Father’s Day isn’t just about a Hallmark card and necktie (although a car on the other hand….). It’s about spending time with your father or that special father-like figure in your life, discovering new things and even trying something new. With three generations of Shorkeys in the business, we understand the meaning of family, which is why we created a list of some of our favorite events and places around Pittsburgh to check out this weekend for Father’s Day.
Pittsburgh Zoo’s Father’s Day Celebration
Lions and tigers and fathers, oh my! Bring your dad to the zoo for a wild Father’s Day. All dads will receive free admission when accompanied by a child, and all visitors can participate in a Grand in Your Hand scavenger hunt. So team up with your dad, and make a day of it—the zoo is open from 9:30 AM to 6 PM.
Just Ducky Tours
If you’re looking for a unique and historic tour, then Just Ducky Tours is right up your alley. Dads will enjoy an historic ride on land and water inside an amphibious, colorful vehicle. The tour includes interesting facts abouts Pittsburgh, and a few quirky jokes that the guides inject along the way. The tour navigates through the streets of Pittsburgh to view the prominent architecture, the magnificent Cultural District, and famous sports venues. Then, the tour splashes into the river for an inspiring view of the Pittsburgh skyline and completes the excursion at Station Square, which is the original starting point. To ensure a special day for dad, it is best to call for a reservation.
Gateway Clipper Fleet
Celebrate dear old dad down by the river on the Gateway Clipper Fleet—just don’t tell him we called him old! Bring your dad out for a great day relaxing in the sun and enjoying the all-you-can-eat buffet. The buffet costs $45 for adults and $20 for children, and offers beef, chicken, vegetarian options, and a chocolatey dessert fit for the special king in your life.
North Park is part of the Allegheny County Park system and a favorite place to experience the outdoors with dads and families. The park offers activities to entertain everyone, including trails, bike paths, water sports, sports fields, and fishing and recreational activities. The groves make for a great place to have a picnic and the nature center is a nice walk to enjoy wildlife and vegetation. Families may try out the new restaurant at the boathouse after a day on the links, tennis court, or batting cages.
Three Rivers Arts Fest
Bring your pops to the last day of the Three Rivers Arts Fest! The Arts Festival is a free, 10-day long event with the last day landing on Father’s Day. Check out the booths, catch some music, eat some chicken on a stick, and drink some fresh-squeezed lemonade. If that doesn’t sound appealing (for some unbeknownst reason!), then grab a blanket and picnic basket for a picnic at the Point.
Man Up for Prostate Cancer 5/10k Walk/Run
Spend the day walking (or running) with your dad to raise money for Prostate Cancer research. The Obediah Cole Foundation is hosting its 11th annual 5/10k Walk/Run this Father’s Day. Races start at 8 AM at Riverfront Park and the course follows the North Shore for a great view of the city and the rivers. Spend the morning getting fit with your dad, and raising money for a good cause!