Celebrate Sailing Dads June 19

Here Are 4 Ideas for Father’s Day for Sailing Dads

This year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 19. And what better way to celebrate the sailing dad or father figure in your life than with something boating related? Here are four ideas:

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The Antique and Classic Boat Festival June 17-19 appeals to boating enthusiasts of all ages. It takes place at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum June 17-19.

1. The Antique and Classic Boat Festival unfolds June 17-19 Father’s Day weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. This is one of our favorite festivals in Bay country and for good reason—festival-goers are treated to classic boats, seminars, boat rides, maritime-themed artists and vendors, and more. Tickets are valid for two consecutive days and cost $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $6 children ages 6-17 (discounts for college students and retired and active military with ID). Learn more and purchase tickets at cbmm.org. Presented by the Chesapeake Bay chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.

2. Get out on the water with Dad. Take a sail to a dock bar or restaurant for brunch or lunch. Or, pack a lunch and enjoy it on the hook. Find destination ideas at our See the Bay page. Better yet, book a sail with the Schooner Woodwind and let someone else do all the work. The Woodwind has a Father’s Day Brunch sail scheduled for June 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., departing from Annapolis. Tickets cost $100. Learn more at schoonerwoodwind.com.

3. Surprise dad with tickets to a SS John W. Brown living history cruise. A restored Liberty Ship from World War II, the John W. Brown will cruise out of Baltimore September 24 with guests aboard. Tickets aren’t inexpensive, around $200, but this is a six-hour cruise that includes lunch and tours of the engine room, gun deck, flybridge, crew quarters, and more. WWII aircraft fly-bys are planned, weather permitting. Details and ticket information are available at johnwbrown.org.

4. If your dad is a Parrot Head (what sailor isn’t?), consider surprising him with tickets to see Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band July 19 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Tickets range from $49 to $150: merriweathermusic.com/event/jimmy-buffett