Father’s Day is an annual celebration that allows people who are fortunate enough to still have their father in their lives to shower dad with all sorts of attention. We know all dads love spending time with their children and would probably prefer a unique opportunity to spend time with their sons and daughters as opposed to receiving a “Number One Dad” coffee mug or spiffy neck tie. Here is a list of ten things you can do with your father at some point this weekend to show your love and appreciation for all that daddy has done for you.
1) Visit the Buffalo History Museum
Located at One Museum Court in downtown Buffalo, this glance at our region’s past is a nice place to take dad to remind us all about some of our region’s historical significance. Open six days a week, including Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., the Buffalo History Museum has a little something for everyone. For details about special exhibits and other seasonal displays, call (716) 873-9644 or visit www.buffalohistory.org.
2) Have a picnic at Yates Park in Orchard Park
Pack up some sandwiches and drinks and head to one of the most picturesque parks in the region. Located on North Lake Drive just a small distance from the heart of the Village of Orchard Park’s central business district, Yates Park offers areas to lay down a blanket and relax as you overlook Green Lake. The perfect setting for a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon, provided the weather is conducive and Mother Nature provides sunny skies and comfortable temperatures.
3) Take a Queen City Ferry boat ride
Queen City Ferry offers a water ferry service that travels between Buffalo’s inner and outer harbor. Take dad for a ride downtown and park the car and stroll over to the Queen City Ferry at the Central Wharf. The Queen City Ferry travels to Wilkeson Pointe on the Outer Harbor and then proceeds along the Buffalo River to Riverfest Park in Buffalo’s old First Ward district. Ferry rides take place daily from noon to 8 p.m. and each trip takes approximately one hour, time that will be well spent with dear old day. For more information about the Queen City Ferry, call (716)796-4556.
4) Take a special behind-the-scenes tour of Buffalo’s Twentieth Century Club
Please note that this unique look of one of the Queen City’s historical institutions will take place by reservation only on Friday, June 13 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A perfect way to kick off Father’s Day weekend, the tour of the Delaware Avenue facility will include a reception where wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Founded in 1894, the Twentieth Century Club is one of the oldest private women’s clubs in the United States. Past guests have included Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Frost and many other famous celebrities and dignitaries. My advice is to call (716) 884-0578 today to make reservations and book a truly memorable tour for your pops.
5) Attend Buffalo River Fest
Festival season is here and one of Western New York’s best community celebrations is Buffalo River Fest Park’s three-day party. Set to take place on Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15, Buffalo River Fest will be held this year at Buffalo River Fest Park on Ohio Street and not at Father Conway Park or Mutual Riverfront Park as in years past. There will be traditional family-friendly games, food vendors and live musical entertainment. Sponsored by the Valley Community Association, activities are scheduled to take place on Friday, June 13 from 6 p.m. to midnight, on Saturday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to midnight and on Sunday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, click here or call (716) 823-4707.
6) Attend the Allentown Art Festival
Held annually on the second weekend of June, the Allentown Art Festival is already a family tradition for many, especially since the two-day outdoor art festival attracts hundreds of vendors and thousands of people to Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood. Even if dad is not a passionate fan of art, here is always something and someone to observe as you walk past the various booths and take in the sights and sounds of the region’s biggest art festival. Artwork will be on display from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15. For more information, click here or call (716) 881-4269.
7) Take dad out to lunch or dinner for a hot dog
Use this convenient and user-friendly link to pick a location that dad has never dined at before. If you are from the Southtowns, consider taking a drive into the city. If you are coming from the Northtowns, perhaps a drive out to the lake would make your father smile. Keep it simple but ask dad where HE wants to go for a fun and relatively inexpensive meal to celebrate Father’s Day.
8) Buy dad a chicken dinner for a good cause
A great day to celebrate on Father’s Day itself is to enjoy a chicken barbecue picnic. Wings Flights of Hope, a non-for-profit organization that provides people in need with free air transportation for medical and humanitarian purposes, will host a chicken barbecue picnic on Sunday, June 15 at their pavilion on California Road in Orchard Park, just a short distance from Ralph Wilson Stadium. The entire family can come in for a picnic, with meals also available for takeout. To purchase tickets and find out more information, call (716) 667-0815 or visit www.wingsflight.org.
9) Help dad overcome his fears by looking at the moon
Does your father suffer from triskaidekaphobia, which is the fear of the number 13? If your old man thinks that Friday the 13th is a day to stay inside and hide from anything terrible happening, drag him out of the house and take him down to the Tifft Nature Preserve on Fuhrmann Boulevard in Buffalo to enjoy a leisurely stroll under a full moon. Pre-registration is required for this unique event so you need to call (716) 825-6397 by Wednesday, June 11 in order to attend.
10) Pay tribute to our nation and all who have served
If dad, his father or anyone else in your family bravely served our country as a member of the military, the World War II Living History Weekend at the Buffalo Naval Park may be a touching way to spend time together while remembering all who have served, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Interactive military displays on board the USS Little Rock, weapons demonstrations and uniform and equipment displays are just some of the special features that will recognize all that happened during World War II from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15. For more information, call (716) 847-1773 or visit www.buffalonavalpark.org.
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