Father’s Day is right around the corner, and you know what that means, trying to find dad the perfect gift. Newburyport is the ideal place to celebrate the day whether you’re from the town or just visiting. Many residents from neighboring towns flock to Newburyport for the great food, atmosphere, shops, and fun activities.

Do you want to take dad out for a delicious Father’s Day breakfast? If so, Abraham’s Bagels is the place to go. This small cafe has bagels and sandwiches to die for, plus veggie options for anyone who is not a meat eater. If it’s a nice day, be sure to soak up some sun and fresh air by sitting in their outdoor dining area.

If your dad isn’t a breakfast guy, try taking him to Loretta for a delicious lunch or dinner. They have a vast variety of food on their menu, so even the picky eaters of the family will be in luck. Locals recommend their New England clam chowder and the crab cakes. One of the best things about living in a coastal town, like Newburyport, is access to some of the freshest seafood in America.

Another fun activity for the whole family is a picnic in Maudslay State Park, this local park which is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The park is stunning and is even a favorite wedding spot for locals and members of surrounding cities. Pack up the kids and some of dad’s favorite foods and head over to the park for the perfect outdoor family activity.

Newburyport is home to one of the most beautiful marinas Massachusettes has to offer. The Newburyport Harbor Marina is a hub for local and visiting boats. If you happen to be on a boat ride and need to fill up, be sure to dock at the marina. If you get hungry or need a break from the eat, the local ice cream shops will be happy to serve you a sweet treat.

Do you want to give your dad the gift of an adrenaline rush this year? Metro Rock Indoor Climbing Center is a great rock climbing gym catering to beginners and advanced climbers. This can be something the whole family can enjoy; the gym has specialized training for kids. Plus if it happens to be raining the entire gym is indoors.

Gift giving is never easy if you want to give dad something he will cherish, try heading to one of the downtown shopping areas. Head over to Green Plum Vintage Goods to find dad a real treasure, or get him a ‘Life is Good’ t-shirt, a true Massachusettes icon. If he’s a sports fan try checking out some of the local shops for all his Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics gear.

Father’s Day is a day to not only celebrate our patriarchs but also a time for family bonding and fun! Be sure to check out some of our local actives for a day dad will remember.