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Plan the Perfect Fathers Day Celebration

Kathi Caldwell-Hopper - June 14, 2011

Got a Dad who likes to do something different such as kayaking or touring a unique museum or spending time on the farm? Luckily for you, the Lakes Region is bursting at the seams with unique adventures sure to keep your Dad talking about the great Father’s Day he had for months to come!

Whether your dad loves museums, kayaking, castles or eating out, there is something for everyone this Father’s Day, June 19.

Does your Dad love dogs? If so, take him to Castle in the Clouds on Rt. 171 in Moultonborough on Sunday, June 19 from 10am-3pm for Dog Sunday. There will be agility, vendors, seminars, a photo contest and lots more. Dads and children under age 7 will be admitted free for the fun doggie-centered event. Call 476-5900 or visit

If your Dad is up for an adventure on Father’s Day, head to Polar Caves on Rt. 25 in Rumney for a never-to-be-forgotten trek through some amazing caves! Dads are admitted free to Polar Caves on Father’s Day with any other paid admission. Call 536-1888 or visit

Many Dads love the outdoors and having an opportunity to see animals in their outdoor habitats. Thus, this sort of guy will love the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center at 23 Science Center Road in Holderness. On Father’s Day, Dads are admitted to the trail for free with another paid admission. The wonderful nature trail is open from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Call 968-7194 for information or visit

For a look back in time at the years of World War II, take Dad to the fascinating Wright Museum at 77 Center St. in Wolfeboro. On Father’s Day the museum will offer free admission for Dads who are accompanied by family members.

The museum offers an in-depth study into what life was like on the home front, as well as for those who were fighting so far away. There are displays of soldiers’ paraphernalia, room vignettes, toys, books, individual rooms focusing on each war year from 1939 to 1945, and a great deal more. Call the museum at 569-1212 for information.

Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves, located on Rt. 112W in North Woodstock, NH is a fascinating place to visit. On Father’s Day, the Gorge will be open and fathers are admitted free of charge when accompanied by their child/children. Got a Dad who is serving in the military and is currently out of the country? Lost River is offering free admission to moms with military ID who are accompanied by their children. Call 745-8031 for details.

If boating is Dad’s passion, take him to the NH Boat Museum on Center Street in Wolfeboro Falls. At the Boat Museum, exhibits take visitors through the years of boating with canoe displays, race boats and many other watercrafts. As well as the boating exhibits, treat Dad to a visit at the museum’s gift shop, where all things boating are offered. The Boat Museum is open daily; call 569-4554 for information or visit

Kayaking is a fun adventure for families and many men enjoy this relaxing sport. Take Dad for a unique Father’s Day treat at the River Run Deli and Kayak Tours on Rt. 28 in Alton.

The kayak adventure begins or ends with a great deli meal, eaten outside on a picnic table at the River Run Deli. The food is homemade and fresh and the view can’t be beat! There is a charge for kayak rentals, but Dads kayak rental is free on Father’s Day (this does not include food). No experience is necessary and it’s easy to learn. The Rt. 140 dam is only 45 minutes away, and it is a great place for picnic. Call 875-1000 for information.

Take Dad for a fun train ride at the Conway Scenic Railroad in downtown North Conway on Father’s Day, June 19. On that special day Dad rides free in Coach when accompanied by one or more of his children. Dad rides free in First Class when accompanied by another paying adult. Complementary appetizers will be served in the First Class Parlor Car the Gertrude Emma. Call 1-800-232-5251 for information or go to

Perhaps your Dad grew up on a farm or just loves the farm life? If so, head to the NH Farm Museum in Milton for NH Dairy Day on Sat., June 18 (which leaves you free to take Dad out to breakfast or do other fun things with the family on Sunday!). Dairy Day runs from 10am – 4pm; the day will be packed with events, from the chance to meet a cow and dairy goat to an opportunity to churn cream to make butter and a chance to make soft cheese.

Farm lovers can also take a barn tour and partake of free NH ice cream! The Farm Museum is located on Rt. 125 in Milton; call 652-7840 for admission information. Check out the museum’s website for their entire list of farm-related summer events for both adults and children at

Treat Dad to a wonderful Champagne Brunch with Jazz entertainment aboard the M/S Mount Washington while cruising Lake Winnipesaukee on Sunday, June 19 at 10am or 12:30pm. Call 366-5531 or visit for information.

We’ve all heard of old time country doctors who treated the sick in rural communities. The Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth interprets the life of country doctors and much more on the scenic property with a barn, visitor’s center and other interesting areas. On Saturday, June 18 (the day before Father’s Day), the museum pays tribute to all Dads! Come hungry for a delicious BBQ lunch, featuring farm raised beef burgers and a menu full of favorite summer foods. Hear live music from 12noon-1pm and join a regularly scheduled tour or activity throughout the afternoon. See a display of horse powered and motorized vehicles, including the 4-H Yankee Teamsters Working Steers Club with their oxen. Dads are admitted free with one paid admission. Call 1-880-686-6117 or 323-7591. 

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