Father’s Day is the ultimate day for spending time with fathers and father figures, those people in our lives who give us piggyback rides, support everyone around them and tell Dad jokes in a way that stays in our memories for a lifetime.
Metro Detroit loves its dads, and there are plenty of places to go, see and shop during this Father’s Day. The coronavirus-related quarantines are largely over, so you could take Dear Old Dad out to dinner, on a hike or to his favorite store for a mini shopping spree. If he’s like most dads, the main thing he’ll want is to spend time with family (and maybe watch a sports rerun on television).
Here are five things you can do for Dad that are free or relatively inexpensive this Father’s Day around Metro Detroit. If you go to a place to eat or shop, call ahead to get the new hours or to find out if you need reservations. Rules are lighter, but there are still rules on wearing masks, social distancing and the number of people who can be inside an establishment for now.
Shop: There are a variety of stores that have a Dad’s favorites in stock for any special occasion. There is Detroit’s Hugh, which has classic barware, great accessories as well as furniture that’s perfect for lounging. Fathers fill find great mugs, wearables and books at City Bird. Plus, he can pick up some new clothes at Detroit Vs. Everybody, 1701 Bespoke or Carhartt in Detroit.
Sup: If you want great barbecue, there are a ton of places that would enjoy having a Dad to treat, including Noble Pig in Grosse Pointe Farms, Victory Smokehouse in Warren, Park’s Old Style BBQ in Detroit or Slows to Go in Midtown Detroit. Other dad-friendly stops include Buddy’s Pizza, Italian at Luigi’s Original or even something special like Chartreuse or Mable Gray; dad could try some takeout or a cooking lesson from home.
Stroll: Take Dad on a walk by Detroit’s grand Belle Isle or the Riverfront. There are endless hikes for you to try throughout the Metro Parks. Or you could rent a canoe, kayak or pontoon around one of the many public lakes in the tri-county area. If you want to stick around home, you could challenge dad to a basketball game or maybe some disc golf in the backyard as well.
Sip: There are a growing number of microbreweries as well as great places to try a tasting of Motor City adult beverages. Metro Detroit’s beer lovers will enjoy places including Batch Brewing in Detroit, Copper Hop Brewing Company in St. Clair Shores as well at Atwater Brewing in Grosse Pointe Park. If you want wine or mead, try Detroit Vineyards or Motor City Wine for starters.