Father's Day is nearly upon us! It's time to plan out what to do for the dads in your life to show him just how much you care. After all, dads do an amazing job of showing support, giving advice, and being there when we need them. So what can we do for Father's Day in Seattle Southside to help show how much we care?

Things to Do

Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight is always a great time, but on Father's Day your wallet will have a great time too! That's because they are offering free admission to fathers who come accompanied by their children (of any age!) to enjoy the largest independent non-profit air and space museum in the world. Learn more about their Father's Day event here. No matter how old those kids are, there's lots to see and do at this huge facility. History buff dads will love seeing historical aircraft from every era. Travel enthusiast dads will point out some of their favorite passenger planes and wax nostalgic about the golden days of air travel. And if your dad is an out-of-this-world space enthusiast, the space travel exhibits are sure to excite his inner kid.

Museum of Flight must be on the list of things to do in Seattle

Local History at Highline Heritage Museum

If dad is a history buff, you definitely should take him to the Highline Heritage Museum, which is focused on local history and art. Together, you'll learn some of the fascinating hidden history of our area, from fossils found under runways at SeaTac to D.B. Cooper's famous skyway robbery, there's tons to explore and discover.

Father and son wearing face masks at Highline Heritage Museum exhibit

Golf at Foster Golf Links

Reserve your tee time at Foster Golf Links! This historic, beautiful course along the Duwamish River makes for a perfect Father's Day. After you're done with a round of golf, kick back with good eats and cold brews at Billy Baroo's, located right on the Links.

Take in a Race at Emerald Downs

Hear the pounding of hooves and test your luck at the races! Emerald Downs is the premier thoroughbred horse racing venue in the Pacific Northwest. Lots of delicious dining options are available in the park as well. If you want to have a "home base" at the track, you can reserve a seat in the grandstand or even rent a box or suite. On Father’s Day, they'll be running the championship of the exciting Indian Relay event, as well as the first two thoroughbred stakes of the season! Tickets start at $10.

Emerald Downs horse race

Mariners Game

Hit a home run with a day at T-Mobile Park. Home of the Seattle Mariners, the field is a 19.59-acre outdoor baseball park with a retractable roof for rainy days. On Father’s Day weekend, the Mariners will be playing the Los Angeles Angels, and for Sunday's game they're offering a free Seattle Steelheads commemorative cap to the first 10,000 dads over the age of 21. You can also schedule a T-Mobile Park Tour and wander through areas of the ballpark that are not normally open to the public including the Press Box, Private Suites, Field, Dugouts and Visitors Clubhouse. Ticket prices start at $15 for Father's Day weekend, though there are occasional value game dates with tickets as low as $10.

Go Kayaking or Paddleboarding at Olympic Outdoor Center

Is your dad more the outdoorsy type who likes to get out there and explore? Take dad out on the water with a kayak or stand up paddle board rental. Enjoy the rich marine wildlife, spectacular Cascade mountains, Mount Rainier and Olympic mountain scenery. Join in for an hour or the day, a lifetime memory awaits. Rentals start at $22 for a single hour, prices may vary based on availability. Be sure to head in early, as they do not accept reservations for on-site hourly rentals.

Girl in Kayak on Puget Sound

Get Bowled Over with Dad

Did you know that Seattle Southside is the bowling capital of the Northwest? With 70 lanes of bowling across three venues, we have tons of options for both family-friendly fun and more grown-up gatherings! Check out the article above for the rundown on all three venues to help you decide what will be the best fit for your dad!

South Seattle Bowling in Tukwila at Bowlero

Classic Car Show

If dad loves cars, he'll love the Burien Father's Day Car Show! Back again in person after a hiatus of being remote-only, this classic car show is sure to make any gearhead dad happy. The event runs from 10AM to 4PM, so don't miss it!


