Father’s Day Fun In & Around Boulder

Dad’s Day is unlike any other day of the year and this Sunday promises to be a gorgeous day to celebrate.

Says one Boulder dad, “It’s a time when the kids take charge and treat their Dad to things he enjoys. Gifts aren’t even necessary, it’s about family time where Dad gets to relax and have fun.”

So here are some activities for kids to do with their Dad, age-appropriate to the child – Dad’s are generally old enough to do anything.

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Many Dads relish relaxing in their own backyard, without a care in the world. For ‘Backyard Dad,’ the perfect Dad’s Day offers simple pleasures: play a little catch, badminton or Frisbee and sit under his favorite shade tree while someone else cooks on the outdoor grill.

Make Backyard Dad’s celebration anything but ordinary by grilling unexpected treats available from the newly opened Blackbelly Butcher Shop, which is the newest addition to Chef Hosea Rosenberg’s Blackbelly Market. All meats are natural, hormone and antibiotic-free meats.

For more information, visit the Blackbelly website. Hours are daily from 7 a.m.- 3 p.m.

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A unique gem of a golfing experience and a long-time treasure of Boulder County, Haystack Mountain Golf Course is the perfect venue for relaxed family golfing in a natural and historical setting.

Nestled under Haystack Mountain near Niwot and winding around Left Hand Creek, the walk-only course reveals uunparalleled views of the Flatirons and the Western Slope. The course is a flat links-style course, based on original Scottish courses.

Then, head on into the screened-porch clubhouse for a sandwich and beverage. As the website emphasizes, “This is a place to have fun!”

For more information, visit Haystack Mountain Golf Course.

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If you are all grown up and your Dad loves to bike, the Boulder Ale Trail is sure to please. Inspired by the walking tours available in Scotland, this trail combines 15 miles of easy, panoramic, most off-road biking trails with 12 craft microbreweries. And there are zero cars – almost.

Winding along the LoBo Trail, which connects Boulder and Longmont, the Boulder Ale Trail is an unofficial extension of the route. Enjoy some of the prettiest plains views in Boulder County as you ride to choice watering holes where you can quench your thirst and grab a bite to eat.

Some segments are dirt or cinder path, so break out your mountain and commuter bikes for the ride.

The full route is a flat, 300-foot elevation gain 14.7 miles, beginning at Boulder Beer in Boulder and ending at Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids in Longmont.

Bike the whole trail, which takes about two hours each way, or pick a portion and go from there. The website offers suggested itineraries to help you plan your ideal bike journey.

You can also go one way only by riding RTD Bolt back to where you started. Check the RTD website to be sure of time, cost and bike rack availability.

Find out more on the Route Overview page.

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Father’s Day often spans generations with fathers, and fathers of fathers, all getting together to celebrate.

If you are one of the lucky ones to be celebrating your father and grandfather, a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park for a drive along the breathtaking Trail Ridge Road is the perfect way to spend the day.

You can wind your way from Estes Park to the town of Grand Lake on the highest continuous paved road in the U.S. Trail Ridge Road is 48 miles long, 11 miles above treeline, normally windy and 20 to 30 degrees colder than the starting points. Weather varies, so call 970-586-1222 for updated road conditions before starting out.

And while you are in Estes Park, enjoy a fabulous lunch or dinner at The Stanley Hotel.

For more information, visit the website for the Rocky Mountain National Park or The Stanley Hotel.

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Truth Be Told: Boulder’s Story Slam

If your Dad loves a good yarn, this event is perfect.

At Truth Be Told, you tell a story that’s based on the theme of the month. It can’t be longer than five minutes. The catch is, it must be true and you must tell it by heart.

This month’s theme is ‘crush.’ Audience members put their name in a hat, and if your name is drawn, you tell your story, on stage. Or you can just come and listen to a night of great storytelling with music interludes provided by hosts Nina Rolle and Johanna Walker along with a fabulous house band of professional musicians.

Sunday, June 19, 7 p.m.

Diary Arts Center

The Gordon Gamm Theater, Boulder

For tickets, click here.

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