The sun is shining, temperatures are climbing and flowers (and allergies) are blooming. All signs that summer is on its way. That also means it's almost time for Father's Day celebrations. Now, I'm sure dad loves all of those ties and #1 Dad mugs you've bought him through the years, but maybe it's time to step up your game. Here are a few things you can do with your dad, in and around Providence, that will put all those ties to shame.

Relax on a Boat Tour

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What better gift for your post-quarantine life dad? Take a narrated daytime tour or sunset cruise with the Providence River Boat Company through the Providence River, RiverWalk, Waterplace Park and Providence Harbor. Better yet, you can BYOB. For safety, there are capacity limits and other restrictions apply, so make your reservations soon. Find out more >

Jump Into Some Virtual Reality

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If dad's a video game lover, you will definitely win some brownie points with this! Book some time at Base Station VR Lounge and let dad fight off zombies, become Spiderman, defeat robot invaders, and so much more, all in 3D. Private appointments only, and other restrictions and precautions may apply. Find out more >

Take Dad on a Guided Kayak Tour

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Whether your dad is an avid kayaker or just loves to try new things, a Providence Kayak Company tour or rental is a fun way to get out and enjoy the day together. Some new safety guidelines include booking ahead of time and wearing a face mask on the docks. Find out more >

Enjoy a Meal To Go

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If dad would rather relax and stay home, grab him a meal to go from one of the yummy local restaurants offering takeout and delivery. Some restaurant ideas include family favorites like Cassarino's, Luigi's and Caserta Pizzeria, or something a little more upscale like Camille's or The Capital Grille. Find out more >

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