If your dad is like my dad, it’s not about gifts — it’s about quality time. There are some great, dad-friendly events happening this weekend. But maybe you want to do something on your own schedule.
Here are five things to do with Dad this Father’s Day that are all about spending time with family — and that take advantage of San Luis Obispo County’s beautiful scenery and outdoor lifestyle.
1. Take him on a hike
Maybe your dad isn’t an avid hiker (mine certainly isn’t), or maybe he’s Mr. Outdoors. We found trails for every type of hiker for our list of the best hikes in SLO County.
My favorite hike with Dad is the Bluff Trail in Montaña de Oro State Park. It’s a nice walk with great views, and we love exploring the tide pools.
2. Crack open a cold one with the pops
Grab some brewskies, and maybe catch a live band. We recommend checking out ManRock in Grover Beach; SLO Brew’s The Rock, the brewery’s new taproom and grill near the San Luis Obispo airport; and BarrelHouse Brewing Co. in Paso Robles, which has a large beer garden.
For Extreme Dads, we recommend Margarita Adventures at Santa Margarita Ranch for six (six!) different ziplines. Soar over a valley crossing and a vineyard, and, as you come down off that adrenaline rush, learn about the ranch’s role as part of the California Missions Trail. Make sure you bring closed-toe shoes.
(There are also ziplines at Lopez Lake in South County.)
4. Tour Hearst Castle
For a laid-back afternoon, the gorgeous, world-renowned Hearst Castle offers multiple tour options for a nice stroll and a bit of history. To buy tickets for a Hearst Castle tour, go to hearst.reserveamerica.com/welcome.do.
For more history, travel a bit farther up the coast and stop by the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse.
5. The beach!
You might have to search for a parking spot and fight some crowds, but it’s a great way to relax with Dad once you’ve got the beach towels down.
(And maybe volunteer to drive, so Dad doesn’t get stressed looking for parking.)