20+ Things To Do To Celebrate Dad On Father’s Day 2024


Father’s Day is less than two weeks away, and before you trot out the same old ideas (backyard BBQ. anyone?), we’ve got a few unique things to do to celebrate Dad. Spend the day admiring all the sports cars and collectibles of the past at the Annual Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce Classic Car Show in Atlantic Highlands, wear a Hawaiian shirt and practice your hula at a Father’s Day Luau in Landisville, or get your rods and bait ready for Cranford Jaycees Father’s Day Fishing in Cranford. And beyond Father’s Day, you can plan plenty of other events together for June. (feature photo:istock/Julie Clopper)


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Photo Credit: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

Father’s Day at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
Make Father’s Day one you’ll never forget this year at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach. As a special offer, Dads receive FREE admission to the following attractions on the boardwalk with a paid child admission – Rides, Aquarium, Mini Golf, Fun House, and Adventure Lookout Ropes Course during open hours on Sunday, June 16th. This event is weather permitting and please note opening hours vary by attraction.
300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Miller Farms Monster Truck Show
June 14-17
Witness monster trucks perform daring and dangerous stunts, quad racing, and more at Miller Farm’s Monster Truck Show to kick off Father’s Day weekend. Enjoy the ultimate Pit Party two hours before the start of the show, which includes a meet-and-greet with the drivers, photo ops, food trucks, a Kid Zone, and more.
Cost: General admission is $30. Admission for children is $15.
Miller Farms, 134 N Grove St Berlin, NJ 08009

Father’s Day Weekend Sports Card and Collectibles Show
June 14-16
This Father’s Day weekend, head to the Sports Card & Collectibles Show to explore a wide variety of collectibles, novelties, autographed memorabilia, sports card releases, and apparel. 
Cost: Free
Moorestown Mall, 400 NJ-38, Moorestown, NJ 08057

Annual Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce Classic Car Show
June 15 at 10 AM
What could be more classic for Father’s Day than an antique car show? Spend the morning at this annual show featuring all the sports cars and collectibles of the past. There will also be vendors, music, sidewalk sales, trophies, prizes, and goodie bags. The rain date is June 22.
Cost: Free
First Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

Open Cockpit Weekend at the Aviation Hall of Fame
June 15 at 10:30 AM
Climb into the cockpit of a very rare Lockheed Bushmaster plane and a U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter. Don’t miss the interior of the M*A*S*H Bell 47 helicopter made famous during the Korean War. There will also be a working display of the International Space Station with uniforms and items Buzz Aldrin and other notable astronauts used.
Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for children under 12, children 2 and under are free
400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro, NJ 07608

Berries and Brews Festival with Jersey Shore Brewing
June 15-16
Celebrate Father’s Day and the season finale of strawberry season all at the same time. Bring the family to Ort Farms to pick strawberries, hear live music, stop at the food trucks and Jersey Girl Brewery will be on tap too. 
25 Bartley Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853

Laurita Winery’s Father’s Day Weekend
June 15-16
Bring the whole crew out to celebrate Dad, where you can either step inside for a barbecue brunch buffet on the 16th or stay outside in the Grove and enjoy live music and food outdoors on both days.
Cost: Free outside, brunch $30 for ages 6-12, under 5 is free, and $63 for adults
85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533

Freshwater Fishing Derby
June 15-16
Celebrate Father’s Day at the annual freshwater fishing derbies for beginners and experienced anglers. Experienced staff will provide free hands-on clinics from 12:30 -1:30 PM to show you how to cast and rig and answer any questions. Prizes will be awarded for the longest fish in three different categories. A container of worms is included with each registration. 
Cost: $28 per family of 4; $9 per person
Manasquan Reservoir and Turkey Swamp Park



Photo Credit: Seastreak

This Father’s Day set sail with Seastreak with two unforgettable cruises. Get the family together for an unforgettable experience on Whale Watching Cruise from Highlands, NJ off the coast of Sandy Hook. See humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins while learning from informed marine mammal experts. Sightings are guaranteed, or you’re invited back to try again for free! But don’t worry about your chances of finding wildlife – last year, we saw marine mammals on 96% of our cruises. Or circumnavigate Staten Island on a Lighthouse Cruise around Staten Island from Belford, NJ, and explore interesting and mysterious sites unfamiliar to most locals. Narrated by the National Lighthouse Museum, this informative cruise will journey up the Kill Van Kull and the Arthur Kill waterways, which contain fascinating history critical to NYC’s development and maritime history. Dad will love learning all about the 7 unique lighthouses described on the trip. All Seastreak high-speed ferries are designed with your comfort in mind! Enjoy spacious seating, a fully stocked bar, an open-air top deck, and temperature-controlled cabins on every vessel.
Highlands Ferry Terminal: 326 Shore Drive, Highlands, NJ, 07732
Belford Ferry Terminal: 10 Harbor Way, Belford, NJ, 07718

