June 15th is rapidly approaching and just like most people, you are most likely trying to decide how to honor dad on his special day. You can take him out to eat and catch the latest summer blockbuster film or you can really show him how special he is by planning a family outing that’s a little less ordinary. We’ve rounded up five family-friendly activities that will surely put a smile on dad’s face. And if you need more inspiration, check out more unique outing ideas listed here.
8380 S.H. 121
Frisco, TX 75034
www.dallas.iflyworld.comNot only will dad have a phenomenal time floating around in iFly’s vertical wind tunnel, but the entire family, even as young as three years old, will also enjoy the safe experience of skydiving without having to jump from a plane. Flight packages start at $59.95 and include everything you need to get your feet off the ground. Have a large family? Get a family package for $269 that includes 10 single- or five double-length flights for five people. IFLY will even throw in a DVD of your session so you can cherish the memories for years to come.
Texas Motor Speedway
3545 Lone Star Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76177
www.teamtexas.comWhile only those over the age of 16 can ride along in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race car, the entire family can experience some adrenaline-pumping action by taking a few thrilling laps around the Speedway in a NASCAR Sprint Cup limousine. The ride operates one weekend each month and is open to all ages from one to 92. You can catch one of the rides on Father’s Day from 8:30 to 11 a.m. or from 1 to 3:30 p.m.— and don’t worry about scheduling, just show up and pay $16 per person.
101 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
www.skylinetrapeze.comIf you’re looking for something truly unique, why not take dad out for a flying leap? Skyline Trapeze training center offers adults and kids two-hour high-flying adventures over the Dallas skyline. Afraid of heights? No problem, the trapeze rig is fully fitted with safety lines and flyers are hooked up to safety harnesses. Don’t worry about knowing what to do, the staff is there to help each step of the way. Ages eight and up can soar through the air with a two-hour class for $50, while the younger ones can experience the freedom of flying with a 15-minute trial swing.
4401 T W King Road
Southlake, TX 76092
www.marshallcreekranch.comSaddle up and head out on a family ride through 12,000 acres of lush and varied terrain around Lake Grapevine. Adults and kids ages seven and over can channel their inner cowboy on a variety of trails, and kids ages three to six can also hoof it up by riding along with one of the female wranglers. Whether you’re amateur riders or natural-born jockeys, there’s a trail ride that’s suited for you. Excursions start at $50 per person for 90 minutes. Time slots book up quickly, so be sure and reserve in advance.
www.urbanadventurequest.comIf dad likes solving puzzles, then he’ll enjoy a day out with the family on a giant scavenger hunt around Dallas or Fort Worth. With the company’s web-based software and a smart phone or tablet, participants set off on an adventure to find hidden clues and complete various challenges. It’s not only a great way to explore a city at your own pace, it’s also an affordable way to spend the afternoon together having an absolute blast. Tours cost $49 for groups of up to five participants, however, you can find it for less by searching various websites, including the company’s homepage. Not sure if your family is up to the challenge? Play it online or on your mobile device for free to see.
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