It’s time to show just how much we truly appreciate Dad. New York boasts lots of great places to celebrate Father’s Day, celebrated on Sunday, June 16, 2019. NYC is home to fun, unique experiences for every type of father—from the outdoors enthusiast to the artist, sportsman, adventurer, or gardener. Read on for our picks for the best things to do on Father's Day in New York City.
If Dad loves sports (and chances are he does), head over to Chelsea Piers—a fun destination for learning, practicing, playing, and competing. More than 25 different sports are available. Drop-in activities include batting cages, bowling, golf, hockey, basketball, and soccer. For more adventurous types, there’s rock climbing and sailing on the Hudson. After working up a sweat, grab a bite and beer at one of the many eateries such as sandwich spot 'Wichcraft or Piers Pizza. 62 Chelsea Piers, 212-336-6666, chelseapiers.com
There’s only one thing that can improve on a New York cruise with views of the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, and the Brooklyn Bridge and that’s fireworks. Sunday evening, weather permitting, catch a pyrotechnic extravaganza from onboard Spirit of New York. A casual trip departs from Chelsea Piers with a bountiful buffet, interactive games, and DJ entertainment. For the city’s finest plated cruise, opt for the fully glass-enclosed, European-inspired cruises of Bateaux New York. Sunday night you’ll have prime fireworks viewing on top of dinner, three hours on the water, and the Sterling Band playing live, with hits that range from Frank Sinatra to Bruno Mars. Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, near W. 23rd St. on the Hudson. Spirit Cruises, 866-483-3866, spiritcruises.com; Bateaux New York, 866-817-3463, bateauxnewyork.com
Culture & Food
For a different slant on New York history and culture, take Dad on to the Lower East Side and the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival, hosted by the Museum at Eldridge Street. Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican tastes, traditions, sights, and sounds all come together in an afternoon-long street fair. 12-4pm. eldridgestreet.org
Drones, Ships, and Aircraft at Intrepid
Dads looking to explore should check out the legendary aircraft carrier that’s now the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The museum includes the Space Shuttle Pavilion, home to Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle, plus a submarine and 27 authentically restored aircraft. Dads get in for the price of a child's admission with Intrepid's coupon (good on Father's Day only).
Father's Day with Blind Barber x Arlo SoHo
Famed barbershop and ultra cool speakeasy, Blind Barber, is popping up at one of New York's favorite hotel hang outs, Arlo SoHo, for a Father's Day celebration. Arlo x Blind Barber exclusive cocktails, live DJ performances, and complimentary hair cuts? What's not for Dad to love. The festivities take place on Arlo SoHo's ground floor, which houses the Instagram sensation Arlo Blooms as well, so the day capturing all the content and all the cocktails. Noon-4pm. Free to attend!
Father's Day Gift Ideas
London Jewelers has evolved across four generations into an ever-growing family of fine jewelry and timepiece boutiques across Long Island—and now at the stunning Oculus in Lower Manhattan. The Club Campus Neomatik 39 pictured here makes a great gift for Dad; it’s one of three automatic models in the Campus series, which also features the brand-new NOMOS bracelet. Oculus, Main Level/C2, 185 Greenwich St. (Fulton St.), 212-381-9455; Long Island locations: Americana Manhasset 516-627-7475, Wheatley Plaza 516-621-8844, Glen Cove 516-671-3154, East Hampton 631-329-3939, and Southampton 631-287-4499; londonjewelers.com
Midtown Comics is a wondrous place for all things comic and graphic. From mainstream titles to alternative press, all the latest comics, graphic novels, and a huge selection of back issues await you. For Father's Day, take advantage of a great offer: a one-day sale that's good for 20% off your entire purchase. Offer is valid June 16th from noon to 8pm at all three Midtown Comics locations. 200 W. 40th St. (Seventh Ave.); 459 Lexington Ave. (45th St.); 64 Fulton St. (Gold St.); 212-302-8192, midtowncomics.com
New York’s Bravest are eager to educate people of all ages on the importance of fire safety. Rockefeller Center is home to the FDNY's hands-on state-of-the-art fire safety learning center, the FDNY Fire Zone. It features exhibits, multimedia presentations, and awesome souvenirs of the New York Fire Department. Use code HERODAD15 online or in the store for 15% off t-shirts (offer ends June 16th). 34 W. 51st St., 212-698-4520, fdnysmart.org
Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island
Photo: Flickr/Paul Stein
Helicopter Flight Services
Soar over the skies of Manhattan and its surrounding areas with Helicopter Flight Services, as you take in iconic city sights such as One World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the United Nations. Winner of the “Best NYC Tour” by the Association of Hotel Concierges, Helicopter Flight Services has also received an impressive TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Several packages are offered such as The Ultimate, which was the No. 1 ranked tour voted by Association of Hotel Concierges in 2008, 2009, and 2011. That 30-minute aerial excursion offers views of New York City landmarks, as well as Brooklyn and the New Jersey Palisades. Downtown Manhattan Heliport, Pier 6, 212-355-0801, heliny.com
Kayaking on the Hudson
Water and nature enthusiasts will enjoy paddling around New York City by kayak and taking in the sights that abound. Dad doesn’t have to be an expert—free and expert kayaking lessons are offered at several locations, which include Piers 96, 66, 40, 84, and 26. For more information, call 212-627-2020, hudsonriverpark.org
Yankee Stadium Tours
Yankee Stadium Tours is a must for baseball fans visiting New York City. Tours are led by knowledgeable, experienced guides and last approximately an hour. The Classic Tour grants fans access to the stadium, a Yankee museum, Monument Park, and even the Yankee dugout. Another option is the Pregame Tour, ideal for fans who already have their tickets and would like a more intimate view of the stadium. It grants fans private access to the legendary Monument Park before it opens to the public, and concludes with exclusive access to batting practice in Section 105. 1 E. 161st St., Gate 6, 646-977-TOUR, Yankees.com/tours
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