Father’s Day is just around the corner! Whether your dad is a master of bad dad jokes, a serious chef, or a local sports coach, we’ll help you find the right Father’s Day activity around the region.

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Things to Do with Dad

Bowling lanes and seating at Up Your Alley in Schererville

Bowl the Night Away

1048 US Highway 41, Schererville

Treat your dad to a fun-filled day at Up Your Alley with bowling, laser tag, more than 50 arcade games and some delicious eats.


Family at Lake View Beach

A Day at the Dunes

Head to the beach with dad and dip your toes in Lake Michigan. Walk or bike miles of trails. Hike along the sunny prairies, peaceful forests and towering sand dunes. The landscapes along the southern shores of Lake Michigan are some of the most biologically diverse in the nation.

Learn about more activities with our list of 61 Things to Do at the Indiana Dunes!


Indoor playground at JAK's Warehouse Sky Trail in Schererville

Play Day at JAK’S Warehouse

221 Indianapolis Blvd., Schererville

Enjoy some friendly competition at JAK'S Warehouse! They have everything from bumper cars to indoor go-karts to their newest attraction, the Dark Ride; a 4D interactive movie gaming attraction!

A family at the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting

Fur Sure a Good Time

Mascot Hall of Fame
1851 Front Street, Whiting

Celebrate the unsung heroes of sports and communities with dad at the Mascot Hall of Fame! This interactive, kids-of-all-age’s playground will be sure to create lasting memories.


A pint of beer on a table outdoors at Byway Brewing patio

Cheers to Dad

Is your dad thirsty for a good time? The tap never runs dry along our South Shore Brewery Trail! Make a stop at our more than 20 local breweries. Most of the breweries serve delicious food with their creations, too!

Family watching Gary SouthShore RailCats Baseball

Out of the Park Good Time

Gary SouthShore RailCats
1 Stadium Plaza, Gary

You will hit a home run of a good time at the Steel Yard! Catch a Gary SouthShore RailCats game! On Father’s Day, the RailCats play the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at 2 PM, and the Winding City Dueling Pianos will be performing. From requests to sing-alongs, you’re sure to be entertained!

Lake County CornDogs logo

Lake County Corndogs
Legacy Fields, 851 Center Ross Road, Crown Point

Come and cheer on the CornDogs! They play the General’s on Father’s Day at 6 PM.


Fishing boat at Willow Slough - instagram @tascher1

Fish Awhile in NWI

Looking for something a little more relaxing to do with dad? Check out our 10 best fishing spots in Northwest Indiana. Whether you’re looking for a quick trip or an all-day fishing excursion, the region has some place to suit all your wants and needs.


Gabis Arboretum Valparaiso - Railway Garden

Father’s Day Fishing and Railway Garden Tours

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue University Northwest
450 West 100 North, Valparaiso

Spend Father’s Day enjoying outdoor fun and special experiences at Gabis Arboretum at Purdue University Northwest!

Treat your dad to this unique experience by getting a look behind the scenes of the arboretum’s award-winning model railroad garden. Get an inside peek into the elaborate control room and see how the exhibit is maintained. Suitable for kids and adults. Tours last approximately one hour. Registration is required – Click here.

You can also bring your own gear for catch and release fishing at the North Pond of the arboretum! Participation is free. This pond was stocked years ago with bluegill, perch and bass.


A group sitting and drinking coffee at Veterans Cafe and Catering

Father’s Day Cookout

Veterans Cafe & Catering
7805 Taft St, Merrillville

Come out and enjoy a cookout at Veterans Cafe in Merrillville on Father's Day. Chow down on brats, rib-eye steaks, chicken, baby back ribs and all the fixings as well as desserts!


Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks Farms

A Day Down at the Farm

Fair Oaks Farms
856 N. 600 E., Fair Oaks

The Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks Farms will be an unparalleled hospitality experience for dad, where hallmarks are exceptional food and knowledgeable, caring service. Enjoy a savory meal with fresh ingredients. Spend the rest of your day exploring all there is to do at Fair Oaks Farms including the pig, dairy and crop adventures and the Mooville play area. Don't forget the ice cream in their Cowfe!


Gifts for Dad

ChicagoLand Popcorn

Chicagoland Popcorn

5470 W. Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville
5975 E. Melton Rd., Gary

He is sure to love some treats from Chicagoland Popcorn. They are located in Merrillville and Gary and offer more than 250 seasonal flavors of delicious freshly popped gourmet popcorn. 

Beef Jerky Outlet Michigan City

Beef Jerky Experience

127 Lighthouse Place, Michigan City

Dad can select from a variety of popcorns, hot sauces, jams, jellies, peanuts, and other fun treats, including edible bugs at Beef Jerky Experience in Michigan City

Dad gifts at Sweet Home Indiana

Sweet Home Indiana

8251 Wicker Avenue, St. John

Sweet Home Indiana's shop is not only full of farmhouse, vintage and Indiana-themed items, they also have a Mancave with gifts that are perfect for any dad! 

Things to Do


We invite you to enjoy 30 of the South Shore's unique and can't miss attractions.

Indiana Dunes

Learn about the Indiana Dunes State and National Parks. Find things to do, camping and hotels.

Family Fun

Explore fun things your family can do including waterparks, beaches, farm adventures & more.


There are miles of beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan's South Shore, including the Indiana Dunes. 

Biking & Hiking Trails

Northwest Indiana and parts of Eastern Illinois contain 125 miles of biking and walking trails.

Outdoor Recreation

Whether you like having fun in the sun or playing in the snow, there are always things to do outdoors!


Shop at antique, gift and specialty stores, a discount outlet center and enclosed shopping malls.

Arts & Culture

Explore the arts along Lake Michigan's South Shore with museums, art galleries, theaters and more.


Enjoy the nightlife in Northwest Indiana with casinos, comedy clubs, pubs, theaters and great restaurants.

Farm to Fork

Discover many agricultural things to do, including farms, u-pick orchards, farmers markets & events. 


The South Shore's lakefront casinos rival no other in the Midwest for excitement and action! 

Spas & Wellness

Time to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul along the South Shore! 


If you love sports, you'll be pleased to find a multitude of sporting opportunities along the South Shore.