Where to take Dad on Father's Day
Father's Day is fast approaching, and Dad deserves as much pampering as Mom. Give Dad a break and let him spend the day however he wants.
For the beer-loving dad, why not book him a tour of Reno's best brews with the Reno Brew Bike? He'll get to spend a couple of hours touring local favorites Mellow Fellow, The Depot, Lincoln Lounge, and more, all while getting a workout on the Brew Bike. There's even plenty of room for his friends to join him. Two hour tours are $20/person and three hour tours are $25/person.
If the slower pace of golf is more dad's thing, schedule a tee time at LakeRidge Golf Course. The Robert Trent Jones, Sr.-designed golf course has been named a must-see, must-play in Reno, especially for its infamous 15th hole, which is set high above Lake Stanley on a rocky ridge and is a rather ambitious par three. There are plenty of tee times available for one to four players for June 21, with rates as low as $35/person depending what time you book.
The Reno Aces are in Sacramento on Father's Day, but will be playing a five game set against Fresno the following weekend. You can't go wrong with a day at the ball park, even if it's not on the actual holiday. Celebrate belatedly with a Friday night game or a Saturday afternoon game. Grab lunch or dinner at Arroyo Mexican Restaurant beforehand.
If you're looking for something free to do, look no further than Ranch Disc Golf at Rancho San Rafael. The goal of disc golf is to complete the course with the least amount of disc tosses. The course simulates an actual goal course, including par goals on each hole. For more information, visit the Reno Disc Golf Association.
If Dad loves the great outdoors, send him out into the wilderness for a hike. There are plenty of hiking options right here in Reno, like Hunter Creek Trail or the Jones Creek/Whites Creek Loop in Galena State Park. Hunter Creek caps out at about five miles round trip and offers beautiful city views at the top. Jones Creek/Whites Creek Loop is almost 10 miles round trip, leading dad through a cool forest full of pine trees, before offering great views of the canyon.
Send Dad fishing (and maybe he'll bring home dinner). There's plenty of fishing around Reno, including Virginia Lake Park, Rancho San Rafael Park, and the Sparks Marina. Make sure he's got all the poles, bait, tackle, and other gear he'll need (makes a great gift to go with a day of fishing) and a license to do so. He'll enjoy being out on the water so much, he may even be willing to cook up the fish he catches to feed the family.
Celebrate Dad at the Reno Rodeo, which takes place June 18-June 27. Sunday, June 21 offers a full day of events, including the junior roping challenge, the extreme mustang makeover, wherein trainers have the chance to wow the crowd with music, props, and costumes in just under four minutes. There's also bull riding, mutton busting, steer wrestling, and women's barrel racing.
Last, but not least, the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews, and Blues Festival will be celebrating its 20th year June 19 and 20. With plenty of music, food, and brews, Dad's bound to find something he'll love (and probably discover something new while he's at it). There will be over 40 breweries from around the world sampling some of their best brews, including Eldorado's own Brew Brothers. Sample BBQ staples like ribs and chicken, but if you're feeling adventurous, try armadillo eggs and other rarely found in Reno delicacies. Purchase a one day wristband in advance for $30 or day of for $40; purchase a two day wristband in advance for $50 or day of for $60.
No matter what you decide to do, Dad is sure to know how much he's loved and will enjoy whatever is planned for him.