We don't need a dedicated day to honor Dad, but when it comes up each year, we take advantage of it. There's no shortage of things to eat, do, see and drink in and around Newport this year with the man who means the most. From outdoor barbecues to rooftop Bloody Mary bars and dedicated harbor cruises, these special happenings are the perfect way to spoil Dad on his special day.
SIP A BLOODY MARY ON HOTEL VIKING'S ROOFTOP
BLOODY MARY BAR
Bonding is usually done best when there's libations involved. If dad is more low key and would prefer to sit and relax, you'll want to head up to Top of Newport, Hotel Viking's rooftop bar. They'll provide the fixings, you do the mixing. Concoct the perfect Bloody Mary blending vodka with any combination of celery salt, celery stalks, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, horseradish, assorted hot sauces, olives and black pepper. Mixing begins at 2:00 PM and goes through 5:00 PM. Learn more.
SAVOR ALL THE FIXINGS AT MOUNT HOPE FARM
FATHER'S DAY BARBECUE
Celebrate Dad in a grand way this Father's Day with a family-style BBQ at Mount Hope Farm, the 12-acre national historic site located in Bristol. Savor Cajun fried turkey, beef sliders, wood smoked chicken, pork ribs, salads, and a summer shortcake bar. Festivities begin at 1:00 PM through 4:00 PM. Adults: $35, Kids: $18. Learn more.
KICK BACK WITH WINE & LIVE MUSIC
NEWPORT VINEYARDS CONCERT SERIES
Newport Vineyards presents their live music series among the vines. If Dad is a wine guy, he'll love sipping their locally crafted wine during a wine tasting, or indulging in a glass while sitting outside on the patio with lawn games like corn hole and a perfect view of the rolling vines. All music is offered 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Learn more.
HAVE A SHUCKING GOOD TIME
BRISTOL OYSTER FESTIVAL
Head to Bristol with your favorite guy for a day of 6+ varieties of oysters, live shucking demonstrations, music, silent auction and food trucks. Hosted by Dewolf Tavern, the Bristol Oyster Festival benefits the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies by providing educational resources on baby health, pregnancy, preconception and new motherhood. The free festival is held 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Learn more.
ENGAGE HIS INNER EXPLORER
Show appreciation for Dad by honoring him with two of life's greatest joys: Beer and harbor cruises! Enjoy a leisurely sail around Newport Harbor aboard the 80-foot pilot schooner, Adirondack II. A smooth, gentle sailing vessel with some speediness to boot, the Adirondack II offers a comfortable ride both brisk and invigorating. Learn more.
If Dad is an adventurer at heart, then you'll be right on track at Rail Explorers. These pedal-powered rail bikes offers an unforgettable scenic ride along historic Aquidneck Island and spectacular Narragansett Bay on custom built pedal-powered vehicles. Explorer rail bikes have four steel wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, pedals for each seat, and are comfortable, fun and easy to ride. You'll bond while pedaling in tandem among some of Aquidneck Island's most scenic sights. Learn more.
BOND AMONG THE ARTS
No matter Dad's interests, we've got a museum for it. Below are just a few ideas, but feel free to click here and explore the wide variety of museums our seaside city has to offer.
AUDUBON ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER
If Dad is a nature junkie, then this is a must add to your Father's Day itinerary. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island in Bristol is Rhode Island's largest nature center and aquarium. Hike the preserve trails, bird watch, or simple enjoy the area's natural ambiance and serenity together. Learn more.
NEWPORT CAR MUSEUM
Recently opened in Portsmouth, Newport Car Museum houses a private collection of 50 automobiles that highlight six decades of modern industrial automotive design. Plus, six driving simulators and a collection of of mid-century modern furniture by iconic designers. Learn more.
AUDRAIN AUTO MUSEUM
The Audrain Auto Museum located on historic Bellevue Avenue, boasts a collection of more than 160 of the rarest and most remarkable automobiles in history, and houses fully restored vehicles ranging from the beginning of the 20th Century to modern day. If Dad's a car enthusiast, he's sure to love their current exhibit: Drop Dead Drop Tops -- a display of incredible two seated convertibles from 1930 to today. Learn more.
HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM
Located on Narragansett Bay in Bristol, the Herreshoff Marine Museum is the perfect place for Dad if he's a marine lover. Tour exhibits about the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, the America’s Cup and the fabulous people and yachts that gained fame around the world. Learn more.
INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME
The International Tennis Hall of Fame, also located on historic Bellevue Avenue, features a newly renovated museum, historic grass tennis courts and an indoor tennis facility. If Dad loves tennis, take him through the museum, which houses nearly 2000 objects Hall of Fame's collection of more than 25,000 artifacts and hundreds of thousands of images, videos, and publications. Learn more.