By Ciara Crossey, Digital Media Intern

They pick us up when we’re down, drive us around while we drive them crazy, and expect so little in return. Dads are real life superheroes — so why not treat the father figure in your life to a day of fun in the ‘Burgh? Whether he’s an outdoorsman, a history buff, an animal lover, a foodie, or a sports fanatic, there’s bound to be something fun for you and pops to do on June 21. Happy Father’s Day!

1. Go for brunch.

Sometimes, the best moments are spent simply sharing a meal. Treat dad to brunch and some good old quality time at McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks (both the Downtown and South Side locations are offering a special deal on New York Strip Filet Oscars!), or head on down to the Gateway Clipper Fleet for the annual Father’s Day Brunch Cruise. What could be better than sharing a meal on the rivers of Pittsburgh?

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, 2667 Sidney St., South Side. / 301 Fifth Ave., Downtown.
Gateway Clipper Fleet, 350 West Station Square Drive, Station Square. 412.355.7980.

2. Check out the zoo — and get dad in for free, too.

Lions, and tigers, and bears — oh my! For most kids, exploring the wonders of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is even better when dear ol’ dad is by your side. Plus, he’ll get in free with the purchase of one child’s admission on Father’s Day.

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 7340 Butler St., Highland Park. 412.665.3640.

3. Spend a day in the great outdoors.

Is your dad an outdoorsman? Is his happy place in the middle of a lake with a fishing pole in hand? The many state parks in the Pittsburgh area can provide all you need for a relaxing Father’s Day. Whether it’s riding bikes at Moraine State Park, slipping down the natural water slides at Ohiopyle, or kayaking in North Park, one of these earthy locales is sure to offer something for both you and dad.

4. Get a workout in.

The American Cancer Society says that more than two million American men are prostate cancer survivors. This Father’s Day, sweat for a great cause at the Man Up Father’s Day 5/10K Walk/Run, starting on the North Shore and benefiting the Obediah Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer. We promise not to tell dad you let him win.

5. Jam out at Stage AE.

Georgia rock band Widespread Panic will be performing an outdoor concert at Stage AE on June 21. Surprise dad with this blast from the past — and tickets to a show he won’t forget!

Stage AE, 400 North Shore Drive, North Shore. 412.229.5483.

6. Discover world renowned jazz musicians.

The fifth annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival will be taking over Liberty Avenue throughout Father’s Day weekend. Catch a bus Downtown to hear the sweet sounds of talented jazz musicians from all over the globe.

7. Explore your family’s history.

Is your dad a big history buff? Did your grandfather serve in World War II? Senator John Heinz History Center’s newest exhibition, We Can Do It! WWII, runs through January 2016. With nearly 300 artifacts, this installment takes a look at Western Pennsylvania’s participation in World War II, both on the home front and abroad. Entrance to this spectacular exhibit is included in admission to the museum.

Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.454.6000.

8. Tour de Mansion at Hartwood Acres.

With its gorgeous grounds and exquisite living areas, the Hartwood Acres Mansion is a beautiful location to spend an afternoon. Take a docent-led tour and learn all about this enchanted building’s past. Dad gets in free when escorted by a paid guest.

Hartwood Acres, 200 Hartwood Acres, Hampton Township. 412.767.9200.

9. While the Buccos are away, take pops to PNC Park.

With the Pittsburgh Pirates away in D.C. during Father’s Day weekend, tours of PNC Park will be in full swing! Take a day trip to the North Shore to see the game from the players’ points of view. No ifs, ands, or “bats” about it — this tour will surely make dad’s day a home run.

PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore. 412.321.2827.

10. Let dad get in touch with his artistic side.

The Frick Art & Historical Center is one of the more hidden gems Pittsburgh has to offer. A wonderful collection of art, a beautiful mansion to tour, and the ever-popular Car and Carriage Museum all present something interesting for everyone to see. Fathers get in free throughout the weekend, making Clayton — the original name of the building, as affectionately titled by Henry Clay Frick’s daughter — a top destination for a peaceful Father’s Day outing.

Frick Art & Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds St., East End. 412.371.0600.
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