This Father’s Day, skip the predictable gifts: the tie, the barbecue tool, maybe a beer mug. When you live in a city rich in diverse experiences, it’s easy to offer Dad a day like no other. Take a cue from these ideas, many culled from online marketplaces like Living Social, Groupon and Amazon Local. If you’re already a member of one of these sites, peruse them for ideas. If you’re not, join. It’s free and you may find a unique deal.
Dad’s Need for Speed
If your Dad is a thrill seeker or likes to pretend that he is, hook him up with a day on the track at L.A. Racing in Irwindale. For $399, (at the time of this writing, there was a $149 deal on Amazon Local) Dad gets a day of classroom instruction, then 20 laps in a stock car around a pro-grade track. If he’s not quite ready to take the wheel he can take a 7-lap ride-along for $159.
He’s a Real Sharp Shooter
You and Dad, two shotgun rentals and two boxes of ammo. If that sounds like heaven, the 100-acre Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall has a place for you. For $140 ($70 if you can still find the deal on Living Social) you’ll enjoy a morning of clay shooting. Clay shooting involves shooting at special flying targets known as clay pigeons or clay targets. Admission also includes two meals at the Oak Tree Bar & Grill. Check the website for age restrictions.
Ride Off Into the Sunset with Dad
Perhaps Dad would like to release his inner cowboy with a leisurely ride through the Santa Monica Mountains. Ocean Park Ranch in Porter Ranch offers one-hour private horseback rides for two (riding lesson included) for $275 (at the time of this writing, Living Social offered this deal for $119).
Beer & Macaroons
If Dad’s more of an upper-crust, indoor type, take him for a lovely lunch or brunch at Beverly Hills’ Bouchon Bistro. He’ll get a complimentary glass of Thomas Keller’s select White Apron pilsner along with salted caramel macaroons. Reservations should be booked through Open Table.