Father’s Day in Des Moines
Father’s Day is a week away, falling on Sunday, June 18 this year. There are several ways to spend the day with your dad in Des Moines, Iowa. We have gathered a list of fun experiences to celebrate Dad and all the other fathers in your life. How are you celebrating Father’s Day in Des Moines? Share with us below!
Take a look at our full event calendar for a ton more ideas.
Does the dad in your life enjoy a thrill? Adventureland is open for the season and is filled with tons of thrilling attractions. Grab the family and enjoy a fun day full of rides. Before you go check out all of our tips and tricks while you are there.
Movie Under the Stars
A bit of a drive from Des Moines, but definitely worth the experience. Grab the entire family, chairs, snacks, and head to a movie under the stars at the Valle Drive-In located in Newton, Iowa. While in the area make sure you buy Dad a brew from a local brewery Gezellig Brewing Company.
Can’t make it to the Valle Drive-In? Take a look at all these wonderful FREE options of outdoor movies throughout the Des Moines community this summer.
Jester Park Miniature Golf
Jester Park in Granger, Iowa is one of our favorite places to play and explore. Not only do they offer tons of hiking opportunities, bison, elk, water play, and more they have a miniature golf course! This fun course is fun for all ages. Grab Dad and challenge him to a round of mini-golf.
Live Outdoor Music
Summertime in Des Moines is full of options for outdoor, live music including Sunday evenings. Do not miss wine and music at Summerset Winery located in Indianola from 2 to 5 p.m. Or head to the new Jamie Hurd Amphitheater in West Des Moines at Raccoon River Park for live music from 6 to 8 p.m.
Take Dad to dinner! Captain Roys offers great food, drink, and a fun atmosphere. Located right on the Des Moines River you may see a few boaters pass by and you are only a few minutes away from the infamous Rocket Slide at Union Park. Maybe Dad will slide down with you.
Family Bike Ride
Stay active this Father’s Day! One of my favorite stretches of bike trail is the Waukee Trailhead to The Handlebar in Dallas Center. The distance is about 6 miles one way and mostly flat. It is the perfect stretch of trail for the entire family. Grab lunch at The Handlebar or Kinship Brewery on your way back.
Take a Dip in the Pool
Take Dad for a splash at the local pool! All Des Moines Parks and Recreation pools offer free admission for dads on Father’s Day.