Ultimate A - Z List | 50 Outdoor Things to do this Summer

Summer time is the perfect time to get outdoors and get active.  If you're looking for something to do outdoors, you are bound to find something on this list.  The prices range from free to "as much money as you would like to spend if you have it".  Some of these things might take planning and some you can just walk outside to do.  Some you can do that day or buy a gift certificate for the activity at a future date. Some are extremely adventurous and will take a lot of courage, and some are easy-going.  When possible, websites are included to make your information search as easy as possible. This list has 50 ideas and 30 resources, so grab your family and friends and get outside!

ATV Riding  Find places to ride ATVs here:  http://www.riderplanet-usa.com/
Don't own an ATV?  That's okay.  In a lot of places, you can rent an ATV.  Just type in ATV Rentals near __________ town.

Baseball game.  There are 15 MLB baseball games being played this year on Father's Day.  Find the complete list here:  Major League Baseball Schedule

Camping Whether you are a tent camper, a pop-up camper or you prefer an RV, you can find camp grounds near you by going to websites such as gocampingamerica.com, or KOA or Good Sam's websites.


Deep Sea Fishing Obviously, you'll have to be near an ocean for this one.  You can find some of the best places to charter a boat, in these posts.
Best Destinations for Fishing Charters in the USA
10 Top Saltwater Fishing Destinations in the US

Dirt Bike Riding - See ATV riding above.

Expedition.  Go on an expedition: an organized journey or voyage for a specific purpose (dictionary.com)   National Geographic offers tours and expeditions all over the world, but also in North America.  You can find a list of all of their expeditions here:  National Geographic Expeditions
The expeditions are not cheap.

Farmer's Market You can find a local farmer's market by visiting this website, although most of them will probably be closed on Father's Day & Sundays in general : LocalHarvest.org

Fishing  There are no less than 20 songs about fishing. . . . . and probably many more than that.  If you need any more reason to go fishing with your kids, here are the lyrics to a song by Trace Adkins. Grab your pole, some bait and your dad!

  " I'm lost in her there holdin' that pink rod and reel
She's doin' almost everything but sittin' still
Talkin' 'bout her ballet shoes and training wheels
And her kittens
And she thinks we're just fishin'
I say, "Daddy loves you, baby" one more time
She says, "I know. I think I've got a bite"
And all this laughin', cryin, smilin' dyin' here inside's
Is what I call, livin'"

If you're from the south, be sure to check out this post:  Southern Family Fishing Destinations

Flight Lesson Has your dad always wanted to learn how to fly, but has never taken the time or wanted to spend the money?  Sometimes flight schools offer an introductory flight.  Enter your zipcode into the search box on the AOPA website to find a flight school near you.

Geogaching -- "Join the world's largest treasure hunt."  https://www.geocaching.com/play

Golf -- Even if dad is not a golfer, it's always fun to go to a driving range to hit a bucket of balls.

Hiking.  Hiking can be as strenuous and adventurous as you like or as calm and easy as you like. You can find lists of places to hike in all 50 states here:  The Best Hiking Trail in Every State.

Ice Cream.  If you have a dad who has a sweet tooth, how could you not get ice cream on Father's Day? 

Insect hunt.  This one would probably be for dads with smaller children.  Yes, it's Father's Day. No, dad probably doesn't want to spend his day in the heat looking for bugs.  It is cool though to see a little kids eyes light up when they find unique creepy-crawlies.  Here are some to look for on a hike: centipedes, millipedes, beatles, bees, ants, moths, cicadas.
The National Wildlife Federation even has Bug Bingo Sheets you can print out for your bug hunt.

Jet Skiing.  If you don't own your own jet ski, just type "Rent a Jet Ski" into your search engine and hopefully you can find one near you.  A quick search of several states including Oklahoma, Kansas, Idaho, New Hampshire and New Mexico all came up with rental places. Other more obvious states (Florida, California, any ocean or Great Lakes state)  will have plenty to choose from.


Kite Flying.  Just to prove there's something for everyone, you can search for kite events at this website:   http://kite.org/activities/events/event-calendar/   Didn't look like there were any of Father's Day.

Kite-Surfing or Kite-Boarding.  Kite boarding lessons will set you back $300 - $1000 depending on whether you take private or group lessons.  Check to see if you're near one of the top 10 kiteboarding destinations in the US here:  Kiteboarding: Top 10 Destinations in the United States.

Lawn games.  You can find 27 great ideas for fun outdoor games here: 27 Insanely Fun Outdoor Games You'll Want to Play All Summer Long
Don't forget about horse shoes, cornhole, croquet, volley ball, badminton, and ladder golf! 
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Mountain Bike Riding.  Find a trail directory:  https://www.mtbproject.com/ Don't forget all of your protective gear.

