5 Father's Day Food and Activity Pairings in the Hudson Valley

Celebrate the occasion with five local eat and play combos that will bring a smile to his face.


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It feels like June was made for Father’s Day. After all, it’s that sweet spot in the year when the golf courses are green, sports are in swing, and the grills are ready to go. In honor of the holiday, treat dad, pops, padre, or whatever else you call him to a fun-filled day in the Hudson Valley.


Arcade and Ice Cream



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Help dad feel like a kid again with a trip to Grand Prix Orange County, a newly-opened entertainment center in Newburgh. At Grand Prix, the whole family (dads included) can play to win at a sprawling arcade, blast each other away in the massive laser tag center, and (hopefully) escape the mysterious escape rooms, which currently include a WWII submarine and an exotic murder train.

Afterward, refuel with a sweet treat at Ron's Ice Cream, located just across the river in Beacon. The old-fashioned ice cream is a hit with visitors of all ages. Choose your favorite flavor, and don’t forget to load up on sprinkles.


Grand Prix Orange County
14 Crossroads Ct, Newburgh

Ron's Ice Cream
298 Fishkill Ave, Beacon


Golf and Gourmet Lunch



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Dad will be over the moon at Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston. The semi-private Hudson Valley space boasts a championship course and driving range for him to practice his swing and a pool and tennis courts for him to switch up his routine.

Between traversing the greens and swimming laps at the pool, dad will work up a major appetite at Wiltwyck. Luckily, the locale has an onsite eatery to ease the hunger pangs. At the Capital Tavern, diners can enjoy innovative Americana fare, like the Cider-Brined Roasted Chicken, a plump chicken with mouthwatering flavor, or the hearty Filet Mignon Sandwich. To drink, keep it local with a Mill House Kold One or a Sloop Juice Bomb.


Wiltwyck Golf Club and Capital Tavern
404 Steward Ln, Kingston


Biking and Brews



If dad loves to bike to work or hit the trails on the weekend, he will jump on the chance to tour the Hudson Valley with Rail Explorers. Located in Phoenicia, the Catskills attraction invites visitors to pedal along the historic Ulster and Delaware Railroad on special two and four-person bike carts. Traverse the scenic Esopus Creek as you catch up on life and take in the picturesque views.

Once you work up a thirst, head over to nearby Woodstock Brewing to slurp up some of the finest beers in the Hudson Valley. Try the Single Slice, a fruity IPA, with notes of tangerine, lemon, and honeydew, or refresh yourself with the Alpha Particle, a porter with hints of Dr. Pepper, vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee. A number of beers are taproom-only releases, so be sure to sample one of the exclusive varieties while you’re there.


Rail Explorers: Catskills
70 Lower High St, Phoenicia
Woodstock Brewing
5581 New York 28, Phoenicia


Hiking and BBQ-ing


For all the dads who live and breathe the great outdoors, Mohonk Mountain House has Father’s Day in the bag. Start the morning off right with a hike along one of the preserve’s scenic trails. If dad is the adventurous sort, challenge him to a scramble up the Lemon Squeeze, the aptly named climb that is as steep as it is narrow. We promise the view from the top is worth it.

If you start planning now, you can make a reservation for Mohonk’s Father’s Day Granary Cookout. Held on June 16, the cookout menu includes summer grilling staples like barbecued chicken and spare ribs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, and macaroni and cheese. For dessert, sample slices of practically every fruit pie imaginable. Top dad’s plate off with a scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt to end his day on a sweet note.


Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz


Planes and Picnics



This Father’s Day, treat dad to a high-flyer show at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. The holiday weekend kicks off the airshow season with a vintage fashion show and car parade. At 2:30 p.m., witness an aerial fight to the death (not really) between the forces of good and evil. The museum and grounds will also be open during that time.

For lunch, take a short drive to the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park for The Great American Father’s Day Cookout. Hosted by the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association, the cookout is ideal for families who want to celebrate the day together. Bring your own blankets and chairs to camp out under the sun, play some lawn games, and then chow down on grill essentials like hamburgers, hot dogs, and potato salad.


Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
9 Norton Rd, Red Hook
Vanderbilt Mansion
91 Vanderbilt Park Rd, Hyde Park

Related: The Hudson Valley Beer Bible

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