7 Outdoor Activities to Do With Dad This Father’s Day

Nicole Fallon

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Father’s Day is just around the corner. Whether or not you're social distancing from the dads and grandfathers in your life, it's the perfect excuse to enjoy the beautiful weather and plan some safe outdoor activities to enjoy as a family. 

Below are some great ideas for outdoor Father's Day activities that allow you and Dad to take in the great outdoors while keeping plenty of space between you.   

1. Bike riding

Pack up your bikes and go for a ride on one of the Twin Cities' many bike trails, which offer both metropolitan and nature views. Catch the sunset on The Chain of Lakes or glide through the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway

2. Hiking

Spend some quality time with Dad and explore stunning nature views by going on a hike on one of Minneapolis’ trails. From one-mile loops to 18-mile excursions, there’s a path for every level of hiking experience. 

3. Fishing on Lake Minnetonka

There's perhaps no more time-honored tradition than sitting on a boat and going fishing with your dad. Grab the fishing rods, pick out your bait, and wake up at sunrise for a day of fishing on Lake Minnetonka. 

It's important to note that, while fishing has been allowed under the Stay Safe MN Order, you should always keep a safe distance of six feet away from anyone who's not a member of your immediate household. All 2020 fishing license requirements are still in effect, so be sure to apply for one online or by phone if you need one. Check the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources COVID-19 page for more information. 

4. Visiting the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Home to more than 500 plant species and 130 bird species, the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary is a fun way to spend an afternoon, discovering new birds and flowers with your dad. While operations have been modified for 2020 and the Visitor Center is closed, the Garden is still open to household groups of 10 or fewer, with staggered entry time between groups. 

5. Beach day in Eden Prairie

While Minneapolis public beaches are closed for the summer, nearby Eden Prairie’s playgrounds and beaches have just reopened, staffed with lifeguards. Soak up some sun on the sand or swim in the lake. 

6. Picnic in the park

Surprise dad by packing up his favorite foods and taking him on a picnic in one of Minneapolis’ beautiful parks. Bring a frisbee or baseball for a game of catch and a comfy lawn chair so dad can take a quick nap. Want to supplement your picnic lunch with some bite-sized appetizers or desserts? Order a pack of sweet or savory Cookie Cups to take with you! 

If you are planning to visit a public park or trail, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board has set forth the following social distancing guidelines: 

  • Follow CDC's guidance on personal hygiene before visiting.
  • Observe six feet of distance from others not from your household at all times.
  • Be prepared for limited access to public restrooms and water fountains.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass them.
  • Don't visit if you are feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. 

7. Backyard camping

Want to enjoy the great outdoors a little closer to home? Why not set up a campground right in your own backyard? Grab the tent, sleeping bags, and lanterns and plan some fun campfire meals and outdoor activities to enjoy as a family. You can check out our guide to planning your backyard camping trip here

Looking for a sweet or savory treat for Dad this Father’s Day? The Cookie Cups bakeries are now open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm! We also offer delivery and pickup options. Contact us or click here to place an online order.

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