Your Guide to Local Father's Day Gifts

Treat dad to the best that Delaware has to offer.


From Little League coach to personal handyman, dad does it all. Want to do something special for him this Father’s Day? Check out the suggestions below for gifts and activities he’s sure to adore.

For the outdoorsman

Head to Delaware Seashore State Park for some fresh air and high-quality time together. Campsites can be reserved online; fishing with a permit is allowed on the park’s banks and beaches.

25039 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach, 19971, 227-2800

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For the golfer

Heritage Shores’s 7,005-yard golf course in Bridgeville offers five tee options, plus golf lessons and clinics.

1 Heritage Shores Circle, Bridgeville, 19933, 337-9926

For the history buff

Take dad on the Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area‘s Discover Battery 519 tour on Saturday, June 17, from 11 a.m.–noon or 2–3 p.m. (Guided tours are also available year-round.)

15099 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes, DE 19958, 644-5007

For the passionate cook or aspiring chef 

Treat dad to a cooking lesson hosted by chef Mark Eastman of Chefs’ Haven in Hockessin. He’ll be inspired to make his own Father’s Day meal after attending the Men’s Grilling Night (Thursday, June 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.)!

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1304 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 19707, 302-234-2040

For the thrill seeker

Challenge dad to a paintballing game at Paintball Action Games in Newark (rates start at $35), or spend an afternoon go-karting at Midway Speedway Park in Rehoboth.

Paintball Action Games, 3110 Old County Rd., Newark, 19702, 234-1735

Midway Speedway Park, 18645 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth, 19971, 644-2042

For the sports fanatic

Bring dad to watch the Wilmington Blue Rocks take on the Salem Red Sox on Father’s Day (Saturday, June 18) at 1:35 p.m.

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801 Shipyard Dr., Wilmington, 19801, 888-2015

For the music lover

Is your old man always cranking tunes? Consider purchasing him a day pass to the Firefly Music Festival (June 15–18) in Dover. Headliners include Muse, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, TwentyOne Pilots and even Bob Dylan and His Band. Passes start at $89. 

1131 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 19901, 855-281-4898

For the automobile enthusiast

Wilmington & Western Railroad’s Father’s Day special features a 90-minute train ride and picnic. (Tickets range from $12–$14 and can be reserved online or in person.) If browsing is more his style, head to the Brookside Spring Car and Truck Show in Newark on June 17 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.  

Wilmington & Western Railroad, 2201 Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington, 19808, 998-1930

Brookside Spring Car and Truck Show, 390 East Chestnut Hill Road, Newark, 19713, 908-296-9113

For the distillery devotee

Painted Stave Distilling offers distillery tours along with tastings for just $12 per person. Designated drivers and those under 21 can tour the facility for free. Reservations are not required but recommended.

106 W Commerce St., Smyrna, 19977, 653-6834

For the fashion-forward father

Dad is always treating everyone else in his life—why not spoil him with a stylish wardrobe addition? You can’t go wrong with a snazzy tie from Carltons or a custom shirt from Wright & Simon.

31 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 19971, 227-7990

911 N. Market St., Wilmington, 19801, 658-7345

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