Local Gifts for Dad

Staycation in Seattle Southside

Give the gift of a staycation in one of our top hotels for a relaxing getaway. Seattle Southside is a happening hub that’s perfectly situated between urban attractions and natural wonders. Seattle Southside, made up of the cities of Des Moines, SeaTac and Tukwila, is the perfect home base for a Washington staycation. Many of our hotels offer spas, indoor pools, and in-room dining service; perfect for some R&R. While a spa trip might not sound like a Father's Day gift at first, think again. Sometimes dad is the last person to remember to get some pampering, so The Spa at Cedarbrook Lodge has special services tailored specifically towards men who forget to treat themselves. The Gentleman's Customized Facial is a treatment specifically geared towards the needs of men's skin, and the Gentleman's Sports Manicure and Pedicure help to maintain those hardworking hands and feet. They also offer a Return to Relaxation package, which is a one-night stay bundled with a $100 spa credit, which makes for a perfect gift for dad.

Cedarbrook Lodge from edge of lawn in SeaTac Courtyard by Marriott Seattle South Center Hotel Interurban
Cedarbrook Lodge Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Southcenter Hotel Interurban

Locally Made Chocolate

Does dad have a sweet tooth? Seattle Chocolate has delicious chocolates to tantalize even the most discerning dad's palate, with incredible flavors ranging from carrot cake to Mexican hot chocolate to champagne and then some! Plus, this can double as a gift and an experience - the factory offers tours as well!

Gear for the Outdoorsy Dad

If dad loves hiking, biking, rock climbing, skiing, or otherwise getting outside, pick him up some new gear from Outdoor Research's outlet store, located right here in Des Moines. Outdoor Research is a local company which is founded on scientifically researching the best possible solutions to problems faced by folks in the great outdoors, and dad's sure to love the practicality of that mindset! 

Seattle Seawolves Gear

Seattle Seawolves modeling some pro rugby swag

Rugby is one of the toughest sports out there, yet there's a heart and sportsmanship to the game that shows a sense of community and caring not found in many other competitive environments. What better symbol for a father who can be tough yet loving? A dad who's strong yet sweet? The Seattle Seawolves, our local Major League Rugby team, have tons of cool merchandise to help promote the game and show dad you care. Check out their online store here.

Gift Cards

Maybe dad hates massages and chocolate? Look, we get it. Buying a gift for dad is hard, especially if he's one of those dads who always goes out and buys the stuff he wants for himself. So while it may seem like a cop out, sometimes your best bet is to buy a gift card so your dad has the opportunity to treat himself to something of his choice.

Museum of Flight Small Grazie Restaurant Gift Card 13 Coins Gift Card Anthony's Gift Card

Don't Forget Dog Dads!

Couple walking with dog at Grandview Dog Park with view of Mt. Rainier

Is there someone in your life whose fur kid is kind of a big deal? Maybe dad always pampers the family dog more than his human kids? If you have a dog lover in your life, take a look at our Dog Days of Seattle Southside post for some ideas on how to spoil the dog dad in your life.

Celebratory Meals

Seattle Southside is known for its booming international dining scene. From Ethiopian to Thai, Japanese to Salvadorian and everything in between, you’ll quickly discover that Seattle Southside doubles as a gateway to the world. Whether you’re in search of seafood, African, Indian, or Italian restaurants, you’ll find Seattle Southside is ready to help make Father's Day special.

Gai Hor Bai Toey Pandan Leaf Wrapped Chicken in Dish with Sweet Sauce at Bai Tong Kaihana Sushi Shrimp & Chorizo Tacos, Jars of Hot Sauce and Ingredients from Moctezuma restaurant. Via Marina
Bowl of spicy ramen Bahama Breeze Indian Cuisine Burger on plate surrounded by beer in glasses

Maybe dad wants to bring out his inner Guy Fieri? Check out our list of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in Seattle Southside. No matter what dad's tastes are, you're sure to find something to his liking in Seattle Southside. Check out our dining listings by cuisine type here! Is dad more of a homebody? If you want to just stay at home and cook for dad, we also have a collection of recipes from Seattle Southside chefs for you to try.