Father’s Day 2020
Things may look and feel different this year, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate dad on Sunday, June 21
New Hampshire’s outdoor attractions
As the state reopens after a few months for the record books, it’s more important than ever to support newly reopened local attractions and businesses. That said, remember to bring your masks and practice proper social distancing. Your patience will also be key for Father’s Day, which is usually a busy day for many attractions.
Before you go, always be sure to call the business or check out its website to confirm hours, guidelines and information; advanced reservations may also be required at some attractions to control crowd sizes.
Here are some of our favorite attractions that are now open:
- America’s Stonehenge in Salem
- Flume Gorge in Franconia
- Friendly Farm in Dublin
- Mount Washington Auto Road in Gorham
- Polar Caves in Rumney
- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness
Here are some of our favorite attractions that will be open, starting June 20 (reserve your tickets now for opening weekend!):
- Charmingfare Farm in Candia
- The Cog Railway in Bretton Woods
- Isles of Shoals Steamship Company in Portsmouth
- M/S Mount Washington at Weirs Beach
- Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway
- Hobo Railroad in Lincoln
Up for a challenge? Did you know that the longest mini-golf hole on the planet is at Chucksters Family Fun Park? Dads play mini golf for free on Father’s Day, or check out the other fun things that Chucksters offers, including the zipline, go-karts and batting cages. Chucksters has locations in Chichester and Hooksett.
The mini-golf course at Ponemah Green Family Golf Center in Amherst has been newly renovated. Challenge dad to see how long he can drive the ball at the driving range, which has new driving range mats and a fully accessible grass tee area.
You can also head to Legend’s Golf in Hooksett; dads golf for free on Sunday, June 21.
Looking for some Father’s Day thrills? Head north to Pittsburg and hit the ATV trails with Bear Rock Adventures, surf or skydive at SkyVenture NH in Nashua or test your accuracy and shooting skills at AG Paintball in Weare.
Encourage dad to take the day off and let the rest of the family do the grilling and meal prep. Check out grilling tips from the chefs at Backyard Brewery and Rick’s Food and Spirits. Don’t forget to splurge on a really great filet minion or marinated chicken breasts from a local butcher.
And if the special guy in your life would love to receive meat as a Father’s Day gift, then check out the meat collections from Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery in Raymond.
You can also order a Father’s Day Meal Box from Throwback Brewery in North Hampton. Each kit is made for four people. Choose from The Hoppy Dad, The Spicy Dad or the The All-American Dad package. Pre-order by June 17.
To create scrumptious side dishes and homemade desserts, consider stocking up on fresh produce and baked goods at a local farmers market. Concord, Keene, Milford, Portsmouth and many more towns hold their weekly markets on Saturdays. Last-minute shoppers can visit Nashua, Littleton, Salem and Weare on Sunday mornings.
And if you’re looking to grab a pint of ice cream for your banana splits or to top your shortcakes, here’s where to find locally made ice cream in New Hampshire.
Get outside and explore nature
In 2020, Father’s Day falls on the first day of summer, so what better way to celebrate than by getting outside and enjoying the long, daylight hours.
- Camping: Make Father’s Day a weekend-long celebration and head to one of our favorite, family-friendly campgrounds
- Hiking: It may be Father’s Day, but here’s a list of hiking trails that everyone (especially the kids) will love exploring
- Biking: Recreation paths and rail trails throughout the state make family bike rides easy and safe