The annual day of showering dear old Dad with some extra love is almost here - June 18 if you forgot to mark your calendar.
But don't fret if you've waited until the last second to think of some ideas to help celebrate dad, as we've put together some great Grapevine suggestions that he will love.
Outing on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad
What better way to spend some quality family time than on a historic 1920s-era train passenger car? The excursion departs from Grapevine at 1 p.m. and travels along the Cotton Belt rail line to the Fort Worth Stockyards. During this roughly hour trip to the Stockyards, you can share great stories about Dad, or perhaps try out a few of your own "Dad jokes" to make him laugh. Once in the Fort Worth Stockyards, you'll have time to check out some great shops and see the twice daily cattle drive before heading back to Grapevine for some continued fun on Historic Main Street. Cap the day by buying dad dinner at one of the many restaurants on Main Street, such as Jake's Uptown or Chill. Tickets run $26 for first class, or $18 for touring class.
Watch Sports at Texan Station
As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. And that's true at Gaylord Texan Resort, where the Texan Station restaurant features a 52-foot wide HD big-screen TV. Or for comparison, that’s almost two full size school buses parked back-to-back. Relax in the 20 leather recliners that sit in front of the massive screen, or if dad prefers more of a regular table setting, there's another 50 more flat screens around the restaurant so he will be able to watch whatever he desires. Thirty major league baseball teams are in action on June 18 (including the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros) and it's the final day of PGA golf's U.S. Open - so there will be plenty to watch. You don't have to be a guest of the resort to dine at Texan Station, but as a bonus if you book a room for Dad and the family, you'll also be able to enjoy Gaylord's Paradise Springs water park later in the day.
Fun on Lake Grapevine
There are numerous ways to have fun on Lake Grapevine, but for the sake of helping with a last-second list, we'll keep it to just a couple ideas. Cool off and try a new water adventure with DFW Surf and some stand-up paddle boarding. Classes for first-timers begin at 9 a.m., but if Dad is more experienced at the craft, then you can rent your own board and get to paddling! Once you've had some fun on the water, relax on the deck of Big Daddy's Ship Store, for some of the best burgers in town. Many times during the weekend you can find live music on the deck, and it's a great spot for viewing sunsets.
Sip on some brew at Grapevine Craft Brewery
What Dad doesn't love a cold craft brew? But definitely don't stick Grapevine Craft Brewery with a regular "bar" label - it is 100% family (and pet) friendly! With their comfortable outdoor seating complete with fun games like giant jenga or cornhole and the occasional live music act, or the air conditioned indoor space with a big stack of board games to help pass the time, this is a great spot to let Dad have some fun while tasting some unique brews.
Fire a few rounds at American Sportsman Shooting Center
If Dad is a shooting sports fan, or you just want to let him experience something new and unique, then look no further. This isn't your typical gun range; it's the only live-fire "cinema" range in the United States. The indoor range features a digitally produced backdrop which can be altered for the shooter's desire, from the standard stationary target to moving objects like deer and elk. If Dad doesn't own a rifle or handgun, don't worry as the center does have a select few options available for rental. Space is limited on the range to just a few lanes however, so you'll want to reserve your space ahead of time. Father's Day will assuredly book up fast, so consider a gift certificate if the day is already reserved up.
These are just a few ideas for those doing some last-minute Dad idea, but keep in mind there are numerous other possibilities; from golfing to shopping to making glass artwork, you can definitely find the right gift or activity for your special guy on Father's Day.