Start your engines! Dads get free admission during Father’s Day weekend, June 18-19, 2022 at the San Diego Automotive Museum. To make the weekend even more special, come out Sunday morning for “Cars and Coffee” in the museum’s front parking area. See cars of all makes and models while enjoying coffee, donuts and car talk starting at 7:30 a.m. Plus the event is free to attend and show your car.
If Dad is a nature lover, your Father’s Day can be about the great outdoors! Take the whole family for an early morning hike along the accessible trails of the Tijuana Estuary in National City. Stop by the Tijuana Estuary Visitors Center and learn how you can experience the beauty and wonder of this natural wetland habitat by hiking and biking to birding and horseback riding. Get more information here.
San Diego Bay Front
Adventure awaits at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships including the world’s oldest active ship Star of India. Take a tour during the day or plan ahead and get tickets here for spectacular fireworks viewing on July 4. Feeling even more adventurous? Get your tickets here for the July 9 Grand Opening of Sea Monsters: Delving in the Deep Myth.
Just in time for Father’s Day! The J.A. Cooley Museum introduces the newest addition to its impressive collection of automobiles, a 1981 Delorean DMC. Go back in time with Dad and experience 109 years of auto manufacturing and 36 other rare collections. The museum is located one mile north of Balboa Park and includes fun interactive displays.
Historic Old Town
A Whaley House Haunted Evening Tour makes the scary good Father’s Day Gift! Worldwide known as the Most Haunted House in America, it is recognized for its historical significance in Old Town San Diego. Be part of the historic legacy, mystery and legends of the Whaley Family, and hear of their myths and misconceptions. Approximately 30-minute guided tour through the historic Whaley House and the surrounding grounds. Regale in the tales of the spirits from the past and perhaps even experience the paranormal. Book your evening tours here.
Our spidey-sense is tingling . . . something AMAZING is coming. Get Dad tickets here to see Spider-Man: Beyond Amazing – The Exhibition opening July 1 at the Comic-Con Museum. Make it a double and get tickets here to the Night at the Comic-Con Museum event to celebrate the induction of Marvel’s Spider-Man to its Museum Character Hall of Fame on Wednesday, July 20.
As “one of Southern California’s most consistent surf spots,” Oceanside’s local surf culture and old school beach vibe truly make for a fun weekend catching waves with the family. For more fun, look no further than the California Surf Museum located in downtown Oceanside. This family-friendly museum has a stunning collection of surfboards and more including the exhibit featuring the courageous Bethany Hamilton and the shark-bitten surfboard as depicted in the movie, Soul Surfer.
Give Dad a fun and exciting day of golf at the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s “Dick Lareau Memorial Charity Golf Tournament” on August 10. The day includes 18 Holes at the Admiral Baker Golf Course, breakfast, lunch, drinks and more plus it helps support the museum’s youth STEM programs. Find out more here.
Experience thrills and chills as Jurassic World: Dominion roars into the Fleet Science Center‘s Heikoff Giant Dome Theater all Father’s Day Weekend. Feel the footsteps on the 76-foot dome theater screen with Next-Generation IMAX featuring laser system and surround sound. Get your tickets here. While at the Fleet, check out the fun, new exhibition Snow.
San Diego County
This Father’s Day Weekend and through through Labor Day, active-duty military and their families can enjoy free admission at participating museums thanks to a collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the U.S. Department of Defense. Blue Star Museums in San Diego include Bonita Museum and Cultural Center, Coronado Historical Association, Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, Japanese Friendship Garden, Mingei International Museum, Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum, Museum of Making Music, Museum of Photographic Arts, The New Children’s Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego Museum of Art and Visions Museum of Textile Art.