Father’s Day Winery Weekend
June 15-16
Treat the dad in your life to an afternoon of wine tasting with $2 off for dads on Father’s Day weekend. Your kids can have fun visiting the barnyard of animals and playing on the tractors. Enjoy live music and a walk on the farm trail.
Cost: $2 off for dads.
Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road 08540

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Father’s Day
June 16
Celebrate Father’s Day at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk! FREE ADMISSION for Dads on Sunday, June 16, with paying child at the following attractions: Amusement Park, Aquarium, Adventure Lookout Ropes Course, Castaway Cove Mini Golf, Lighthouse Point Mini Golf, and the Fun House!
*weather permitting.
Cost: Dads receive free admission with paying child
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Ave N, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Whippany Railway Museum – Special Father’s Day Train Rides
July 16
Ride the rails on one of Morris County’s historic railroads on a 10-mile round trip ride through Morris and Essex Counties. You’ll travel the route of “The Whippanong Trail,” where Washington’s armies trod in the bitter Winter of 1779 – an area rich in our country’s history. Or buy a first-class ticket on the Lackawanna Railroad Subscription Club Car No. 2454, which radiated elegance on a train once known as ‘The Millionaire’s Express’ that operated between Hoboken Terminal and Gladstone.
Cost: $13 and up
Whippany Railway Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, NJ 07981

Farm to Table Father’s Day BBQ
June 16 at 11 AM
Treat Dad to a Field-to-Table Father’s Day BBQ at Alstede Farms. Spend the morning on tractor-drawn wagon rides around the farm, and after brunch, fill up a quart container with PYO strawberries. Brunch will be sold per table with options for a table of four, a table of six, and a table of eight. 
Cost: $259 for a table of four, including brunch, activities, and PYO strawberries. 
Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester, NJ 07930

Father’s Day Special at Casino Pier
June 16 at 12 PM
Bring Dad to Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark on his special day. Dads enjoy loads of perks, including free rides with their full-price paying child (under 16 years old). Also, dads can enter the waterpark free with under 48″ full price paid admission. This offer is valid only through12 PM – 7 PM.
Cost: Free for dads with full paying child (under 16) on the same ride.
Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach, 800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

iPlay America Father’s Day – Dad’s Ride Free
June 16 at 12 PM
Dads ride free at New Jersey’s largest indoor amusement park. Make special memories and enjoy a thrill like no other as you join in on all the fun at iPlay America. This offer is valid with the download of a free Unlimited Ride Band (value of $39.99). All guests must be registered and redeemed at the Welcome Center.
Cost: Dads ride free with the download of a free Unlimited Ride Band (value of $39.99).
iPlay America, 110 Schanck Rd, Freehold Township, NJ 07728

Cranford Jaycees Father’s Day Fishing
June 16 at 9 AM
Bring your rods to the pond stocked with bass and catfish. All participants will receive free bait and bobbers. Prizes will be awarded in six categories.
Cost: Free
Nomahegan Park, 1024 Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ 07016

Father’s Day Luau 2024
June 16 at 12 PM
Celebrate Dad with a festive luau, specialty sangria, and cigars at this family-friendly outdoor event. There will be live music, food trucks, and even ax throwing. Don’t forget your Hawaiian shirts!
Bellview Winery, 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville, NJ 08326

Father’s Day at Monmouth Racetrack
June 16 at 11 AM
Spend this Father’s Day at the track and surprise Dad with a Father’s Day brunch buffet, or pack a cooler and enjoy the day in the picnic area. From 12 PM to 4 PM, there will be live racing and family activities.
Cost: General admission is just $6, Children 12 and under are free, gentlemen are free, brunch is extra
Monmouth Park Racetrack 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ 07757

Tenafly Nature Center Father’s Day Walk
June 16 at 11 AM
Get back to nature by taking a guided walk with Dad outdoors. All ages are welcome, and children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members, and dads and children under 2 are free; strollers are not allowed.
313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly, NJ 07670

Earthquake Father’s Day Show
June 16 at 7 PM
Comedy sensation Earthquake returns with his Father’s Day Comedy Show. This year’s event features guest stars Nate Jackson, Jay Pharoah, Tony Rock, and Tacarra Williams.
Cost: $55.50-$105.50
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Father’s Day Fishing Derby
June 16 at 8 AM
Bring a chair, fishing pole, and bait to this fun Father’s Day event. All families should pre-register. Registration begins at 8 AM, and fishing starts at 8:30 AM. Bring a box of pasta or a jar of sauce to donate to the North Brunswick Food Bank for a chance to win a gift card. 
Cost: Free
Boyd Pond, North Boyd Parkway, North Brunswick Township, NJ, 08902

Father’s Day Concert
June 16 at 2 PM
Bring Dad to experience the gorgeous sound of a hundred-member choir, complete with a cello solo by David Yu, a baritone performance by Xuefeng Wan, and a Chinese folk dance.
Cost: Free
American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073

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