A Dozen or So 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.
Take him to a Baby Cakes game on Friday night
Start Father’s Day early at the Shrine on Airline. Get Dad a Baby Cakes hat and have fun eating hot dogs, popcorn and nachos (you know, traditional New Orleans cuisine). It’s like when he took you to your Little League games only with beer. Get tickets here.
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 5:30 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 “Best Non-steakhouse Steaks” in town. 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 by The Steamboat Stompers. 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.
Go golfing at the new course at City Park
Like many of our dads, your father may have played his first round of golf at City Park. The new Bayou Oaks Golf Course at City Park South just opened in April. Why not check it out? Book a tee time. Of course, City park also offers mini golf at City Putt. Dad will love it.
Enjoy brunch and Ain’t Misbehavin’ at BB’s Stage Door Canteen
The National World War II Museum is a great place to take Dad for Father’s Day whether he’s a vet or not. Along with the exhibits, you can enjoy the three-time Tony Award-winning musical review Ain’t Misbehavin’ at BB’s Stage Door Canteen. Learn more 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.
See It’s Only a Play at Le Petit Théåtre du Vieux Carré
Celebrate Le Petit’s 100th year with this farce by Tony- and Emmy award-winning writer Terrence McNally about a party where theater types eagerly await opening night reviews of their Broadway play. Find out more.
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.