Father’s Day Ideas: 5 Dad-Approved Outings in Maine

Each June, daughters and sons across the country have an important decision to make: where to take Dad for Father’s Day? If you’ve been to all the ballparks and need a break from the driving range, get away from the everyday with an outing to southern Maine. Between sandy beaches, lobster shacks, and scenic wilderness trails, our Father’s Day ideas are guaranteed to beat last year’s neck tie.

Kayaking at The Dunes on the Waterfront.

1. Plan the Best Beach Day Ever

When in Rome, do as Romans do; when in Maine… well, you know. For the beach-bum dad, plan your whole day around Ogunquit’s sandy shores. Prep some sandwiches and picnic essentials at your own cottage kitchen, and take a short walk (or row, depending on the tide) over to Ogunquit Beach. Don’t worry — with the softest sand in Maine at his feet, he can stroll barefoot in the sand without a rock in sight.

2. Take to the Waves on a Stand-up Paddleboard

For adventurous dads, stand-up paddleboarding will add a little excitement to the family outing. First-timers, be prepared — this balancing act might be tricky at first, but trust us, the family that falls together laughs together. Take an introductory lesson right here at The Dunes with the help of Liquid Dreams Surf Shop, and be sure to have someone on photography duty to catch the hilarity as it unfolds.

3. Explore One Of Southern Maine’s Walking Trails

Is Dad a nature lover? Take him hiking at one of southern Maine’s scenic walking trails. Enjoy the breathtaking ocean views along The Marginal Way, followed by some post-stroll Maine lobster at Barnacle Billy’s at Perkins Cove. If you’ve got a mountain man on your hands, strap on some hiking boots to tackle Mount Agamenticus, just a few miles from The Dunes. With three loop trails of varying difficulties, majestic Maine wildlife, and breathtaking mountain views, Mt. A is a dream come true for any outdoorsman.

4. Take a Swing at a Southern Maine Golf Course

Golfing is a go-to Father's Day idea in Maine.

If your Dad wants to channel his inner Tiger Woods, invite him to take a swing at one of southern Maine’s beautiful golf courses. Our guests here at The Dunes can enjoy a few rounds at the semi-private Cape Neddick Country Club (a Dunes partner), or take a trip over to The Ledges public golf club, which boasts some sweeping ocean views and Pine Tree State greenery.

5. Take a Day Trip to Southern Maine’s Lakes and Rivers

Some dad prefer boating to sunbathing, and who could blame them? Maine is the cream of the crop when it comes to forest-lined lakefronts. Take a boat ride on Lake Sebago and do a little fishing, or visit the Saco River and the delicious waterfront restaurants in town (like The Run of the Mill). If you’d rather soar than swim, get a bird’s-eye view of western Maine’s beautiful lakes and dense forests at Naples Seaplane Adventures.

Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine.

Father’s Day is a holiday fit for a king, and there’s no place that inspires Father’s Day ideas quite like southern Maine. Anchor your stay at one of our seaside cottages or guestrooms here at The Dunes, and we’ll help knock your Ogunquit getaway out of the park.

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