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 outdoor loving 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. Space is limited, 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 him fight off zombies, become a ninja, defeat robot invaders, and so much more, all in 3D. Reservations must be made in advance. Find out more >

Take Dad on a Guided Kayak Tour

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. You'll need to book your rental ahead of time online. Find out more >

Dine Out With Dad


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Treat dad to a tasty meal at one of the many yummy local restaurants in the Providence area. Some restaurant ideas include family favorites like Cassarino's, Luigi's and Providence Coal Fired Pizza, or something a little more upscale like Camille's or The Capital GrilleFind out more >

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