If you’re willing to think outside the box, tons of father-daughter activities can serve up a dual dose of girl-glee and dad-delight to your bonding time, no matter your locale or lifestyle.
If you’re an Outdoorsy Dad, pack a picnic and head to your local zoo or botanical garden. Just north of downtown Atlanta is the picturesque Atlanta Botanical Garden. Chase butterflies, learn about the environment, and, when your tummy starts growling, unpack lunch at nearby Piedmont Park. In the winter, the park is home to an ice skating rink, which makes it a great place to visit year round.
For the Geek Dads, take a trip to Las Vegas’ Pinball Hall of Fame. This nonprofit establishment is dedicated to all things pinball. About 250 machines are on hand, and at one or two quarters a game, this is an epically cheap date.
If you’re a proud Nerd Dad, try hitting up a science or history museum like Chicago’s Field Museum, which is home to Sue. She’s 67 million years old, 42 feet long and the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered. You can spend hours exploring the exhibits and not even scratch the surface. This is a father-daughter activity you can revisit month after month, since there is so much to experience.
Are you a Punk Dad? Then a music festival is the perfect place for some father-daughter time. Austin Kiddie Limits at the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival is for kids of all ages. As dad is rocking out, daughters can check out the painting booths, hip-hop workshops, pottery classes and rock-star hair and makeup stations. As an added bonus, kids under 10 are free with a parent.
How about a trip to a skate park for all you Hipster Dads? Venice Skate Park, in picturesque Venice Beach, Calif., has been named one of the Top 25 skate parks in the United States. You can watch the pros work their magic, take a class or just freestyle with your favorite girl.