Jun 08, 2018

‘What Do You Think Dad Would Like for Father’s Day?’

By Alyssa Stutz

Fathers Day

“A ducky.” – Lucy, age 2

“To go on a vacation.” – Braxton, age 4

“A dragon.” – Declan, age 5

“A Frozen puzzle.” – Meredith, age 3

“A new pet.” – Reagan, age 6

While the above ideas are adorable and straight from the heart, you may be looking for some more practical and realistic ways to help you celebrate those dads in your life this month! In case you’re not in the market for a new pet, or you don’t think Dad would appreciate a dragon this year, we’ve rounded up some local ways to celebrate Dad.

Monmouth Racetrack: Treat dad to a day of betting, barbecuing, ice-cold beer and free family entertainment! Reserve a picnic area and bring a charcoal grill or a picnic lunch from Delicious Orchards. Enjoy a beer tasting at the special Father’s Day Beer Garden, dance to live entertainment from Tim McLoone and the Shirleys, and let the kids enjoy free pony rides, bounce houses, and face painters. There is something for everyone when you spend the day at the track!

Red Bank Marina: Start off your morning by heading to the Red Bank Farmer’s Market located in the Galleria. Grab a hot coffee (fresh lemonade for the kids!) and pick up some treats and snacks for later from some of the delicious vendors and food trucks. From there, walk down to the Red Bank Marina for some fun on the water. Rent a motor boat, row boat, or even some kayaks (keep in mind that some rentals do require a boating license) and spend the day celebrating dad on the beautiful Navesink. To end the day, enjoy a relaxing, laid-back, dockside dinner at Boondocks Fishery, where they are offering their famous lobster special all day long. For a dad who loves all things water, this is sure to be the perfect day!

Turkey Swamp Park Fishing Derby: For dads who love the great outdoors, head to Turkey Swamp Park for the 6th annual Freshwater Fishing Derby! This is perfect for fishers both big and small, of all skill levels. Get to the park early to enjoy the scenery, play a game of Frisbee or soccer in one of the open fields, or lace up the boots for a family hike on one of the many trails. Enjoy a packed picnic lunch before heading over to the lake. There you can brush up on your fishing skills during a free fishing clinic offered from 12:30-1:30 p.m., or just come by 2 p.m. to cast the lines and join the competition. Prizes are awarded for longest fish in three categories, but whether you leave with a prize in your hands or not, you’re sure to have a great family day!

Asbury Park Boardwalk and Biergarten: If the dad in your life is anything like the dads most of us know, a day on the boardwalk capped with bratwurst and local craft beers is sure to make his day a good one. One might think a Biergarten isn’t a place for a nice family meal, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! Think open space (so no need for kids to stay in their seats!), live music, friendly people, and course after course of delicious finger food to keep those kiddos busy and content!

However you choose to celebrate Dad this year, whether you are casting a fishing line or raising a cold beer, you’ll be showing Dad that all the love he gives, day in and day out, is appreciated and noticed. Cheers to all you amazing Dads out there – Happy Father’s Day!