Who deserves the Best Father Award of the year? Is it your dad? Brooklyn has much to offer your old man, including brunch, a glass workshop, kayaking on the east river, a parade, and more! There are many ways to make dad smile and feel like the best father in the world, so use Explore Brooklyn’s guide to find out what to do.

1. Maman

GREENPOINT – Treat dad at Maman, a café and bakery that serves family-inspired recipes from the south of France and North America, bringing to life both savory and sweet childhood favorites. The menu features dishes created from the highest-quality, locally-sourced ingredients and changes every day to ensure an inspiring, ever-evolving menu. Start breakfast with its selections of delicious baked goods (breads, waffle-iron hashbrowns, truffle croque ‘maman’, and maman breakfast sandwich). And for boissons, Maman allows your dad to pick any of its three popular drinks: bloody mary, ‘mamosa’, and vineyard peach bellini. And if it is too early for dad to drink, don’t worry; Maman has other non-alcoholic beverages such as orange juice, tea, and coffee.

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2. Smorgasburg

WILLIAMSBURG – Is your dad a foodie? Treat dad like the king of all foods and take him to Smorgasburg to enjoy tasty treats from some of the most innovative food vendors Brooklyn has to offer. A few include Ube Kitchen, John’s Juice, and Destination Dumplings!

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 3. Father’s Day Glass Workshop at Brooklyn Glass

GOWANUS – Spend Father’s Day with your dad at Brooklyn Glass and learn how to make awesome beer mug. You and your dad will work with a talented glassblower and learn how to make the perfect Father’s Day beer mug for the one and only – your dad.

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4. Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS – What’s better than kayaking? Treat dad to an unforgettable day by kayaking on the East River. Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse offers free walk-up kayaking every Thursday and Saturday. The boathouse is first come, first served, so remember to wake your dad early. He will enjoy fun exercise while enjoying amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge and more!

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5. Mermaid Parade

CONEY ISLAND – Take dad to the 35th Annual Mermaid Parade on Saturday. The parade celebrates ancient mythology, showcasing over 3,000 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs. Dress dad as Poseidon or in another aquatic-themed costume. Dad will love to be part of this mythical parade!

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6. Brooklyn Children’s Museum Father’s Day

CROWN HEIGHTS – Spend the day with dad at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum as it celebrates Father’s Day. Dad can celebrate with a variety of interactive storytelling performances, make customized photo frames and more! Come and enjoy the Kids Food Festival to Go, a day full of fun and food. Watch your kids get their hands dirty as they create the perfect handmade card just for you!

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7. Brooklyn Winery

WILLIAMSBURG – Give dad the gift of wine. Brooklyn Winery wines are the perfect gift for dad. The Brooklyn Winery has a variety of gift options, including its popular seasonal wine packs of three. If dad is unsure of which wine to choose, then buy him a tour to the winery! On the winery tour and tasting, dad will discover how the Brooklyn Winery makes its wine in an urban environment. Dad will sure love to end his special day with a fun tour and wine tasting.

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