FUN DAYS WITH DAD
Father's Day Plans in Montgomery County
Once upon a time, Father's Day gifts were solved with a bottle of after-shave lotion or a new tie. Current trends, however, are to send dads on escapes and adventures, far beyond the items that can be boxed, wrapped and decorated with a bow.
Grab your dad by the hand, get him into the car and give him something truly unique this Father's Day: Montgomery County memories to cherish for years to come.
TREAT HIM TO TEE TIME
Montgomery County Golf Courses
With 54 of the country's finest golf courses, Montgomery County is the ultimate destination for a dad's getaway. And when the round's over, our courses and country clubs have some of the best dining in the region.
ENJOY SOME FRESH "AIR"
United States Hot Air Balloon Team
For a little calmer experience, take him on a gentle ride with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team, lifting off peacefully from nearby Pottstown Municipal Airport.
American Helicopter Museum
Dads can experience the unique vantage point available only in a helicopter by taking part in FatherFest at the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center on June 19. Fatherfest has a Star Wars theme this year. An entire rebel legion is being formed, and if your dad has his own costume, he's welcome to join. That aside, there are drone flights, a classic car and motorcycle show and samplings in the beer and wine garden. Check out our blogger's previous excursion here.
TAKE HIM FISHING
Montgomery County Fishing Spots
There is no better bonding experience than a day on the lake with dad. Grab your fishing poles and claim your spot at one of Montgomery County's favorite fishing holes. It's sure to be a memorable day, even if you come back empty-handed.
REV HIM UP
Arnold's Family Fun Center
Crank up the engines and hit the track for a day of high-speed excitement at Arnold's Family Fun Center in Oaks. Turn him loose on the pro karts or take a ride with dad in the double-seater karts. Arnold's also has bumper cars, classic pinball machines, the latest video games and more.
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
If he's a motor-head, Dad may appreciate the classic cars and other modes of transportation at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. Tucked inside this massive warehouse is also a 1930s style diner and a hand-pumped gas station, where a gallon would set pop back a whopping 17 cents; both of which proved very popular with our blogger.
RIDE THE RAILS
Ride the rails of history through the Secret Valley on the Colebrookdale Railroad. The eight-mile stretch from Boyertown to Pottstown offers scenic views of the countryside. A special beef and beer meal will be served on the Father's Day trains running June 18 and 19.
CAMP OUT UNDER THE STARS
Green Lane Park
Celebrate dad with a family camping trip to one of Montgomery County's most scenic parks. Green Lane Park offers 25 campsites complete with fire pit and grill for an unforgettable night of campfire stories and s'mores.
SHARE A LAUGH
Ladies, don't judge. In general, men find The Three Stooges hilarious. Rather than debate their comedic merits, let Dad have his laughs at The Stoogeum in Ambler. Although the collection is not open Father's Day itself (nor any other weekend), it is accessible each Thursday, and appointments can be made for other visitations. Highlights are the massive amount of memorabilia, as well as the 85-seat theater running a steady stream of short films.
HELP HIM LOOK HIS BEST
John's Old School New Skool Barber Shop
A quality haircut and shave - along with a good dose of conversation - is what barber John Scioli provides daily at John's Old School/New Skool Barber Shop in Schwenksville. While enjoying a traditional shave and a haircut, prepare yourself to be blown away by John's extensive display of retro kid-vid collectibles.
BOWL HIM OVER
Montgomery County Bowling Alleys
Skip giving Dad slippers this Father's Day and let him slide into a pair of bowling shoes. Earl-Bowl Lanes in Telford has the advantages of a well-kept facility, attentive staff and great food. Other great spots include Thunderbird Lanes in Willow Grove, Limerick Bowl, and Facenda Whitaker Lanes in East Norriton.
TOAST HIS PARENTING SKILLS
Manatawny Still Works
Manatawny Still Works not only provides expertly crafted spirits, but the process is explained in full during its distillery tours. Send your special guy on a Friday night with his buddies, and let him enjoy "Food Truck Friday," when a local vendor offering a variety of specialty dishes pulls up out front.
SEND HIM ON A QUEST
Norristown Farm Park
You know your Dad's a winner; now it's time to let him prove it to the rest of the world. The Daring Dad Scavenger Hunt on June 19 at Norristown Farm Park gives him the opportunity to follow clues, answer questions and be rewarded with a special prize. The puzzles aren't too hard, but should he need help, families can assist in figuring things out.