Father’s Day is June 16, 2019
Want to show Dad or Grandpa just how much they mean to you? Spend some quality time with them, doing something they’ll love! Here are a few ideas for fun around the Midlands. Look for interests they have that you may not share. You’ll learn something from the experience and most dads love showing you something you don’t know!
For Dads who Love History
Open on Sundays from 1pm – 5pm. The park is 35 miles from downtown Columbia via I-20. Visitors should visit the gift shop at 222 Broad St. to purchase site admission. Included in a general admission ticket: site access to 104 acres, Bradley and Drakeford Houses (log cabins with exhibits), reconstructed blacksmith shed, nature trail, fishing pond, picnic tables, restrooms, and Cunningham House gift shop. Note that access to the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, McCaa’s Tavern, and Craven House is limited to the guided tour only (2:30pm), but admission includes seeing the outside of the houses and reading information on signs and a brochure. Details here.
For Dads who Love Baseball
Take Dad out to the ballgame, take Dad out to the crowd! Buy him some peanuts and crackerjacks… The Fireflies take on the Lexington Legends (KY) with first pitch at 2:05pm at Segra Park. The 16th is also Splash Sunday, where at each inning, fans can get cooled down with a splash from the Fireflies Firetruck! Get your tickets here!
For Dads who Love Excitement
Take Dad to Frankie’s Fun Park and let him go nuts. Ride thrilling rides, like Hologate (virtual reality), Laser Tag and the hottest video games. Play mini golf, go-karts and more. He’ll have the time of his life!
For Dads who Love Live Music
Liberty on the Lake | Prettier than Matt | June 16 | 6pm – 9pm
Southeastern Piano Festival Opens | Johnson Performance Hall | 4pm
The Senate | Frank Iero and the Future Violents | June 16 | 7pm
For Dads who Love the Water
Take Dad out on the river for a relaxing paddle or tubing trip downstream. Check out our list of places that rent boats and offer water experiences on this page.
For Dads who Love Poetry
Join The Weekend for The Poetry Jam this Father’s Day when they welcome this month’s feature poet, wordsmith and truth teller, Moses West. Come enjoy good vibes while stimulating your mind at The Poetry Jam. A limited amount of tickets will be available for $10 so get your early bird tickets now! All other tickets will be available for $15. More here.
For Dads who Love Nature
Take Dad on a walk or hike and let him share what he observes in the natural world around you. SC Trails provides detailed info on trails throughout South Carolina. Here are some special places near us:
Shealy’s Pond Heritage Preserve :: The trails along the edge of Shealy’s Pond Heritage Preserve are what you would expect in a natural area, a bit squishy, but that boggy bottom creates a unique habitat that attracts people, small mammals and lots of birds.
Sesquicentennial State Park :: Sandhills Trail. This resurfaced and stroller-friendly trail circles the park’s 30-acre lake. Hikers, bikers and joggers will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Sandhills as they venture into the forest and through wetlands on boardwalks.
Cayce West Columbia Riverwalk :: The Cayce / West Columbia Riverwalk opens the Congaree River for walking, jogging, bicycling, and just gazing at the natural beauty. Its path accommodates all levels of physical access including baby carriages and wheelchairs.