What to Do on Father's Day 2014

Need ideas for Father’s Day? You’ve come to the right place

Whether your ol’ man prefer an adventurous ride on a historic biplane, a relaxing day at the ballgame, or a long hike through the mountains, the Valley offers tons of activities available throughout the weekend. And be sure not to miss the Father’s Day Parade, which kicks off on Saturday at noon from downtown Poughkeepsie.

Saturday, June 14

If your dad is a classy sipper:
The Hudson Valley Wine Market hosts various local wineries (such as 2013 Best of The Hudson Valley winners Applewood Winery and Millbrook Winery) at their Wine Farmers’ Market. Located along the Hudson Valley Wine trail and scenic byway in Gardiner, guests sample culinary creations from nearby LunaGrown and Tantillo’s Farm.
1 p.m.-4 p.m. Gardiner; www.hudsonvalleywinemarket.com/wine-farmers-market

If your dad is a high-flier:
Dads searching for a unique view of the Valley need not look any further — the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome kicks off its season this weekend, offering all fathers admission and a historic biplane ride for $85. This includes access to the museum as well as admission to the air show.
Sat., June 14 and Sun., June 15. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., airshows start at 2 p.m. Rhinebeck; www.oldrhinebeck.org

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If your dad loves the great outdoors:
For one of its Family Weekends, the Frost Valley YMCA invites fathers to get down and dirty with classes in hiking, climbing, archery, primitive skills, canoeing, ziplining, an adventure course, and sports and games. Claryville; www.frostvalley.org

Hilltop Hanover Farm hosts naturalist Wilson Chang to lead a two-hour trek through Westchester. Teaching as he goes, hikers will learn about local flora and fauna.
10 a.m. Yorktown Heights; www.hilltophanoverfarm.org

If your dad is a thrill-seeker:
Got a need for speed? The Poughkeepsie Raceway offers cart racing on New York State’s fastest 1/5 mile asphalt track. Be sure to bring your cheering section along: spectators often have as much fun as the drivers.
Open 10 a.m. on Sat., June 14 and 8 a.m. on Sun., June 15. Poughkeepsie; www.poughkeepsieraceway.com

Sunday, June 15

If your dad is a sports fa​n:
The Hudson Valley Renegades hosts fathers and their families for the “Like Father Like Sun Days” game against the Aberdeen IronBirds this Sunday. The first 1,000 receive a free grill set, and lovable mascot Rascal the Raccoon will be on hand for pictures and cuddles for the whole family.
Gates open at 3:30 p.m., game begins at 5:05 p.m. Wappingers Falls; www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t537

If your dad is jumpy:
Bounce! Sports, Poughkeepsie’s own trampoline park, offers dads free admission this Father’s Day.
Poughkeepsie; www.bounceonit.com/poughkeepsie

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…And if your dad really does like brunch:
The Rhinecliff Hotel and Restaurant hosts its Father’s Day brunch buffet, complete with tunes by jazz vocalist and guitarist Perry Beekman. Their à la carte dinner offers a special Father’s Day menu.
Brunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner 5-9 p.m. Rhinecliff; www.therhinecliff.com

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