June 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM ET
You could give dad another tie or splurge on a six-pack of socks for Father’s Day on Sunday, but he’d probably rather go somewhere with you on a fun adventure.
Many zoos, including those in Pittsburgh, Tampa and Atlanta, welcome dads for free on Father’s Day as do many museums and attractions such as Seattle’s Museum of Flight, Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas and Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, where dads will also get a free gift and a free lesson in playing the jaw harp or a tin whistle. (Many free admission offers are 2-for-1, so don’t chintz out and try to send dad through the turnstile alone.)
In Spokane, Wash., tours of the restored home of Father’s Day founder Sonora Smart Dodd, known as “The Mother of Father’s Day,” will be offered on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org for address and details). At George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens near Alexandria, Va., a man portraying General Washington will be on hand throughout the weekend to greet visitors, pose for photos and share his thoughts and advice on being a husband, stepfather and, of course, the Father of our Country. This weekend, modern-day fathers who purchase a ticket to the Mount Vernon estate will also get free admission to the George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, three miles down the road.
Feed dad for free
Many restaurants have planned special Father’s Day brunch menus and some eateries will feed your dad for free.
On Sunday, dads dining at any of the 10 Smith & Wollensky Restaurants across the country will receive complimentary sleeves of special edition golf balls (while supplies last). Most TCBY shops will give dads a free frozen yogurt, and IKEA stores will treat dads to a free breakfast and a complimentary cup of coffee (until 11 a.m.). And if you say “BFD” (“burger for dad”) out loud when you order, your dad will be served a free 1/3 pound burger at The Counter restaurants.
Father’s Day hotel deals
It’s not too late to take advantage of some of the specials and packages hotels have created to pamper your pop.
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