After lapping me for a third time in his go-kart, I realized I’d brought my husband to the right place for Father’s Day. He could embrace his inner racecar driver on the track – then do a play-by-play of his winning skills once we finished.
And our results from an afternoon spent at BOSS PRO-Karting in Cleveland certainly gave him bragging rights. My husband’s average lap time beat mine nearly three to one (and yes, they’ll print out all the stats for you). He tried breaking down the track into minute detail to give me tips for the next time we’d come – when to brake, when to floor it (and how to reverse the right way when you got stuck).
In other words, he got to do what dads do best – share some of their skills with their family while doing something they enjoy, together.
Ohio is full of Father’s Day-worthy places where you can explore the state while giving dad a chance to share his hobbies and interests. Whether the dad in your life likes the outdoors, history or even a little rock ‘n’ roll, there’s plenty of places to go for a memorable adventure. Here’s just a few to get you started.
Dads with a need for some serious speed will find their match on aptly named Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point’s newest scream inducer. For 2 minutes and 30 seconds, expect to to rush through twists and turns (really, you’ll reach 74 miles per hour), including a zero-gravity roll and 27.2 seconds of pure airtime – the most airtime on any roller coaster. Anywhere.
No other museum captures the rise of music legends quite like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame right in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Let dad take his time reliving his younger years – maybe he wants to regale your family with tales of his favorite Beatles song (he can do that in the British Invasion exhibit) or maybe venture through the Rapper’s Delight Retrospective, which charts the history—and future—of hip hop.
Jutting out into an expansive reservoir and following its shoreline, Buck Creek State Park stretches almost 2,000 acres, offering plenty of places to drop a line. The reservoir is stocked annually with walleye, and dad has a good chance of catching one from the shoreline with a night crawler or two. Other fish he might nab include largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and more (maybe even some carp, sorry dad).
Championship, 18-hole courses dot the state. Let dad pick one nearby, or maybe discover a new-to-him course. Try out Salt Fork State Park in the southeast part of the state, which is known for its hilly terrain. Expect for the 18 holes to take a little longer than normal since many of the approaches require uphill shots.
Let dad where his favorite jersey to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (it’s okay if he doesn’t want to wear a Browns one). Follow pro football’s earliest beginnings back in 1869, with a college game played between Rutgers and Princeton, before making your way to more recent history and teams that make up the NFL today. Make sure to save plenty of time for dad to make his way through the display of Hall of Famers.
Designed to help visitors step into the stories, the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo includes both a museum on land, and one in the water. After going through the various exhibits on how the Great Lakes shaped the region – and the country – venture over to the Col. James M. Schoonmaker a huge cargo vessel that was once one of the largest on the lakes, earning it the title the “Queen of the Lakes.” Feel free to let dad take the lead on the self-guided (maybe dad-guided?) tour of the vessel.
With a wall of windows across the dining area, take in the views while you’re enjoying hickory smoked brisket, pulled pork sandwiches, hand-cut fries and more. This tucked away spot is worth the drive for the from-scratch specialties. Besides barbecue, there’s also wood-fired pizzas (and yes, you can get barbecue meat on it) and some show-stopping desserts – gigantic s’more anyone? See if dad can figure out how to eat that one without making a mess!
While every racer is required to don a helmet and neck brace, dad can decide whether he wants to complete the look with a racing outfit or no — they’ve got plenty to choose from at BOSS PRO-Karting. And if your dad happens to have brag-worthy results (like ours did), make sure to get a shot of him on the winner’s podium.