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)
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Father’s Day
Come celebrate Father’s Day at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk! FREE ADMISSION for Dads on Sunday, June 18, 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!
Cost: Dads receive free admission with paying child
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Ave N, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Treat Dad Like A King At American Dream
This Father’s Day, celebrate Dad or the important male figure in your life with a day of shopping, fun, and food. Consider creating some core memories at American Dream, the largest entertainment, retail, and dining destination in the Northeast. You’ll enjoy the adventure of a lifetime at any of American Dream’s attractions—Dad’s full-price ticket is free when you book an experience at DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe, Angry Birds Mini Golf, Blacklight Mini Golf, Mirror Maze, The Rink, TILT Museum, and Legends of the Hidden Temple Ropes Course Challenge. For fashion-focused dads, the American Dream Father’s Day Ultimate Dream Gift Guide is the perfect place to start, with top picks from our retailers ranging from luxury watches to eyewear, massage devices, and more. If food is the way to Dad’s heart, try a delicious fine dining experience at Carpaccio for top-tier Italian fare or celebrate at Jarana, where guests will experience an authentic, approachable take on Peruvian cuisine with open-fire grilling in a colorful and convivial atmosphere.
Cost: Dads receive free admission all day when you book an experience and purchase one full-price ticket.
1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Miller Farm’s Monster Truck Show
June 16 at 5 PM
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 2 hours before the start of the show with a meet and greet with the drivers, photo ops, food trucks, 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 16 – 18
This Father’s Day weekend, head to the Sports Card & Collectibles Show at Moorestown Mall. You will explore a wide variety of collectibles, novelties, autographed memorabilia, sports card releases, and apparel.
Moorestown Mall, 400 NJ-38, Moorestown, NJ 08057
Annual Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce Classic Car Show
June 17 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.
First Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
Open Cockpit Weekend at the Aviation Hall of Fame
June 17 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: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children under 12, children 2 and under are free
400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro, NJ 07608
Laurita Winery’s Father’s Day Weekend
June 17 at 12 PM
Bring the whole crew out to celebrate Dad, where you can either step inside for brunch or stay outside in the Grove and enjoy live music and food outdoors.
Cost: Free outside, brunch $30 for ages 6-12, under 5 is free, and $59 for adults
85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Freshwater Fishing Derby
June 17 – 18
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 daily 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: $25 per family of 4; $8 per person
Manasquan Reservoir and Turkey Swamp Park
Whippany Railway Museum – Special Father’s Day Train Rides
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: $12 and up
Whippany Railway Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, NJ 07981
Farm to Table Father’s Day BBQ
June 18 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 18 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 – 3 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 18 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 $37.99). 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 $37.99).
iPlay America, 110 Schanck Rd, Freehold Township, NJ 07728
Father’s Day Winery Weekend
June 18 at 12 PM
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
Cranford Jaycees Father’s Day Fishing
June 18 at 9 AM
Bring your rods to the pond, stocked with bass and catfish. There will be free bait and bobbers for all participants. Prizes will be awarded in 6 categories.
Nomahegan Park, 1024 Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ 07016
Father’s Day Luau 2023
June 18 at 12 PM
Celebrate Dad with a festive luau with 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 18 at 1 PM
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. There will be live racing and family activities from 12 PM-4 PM.
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 18 at 1 PM
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, no strollers.
313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly, NJ 07670
Earthquake Father’s Day Show
June 18 at 7 PM
Comedy sensation Earthquake returns with his Father’s Day Comedy Show. This year’s event features guest stars Donnell Rawlings, Bill Bellamy, Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore, Freddie Ricks, and Pretty Ricki.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Father’s Day Fishing Derby
June 18 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. 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.
Boyd Pond, North Boyd Parkway, North Brunswick Township, NJ, 08902
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