Father's Day in Erie: 7 Ideas to Make the Weekend Special

Plus support local businesses!

By Kara Murphy June 14, 2023

Father's Day is Sunday.

Father's Day is SUNDAY?!?

Yep. But don't panic. We have 7 Erie-centric ideas on how to make him feel as special as he is.

1. Splash around at Splash Lagoon

On Father's Day, dads get in free with any paid full price admission at Splash Lagoon!

2. Throw an axe

Dads throw free at Stumpy's from 2-6 p.m. on Father's Day. (Kids must be 13 to throw axes.)

3. See the hot air balloons in Meadville

The annual Thurston Classic takes place June 15-18. On Sunday, the race begins at 7 a.m. Sunday so get up bright and early for some unforgettable views of beautiful hot air balloons, then head to brunch after!  

4. Go on a guided tour of Goodell Gardens

Have a dad who loves to garden? Head to the beautiful Goodell Gardens for a FREE guided garden tour Sunday. 

5. Go on a road trip

We have 50 ideas for great road trips dad — and the rest of the family! — will love. All within a two-hour drive of Erie.

6. Kayak the lagoons

 Meet at the lagoon boat launch Saturday, June 19 for an ecotour of the lagoons. Bring your own kayak or rent one from the concession. The program is free of charge; rental fees apply. Register by June 17. Get more information here.

7. Enjoy half-price admission at the Erie Zoo

Dads can enjoy half-price admission on Father's Day at the Erie Zoo.