Father’s Day gift ideas, things to do

Father's Day is an opportunity to honor all of the dads in our lives. Along the Gulf Coast, from Baton Rouge to Mississippi, we've collected several ideas on how to celebrate. From gift suggestions to bonding activities with everything in between, check out our list of ideas below.

No Budget? No Problem

The New Orleans area has plenty of free activities on deck this weekend, including the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, a Father’s Day Second Line, and Audubon Zoo’s Father’s Day Music and Family Celebration. Just be warned: Dad gets the discount, but depending on activity, you might not.

Go Big or Go Home

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Father’s Day is a great excuse to spoil Dad. A special lunch at Galatoire’s might do the trick. Or perhaps a drink at the top of a rooftop bar? Or how about brunch?

Buy Him Something Nice

Cigars, a hot shave, maybe a round of golf, or even cooking classes: Baton Rouge offers several choices for spoiling the dads in your lives.

Get Thee in the Water

From water parks to water ways, spending a day on the water is never a bad idea. And for the more extreme adventure-seekers, there are activities like kite surfing.


Whether you’re an expert in the kitchen or a neophyte, he’ll appreciate the effort. Here are 8 tips for a better burger. We also have some advice on shucking oysters properly and a delicious strawberry cream pie tutorial.

Drink in Style

There’s more to life than a 40 oz. Local brewery Tin Roof has plenty to offer the discerning beer fan, while cocktail fans are sure to enjoy a proper Sazerac. Finally, here’s a guide to Bourbon.