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Seven Ways to Spend Father's Day in Boston

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We’ll spare you the clichéd joke about getting Dad another tie for Father’s Day this year (even if he might really like one), but if you’re looking for something special to do this year on June 17, here are seven ways you can show your father just how much you appreciate all he’s done for you.

Spa Day

Dad certainly won’t feel intimidated about such grooming when it’s specifically geared toward men. The Emerge Spa, on Newbury Street, offers a number of manly services, including a sports pedicure (50 minutes, $65), gentleman’s facial (60 minutes for $115), and waxing ($25-$80). Appointments can be arranged at 617-437-0006 or emergespasalon.com/services.

Go Cruising

Spirit Cruises has a couple of special cruises scheduled for Father’s Day. There is both a lunch cruise (11 a.m.- 2 p.m., $49.90 adults, $29.95 children ages 3-12) and a sunset cruise (6-8:30 p.m., $64.90 adults, $38.95 children ages 3-12), both including buffets, DJs, and views of Boston Harbor. Visit spiritofboston.com/Boston/fathersday to make reservations.

Dine Out

While some Dads would prefer to stay home and cook on the grill, many others would love to hit the town and enjoy a nice brunch or dinner at one of Boston’s finest restaurants. Or, even one of Boston’s not-so-fine restaurants. Open Table has a plethora of options for both brunch and dinner on Father’s Day, whether you’re in the mood for eggs benedict, or a perfectly-cooked steak. As always, make reservations early. Visit www.opentable.com for complete listings

Walk for Life

Hit the Boston streets for a worthy cause by participating in the Boston Prostate Cancer Walk. Since 2001, this annual 5K event has aimed to raise funds for one of the most dangerous forms of cancer in men and hopes to improve the quality of life for its survivors. The event begins at 9 a.m. on June 17 at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. Register to walk ($25) at bostonpcwalk.org. The event hopes to raise $200,000 this year.

Talk to the Animals

The Franklin Park Zoo – home of the new Zoorassic Park – offers free admission to all fathers on Father’s Day. Visit www.zoonewengland.org for hours and other information.

Brew It Up

If Dad is a lover of craft brews, it’s no secret there are a great number of local establishments that speak to beer geeks everywhere. Whether it’s Lord Hobo, The Publick House, or a pint at Bukowski’s, Dad is sure to appreciate stepping in for a pint at one of Boston’s local beer bars. Here are some of the best to visit.

Go Back...to the Island

The Boston Harbor Islands’ Jazz on the Porch series kicks off on Father’s Day with with guitarist David Ehle. Kick back with Dad on Spectacle Island and listen to the smooth sounds of jazz, big band, and swing ensembles. The program runs each Sunday at noon through Aug. 26 and is free of charge. For ferry schedule and fare information, visit www.bostonharborislands.org.
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