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.
Things to Do with Dad
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
5470 W. Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville
5975 E. Melton Rd., Gary
Beef Jerky Experience
127 Lighthouse Place, Michigan City
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!