With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, June 17, it’s time to honor dear ol’ dad.
He’s the guy who redefined manliness. The guy who pulled out your baby tooth when you were little without flinching. The guy who won’t call a trained mechanic because he can fix the car himself. The guy who, on long car trips, has been known to perform gruff renditions of songs like “Call Me Maybe” and “My Heart Will Go On.” The guy whose “allergies” were acting up at the end of “Finding Nemo.” The guy who’s single-handedly bringing back light-colored jeans and New Balance sneakers.
As children, our dads impressed us by downing glasses of brown liquid that smelt like rubbin…
We know him. We love him. We’ve called him broken down on the side of the road many times.
In celebration of these pillars of masculinity, here are some manly ways to celebrate dad.
New Jersey Jeep Invasion
For all of those children who have been dragged around a car show by their fathers for far too long, this one’s for you. The New Jersey Jeep Invasion hits the Wildwood beach Friday to Sunday, June 15 to 17. Vendors, activities and, of course, rows and rows of Jeeps will line the sand for this free event. Professionals will judge the cars, while guests can enter raffles for the chance to win Jeep-inspired prizes. If you love car shows along with your dad, have fun — and if not, well, at least you’ll be at the beach.
Located on the beach at 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood. Go to NJJeepInvasion.com.
Bass Pro Shops
We challenge you to find a store more quintessentially “dad” than Bass Pro Shops. There, he can get all of his camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and all around outdoorsy items, while you stare at the massive fish tank and impressive taxidermy displays. Stop in on Father’s Day from 1 to 4 p.m. to take advantage of the “Gone Fishing” event, where kids and experts alike can fish in Bass Pro Shops’ catch and release pond. Plus, Bass Pro Shops has a huge Father’s Day sale with discounts on everything from T-shirts to coolers.
Located at 30 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Atlantic City. Go to BassPro.com.
Break out the pastels and patterns and hit a golf course this weekend for Father’s Day. South Jersey has many great golfing options, but only one has the newest innovation in golf transportation — and that’s Linwood Country Club. There, you can check out the one-person GolfBoard, which is essentially a cross between an electric scooter and a surf board, and is a fun alternative to a golf cart. The GolfBoard will definitely mix up your standard game of golf for Father’s Day.
Located at 500 Shore Road, Linwood. Go to LinwoodCountryClub.com.
World Series of Poker Room at Bally’s
Arguably the manliest of all casino games is poker, and perhaps the best place to play poker in A.C. is the World Series of Poker Room at Bally’s. It’s 42 tables of live action play, with games ranging from Texas Hold-em to Omaha. Tournaments take place daily with thousands of dollars up for grabs. Tableside food delivery, 20 high-def TVs, a 24-hour cage and free parking for players sweeten the pot. Grab your dad, your shadiest shades and a glass of whiskey and head on down.
Located at 1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Go to Caesars.com/Ballys-AC.
Spend some time with your old man and the sea aboard the Cape May Lady, a charter fishing boat that runs four-hour fishing trips three times a day. Bring your own equipment or rent theirs — they have everything you’ll need for a successful trip. The current catches include fluke, flounder, blues, weakfish and drum. Should your father choose to accept the age-old battle of man versus fish, he knows where to go.
Located at 1231 NJ-109, Cape May. Go to CapeMayLady.com for information.
Father’s Day meals
If you are looking to take dad out for his big day, why not give him an excuse to scream at a giant TV screen in a public place while watching his favorite team? Chickie’s & Pete’s comes stocked with a massive amount of dad-friendly concepts, including an incredible list of beers, great wings and, of course, their legendary Crabfries.
6055 E. Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. Go to ChickiesAndPetes.com.
At some point or another all dads seem to find the need to fire up a backyard grill and attempt to secure status as a master of smoked meats, or at the very least burgers and hot dogs. Sadly, what usually results is an unintentionally comedic scene involving badly burnt steaks and a visit from two or three local fire departments. So this Father’s Day, why not “save the drama for your mama” and take dad out to a real barbecue pit to celebrate an activity that he hasn’t mastered, but very badly wants to. Henri’s Hotts in Hammonton puts out some of the most incredible barbecue in our area, and from noon to 6 p.m. on weekends they offer a buffet with more than 25 items for the incredibly reasonable price of $15.75.
Located at 1003 E. Black Horse Pike in Hammonton. Go to HenrisHottsBarbecue.com.
Lots of guys can’t resist a challenge. Some of the stupidest stunts ever attempted were sparked by some dude turning to his buddy and starting a sentence with “I bet you can’t ...” If you want to activate your pop’s potential inability to walk away from a dare, head on down to Tailgater’s Sports Bar & Grille in Galloway, and order up the Pittsburger Challenge for dear old dad. The Pittsburger consists of six half-pound patties stacked on a bun with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and an onion ring, along with a side of french fries. If dad can finish it all in a half hour or less (without any help) he will receive a free T-shirt and get his picture on the social media pages of Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grille. (Dreams DO come true!)
Located at 337 W. White Horse Pike in Galloway. Go to TailgatersNJ.com.
Barring the occasional vegan patriarch, just about every dad we know loves a good steak. Even the decor at a steakhouse seems to reflect masculinity with dark woods and basic tablecloths. There are a ton of great steakhouses to choose from, but the brand-spanking new Gordon Ramsay Steak at Harrah’s Resort is a slam dunk for Father’s Day. Dry-aged beef and Ramsay favorites such as his legendary Beef Wellington will all be on the menu.
Located at 777 Harrah’s Blvd in Atlantic City. Go to Caesars.com for more info.
Some dads like a fancy meal, but many just prefer to keep it simple and delicious. For dads who want a great meal without the fuss, we can think of no better spot than Maui’s Dog House. Located in North Wildwood, this hot dog lover’s dream offers a huge list of hot dogs and sausages with a variety of toppings, plus, burgers, seafood and some great side dishes including their legendary salty balls. With all items served in large dog bowls, it makes for a fun day no matter when you go. Located at 8th and New Jersey avenues in North Wildwood.
Go to MauisDogHouse.com for more info.
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All in the family
If the whole family is visiting on Father’s Day, why not enjoy family style dining at Carmine’s located in The Quarter at Tropicana Atlantic City? On Father’s Day Carmine’s will offer several dad-friendly deals. The first is a Misti Salad ($32.95) which comes with pears, apples, walnuts, craisins and fennel, or their Four Pasta special ($52.95) with vegetable lasagna, manicotti, pasta bolognaise and pasta with pesto. Or try perhaps a mouth-watering roast beef tenderloin ($96.95) for the whole group. No matter what you choose, for dessert each table will receive a free cannoli tray.
Located at 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Go to CarminesNYC.com.