The Best Sport And Adventure Travel Packages For Dads

Give the gift of adventure to dad this year for Father’s Day with these sport and adventure travel packages. Whether you tag along with him or let him have a vacation with friends, hotels and destinations are getting creative with their Father’s Day packages this year. He can learn to drive a race car, go fly fishing, play a round of golf or even catch the perfect lobster. Here are some of the latest travel packages where dad can expand his horizons.

Drive and dine with a pro race car driver

At the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, auto fans can rev up their engines with a pro race car driver. The Andy Pilgrim Driving Experience is available for three days this summer and fall and includes a full day of autocross runs and laps on the track while driving the C8 Corvette. Pro driver Andy Pilgrim will provide feedback and then invite participants to dinner and a reception to share stories from his 37-year racing career.

Grand slam at the ballpark in St. Louis

The Grand Slam packages at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark include a Deluxe room with infield views of the ballpark. Two tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game in a lower on-base box section and several Cardinals souvenirs are also part of the special rate, which is eligible for Hilton Honors points earning and benefits. Members can also register to earn double points on two-night stays or triple points on stays of at least three nights between now and Sept. 5.

Lobstering in Maine like an expert

The Chebeague Island Inn in Casco Bay, Maine, is offering a dad-friendly “Luxury Lobstering” package this summer. Guests booking this special offer can take part in a cruise to catch their own lobster before learning to cook it with the hotel’s chef. Other resort activities include everything from lawn games and yoga sessions to biking and access to a nearby beach making it a fun getaway for the family or a group of friends.

Practice your swing this summer around the country

At Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale in Arizona, dads and their buddies (or kids) can take advantage of its 18-hole, par-3 course with the Summer Unlimited Golf Pass. Starting at $799, golfers can play unlimited rounds of golf between now and Sept. 18. If you’re a Marriott Bonvoy fan, there’s also “A” Game Retreat package at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, which comes with daily access to a practice facility, one-hour private lesson, 18-hole tee time for two people, and a cocktail and cigar pairing experience.

Among the World of Hyatt properties offering golf packages this summer is the Unlimited Play Golf Package at Carmel Valley Ranch, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, in California. It includes an overnight stay, golf cart and unlimited rounds of golf. The Golf Package at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa near Austin includes one round of golf per night as well as complimentary breakfast for two. The Fazio Golf Package at Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, South Carolina (a Destination by Hyatt property), comes with a two nights’ stay, two rounds of golf on the Harbor Course, two rounds of golf on the Links Course, complimentary range balls and $50 resort credit.

Explore outer space at Johnson Space Center

The Space Center Houston experience from The Post Oak at Uptown Houston is a fun way to explore outer space and everything that astronauts experience in orbit. The hotel package includes a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic Johnson Space Center in Houston plus overnight accommodations. It’s a great getaway for buddies or dads with a space-enthused child. Round-trip transportation to the tour and a $500 food and beverage credit at the hotel are part of the deal. Also included is a “grounding ritual” spa treatment for two people and two nights in a Concierge Executive Suite. While the package clocks in at a hefty $10,000, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for space fans. You’ll see where astronauts train, explore Mission Control and see important Apollo artifacts as well as the original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft.

Horses, ice caves and Jeep rides in Iceland

At Hotel Rangá, dads and their buddies (or kids) can select the G.O.A.T. package, which includes four nights in the Icelandic Suite at this World of Hyatt-participating hotel. In addition to racking up Hyatt points, the offer packs in three adventures: horseback riding on a black sand beach, visiting a glacial ice cave and traveling by Jeep to swim in thermal springs. Other activities include stargazing, fly fishing and the hotel’s wake up call service to spot the Northern Lights.

Qatar Airways World Cup travel packages

Soccer fans from around the world will convene in Qatar this fall for the FIFA World Cup. The national airline of Qatar is planning numerous World Cup travel packages for the occasion. These fan travel packages are available to Privilege Club members in the US and Canada. The airline’s loyalty program is free to join, and these packages include roundtrip tickets from any of the carrier’s 13 North American gateways, hotel accommodations and game tickets in Category-2 corner seats or higher. The packages let members customize the flight class, hotel category and type of seat they want for as many as four games. It’s a great gift for soccer-loving dads.

Bikes & Brews at 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

Dubbed the “mountain biking capital of the world,” Bentonville, Arkansas (home to WalMart) is a popular outdoors and cultural destination. With more than 250 miles of networked trails, the Bikes & Brews package at 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville is a great way for dads to get away with their best buds for some outdoor time. The package includes a one night’s stay, bike storage (and washing station), bike valet service and a six pack of Ozark Beer Company’s limited edition Juxtapose Hazy IPA. 21c Museum Hotels is part of the Accor All Live Limitless program allowing guests to earn and redeem points during their stay. To book, guests should call the hotel directly.

Whiskey tasting in Washington DC and Denver

Hyatt Centric Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver, both World of Hyatt-participating properties, have Dad-friendly whiskey experiences this summer. In Virginia, guests can take George Washington’s Historic Distillery tour at Mount Vernon and sample the whiskey he once distilled. The package includes the tour, a corner suite at the hotel, a welcome gift of whiskey and breakfast on Father’s Day. In Denver, the package includes a Colorado whiskey tasting with an educational lesson plus a night in the penthouse Presidential Suite with a bottle of whiskey from a local distillery.

Marriott Bonvoy fans can visit The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, near Washington for the Dad’s Distillery Day and Stay package. It comes with a night’s stay, roundtrip transfers to a local distillery for a private tour and tasting, and a $200 credit for dinner at the hotel restaurant. All three of these packages are available for Father’s Day weekend.

Game day at Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown

Major League Soccer fans have a fun package at Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown, which participates in the new IHG One Rewards program. Starting at $999 throughout the season, the package includes a one-night stay at the hotel, parking, VIP seating at Banc of California Stadium’s Sunset Deck with food and beverage included and an Uber credit to get to the stadium. Late checkout and breakfast for two are also part of the deal along with earning IHG points for the stay.

Learn to sail in Montreal

This sailing experience from the Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile teaches you how to sail on a 35-foot sail boat with a team of experts. The Sail on the St Lawrence River package includes a three-hour sailing lesson and a one-night stay. It is available from now until Oct. 31, and guests can earn Accor All Live Limitless points as part of this offer to save up and redeem on a future hotel redemption.

Surf or swing at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Dads can learn to surf the Pacific’s famous waves with their buddies or kids with the So Cal Surf Experience package, which starts at $849. Included are accommodations, surf equipment (wet suit, surfboard, leash and wax), and a two-hour surf lesson for two people each night. For those that prefer to stick to land-based activities, the resort’s Swing and Stay golf package includes accommodations, a round of golf for two including tee time and premium golf clubs, starting at $799 per night. The best part for Marriott Bonvoy fans is that you can earn points for the fun (check the Marriott Golf collection for a full list). You can also earn bonus points while using one of the Marriott Bonvoy-affiliated credit cards from American Express to pay for the stay.

Brush up on your karate in Japan

The birthplace of karate, Okinawa, Japan, is offering an entertaining way to improve your skills. At Halekulani Okinawa, the three-day Discover the Island’s Soul package includes a lesson with a master of Goju-ryu (traditional Okinawan style of karate), overnight accommodations, daily lunch and dinner, and a spa treatment. Beyond practicing this new skill, guests can learn about the history of the martial art and how it has transitioned into a peaceful form of self-defense. Round out the experience with a personalized karate-gi to take home as a souvenir.

Linda W. Davis

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