Music Festival Find out if there is a music festival near you by checking at this website (There were lots listed for Father's Day weekend ~~ June 16 - 18th : Music Festival Wizard website

Native American field trip. Almost every state has it's own Native American history. You can find out about your state and whether there are reservations, historical sites, and other interesting info:  http://www.native-languages.org/states.htm

National Park visit.   Good news if you have a 4th grader!  4th graders are allowed to get in free to National Parks the year they are in 4th grade.  If you have a current 4th grader, the pass will be good until August.  https://www.everykidinapark.gov/get-your-pass/

Orienteering.  Orienteering is a competitive sport that combines racing with navigation. You can find more in depth information and find an orienteering club near you by searching this list: https://orienteeringusa.org/clubs/all#start-table

Paddle Boarding or SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding) Search for Paddle Boarding in your area. They will sometimes be the same places that you are able to rent a canoe or kayak.

Paragliding or Hang Gliding.  You can find an instructor or a school (although there are more instructors than an actual schools) at the US Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association Website.
There are some states that don't have any instructors listed at all and then there are some states that have a lot of instructors, like Wyoming.  Who knew?
Quoits.  Some of you might be thinking, "Say what now?"  Quoits is a game that is similar to horse shoes.  You throw a metal, rope or rubber ring a certain distance and try to get it to land on a spike.  
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Race - If dad likes to run or walk competitively, find a race on Father's day by searching at Runner's World Race Finder. 

Rock Climbing -- If you and your dad are experienced, you probably already know where to go.  If not, a simple search of "outdoor rock climbing classes near ________" will help you find a class. There are probably more indoor rock climbing classes than outdoor, so you might need to take this one inside.

Rock Painting, Hiding & Hunting - Similar to geocaching, except the object is to find rocks that have been painted by others.  Usually the rocks are meant to be inspirational.  Haven't been able to find a national registry, but a search of "rock hiding" and your city or state should yield some results.

Rock Stacking - The good thing about this one is that you can do it anywhere.  In the woods. On the beach. In the desert.  Wherever you can find rocks or stones, you can do rock stacking.

Skydiving. Find a dropzone on the USPA website.  http://www.uspa.org/dropzonelocator

Scuba Diving - This is another one that you must be trained for.  Search for SCUBA instructors or dive shops near you.

Snorkeling - There is no training involved with this one as there is no special equipment except a snorkel, swim fins and a mask.

Surfing - You obviously have to be near a large body of water for this one.  It's usually done on the ocean, but people also surf on the Great Lakes if it gets windy enough.  You'll have to either have your own board or rent one.

Target Shooting.  You can find a shooting range here: http://wheretoshoot.org/Find_Range/index.asp
You might have to do a little more digging through the list to find an outdoor range.


Ultimate (Flying Disc), otherwise known as Ultimate Frisbie.  "Frisbie" is a trademark name though, so it can't technically be called that.  Gather up 13 of your friends (including Dad) & find a field large enough for the field 40 yards wide and 70 yards long, plus 20 yards for each end zone. You can find all of the rules here: http://ultimatefrisbeehq.com/rules-of-ultimate/

Vineyard.  If Dad is an Oenophile, find a vineyard or winery with a patio nearby.  Most states have some kind of winery within driving distance.  Find a list of Wineries and Vineyards listed by state here:  http://www.allamericanwineries.com/AAWMain/locate.htm  In some instances, you might need to go to the state's tourism website.

Carignan vineyard

White Water Rafting  Check out this post called 25 of the Best White Water Rafting Destinations in the US
Water Park.  What better way to spend a hot Summer day than to ride the rides at a Water park?  If slipping and sliding down a water slide is something dad likes to do, go for it!  Here's something you might not have known:  There is a World Waterpark Association.  You can search for a waterpark near you:  Waterpark.org Search

X Games.  If you can hold off on your Father's Day celebration until the middle of July, you can attend the 2017 X Games in Minneapolis.  Tickets range in price from $10 for flat track racing to $750 for a three day XIP.  You can see all ticket info here:  http://xgames.espn.com/xgames/information/minneapolis-2017/tickets

Xeriscape.  Have a dad who likes landscaping or gardening, but lives in an arid region?  Help dad plan and execute a xeriscaped yard. It's a method of gardening that utilizes water-conserving techniques. Need ideas to get started?  Check out this post called 24 Best Drought Tolerant Plants.

Yoga Typing in "Outdoor Yoga" yielded an amazing amount of websites that listed Summer schedules for outdoor yoga.  Give it a try!

Yachting. You can charter a yacht, boat or dinner cruise almost anywhere there is water. Check your local listings for one near you.

Yardwork (Hey!  If that's how he relaxes) 

Yard games (See Lawn Games above)

Zipline  You can find a zipline course near you, by checking out this website: http://www.ziplinerider.com/Zipline_Locations.html

Zoo  Most metropolitan areas have a local zoo.  Some zoos might even let dad in for free on Father's Day.  Make sure you check with your zoo first.  Only 33% of the zoos I looked at mentioned anything about Father's day.  Find a Zoo.

We have listed a lot of activities that could be dangerous.  We make no endorsements of any of these activities or companies that may be linked here, we simply have them listed to make it easier for you to find info.  For a lot of them you will probably have to sign waivers with whichever companies that you go through. All precautions and safety equipment should be used and you do so at your own risk.

If being active outside isn't your thing, why not host a beer tasting?  You can find ideas on how in this post:  Relaxing for Father's Day with a Beer Tasting

Do you have any outdoor activities to add to this list? 

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