It’s time to celebrate dad, but there’s no need to grill your pop for his favorite Father’s Day Getaway. Try any one of these classic Maryland dad-doings and you’re sure to put a proud papa smile on his face.
1 Steamed Crabs for Dad
Seriously, is there a better way to celebrate Father’s Day with a Maryland dad? A traditional Maryland crab feast hits all of dad’s favorite activities: Sitting, eating, drinking bear, and hitting things with a hammer, and as long as he’s using that mallet to whack crabs, there’s no danger of him putting (another) hole in the wall. Do it for dad, and do it for mom’s living room! So pick up a bushel at your favorite steamed crab spot and a six-pack of Maryland beer like Flying Dog’s amazing Old Bay infused Deadrise, or head out to someplace new. Check out our Maryland Steamed Crab pages for lots of great options to broaden Pop’s crustacean horizon.
2 Take Dad Out to the Ballgame
Remember dad told you could grow up to be the next Cal Ripken Jr? Well, dad isn’t always right, but we love him anyway, and there’s nothing like a day at The Yard with dad. Treat dad to an O’s game and a Boog’s BBQ at Camden Yards, head to Hagerstown to see the Single-A Suns, or catch the Keys in Frederick. From the majors to the minors, a trip to the ballgame at any one of Maryland’s six pro clubs is a guaranteed hit.
3 Golf Getaway
Have you ever wondered why dads dig golfing? Sure, it’s a few hours of peace away from the rugrats, but it’s also the only place he can dress like that and still fit in. Plaid socks and shorts, pop? How about you hit the links? Luckily, Maryland is the perfect spot for duffer dads with great golfing spots from the mountains to the sea. So cut pop loose for a few hours of “He” time, and send him off to one of Maryland’s great golf destinations. For some suggestions, check out our Maryland golf pages. Or, for family fun, take in eighteen holes of miniature golf. Ocean City has more than enough mini-golf courses to keep an old pro like your pop busy, or find a great course near you.
4 Father’s Day Fishin’
Remember when your dad taught you to fish? Did you notice he didn’t throw you overboard the third time you somehow managed to hook his nose? You owe him, so get dad out on the water! Maryland is an angler’s paradise with so many great ways to get out and catch a fish. Hit the rivers and streams of Western Maryland, rent a boat and cruise out on Deep Creek Lake, head out on the bay for rockfish with an expert guide from the Maryland Charter Boat Association, spend the day surf fishing in OC, or head out for the deep sea trenches for big fish off shore. Our fishing pages have lots more great suggestions. Just one thing, when dad tells mom about the one that got away, don’t tell her the truth until the day AFTER Father’s Day.
5 Raise a Glass to the World’s Greatest Dad
If there’s one guy on Earth worthy of a toast, it’s got to be dad, and Maryland has so many amazing ways to keep your father’s day celebration in high spirits. Maryland’s bourgeoning craft-brew scene is the perfect place for great brewery tours, our small-batch spirits are all the rage, so check out the scene with a distillery tour, or visit one of Maryland’s fantastic wineries for a great way to spend a family day. Or consider some of these Father’s Day Weekend wine events like the Taste of the Valley Food & Wine Festival in Boonsboro, the Father’ Day Jazz Festival at Elk Run Vineyards, the Baltimore Wine Fest at Canton Waterfront Park, and the Taneytown Wine, Music & Art Fest, the Brew Tour for the Arts in Elkton, or fill him up with the “Three B’s” at National Harbor’s Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ extravaganza. Cause dad really needs to put on a few pounds....
6 Fulfil Dad’s Need. His Need for Speed!
Do you think dad likes driving the family hauler? You know that picture of him picking your mom up for their first date in the convertible? Does he look like he’s thinking, “Man, can’t wait to get rid of this thing and get me a minivan.” No, he does not! So let him live the dream at one of these great, Father’s Day Weekend Events like the Nitro Jam President’s Cup Nationals drag races, the Classics on the Choptank Car, Truck and Bike Show, and the Budd’s Creek Off-Road 4x4 Expo. If your old man is an old man of the sea, hit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 30th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival in St. Michaels. Or aim high and show your dad he’s your Top Gun at the Ocean City Air Show. And vacuum his minivan! He’s earned it.