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

Journeyman Distillery

Journeyman Distillery

258 S. Campbell, Valparaiso

Savor a delicious Father's Day brunch at the new Journeyman Distillery - American Factory. Their menu will feature a variety of sweet & savory delectable dishes, along with craft cocktails. 


Railcats Fathers Day

US Steel Yard

1 Stadium Plaza, Gary

Enjoy a Grand Slam Brunch on the infield of the US Steel Yard! Afterward enjoy catch with dad, then watch the SouthShore RailCats take on the Lincoln Saltdogs at 2pm. Ticket includes brunch and admission to the game.

Hesston Train Museum

Hesston Steam Museum 

310 Lane Street, North Judson

During Father's Day weekend dad's ride for $1! Grab some delicious food at Doc's Soda Fountain and take a ride on a Shay Logging Locomotive at Hesston Steam Museum! Sunday only, the American Truck Historical Society will be exhibiting their restored trucks of all eras.

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, axe throwing, 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 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-ages' playground will be sure to create lasting memories.

Public Bar & Rec Crown Point

Game Time

If dad likes playing on simulators, Net Par in Munster or Crown Point has your game if it's golf. Or head to Public Bar & Rec in Crown Point for their multi-sport simulators and more entertainment like AR darts and duckpin bowling.

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 Lincoln Saltdogs at 2 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

For the Dad Who Likes Trains

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

If your dad is into model trains, visit Gabis Arboretum to see their award-winning model railroad garden. 

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!


Father's Day Gifts

Karma Cigar Bar

Karma Cigar Bar

8075 Madison Street, Merrillville

If your Dad enjoys cigars he is sure to appreciate the curated selection of premium cigars at Karma Cigar Bar. Their 3,200 sq. ft. smoking lounge is the perfect place to puff and enjoy a cocktail.

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. 

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! 

Northwest Indiana Golf Courses

Hole-in-one gifts

If your dad loves to golf, pick up a gift card or book an outing for him at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point or Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond! You can also hit the indoor simulators at Net Par in Munster or Crown Point, Public Bar & Rec and Hyatt Place Munster.

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.