Abigail Golder

Father’s Day in Phoenix is just around the corner. While most dads probably don’t expect much, it’s still nice to show them that you’re grateful and surprise them with a fun-filled day. After all, dads deserve some love, too.

Of course, there are the usual gifts that dads surely appreciate: a tie, belt, socks, button-down shirt and the list goes on. These gifts stand the test of time; they’re classics. However, maybe it’s time to turn up the volume on Father’s Day. There are endless things to do in Phoenix for entertainment. Skip the tie and take Dad here for Father’s Day instead.

Fun and Food

  1. Top Golf

Most dads enjoy a day on the golf course and Phoenix has nearly 200 to choose from. While a classic day on the greens might be fun for bonding, the whole family can enjoy an excursion to Top Golf. Whether it’s your first time swinging the club or if you’re a golf novice, Top Golf brings a new perspective to the traditional game. Each group receives their own hitting bay – think bowl alley for golf. At times, there is a long wait for a bay, but Top Golf has a full bar, game room and restaurant to enjoy while you’re waiting.

There are multiple types of games to choose from if you’re feeling competitive or you can just take turns swinging. Treat Dad to a classic cocktail served in a golf bag shaped mug and the delicious chicken and waffles sliders. There are two convenient Phoenix locations so there’s no excuse not to make a day out of it!

  1. RoadHouse Cinemas

There is a movie out right now for everyone, no matter which genre is your go-to. Taking Dad to a standard picture show isn’t too exciting, but RoadHouse Cinemas in Scottsdale takes a trip to the theater to the next level.

This new movie theater concept offers gourmet food options, fancy popcorn flavors, and yes, cold beer on tap. This is a great option if Dad isn’t too mobile or you’d like to include Grandpa in the festivities. Check out their website for showtimes. Get there a few minutes early to put your order in before the theater goes dark and enjoy your food and show!


  1. The Scotch Library

What dad doesn’t enjoy a nice glass of Scotch? There’s no better time or place to splurge on a Scotch experience than Father’s Day at The Scotch Library. With 250 different bottles to choose from, including some very rare labels, this “library” has plenty to sift through. The Scotch Library is located inside the Westin Kierland Resort

Served in two-ounce pours, the prices range from $12 all the way up to $475 for a taste of the Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute. This bottle from Scotland can cost almost $4,000. Make a day out of it by letting your dad taste a few of the best and then gift him with his favorite bottle to top off the experience.

  1. Speakeasy Bar Hopping

Surely, you’ve made your way through some of the more popular sports bars in the Valley. To bring a bit more excitement to the game of drinking, take dad out to hop around the hidden speakeasy bars in Phoenix. This is a great experience for the dad who loves adventure.

There are a few worth searching for including Melinda’s Alley, UnderTow, Kazimierz, and Honor Amongst Thieves. For more details on how to find them and what makes each one unique, check out our blog.

Outdoors Adventures

  1. Ben Avery Shooting Range

For dads who love the outdoors, Phoenix has plenty of options. Ben Avery Shooting Range is a great way to get some shooting practice if you can’t get up north for hunting season. 40 mins The range offers lessons if you’d like to take the whole family, or the opportunity to bring your own gun to get some more experience.

The C2 Tactical Shooting Range in Tempe is also a great option for those looking to get some shooting experience. They even have a Father’s Day special at the Tempe and Scottsdale locations. Book online and save 15-percent on all shooting packages. The best part of this range? It’s indoors so you can get dad out of the summer heat.

  1. Hiking up North

It’s not exactly hiking season in Phoenix right now. With temperatures reaching triple digits in the coming weeks, hiking might be a bit out of the picture on Father’s Day. That said, the weather this coming weekend is supposed to be below average and with lows in the 70s, you might be safe for a quick Father’s Day hike early Sunday morning.

Our suggestion though is to make a day out of the Father’s Day outdoors activities and head up north for some of Arizona’s most beautiful hikes. Payson is only a quick 1.5-hour drive north and allows for cooler weather and beautiful scenery. Water Wheel Falls trail gives a great opportunity to enjoy nature. Within minutes of this 1.8-mile hike, you’ll be graced by beautiful waterfalls. You can even grab a dip at the end of the hike to cool off!

No matter what kind of dad you have, there are so many things to do in Phoenix for Father’s Day that the day should be a breeze. Surely, your dad will be happy with either a relaxing day at the movies or an exhilarating adventure to the shooting range. Happy Father’s Day!

I shave every day with an ancient manual razor. It was my father’s, and I love it. – Brunello Cucinelli, Italian fashion designer