursions for a sightseeing tour. If you are looking for a more active way to spend your Father’s Day, rent a ski boat or jet ski from Sunset Watersports in Traverse City. Then take to the Bay for some fun in the sun!
2. Take a drive up M-22
Spend Father’s Day driving up this beautiful stretch and exploring the area’s most iconic road with the family. Start in the Victorian Port City, also known as Manistee. Have breakfast at Bungalow Inn and then stroll down the streets of Manistee, taking in their beautiful Victorian buildings and views of the historic Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse. Then head up M-22 and stop for a sandwich at Lighthouse Café in Frankfort. Take a pit stop at Art’s Tavern in Glen Arbor and treat Dad to a pint of Bell’s Oberon or Short’s Huma Lupa. Continue the drive up M-22 and stop at Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern between Leland and Northport for dinner. Finish your drive in Traverse City and enjoy watching the sunset at the beach. Then head over to Front Street and visit the M-22 store to get a T-shirt to commemorate your journey.
3. Take a day trip to Mackinac Island
Getting reservations at a hotel on Mackinac Island can be tricky this time of year. But you don’t have to spend the night to enjoy all the island has to offer. Rent a bike and explore all the shops on the island or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around Mackinac. Then grab some fudge and head over to the historic Grand Hotel and snag a seat on their porch, which is the longest in the world.
4. Head to the beach in Empire
Temperatures are expected to be in the 70s this Father’s Day. So grab your beach chairs and sunscreen and head to Red Hot Best winning, Empire Beach. Participate in Northern Michigan’s latest watersport craze by renting a stand up paddleboard at downtown Empire’s Sleeping Bear Surf and Kayak.
5. Take Dad on a Pub Crawl
TC Cycle Pub host pub-crawls in a totally unexpected way — on wheels. This pub-crawl occurs on a 14-passenger bike bar that takes visitors around to the eateries and breweries of Traverse City. Each tour is two hours and starts and ends at the Filling Station.
6. Grab your clubs and head to Boyne Mountain Resort
Boyne Mountain Resort is home to two championship golf courses — the Alpine course and the Monument course. The Alpine course features beautiful views and strategically placed hazards while the Monument course serves as an ode to golf’s great course architects and is full of challenging holes. Either course you choose is sure to make Dad happy this Father’s Day.
7. Go wine tasting in Traverse City and the Old Mission Peninsula
Head out to the Old Mission Peninsula and take your father to try some of Northern Michigan’s finest wines at local wineries like Chateau Chantal, Bowers Harbor or Black Star Farms’ tasting room on Old Mission. Then come back to town and visit Left Foot Charley’s tasting room to try their hard cider or Riesling. Finish your winery tour at the Cherry Republic of Traverse City to try some cherry infused wine in the Nation’s Cherry Capital.
8. Shop Northern Michigan foods and then fire up the grill
Create a Father’s Day feast using all Northern Michigan ingredients. Start shopping in Traverse City. Head to Maxbauer’s Meat Market and grab a few steaks or some of their house-smoked brats, sausages, hot dogs or jerky. Walk to Fustini’s on Front Street to get some fresh oils and vinegars for seasonings or to Old Mission Traders to purchase some Cherry Stop sauces. Continue east on Front Street to Simply Cupcakes to get desert. Finally, head to Burritt’s Fresh Market to pick up some local whitefish and local, fresh asparagus. And don’t forget to grab a bottle of local wine and a six pack or made in Michigan beer. This feast is sure to make Dad feel like king!
9. See Michigan history as told by Legos
“Lego Carnival” has returned to the History Center of Traverse City. The exhibit runs through Labor Day and showcases some of Michigan and the United States’ iconic statues and buildings, including the Mackinac Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. The whole family will be sure to enjoy this Father’s Day outing.
10. Go ziplining near Boyne City
Wildwood Rush is home to Northern Michigan’s ultimate ziplining experience. They have over 5,000 feet of ziplines for visitors to fly across and take in the views of Northern Michigan. This activity is sure to satisfy the adventurous dad!