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Best Unique Father’s Day Outings In DFW

June 12, 2012 5:00 AM

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Gift-giving for Father’s Day has evolved a lot since the days of a standard tie followed by a cook-out. Modern-day dads are more into style and adventures, so if you are looking for a unique idea for a last minute gift, this list should give you some more unconventional ideas.
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Cavanaugh Flight Museum
4572 Claire Chennault
Addison, TX  75001
(972) 380-8800
www.cavanaughflightmuseum.comGive your dad a thrill ride to remember this Father’s Day. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum located at Addison Airport will fly you and your dad around high above the skyline. Choose from a trip in a bomber, like the Boeing Stearman, a trainer, such as the Douglas AD-5 Skyraider, a North American fighter plane or even a helicopter. The classic plane of your dad’s choice will take you on a fantastic ride over the North Texas area and will definitely be a gift he will remember.  Last minute shopping is made easy, because Cavanaugh Flight Museum allows you to buy gift certificates online. Even better, if you dad is no stranger to “warbird” aircrafts, the museum offers a 10 percent discount for military.

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Cowboy Cool
3699 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX  75204
(214) 521-4500
www.cowboycool.comIf your father dresses more like Johnny Depp than Ward Cleaver, then Cowboy Cool is the place to set you up with a stylish fashion accessory that your dad will enjoy for years to come. Heath Calhoun and his crew work with specialty artisans so they can offer their clientele memorable buckles that have been cast in a solid sterling silver to ensure they will wear and age beautifully. Cowboy Cool is located in the West Village, but be sure to get your last-minute shopping in on Saturday. Sunday is the one day Cowboy Cool is closed, as that’s the day Heath takes off to ride Harley-Davidson around Texas.

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Dallas Zoo
Cathering Colcer
650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E)
Dallas, TX 75203
(773) 870-5311
dallaszooed.comIf you’re a mom shopping for her husband this Father’s Day, then he and the kids might enjoy taking advantage of the Dallas Zoo’s unique opportunity: overnight with the animals. The overnight specials begin in the early evening with a one-of-a-kind, after-hours tour of the zoo that includes live animal encounters and Monorail Safari tour. There are a host of overnight sleeping options. Try bedding down in the African Safari exhibit, which allows campers to watch elephants, giraffes and more throughout the evening. Or try the Starlight Camp Out where you can bring your own camping gear for the adventurous, outdoorsy dad. Everyone is encouraged to have dinner before arriving; the zoo will provide an evening snack and continental breakfast.

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Top Golf
8787 Park Lane
Dallas, TX  75231
(214) 341-9600
www.topgolf.comTop Golf makes it easy to lose a lot of hours having a good time. If you are taking dad for his first visit, consider getting the TopGolf Playing Card for $40; it includes $50 in game credits and unlimited games (20 balls in every game). While Top Golf does have a putting green, they also offer such perks as TopChip, which has golf balls with microchips that will track the accuracy and distance of dad’s shots and award points for hitting targets up to 250 yards away. TopGolf also has an award-winning 54-hole miniature golf course that is fantastic fun for all age. Wrap up the visit with a stop for some great food and drink in the Top Golf clubhouse.

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Texas Rangers
1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX  76011
(817) 273-5222
texas.rangers.mlb.comWhat’s more all-American than taking dad to a baseball game? When that team is the Texas Rangers, who have had back-to-back seasons going to the World Series, it doesn’t get much better than a day at the ballpark. As luck would have it, the Rangers will be at home against the Houston Astros this Father’s Day weekend. While you are at the ballpark, treat dad to a memorable meal with the 2-foot long, 1-pound hot dog. Granted, this monster dog will set you back a cool $26, but it is more than enough to feed up to four fans, so take the whole family out to the crowd for an unforgettable Father’s Day this year.

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Raine Devries is a 5th generation Dallasite and is well acquainted with the best that the city has to offer. She resides in the Downtown / Deep Ellum area and enjoys being so close to the Arts District, live music venues, and great restaurants. She has a passion for international travel, indie/foreign films, and riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Her work can be found at Examiner.com: http://www.examiner.com/user/2189046
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