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Best Father's Day in Yosemite and Madera County

American Cuisine, Food & Wine, Hiking, Museums & Historical Tours

Forget another golf shirt. Skip the doggone tie. Instead of buying something that’s a dust collector, why not give him something that will last a lifetime… a weekend road trip to Yosemite filled with priceless memories! Here’s a few ideas to make it the best Father’s Day in Yosemite and Madera County.

Fossil’s & Father’s Day Celebration

Does your Dad feel “old” or think he’s older than dirt? Show him that he’s wrong as part of the Fossil’s & Father’s Day Celebration at the Fossil Discovery Center in Madera. With a collection of fossils found in Madera’s backyard over 700,000 years old, he’ll feel like a young whippersnapper. Plus, FREE admission for all Dads and a complimentary gift. Talk about a perfect family outing.

Summerdale BBQ

For many Dads, Father’s Day means working over the grill. Why not treat him to the joys of BBQ without the work & head over to Tenaya Lodge for Summerdale BBQ. From grilled tri-tip to live music and the first beer for Dad is on the house, it's a win-win!

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

A high-pitched whistle. The sudden jerk of the heavy iron body as it begins to move forward. Chug, chug, chug, CHUG, CHUG! Looking up, you see the clear white steam expelling from the chimney. No matter a person’s age, nothing brings out the kid in you more than a steam locomotive. Experience this is in person at the world famous Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.

Yosemite National Park

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning “the Park.” At over 1,169 square miles to explore, it makes sense to bring the “mountain man” Dad for a great outdoor experience. From pitching a tent in one of the many campgrounds to hiking up to Half Dome or gazing at one of the many waterfalls, it will be a trip he won’t forget.  One quick note - we love spontaneity as much as anyone else but if the camping or hiking Half Dome ideas are potentially part of your adventure plans, we encourage you to head over to to check on campsite availability. make reservations and/or to grab a permit for the cables before coming.  

As you can see, there's a ton of fun things going on in Yosemite and Madera Country the weekend of June 14-16, 2019. Give that special Dad in your life a change of scenery, a dash of outdoor time and of course, some good old-fashioned fun!

Alex Silgalis

Alex founded® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.


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