A Dozen Ways to Celebrate Your Rad Dad.
You can give Dad the latest bestseller or a pair of silly boxers for Father’s Day or you can give him what he really wants – time with you and your sibs. Here are some New Orleansy ways to celebrate Father’s Day weekend with dads of varying activities levels.
Enjoy indoor golfing at Loft18
This fun restaurant on Metairie Road features five golf simulation stalls and a great bar. Swing on over. Learn more.
Go golfing at City Park
Like many of our dads, your father may have played his first round of golf at City Park. Why not treat him to a 18-holes at the Bayou Oaks Golf Course at City Park South? Book a tee time. Of course, City park also offers mini golf at City Putt. Dad will love it.
See the New Bob Hope Exhibit at the World War II Museum
The National World War II Museum is a great place to take dad for Father’s Day whether he’s a vet or not. So Ready for the Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope opened at the museum at the end of may. Check it out.
Go bowling and dancing at Rock ‘n’ Bowl
Get Dad’s old bowling ball out of the closet and head on down to Mid City Lanes. At 5:00 p.m., you can knock down pins to the sounds of Fais Do Do with Bruce Daigrepont. Learn more here.
Grab a steak
This is no day for woman-y food. Neworleansrestaurants.com has put together a list of the “Our Favorite Places to Take Dad for Steak this Father's Day.” Check them out.
Go fishing in City Park
Generations of New Orleans anglers have hooked their first fish at City Park with their proud papa’s watching on. Reel in the memories and make some new ones this Father’s Day. You’ll find everything you need to know in the Inside Guide to City Park Fishing.
Let the good times roll on the Natchez
Give Dad a two-hour jazz cruise on the Steamboat Natchez with traditional live jazz. Get a coupon.
Take your old man to the river
Baby, it’s hot outside. Cool off with dad at the Gator Run Lazy River at Audubon Zoo. Enjoy two sandy beaches and three water cannons that spray you as you float down a 750-foot lazy river on inner tubes above the animal exhibits. Learn more.
Tour the French Quarter as a family
French Quartertours Kids offers tours that won’t go over the heads of the little ones, including a Spooky Tour for ages 4-10, a Creole Kids Tour for ages 7-12, and Teen Tour for ages 13-18. Don’t worry: Just like Disney movies, adults love these tours, too. Get specifics on each of the tours here.
Take a class with dad at the New Orleans School of Cooking
Whether you’ve already a family of cooks or would like to be, this is something fun you can do together. Classes are taught by well-known local chefs seven days a week in the French Quarter. Come learn how to make (and eat) classic Louisiana dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, corn & crab bisque and pralines. Get more info here.
Enjoy the brew and Vieux
Know what’s better than that ashtray you made Dad in the 3rd grade? Award-winning handcrafted beer from Crescent City Brewhouse, the only French Quarter microbrewery. Read all about it.
Go to Abita Brew Pub and the USM Museum
Remember when you used to go on Sunday drives with the family? Who says you still can’t. Abita Springs is a great choice. You can have lunch at the Abita Brew Pub, bike riding on the St. Tammany Trace or tour the one-of-a-kind Abita Mystery House (a.k.a. the UCM Museum where you’ll find unique collections, old arcade machines you can play and “pure junk.” Take a ride across the Causeway, spy a few pelicans and have fun.