Every year my kids ask me what I want for Father's Day and I very seldom come up with anything except golf balls.  So this year I've got a list compliments of our good friend Sarah Koupal from the West Michigan Tourist Association.

Father's Day in West Michigan 2015

West Michigan - Dad may not admit to it, but he looks forward to being spoiled on Father’s Day each year! Surprise Dad with something new this year on Father’s Day, whether it’s a day out with the family, an all-day fishing trip, or a visit to his favorite West Michigan brewery.   Ideas for an Outdoorsy Dad   Leelanau Adventures If you know a Dad who loves the great outdoors, consider booking him a trip through Leelanau Adventures this Father’s Day! They specialize in guided tours of the lesser known spots in Sleeping Bear Dunes and Manitou Island, National Lakeshore, Michigan, with intimate guided day hikes, backpacking and camping adventures. Consider booking a Father/Son backpacking trip on North Manitou island for some real bonding time and a trip Dad will never forget! Find more information on all the Leelanau Adventures on their website.   Veni Vidi Fishi, Holland Treat Dad to a day of Salmon fishing on Lake Michigan this Father’s Day! Bring Dad aboard Veni Vidi Fishi and join in the fun and adventure of reeling in Lake Michigan’s bounty of Salmon, Lake Trout, and Steelhead! Captains Jeff and Karel have more than 30 years of experience fishing on Lake Michigan. Veni Vidi Fishi is a spacious, 36-foot Tiara – impeccably maintained and fully outfitted for fishing on Lake Michigan. They have morning and evening charters available May through October, departing from Holland. Call before June 21, 2015 and mention the Father’s Day Special and receive $50 off a half-day fishing charter. Gift certificates available.   Treetops Resort, Gaylord Treetops celebrates Father’s Day 2105 with the Father Son/Daughter Classic golf tournament June 21 – 23. There is no better gift than time well spent together and they’re thrilled to announce this is the third year of this event and any father and child may participate. Variations can be made to compete with multiple children. The cost is $559 per team includes 45 holes of tournament golf (including a Shootout on the famed Threetops course), 2 nights lodging in the Inn or Chalets, Golf Clinic & Skills Contests, 2 breakfasts for each player, 1 lunch for each player and prizes. Additional players are $159. The deadline to register is June 15th. As an additional bonus, Sunday, June 21 you can enjoy unlimited practice rounds complimentary to registered players. The Treetops Spa has created specials just for Dad starting at just $30. For more information and to sign-up, email kmckinley@treetops.com or call (844) 368-6557   Red Moose Lodge, Baldwin If your dad loves to fish, treat him to a guided day of fishing on the Baldwin River with Red Moose Lodge! On their guided trips, you will be educated about all facets of fly-fishing, and supplied with the best opportunity at a trophy fish, all during a great and safe experience on the river. All gear, tackle and transportation will be provided. They offer fishing trips for Steelhead, Salmon, Rainbow, Brown and Brook Trout, Pike, Walleye and Bass. Get all the details on their website: http://www.redmooselodge.com/ca_guide/index.htm   Ideas for Father’s Day Family Outings   River Country Chamber, Newaygo Looking for something fun & exciting for dad on Father’s Day?  The annual Father’s Day Fly In will be held at the White Cloud Airport and will feature a pancake breakfast from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Bring your family for breakfast; Scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, potatoes, fruit, coffee & Juice. Breakfast $6.00; Dads $3.00; Kids under 3 and Pilots eat for free. Additionally the 2nd Annual Father’s Day Cruz In  Car Show  is back again this year from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm. There will be many cars and trucks on hand for you to see. For more information call 231-652-3068 or check the website www.rivercountrychamber.com   Coldwater Country, Branch County Father’s Day is the perfect time to hop on the rails and take a ride on the Little River Railroad in Coldwater Country. Dad is certain to enjoy the hour and a half ride from Coldwater to Quincy and back, aboard the antique steam locomotive. Father’s ride free on June 21st. Coldwater Country is located 40 minutes south of Lansing at the intersection of I-69 and U.S. 12 Heritage Route. It is a great place to spend time, offering a bit of country, near the city. For additional information on these ideas and more, visit www.ColdwaterCountry.com.   Catch Air, Grand Rapids Catch Air in Grand Rapids is the perfect place for a family outing this Father’s Day! Designed for kids ages 10 and under (along with their parents), Catch Air features areas to play, dance, bounce, climb, and more! The kids are sure to love it, and Dad’s sure to love the Father’s Day Special of 25% off walk-in admission!   GRAM, Grand Rapids Admission is free for all dads on Father’s Day at the GRAM! Celebrate dad this Father’s Day with a trip to GRAM! Bring your dad, granddad, or kids and enjoy free admission for all fathers. Hours on Sunday, 21st are 12pm-5pm. For more information, please contact Guest Services at 616.831.1000.   White Lake Area The 37th Annual White Lake Area Arts & Crafts Festival is expected to draw thousands of people this Father’s Day weekend, June 20 and 21, 2015. Goodrich Park in Whitehall is home of this favorite festival. More than 75 talented and creative artists will participate in this very popular juried art show. Learn More   Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Grand Rapids Celebrate Dad with a day of play this Father’s Day! Dads get free admission on Father’s Day, noon-5:00 Sunday, June 21st. Enjoy big city fun in a kid size way in their newest exhibit, Little GR, now open at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum! Join them in the Lab 9:30-4:00 every Wednesday and Friday to experiment, explore, and discover with messy sensory play!  Every Lab offers something new!  Included with general museum admission.   Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon Free tours of the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons are being offered to fathers who visit the site on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21. The restored homes of Muskegon’s most famous lumber barons, Charles H. Hackley and Thomas Hume, are two of the finest examples of Queen Anne Style Victorian homes in the country. Built in the late 1800s, they feature lavish woodcarvings, stenciling, stained glass windows, and period furnishings.   Visitors will begin their tour in the City Barn where an Introductory Video welcomes them and provides them with an overview of the Museum sites along with the history of the Hackley and Hume site, the lumber barons, and the lumbering era. The gallery also includes an exhibit about the lumbering area and a replica of the Hackley and Hume Lumber Company. The site, located at 484 W. Webster Ave., is open Thursday through Monday from 10 am to 4 pm. On Sundays, the site is open from 1 to 4 pm.  The nearby Fire Barn Museum and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era share the same hours as the Hackley & Hume Site. They are located just a block away on Clay Avenue.   Food and Drink for Dad   Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids For the dad that loves beer and music, Founders Fest 2015 is on June 20th in Grand Rapids. Would make for a fun, non traditional event for a dad that loves beer and music! Featuring local music and locally-brewed beer, this is Founders Brewing Company’s biggest party of the year!   Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids Father’s Day kicks off Smoke Week at Brewery Vivant! Coming back for its fourth consecutive year, the greatest week of the year: It’s BV‘s Smoke Week. Their kitchen staff throws down with some delectable smokehouse specials the week of June 21-28. Bring Dad to get first bites on Sunday June 21 and come back throughout the week to try a variety of smoked meats, chicken dishes, and vegetables– this is what Summer is all about. They’re getting out theirr grill and infusing some smoked goodness into the menu. Celebrate summer & fathers with us!   Burgdorf’s Winery, Haslett Father’s Day is the perfect time to give your Dad “A Moment in Wine” at Burgdorf’s Winery in Haslett, Michigan! Bring Dad to Burgdorf’s on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21st and he will receive a free wine tasting! At Burgdorf’s Winery he will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a sampling of award winning, delicious wines.Burgdorf’s Winery 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 5635 Shoeman Rd., Haslett (517) 655-2883.   Michigan Grape and Wine Council Michigan wineries invite you to join them for special events on Father’s Day weekend. Treat Dad to a day at the beach at the 10th Annual Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival June 20. Enjoy award-winning, locally grown and produced wines, local cuisine and live music throughout the day. The Summer Solstice Release Party June 20-21 is a self-driving tour of the wineries of the Pioneer Wine Trail featuring a new release wine pairing with food prepared by a local chef or restaurant. Join northern Michigan wineries for the 7th annual Traverse City Wine & Art Festival at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons on June 20 to celebrate regional wine, food and culture of northern Michigan. More than 200 local wines, 8 great restaurants, 40 fine artists and 7 musical performances all in one location!   Grand Traverse Distillery, Grand Rapids and Traverse City With Father’s Day just around the corner why not treat dad to a spirited gift from the Grand Traverse Distillery? Besides their award winning lineup of locally sourced “Grain to Bottle” vodkas, whiskies, gin and rum, they also offer a complete line of bar glasses, flasks, mixers and even mini aging barrels to create your own whiskey at home. How cool is that? So forget the tie and stop by one of Grand Traverse Distillery’s tasting rooms (Grand Rapids) (Traverse City) for a real “Pure Michigan” experience. Use code {Dad} and get 10% off all non-alcohol purchases.   Port City Princess, Muskegon Treat Dad to a Father’s Day Brunch unlike any other afloat on Lake Michigan with the Port City Princess in Muskegon! Their Father’s Day Champagne Brunch runs from 12pm until 2pm and includes a scenic cruise on the lake. Dad gets his ticket for half price! Reservations are required and may be made at 1-800-853-6311.   Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Dad   Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City Visit the Museum Store at Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City and check out the collection of tool-related gifts that are perfect for Father’s Day! These tool-themed gifts were stocked in conjunction with the exhibition ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, which ended on May 17. From now until they’re gone, all exhibition-related items are 30% off (excluding consignment pieces). The Store is open during Museum hours, or visit their website for online shopping.   Chocolates By Grimaldi, Grand Haven Chocolates by Grimaldi in Grand Haven will be hosting a Dear ‘ol Dad Event on Saturday, June 20 from 10am-1pm in their store and chocolate factory. All ages are welcome to create a card at their card making station and sample free chocolate, all while shopping for the perfect gift to make Dad feel special! Give Dad the gift he will truly love: Locally Made Chocolate!   Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners Does the Dad on your list this year for Father’s Day already have everything he could possibly need? Then get him a gift of an experience he won’t ever forget – the chance to drive a Model T at the Gilmore Car Museum! Send him back to driver’s training “old school” style where he’ll learn how to drive Ford’s famous Model T on the Gilmore Car Museum’s beautiful 90-acre historic campus! For available class dates and more information, please visit http://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/education/model-t-driving-school!

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