How To Celebrate Father’s Day in NYC in 2023

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With all New York City has to offer, there’s no better way to celebrate the father in your life than by treating him to a day dedicated to dad in NYC! 

What is Father’s Day?

Father’s Day is an annual American holiday celebrating fathers, fathering, and fatherhood. Proposed in 1909 as a companion holiday to Mother’s Day, it took more than 50 years for it to become officially recognized when it was first the subject of a presidential proclamation by Lyndon Johnson in 1966 and then signed into a law as a permanent national holiday by Richard Nixon in 1972.

Since the mid-1980s, it has been widely accepted and embraced to the point that it was even called a “Second Christmas for all the men’s gift-oriented industries.”

Beyond giving gifts, it’s an opportunity to spend time with the father or father-figure in our lives, share in some of his favorite activities, and spend time together.

When is Father’s Day 2023?

Father’s Day is commemorated each year on the third Sunday of June. In 2023, Father’s Day will be held on Sunday, June 18th. 

Where to Take Your Dad on Father’s Day In New York

Here are some of our favorite ideas that are sure to please dads of all ages!

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    Get Active!

    Pier in Dumbo


    Take your dad out for a kayak ride on the Hudson River for a fresh take on New York. Great for a first-time lesson or a seasoned paddler, this is a whole new way to see the city. Plus, it’s perfect for the summer weather!

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    Enjoy one of the best views of Lower Manhattan!

    Cruise in Lower Manhattan

    Our Highlight

    Honorable William Wall

    The Honorable William Wall, affectionately called “Willy Wall”, is the floating clubhouse of the Manhattan Yacht Club. The clubhouse is anchored in New York Harbor north of Ellis Island from May to October. What is so special about it? It’s definitely an insider’s spot, which not only gives you a great view of Ellis Island and of course the Statue of Liberty – you can also enjoy the sunset from here.

  3. 03

    Get Hands On!

    Museum in Upper West Side


    For dads of youngsters, spending the morning at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan can be an interactive way to bond. And isn’t that what Father’s Day is all about?

  4. 04

    Go for the Green!

    Pier in Tribeca


    Nothing says dad like a little bit of golf time. This mini golf course at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park is a great way to hit the links without leaving the city. And the best part? You’re looking at the skyline of Lower Manhattan with the One World Trade Center towering over everything.

  5. 05

    Go Wild!

    Other Attraction in Bronx


    Whether you go to the Central Park Zoo, Bronx Zoo or the Prospect Park Zoo, New York City has plenty of wildlife and animals to keep this most nature-loving dad entertained for hours.

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    Get Pedaling!

    Bike Tour in Midtown Manhattan

    Bike Tours

    We know dads love a good cycle, so combine his hobbies with a trip to the city with a tour of Central Park – by bike! Plus, with options for tandem bikes, street art tours, and even e-scooters, you’ll be able to customize it just for him.

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    Have a great time at Madison Square Garden!

    Sports Tickets in Midtown Manhattan

    Our Highlight


    The Knicks are one of the most famous basketball teams in the NBA. Therefore, you should definitely watch a game of the New York Knicks. Basketball is one of the four big and important sports in the USA and is an integral part of the sports DNA. You will find many enthusiastic Knicks supporters and understand at the latest after the game, why basketball has such an attraction!

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    Spend some quality-time with your dad in one of the bars in NYC

    Bar in Midtown Manhattan

    Our Highlight



    The bar Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant is an Irish pub like it is in the book and is for me one of the best pubs in New York. A huge, rustic bar, lots of colourful taps and tons of good whiskey immediately attract attention. The kitchen is also excellent. The burgers are a blast!

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    Go for a delicious meal!

    American Restaurant in Financial District

    Our Highlight

    Industry Kitchen Outside Lounge

    For Father’s Day the Industry Kitchen offers a special menu where you can choose between three appetizers: a French Onion Soup, Mini Lobster Rolls or Roasted Bone Marrow for two with 24k edible gold. For the main course there are also three dishes: Maryland Blue Crab Cakes Benedict, a delicious Grilled Atlantic Swordfish or an Angus Beef Ribeye Au Poivre. As a dessert they serve a nice warm summer peach cobbler. Sounds great, doesn’t it? So take your dad and enjoy one of these dishes with a nice view of the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges.

What to Expect on Father’s Day in New York

Because Father’s Day takes place annually on a Sunday, there’s no need to worry about government closures or other planning inconveniences. As far as New York City is concerned, it will be open and ready to accommodate visitors – so start planning your fun Father’s Day weekend in NYC now!

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Should You Come To NYC On Father’s Day?

When it comes to the weather in New York, June is one of the best months to visit. With daily high temperatures ranging from 75°F to 82°F (and rarely exceeding 90°F), and lows around 61°F to 68°F, you’ll be able to enjoy the city during the day and in the evening without having to bring lots of layers.

Plus, summertime in New York is filled with activities. If he’s a baseball fanatic, New York hosts the Yankees and the Mets, giving him the chance to watch ball games at two iconic stadiums.

However you decide to plan your Father’s Day in NYC, we’re sure that you’ll have a great time with the comfortable weather, open city, and amazing activities. Are you thinking about bringing your dad to NYC for the day? Let us know what you’re thinking about doing!


When is Father’s Day celebrated in NYC

Father’s Day in NYC is celebrated on the same day as it is in the rest of the United States – the third Sunday in June. This tradition has been in place since President Richard Nixon signed a law declaring it a national holiday in 1972.

What events typically happen in NYC on Father’s Day?

There are many ways to celebrate Father’s Day in New York City. There are usually special brunches and dinners at restaurants, boat rides, baseball games (such as a New York Yankees or Mets game if they are in town), concerts, and many other events. Some families may also enjoy visiting attractions like the Central Park Zoo, the American Museum of Natural History, or taking a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Do I need to book in advance for Father’s Day events or dining in NYC?

Given the popularity of Father’s Day, it is often recommended to book in advance for dining and events, especially if you’re planning to attend a popular restaurant or event. This helps to ensure availability and can make the day more enjoyable without the worry of last-minute planning.

Are there any Father’s Day parades or public celebrations in NYC?

While there is not typically a parade for Father’s Day in NYC, there are often many public celebrations and events throughout the city. These can range from outdoor festivals to concerts and special exhibitions at museums. You would need to check local listings for the specific year to find out what events are happening.

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