8 Birmingham experiences to share with your dad for Father’s Day

Shout out all the dads and father figures. This one’s for y’all. Photo via Railroad Park’s Facebook by @eyesofcorn on Instagram.

Father’s Day is right around the corner and sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to get your dad or father figure in your life. Why not give him the gift of a memorable experience? Here are eight ideas for local experience gifts he won’t forget.

1. Take him fishing

Paddlers from all over the country will come to Alabama for the 650 mile race down the Alabama Scenic River Trail. Photo submitted

The weather is getting warmer. The days are getting longer. What better way to spend some quality time with your dad than casting a line out on the water?

Birmingham has a ton of options for fishing spots. If you’re looking for the ideal location, check out our guide to 10 fishing spots in and around Birmingham.

Before you go, you’re going to need some gear. Whether you’re going the whole 9 yards and purchasing a brand new boat or just need to grab some extra bait, these two local businesses have your fishing essentials.

  • Where: Mark’s Outdoors
  • Address: 1400 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
  • Website | Call | Facebook

2. Give him the gift of music

Whether it’s a show, party, wedding or more, thousands of memories have been created at Iron City. Photo via Iron City on Facebook

Were you raised on Prince and George Micheal? Or was your dad more of a Kenny Rogers kind of guy? Either way, the gift of a concert is priceless.

Even though most concerts have been canceled and we continue to social distance, it’s easy to still support local concert venues such as Iron City and Saturn. Here are a few options:

Is he more into the classical music scene?

Birmingham, Alabama Symphony Orchestra
If you haven’t been to an ASO performance, what are you waiting for? Photo via Alabama Symphony Orchestra

The gift of music is timeless and an easy-way to show the music-lover in your life that you care. The Alabama Symphony Orchestra celebrated its centennial season this year and gift certificates for future performances are available on their website.

3. Keep things simple with a homemade picnic

Birmingham, Wasabi Juan's, sushi, Vulcan
Two Birmingham originals: Vulcan and Wasabi Juan’s LHM Sushi Burrito. Photo by Bham Now

You can’t go wrong with a picnic. It’s low-key, fun and affordable. Usually, if there’s food involved, dad will be happy. Not only can you personalize the menu, but you can have it at his favorite spot in Birmingham.

Never hosted a picnic? It’s okay. Me neither! Luckily, we’ve got the perfect article to help plan the perfect picnic including local shops and restaurants to help pull the whole thing off.

Also, make sure to check out our growing database featuring over 540 local restaurants, bars and businesses offering deals, curbside delivery and more. Whether you’re in the mood for food, drinks or another something sweet, you can find it here.

4. A day on the racetrack

All smiles here. Photo via Porsche Sport Driving School Facebook

Did you know that Birmingham is home to Porsche’s only performance driving school in the U.S.? People from all around the world come to Barber Motorsports Park to experience the thrill of racing.

The Porsche Track Experience takes you through on-track and classroom instruction in the art and science of high-performance driving. Although pricey, this is an experience dad really can’t find anywhere else.

You can learn more about the program here. If this is an experience your dad will love, you can get a gift certificate here.

5. A trip to the Gardens

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The Gardens are finally open again. Photo courtesy of BBG

Birmingham Botanical Gardens just reopened earlier today and we could use some relaxing time to stroll through the gardens right about now.

They’ve updated their hours, implemented some new safety precautions and are ready to welcome y’all back. As always, admission and parking is free.

6. Brewery crawl through Bham

Introducing the Father’s Day lineup. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Father’s Day is a great excuse to let loose. Put on your chauffer hat because you’re the designated driver. Take dad on a tour of Birmingham’s amazing beer scene.

If you need help mapping out all the breweries to visit, we’ve got you covered with a guide to the local spots around town.

7. Grab the gear and let’s go camping

Birmingham, Gearbox Rentals
Family, friends or even by yourself camping is the getaway of all “getaway” vacations. Photo via Gearbox Rental’s Facebook

Since June is National Camping Month, Father’s Day is the perfect excuse to go for a little adventure.

Whether you want to go the traditional route with a tent in the woods or go “glamping” beside the water, Birmingham is surrounded by Instagram-worthy campgrounds and destinations.

If you need help planning out the ideal camping trip for dad, we’ve got you covered with an article highlighting local van rentals, where to grab some gear and campsites a short drive from the city.

8. Small road trip + adventure time

Birmingham, DeSoto Caverns
I’ve never been to DeSoto Caverns but it’s on my bucket list. Photo courtesy of DeSoto Caverns

We could all use a little getaway and I’m sure dad won’t be opposed. A great Father’s Day gift could be as simple as hopping in the car for a small road trip or as elaborate as surprising him with a beach vacay.

Here are a few ideas of places to check out in and around Birmingham:

If you’re looking to pair a memorable experience with a physical gift, check out these 5 local shops making it easy to find the perfect gift.

What are your plans for Father’s Day in Birmingham? Let us know on social @BhamNow.

  • Chaise is a brunch-loving Content Producer and helps manage the Bham Now Instagram account.