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Greater Philadelphia: Outdoors fun for Father's Day

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Whether he enjoys history or sports, urban or natural settings, there’s bound to be a perfect fit, this Father’s Day, from these fabulous four. After all, one common trait of a father is the joy of fun and games.

George and Frank approved

Founding father, George Washington that is, would certainly approve of a ride, hike or hardy march at Valley Forge. Include a favorite sandwich and snack picnic pack, for afterwards, and Valley Forge becomes a great suggestion for the exercise enthusiast, naturalist, hiker, and/or avid historian. Timed well on Saturday, June 14th, the annual March-out of the Continental Army event allows participants to follow, in formation, along George’s historic route. This event culminates near Varnun’s picnic area with a special program on a soldier’s life. Whether or not a march is in line, Valley Forge National Park’s 3500 acres offer plenty of places to explore, trails to ride, and open space to enjoy this Father’s Day. Keeping with the historic theme, if just by name and icons, consider Franklin Square for fun, games and food. Oddly in balance with one of the oldest and most elegant fountains, is a classic character carousel to ride, an 18-hole mini golf course in Philly-themed decoration, and, the always in season Steven Starr SquareBurger joint. This weekend, June 14th and 15th, the square offers a father-child ticket combo to package the fun. Just be sure Dad gets to choose his ride and relish his knowledge of the Philly icons that decorate each golf hole. Father knows best, sometimes, but either way, he’ll have more fun if you let him win, at least one of the games, on Father’s Day.

Independence together

The Independence Mall is always a spacious green site to relax and enjoy a special event. This year they will host Chasing Dreams Mall Extravaganza which will include the opportunity to meet and greet some former Phillies. As expected with any event called an extravaganza, there will be live music, games, crafts and more. There will be a variety of baseball-themed carnival games, including the always tempting speed pitch challenge. The outdoor event begins at 2 pm on Sunday June 15th, and visitors may explore the museum until 8 pm, for free. For those who go by the description of father and fisherman, Wissahickon Environmental Center is the place to go. On Sunday, the center presents Father’s Day Fishing, a day of fishing that begins at 8 am along the Wiassahickon Creek. Registration is required, but both fishing poles and bait are included. Wissahickon Creek runs through the seven-mile length of Wissahickon Park and each spring is stocked with Trout. All skill level anglers are invited to challenge their fishing ability. Bragging rights are free. However, maybe a selfie with the real catch will give Dad the most joy as he tells the tale of the one that got away. It’s Okay. A father, young or old is allowed to have fun, play games, and enjoy the day. After all, it is Father’s Day.

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