From postcard-perfect fishing trips on the Chattahoochee River and picnics loaded with freshly-baked goodies to family movie nights, there are plenty of ways to celebrate dad on Father’s Day in Sandy Springs. Here are six to give you a jumpstart on your planning.


1. Enjoy the Great Outdoors

With more than 950 acres of parkland and 22 miles of the Chattahoochee River, outdoor adventures are always close at hand in Sandy Springs. Take dad on a hike along the 2.5-mile loop trail at the Powers Island unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, explore the leafy trails lacing the 30-acre John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve, or head to the always photo worthy overlook at East Palisades.

Of course, in Sandy Springs you can also spend Father’s Day on the Chattahoochee River. Plan a morning of trout fishing, spend an afternoon paddling the tranquil waters of Bull Sluice Lake, or enjoy a float downriver–the ultimate way to relax on a summer day. Grab your kayak, tubes and stand-up paddleboards and hit the water. 

Want to get him some new gear? Grab a gift card to High Country Outfitters or get him a gift certificate for a rental at the The High Country Paddle Shack. Another great gift that you can give dad now that he can use later is a gift certificate for River Through Atlanta's guided fishing trips on the Chattahoochee River.

As of June 4, The High Country Paddle Shack at Morgan Falls Overlook Park and the Nantahala Outdoor Center Outpost located at the Powers Island unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area have not reopened to the public for rentals. River Through Atlanta's is also closed for guided tours. However, they are still selling gift certificates for future visits as soon as the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area reaches that phase in it's reopening plan.   

2. Catch a Movie (and Buy Dad a Beer)

A visit to The Springs Cinema & Taphouse is no ordinary trip to the movies. The venue showcases the latest films in freshly updated theaters, and features a full taphouse–so while you catch a movie, you can also treat dad to a delicious libation. The taphouse has an extensive beer list sourced from breweries all over the world, including plenty of locally-crafted microbrews. They also have a variety of wines and cocktails as well as a menu of elevated theater snacks.

The Springs Cinema & Taphouse is now operating with new procedures to help keep guests safe. All tickets must be purchased through their app, and guests pick their seats in advance with buffer seats are built into the reservations. Because the summer movie schedule has changed and new releases have been delayed, they are showing a mix of recent and classic films at a reduced price of $7. They are also offering drive-in movies this summer on Friday and Saturday nights for guests who want to be able to stay in their own car.


3. Plan a Picnic in a Park

Grab take-out from a local restaurant and relax with a picnic on the shores of the Chattahoochee. Visit Sandy Springs

With 16 different city parks, there’s plenty of green space in the city, which makes it easy to spend Father’s Day soaking up the summer sunshine. Spread a picnic blanket beside the Chattahoochee River at Morgan Falls Overlook Park, explore the inventive playground at the Abernathy Greenway Linear Park, combine a family-friendly hike with an alfresco lunch at the historic Island Ford in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, or cool off on the splash pad at City Green.

Before you head out, be sure to pack a picnic spread loaded with dad’s favorite snacks. For a tasty Father’s Day treat, grab a box of artfully-crafted donuts at DaVinci’s Donuts, pick up freshly baked baguettes or sandwiches to-go at Café Vendôme, or load up on delicious gluten-free goodies, like muffins and croissants, at Zambawango.


4. Challenge Dad at Battle & Brew or Stars and Strikes

What’s better than a family game night? Spend a fun-filled Father’s Day challenging dad to a little friendly competition at local spots like Battle & Brew or Stars and Strikes. A video game themed restaurant sure to delight gaming enthusiasts of all ages, Battle & Brew offers a wide array of options, including racing simulators, television-centered gaming stations, and nostalgic arcade games, along with more than 100 different board games. The restaurant’s family-friendly menu also features classics like cheesesteaks, burgers, and house-made desserts, along with an extensive selection of cocktails and craft beers.

Those looking for a more classic game can head to Stars and Strikes for some good old-fashion bowling. They also have bumper cars, laser tag and an arcade. Guests can reserve their lanes in advance online. 


5. Treat Dad to Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner

Brunch is a surefire way to please dad. Visit Sandy Springs

Whether you want to spoil dad with a hearty breakfast, a laidback lunch on a sun-bathed patio, or an elegant evening out on the town, there’re plenty of choices. Order up time-tested breakfast classics like griddle-cooked pancakes, omelets, and ingredient-loaded scrambles at the kid-friendly Egg Harbor Café, tuck into crowd-pleasing comfort food favorites at the Southern Bistro, or feast on artfully-prepared cuisine while enjoying a perfectly paired wine at Ray’s on the River.

Of course, with the wide array of globally-inspired cuisine in Sandy Springs, you can also take dad on a culinary trip around the world with a special Father’s Day meal. For instance, explore the Mediterranean-inspired menu at Under the Cork Tree, experience a contemporary take on classic Vietnamese cuisine at NAM Kitchen ATL, or savor the flavors of Latin America at Mojave.


6. Play a Round of Golf

You don’t need to own a set of clubs to play to a round of golf with dad on Father’s Day. Instead, head to the Steel Canyon Golf Club for a round of family-friendly FootGolf–the perfect way to show off those flashy soccer skills! Invented in the Netherlands, the game uses a standard soccer ball instead of golf clubs and tees and involves aiming for much larger targets–making the sport accessible even for younger golfers. And don’t worry about footwear, FootGolf is played with regular old tennis shoes, so soccer cleats are not required.

Written by Malee Baker Oot for Matcha in partnership with Sandy Springs GA.