Below, you can discover the best things to do in Washington, DC over Father’s Day weekend, whether you're entertaining a sports-fanatic dad, a foodie, an active father or the dad who loves history. Don’t forget to choose a trendy, historical or sports-centric hotel to make your visit extra memorable.
Visit the 'Champions' exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery
Bring dad along to marvel at a captivating tribute to legendary athletes who have shaped American history and culture. Champions features stunning portraits and inspiring narratives that showcase the achievements of icons such as Muhammad Ali and Serena Williams. Engage in meaningful conversations with your father, reflecting on resilience, passion and the pursuit of excellence.
Hike through Rock Creek Park
Embark on an adventurous trek with dad through Rock Creek Park, a natural oasis nestled in the heart of DC. Explore winding trails that meander through lush forests, babbling streams and tranquil meadows. Discover hidden gems like the iconic Pierce Mill or the picturesque Boulder Bridge.
Attend a Washington Nationals game versus the Miami Marlins
Join the spirited crowd as you enjoy the Nats against the Marlins and bond with your father over America's favorite pastime (the two teams square off from Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18). Feel the excitement as the crack of the bat echoes through the stadium and cheers fill the air. Indulge in classic ballpark fare, from hot dogs to popcorn. In between the top and bottom of the fourth inning, make sure to cheer on your favorite running Presidential mascot.
Book a tee time with dad
Hit the greens at one of DC's premier golf courses. Whether you choose Rock Creek Links, Langston Golf Course & Driving Range or East Potomac Golf Course, you and your father are in for a fantastic day of golfing. Tee off amidst picturesque landscapes and enjoy the challenge of well-designed fairways and greens. Looking for an even more laid-back atmosphere? Check out Swingers, a reinvented mini-golf experience with gourmet street food and cocktails. There’s also Puttery DC, which offers an immersive putting experience.
Spoil dad with a nice meal
Founding Farmers (not to be mistaken for the Founding Fathers) make literally everything from scratch, uses locally sourced ingredients and makes sustainability a priority. Head to St. Anselm if you and your pa like hunting decor and juicy steaks. If you’re in the mood for seafood, try Hank’s Oyster Bar; the owners named the restaurant after one of their fathers. Check out Yardbird for their Father’s Day specials, including a mixed grill plate, house spicy fennel andouille, pit-smoked burnt ends, lacquered chicken haunch, St. Louis ribs and a gooey chocolate brownie.
Go on a weekend-long foodie excursion
Check out our three-day foodie itinerary, which includes crave-worthy dishes served by celebrity chefs, Michelin-approved restaurants, chili-smothered half-smokes and rooftop respites. Dad will not be disappointed.
Tour a historic home
Step back in time and explore the captivating history of the District by touring a historic home. Dad will enjoy rich stories and elegant architecture at these beautifully preserved destinations. From the opulent interiors and gardens of Tudor Place to the stately rooms of the Decatur House to the majesty of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, each visit can offer a glimpse into the past and a chance to connect with DC’s heritage.
Bike through one of the most beautiful areas in the country
Rent a hybrid or electric bike from Unlimited Biking or use Capital Bikeshare to discover the city's vibrant neighborhoods, iconic landmarks and scenic trails on two wheels. Whether you want to join a tour or let dad be the guide, you can ride along the National Mall, soaking in the grandeur of the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument or pedal through charming streets lined with historic row houses in neighborhoods like Georgetown or Capitol Hill. If you're up for a longer ride, venture onto the Capital Crescent Trail or the Mount Vernon Trail; both offer breathtaking views of the Potomac River.
Take a brunch cruise
City Experiences’ Father’s Day Brunch cruise is an outstanding gift. A DJ sets the mood while you soak in the Washington, DC skyline from an intimate, climate-controlled interior and open-air rooftop decks. You’ll delight in exclusive views of awe-inspiring sights, like the Lincoln Memorial, The Wharf and Old Town Alexandria.
Kayak the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers
Make memories with dad by hopping in a kayak and voyaging along the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. Navigate the shimmering waters as you soak up panoramic views of the city's iconic landmarks and lush greenery. Paddle past the majestic Washington Monument, the historic Navy Yard or the scenic Tidal Basin. If that’s not enough for pops, check out even more ways to enjoy DC’s rivers.
Check out Sports: Leveling the Playing Field at the National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Museum of African American History and Culture - Photo Credit: Courtesy of Washington.org
Immerse yourself in the rich history and inspiring stories showcased in the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s sports-focused exhibit. Journey through the extraordinary achievements of Black athletes who have broken barriers and left an indelible mark on the world of sports. From trailblazers like Jackie Robinson and Wilma Rudolph to modern-day heroes like LeBron James and Serena Williams, explore the resilience, talent and determination that have shaped the landscape of American sports. The exhibit is a powerful tribute to the athletes who have triumphed over adversity, making it an ideal destination on Father's Day.
Honor Honest Abe
Washington, DC welcomed the Lincoln Memorial to its landscape on May 30, 1922. One of the city’s most recognizable and most visited landmarks, the Memorial has evolved into a backdrop for major events and demonstrations for civil rights. You and dad can further honor the legacy of the 16th President with our curated itinerary that highlights Lincoln's life and accomplishments.
Walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the famous March on Washington in 1963, which led to his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The National Mall now has its own specific tribute to the Civil Rights icon, which opened to the public in 2011, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is the fourth in DC to honor a non-president and the first to honor a man of color. The site was designed as a lasting tribute to Dr. King’s legacy and will forever serve as a monument to the freedom, opportunity and justice for which he stood.
Geek out with dad and attend Awesome Con
DC’s Convention Center turns into a massive celebration of geek culture during Awesome Con. More than 70,000 fans will be able to see their favorite stars from comics, films, TV, toys and games throughout Awesome Con, a three-day festival that is Washington, DC’s own Comic Con. Expect plenty of costumed attendees and an array of activities to enjoy during one of the city’s most vibrant annual events.
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