FREEZE! Step away from the tie rack. Instead of buying dad a tie for Father’s Day out of last minute desperation, check out these Father’s Day gift ideas that will earn you the coveted status of “favorite child.”
- If your dad likes to live on the edge and is always game for adventure be sure to check out Hot Shots Paintball at Windy Hill Park. In addition to six paintball fields, it also offers a 150,000 square foot “Fort Dead” which is an old west scenario field. Get a group together and schedule a private event.
- If dodging speeding paintballs is a little outside his comfort zone, try a slightly (slightly) tamer adventure with an introductory tree climb at Panola Mountain State Park. Panola is a great place for the outdoorsy dad with fishing, hiking, camping, kayaking, archery, and biking.
- If dad is a connoisseur of craft beer we suggest two gift certificates. Pick-up a Barley & Vine gift certificate where he can either learn the fine art of beer making, buy a home brewing kit or just fill a growler with one of the more than 25 craft beers on tap. The second certificate should be for an Atlanta Brews Cruise tour through some of Metro Atlanta’s best craft breweries including Henry County’s own JailHouse Brewing Company.
- Sometimes the best gift is just a day with dad doing something he loves. If history is his passion we have two great options. The Heritage Park Veterans Museum is open Monday – Saturday from 10AM – 3PM and includes more than 20,000 pieces of military history from World War I to present. Since the museum is free, consider making a donation on your way out. The second stop on the history tour is Nash Farm Battlefield. It was the site of the largest cavalry raid in Georgia and one of the last battles in the Battle of Atlanta. While the park is open seven days a week the museum is only open on Friday and Saturday from 9AM-5PM. It contains artifacts and a history of life on Nash Farm during the 1860s. This museum is also free but donations are appreciated.
- Mix a little history with a little adventure and you have a helicopter ride in either a Vietnam-era military Huey or Cobra helicopter. The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, located at the Henry County Airport, holds one of the few FAA exemptions that allows these rides for a donation. They also have a “flying museum” that can be viewed free of charge.
- For the speed demon dad, a racing or driving experience at Atlanta Motor Speedway is sure to wow. Multiple racing and driving schools offer sessions at AMS that range from ride-alongs to actual driving experiences. Weekly Thursday Thunder and Friday Night Drags events are also great options for dad’s who just love cars.
- If a tie is really what he wants (or needs) Tanger Outlet Center in Locust Grove has more than 70 brand name outlets including a Brooks Brothers Factory Store.
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