Father's Day in California

Father and Daughter at La Jolla Cove
©2006 Betsy Malloy Photography

In the United States, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. If you're looking for something to honor good ol' Dad that goes beyond the boring pair of socks, wallet or gift card, then these ideas may help, whether you're planning a few hours or an entire weekend.

Family Get-Togethers for Father's Day in California

If Dad is the family get-together kinda guy, rent a vacation home and get the whole clan together, whether they're related to you by blood or just your closest friends. Try Pine Mountain Lake near Groveland and Yosemite National Park, Irish Beach just south of Mendocino, or Dillon Beach north of San Francisco.

Father's Day Weekend Getaways

If you can get away for a whole weekend to celebrate good ol' Dad, these are a few of the best places to do it:

  • Catalina Island: Whether Dad wants to be active or chill out, he'll find a place to do it here. Send him ziplining down a mountain, snorkeling in the harbor, or just let him chill out on the beach.
  • Morro Bay: It's one of California's most family-friendly destinations with lots of water activities, shopping - and reasonably-priced lodging. The whole family could go kayaking, or watch the sea otters in the kelp.
  • Point Reyes and West Marin: An excellent getaway for an active family, with hiking, beaches, kayaking, and magnificent scenery.
  • Santa Barbara: No matter how old you and your father are, you'll find something that suits you in Santa Barbara. It's an especially good place for history-loving dads, who will enjoy the old Spanish mission and the military barracks downtown.
  • Yosemite: Voted one of the best places in California for family vacations by Tripsavvy readers and many other publications. Take Dad for a hike or just a walk through the valley floor.

Taking Dad Out for a Father's Day Ride

Some dads are train buffs. How about a ride on one?

If Dad is more of a ship kinda guy, try the USS Hornet in Oakland, the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien in San Francisco, or the USS Midway in San Diego.

Los Angeles, California Father's Day Weekend Ideas

San Diego, California Father's Day Weekend Ideas

San Francisco, California Father's Day Weekend Ideas

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