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Guide to Celebrating Father’s Day in Detroit
Detroit is a city tailor-made for dads: cars, sports, the outdoors, good food and good beer — what more could any father want from his children than to spend a day in Detroit? Here are a few Father’s Day activities and gift ideas for your Motor City Dad. Plan ahead and make reservations — the weekend of June 17 is going to be busy.
Keep Dad Entertained
The Detroit Tigers are home for Father’s Day weekend against the Colorado Rockies. Treat Dad to a day at the ballpark; buy the man a hot dog to say thanks for all he’s done for you. And for the young families out there, for Sunday home games kids can run the bases. Won’t Dad be proud? Check out our full guide to giving Dad the best Tigers gameday experience.
Motor Muster at Greenfield Village: Take Dad on a tour of hundreds of classics from 1933-1976 — from muscle cars and hotrods to cars that look like they just rolled out of the showroom. If Dad is really into cars make a second stop at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum.
Anyone for Golfing? Set up a tee time with Dad at the championship public course at Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township, go to the Golf Link on Belle Isle or play a round at one of Detroit’s other great golf courses.
If the weather doesn’t agree with golf, there are plenty of indoor alternatives to either beat the pants off Dad (or to let him win). Take Dad featherbowling at Cadieux Cafe, or challenge him to a game of bocce ball at Palazzo di Bocce.
For the Dad with young children, the day is all about spending time with your old man. Check out our list of family-friendly activities in Detroit, and give the kids a hand in celebrating their old man.
Make Sure Dad Has Plenty to Eat and Drink
For someone as legendary as Dad, go downtown and treat him to Detroit’s legendary London Chop House. The recently reopened steakhouse is back to serving their famous aged steaks, seafood and cocktails, and also features a cigar lounge.
If Dad loves hunting up north but can’t get away for the weekend, bring the north to him at Deadwood Bar and Grill in Northville, serving hearty, game dinners in a rustic atmosphere. Best of all, Dad won’t have to do any of the prep work.
If your Dad is more of a burger and beer kind of guy, check out the new Mercury Burger & Bar in Corktown. After you fill up on burgers prepared in lard, take Dad out for a beer at one of Detroit’s popular microbreweries.
Lavish Dad with Gifts
Surely Dad could use a stylish new fedora or dress hat. Look no further than Henry the Hatter on Broadway Street. This Detroit institution has been keeping men’s heads warm and handsome since 1893.
If you want a Father’s Day gift that will pay dividends months down the road, buy Dad tickets to a Detroit Lions game. Now you have an excuse to spend a day with Dad this fall again.
What could be cooler than taking Dad on a trip to the barber and treating him to a straight-razor shave and haircut, maybe even a shoeshine? Check out the Barber Pole in Birmingham, the Berkley Chop Shop or Pete’s Barber Shop on Macomb Street.
For Dads who’ve enjoyed Detroit beers from Stroh’s to the current microbreweries, you can’t go wrong with the book Brewed in Detroit by Peter H. Blum, a history of brewing in the Motor City, and the link between generations of beer makers.
What are your plans for Father’s Day in Detroit? Are you old enough to treat Dad to a day on the town, or will Mom and Dad be helping young kids celebrate?
Photos by Bill Bowen