Top 5 Things to Do with Dad This Father's Day

Celebrate Father’s Day in Southwest Illinois where good food, the great outdoors, and family fun all come together!

Take dad on an unforgettable fishing trip, for a scenic cruise on the Mississippi, or to an open-air market on a beautiful spring day in the Midwest! Read on for the Father’s Day Top 5’s in southwest Illinois:

#5: Fishing and Boating

Known for its many lakes and of course the confluence of the Mississippi, Illinois, and Missouri Rivers, southwest Illinois is a great destination for fisherman and boating enthusiasts- cast your reel or take a cruise with dad at Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield, off the banks of the Illinois River at Pere Marquette State Park, at Hurricane Diamond Island near Hardin, or Beaver Dam State Park for a chance at catching giant blue catfish, large mouth bass, or white crappie.

Want more fishing options? Read about more places to toss a line in southwest Illinois here.

#4: Sports

June brings warm weather and sports to the region. That means there are plenty of options to celebrate Dad! Take Dad to an Alton River Dragons baseball game on free tee shirt night, or go to the Edwardsville YMCA and catch a GSAC Hockey game with the whole family! Go hiking or kayaking at Pere Marquette State Park or Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, to the Fitness Expo in Edwardsville, or ride bikes on the extensive MCT Trails this Father’s Day weekend!

#3 Open Air Markets

For the picker dad or granddad in your life, market days in southwest Illinois can’t be beat! Find Route 66 memorabilia, tools, art, antiques, and fresh produce at one of the region’s weekend markets like the Hillsboro Farmer’s Market, the Litchfield Pickers Market, the East Alton Farmer’s Market, The Land of Goshen Market, or the one-of-a-kind Alton Night Market.

#2 Eats and Drinks

Want to take dad out to eat or for drinks this Father’s Day?

Catch a Father’s Day Beer Garden at Pere Marquette Lodge, or have a drink at the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, Old Bakery Beer, or Old Herald Brewery and Distillery.

To treat dad to a fantastic sit-down meal, try Tony’s of Alton for steaks and cocktails, Castelli’s Moonlight for hand-tossed fried chicken, Bakers and Hale for creative comfort food, 1818 Offshore for seafood, or Bella Milano for classic Italian.

Is dad interested in even more BBQ? Check out these great southwest Illinois BBQ restaurants!

#1 Something Unique

Why settle for something expected when you can raise the bar?

Take dad on an adventure brunch or pleasure cruise down the Mississippi on the Hakuna Matata! Does your dad like the spooky or the historic? Bring him on a Haunted History Walking Tour or go on a guided tour of the Mineral Springs Mall. Watch the Summer Solstice Sunrise at Cahokia Mounds at the largest native settlement in North America, take a ride up the Confluence Tower and see the Lewis and Clark Historic Site, or take the free Alton Historic Driving Tour to see some amazing old American architecture.

Bring the family to Glen Carbon Homecoming for carnival rides and entertainment, bring dad to see an old-school movie under the stars at the Litchfield Skyview Drive-In Theatre, or take a drive up historic Route 66 on a self-guided tour of America’s Highway!

There’s always something great to do in southwest Illinois – check out the Rivers and Routes Events Page for more!

About the Author

Kayla Howland

Kayla Howland is a local writer and artist who lives in Alton, IL with her Cairn Terrier, Ripley. She enjoys fiction and non-fiction writing, graphic design, painting, drawing and photography. Kayla is a graduate of Southwestern High School and Lewis & Clark Community College. She has worked doing freelance graphic design, photography and commissioned paintings since 2012.