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Happiness Now: Outdoors with Dad
Pennsylvania has many ways to reward the dad or father figure in your life. From outdoor recreation to sports, say thanks to your dad this Father’s Day at one these attractions.
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Bucks County River Country
Bucks County River Country
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Lake Arthur, Moraine State Park

Butler County has more than 40 miles of shoreline to explore at Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park, making it the perfect spot to go fishing or boating with Dad. Rent kayaks or a pontoon boat, and enjoy the day on the water. Lake Arthur has some of the best fishing spots with a wide variety of fish, from Bluegill to Musky. While fishing, enjoy the beautiful scenery and try to spot the Bald Eagles that have been known to frequent this area. 

Beer & Gear Festival and Harrisburg Brewers Fest, June 17

Raise a pint to the dad in your life, and head outdoors to Ohiopyle for the Beer & Gear Festival on June 17. The festival will feature more than a dozen breweries and live music! If you’re closer to Central PA, say “cheers” to Dad at Harrisburg Brewers Fest on the same day. This outdoor beer and music festival will offer samples from 40 breweries.

Pittsburgh Pirates v. Chicago Cubs, PNC Park, June 18

PNC Park Outdoor Dads
Pirates game at PNC Park, Pittsburgh.

Take Dad out to a ballgame and experience a Pirates game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, ranked one of the best ballparks in the nation! On Sunday, June 18, the Pirates play the Chicago Cubs, and fathers and kids 14 and under will receive Kids & Dads Military Replica Caps, in addition to having some quality time together.

Father’s Day at the Zoo, June 18 

Take your dad to Father’s Day at the Zoo on June 18. In honor of Father’s Day, dads of all ages receive free admission to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium when accompanied by their kids. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is home to thousands of animals representing more than 400 species, including 22 threatened or endangered species.

Full Moon Family Fun, Pytamuning State Park, July 9

Full Moon Family Fun at Pymatuning State Park on July 9 has engaging activities for the whole family! Here, history meets science as you enjoy several activities, including moon gazing to find craters and Apollo mission landing . The program begins at 8:30 p.m. Please contact the park to register.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, July 7-16

Car lovers should attend the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, a vintage car festival that raises money for the Autism Society with donations. There are 10 days of events dedicated to celebrating the automobile. The highlight of the event is Schenley Park Race Day, the world's largest vintage car race and the only one held on city streets. This year is the 35th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.

Whitewater Rafting on the Yough, Ohiopyle State Park

White water rafting
Whitewater Rafting, Youghiogheny River.
Ohiopyle State Park. Photo Credit: Laurel Highlands VB

If your dad is a thrill-seeker, then whitewater rafting on the Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle State Park is just the place to celebrate Father’s Day! The seven-mile Lower Yough, with its class III and IV rapids, is the busiest section of whitewater east of the Mississippi River. But you don't have to be an experienced paddler to join in the adrenaline-pumping fun. The section known as the Middle Yough features class I and II rapids — making it ideal for beginner kayakers, families with young children, and anglers.

Tussey Mountain Wingfest, Aug. 17

What dad doesn’t enjoy wings? For 18 years, Tussey Mountain Wingfest at Tussey Mountain has been drawing hungry, happy crowds to the slopes on Thursdays in the summertime. Thousands come for the competition just outside of State College for the camaraderie and the entertainment. All six winning restaurants will compete at The Finals to determine the Tussey Mountain Wing King!

Ridge Soaring Gliderport, Julian

If your dad isn’t afraid of heights, take him soaring over Happy Valley on an engineless glider ride with Ridge Soaring Gliderport.

River Tubing with Bucks County River Country

Take dad (and maybe mom, too!) tubing down the Delaware with Bucks County River Country! Relax and unwind as you float down this gorgeous river for two, three, or even four hours.

Camping at the Endless Mountains of Northeastern PA

Campgrounds are open and waiting to welcome dads this spring and summer throughout the Endless Mountains of Northeastern PA! From furnished cabins at family-friendly campsites to primitive pads at state parks, the scenic splendor of Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties awaits dads and families looking to connect in PA’s great outdoors.

Covered Wagon Ride on the Pine Creek Trail

Give Dad a taste of the Old West this Father's Day with a ride along Pine Creek Trail on a covered wagon led by a team of horses! Ole Covered Wagon Tours offer a unique adventure surrounded by the scenery of Pennsylvania's beautiful northern tier. 

Mines & Meadows ATV Resort

Mines & Meadows ATV Resort offers ATV, UTV, SxS and dirt bike enthusiasts a truly unique experience with more than 75 miles of trails on 877 acres that cover a full spectrum of riding skills, from beginner to advanced. What really sets Mines & Meadows apart? The opportunity to ride underground through abandoned limestone mines. These mines provide matchless thrills with underground lakes, total darkness, and numerous surprises that help make each journey unforgettable.

Fishing at Yellow Breeches Creek

Yellow Breeches Creek
Yellow Breeches Creek 
Photo Credit: Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau.

Spend a day fishing at the Yellow Breeches Creek, LeTort Spring Run, or Big Spring Creek in Cumberland Valley. With many great options to choose from, it’s difficultto choose just one favorite fishing spot. The world-renowned limestone stream, Yellow Breeches Creek in Michaux State Forest, is famous for stocked brown trout. Many anglers prefer to fish at Allenberry Resort, where there is ample parking on the opposite side of the creek, easily accessible waters, and the beautiful backdrop of the Allenberry grounds.

Hiking in the Lehigh Valley

Lace up your hiking shoes and hit the trails with your dad! Whether you prefer to walk, run, or bike, the trails of Lehigh Valley offer a variety of terrains — setting the pace for any level of activity. Explore Henry’s Woods, an old growth forest within Jacobsburg State Park; bike along the Ironton Rail Trail, where you’ll get a glimpse of the cement kilns at Saylor Park; or make your way along the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Aronimik Golf Club, Newtown Square

Hit the greens at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square. Featuring 300 scenic acres full of fresh air and relaxation, the challenging course was designed by one of America's foremost golf architects: Donald Ross. Serenely nestled amidst rolling hills e, the Aronimink Golf Club will host the BMW Championship in 2018.

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