Father’s Day Ideas in Mountaineer Country

Give Dad a Day to Remember!

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re like many, you are a last-minute shopper. It can be difficult to determine what your dad would want as a gift, so why not make memories with him instead? With these top ideas, you and your dad will have something to talk about for a lifetime.

Grab a Bite

Mountaineer Country restaurants are offering Dad-approved deals you can work into your weekend plans. Enjoy award-winning BBQ at Smokin’ J’s Rib and Brewhouse or pub-style comfort dishes at Leonard’s Grill

Treat your dad (or yourself) to a delicious Father’s Day Breakfast Buffet at The Preston County Inn. The menu includes assorted pastries, hashbrowns, cottage fried potatoes, chicken frittata, blueberry pancakes, southern cheese grits, and so much more. The buffet is $16 and reservations can be made by calling (304) 329-2220.

Check out our Outdoor Dining Guide for a variety of restaurants offering al fresco seating options in Mountaineer Country. Between craft beer overlooking the river and the perfect Hawaiian escape, you’ll find the perfect meal for dad.

Grab a Drink  

Take Dad to Tin 202 for amazing tapas and drinks that are perfect for your Father’s Day celebration. Try one of the classic or house cocktails, or ask them to make a cocktail crafted just for you and your dad.

Head to Mario’s Fishbowl for a frosty fishbowl, and order some mouth-watering chicken wings while you’re there! Try the craft beer and paninis at Apothecary Ale House and Cafe. For a delicious steak dinner with your choice of signature bourbon, visit Bourbon Prime with Dad.

Support local breweries like High Ground Brewing, Screech Owl Brewing, Mountain State Brewing Company, Crockett’s Lodge, Big Sandy Brews, and Chestnut Brew Works. Each is owned and operated in Mountaineer Country, serving up their own unique craft beer selection, along with your favorites.

Adventure in Mountaineer Country

Looking for adventure? Soar through the trees and overcome obstacles at WVU Zipline Canopy Tour with your dad. If you’re not ready to leave just yet, rent a yurt (bunkhouse) and spend time with the family in the West Virginia hills.

Is Dad a history buff? Check out Preston County History Day and go back in time at Arthurdale Heritage. Spend the day at the McGrew House for the launch of their monthly Historical Tours of Preston County. 

Introduce Dad to the exciting activity of ax throwing, or try out the Smash Room at Mountain Man Axe Throwing! Call and schedule ahead of time to ensure you get the chance to throw! Pro tip: This activity is for families or groups with individuals ages 16+. Those ages 16 and 17 must have an adult with them and sign a waiver to participate. Wear close-toed shoes!

Hit the course with Dad for some Father’s Day golf memories. Mountaineer Country offers a variety of golf courses in the area where you can swing into the fairway.

Looking to catch a baseball game? Good news, the Black Bears have a home game on Sunday! Head to the Kendrick Family Ballpark at Monongalia County Baseball Complex for Father’s Day at the Ballpark

Hit the Water


Rise to the challenge with white water rafting in Mountaineer Country. With multiple river access points stretching across Preston and Taylor County, and varying levels of difficulty and distance, you’ll find the trip that best fits you.

For a less adrenaline-pumping activity, rent kayaks, canoes, or a boat on Cheat Lake for a fun family day in the sun. Head over to Morgantown Adventure Outfitters to rent kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes, they also offer guided group opportunities that are beginner-friendly. Another option is to try the many hiking and biking trails around Mountaineer Country that are great for quality time together. Or go to  Jazzy’s Hydrobikes to experience the Town of Star City and Morgantown the way it was meant to be seen: from the water! 


Enjoy a lake day at Bruceton Mills Lake with PADLZ Canoe & Kayak Rentals. Take in the mountain scenery and relax, paddle, and swim for the day. Family groups and pets are welcome.

Head to Tygart Lake Marina for boat rentals and fishing. Visit our Tygart Lake State Park Visitors Guide and surprise Dad with a day full of outdoor adventure by the lake. Stop by Tygart Adventures, the area’s best watercourse, and embark on an experience on the lake!

Looking for the perfect place to stay for the holiday weekend? Check out Mountaineer Country’s guide to find your perfect overnight accommodations. Use our booking tool below to find the best rates on hotel rooms for Father’s Day weekend! We offer a variety of Mountaineer Deals for hotel options in Mountaineer Country.

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