Do Dad’s Day right in Las Vegas

Looking for a unique way to show dad just how much you love him on Father’s Day? Bring him to the city of excess. From over-the-top attractions to a plethora of food specials, you’ll find plenty of ways to do Dad’s Day right in Las Vegas.

High Roller. Photo courtesy Las Vegas Sun.

Show pops he’s tops. Remind your dad how much you look up to him by sending him to the top of the world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller. He’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip, the mountains and the valley from 550 feet in the air. This Father’s Day, dad rides free with the purchase of any ticket. Is dad afraid of heights? Have no fear. He also receives a free drink (aka liquid courage).

Zone out. They may not always admit it, but even men like a little pampering. That’s where Las Vegas spas come in handy. At Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace dad will have access to the 50,000-square-foot spa as well as a Men’s Zone with a traditional barber chair, high-definition flat-screen television, jazz music and a full wet bar. Barber services start at $65. The Bellagio Spa & Salon has  barber services starting at $40, and also offers a variety of add-ons including a mustache trim for $15 and a head shave for $45. Check out other Las Vegas spas here.

A day he’ll never “fore”-get. Take dad out to play on a lawn he won’t have to mow — the rolling hills and lush fairways of a  Las Vegas golf course. For golfing on the Las Vegas Strip, Bali Hai Golf Club next to Mandalay Bay is like an oasis in the desert with 4,000 trees, 2,500 palms and 100,000 tropical plants. After playing this increasingly challenging par-71 course, take dad for lunch on the patio at Cili Restuarant overlooking hole 16. Check out other Las Vegas golf courses here.

Photo courtesy Exotics Racing.

Hit the road. He’s long past his mid-life crisis but dad can still put the pedal to the metal in a fancy-shmancy car like a Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini or Aston Martin and do laps on a real racetrack at Exotics Racing. Packages start at $99. If dad prefers to drive the speed limit, $305 gets him behind the wheel of a Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang, Corvette Z06 and Dodge Challenger SRT8 on the American Muscle Car Driving Experience. This isn’t your typical family road trip.

A “high-caliber” gift. From Machine Guns Vegas to Range 702, there are tons of places dad can enjoy a day of shooting in Las Vegas. On Saturday, June 14, the Shoot Las Vegas mobile shooting range is offering Father’s Day packages starting at $222 at the Pro Gun Club in Boulder City. Or combine his love of gun ranges and red meat with a Bullets and Burgers Adventure Tour. Fire fully automatic weapons at an outdoor gun range in a Desert Storm atmosphere, and cap off the experience by dining on a delicious burger. Packages start at $50.

Father’s Day feedings. If dad’s a fan of Italian food, take him to the Father’s Day Brunch at Buddy V’s Ristorante between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 15. Cost is $32.95 per person, $14.95 for children ages 10 and under. If BBQ, beer and bull rides are more dad’s bag, head to PBR Rock Bar inside the Miracle Mile shops at Planet Hollywood. Dads receive a free 22-ounce Pabst Blue Ribbon and a free ride on the bull with the purchase of a half-rack of ribs or brisket. At Rockhouse inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian and Palazzo, dad can dine on the Mini-Me — three mini dogs topped with chili, cheddar cheese and diced onions, plus a Rolling Rock draft beer — for only $10.

Hit the road. The Las Vegas Strip’s first Harley-Davidson dealership doesn’t open until October. In the meantime you can send dad cruising on a motorcycle rental tour. With packages starting at $249, dad will choose from a variety of motorcycles and hit the open road for an adventure, which may include tours of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Valley of Fire State Park, Death Valley, Furnace Creek and Kingman, Arizona.

“Bowl” him over. Grab your balls (get your mind out of the gutter) and put a spin on the typical Father’s Day by taking dad bowling. It’s a fun activity for just you and dad; it’s also fun for the whole family. Las Vegas bowling alleys include Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ on the Las Vegas Strip and the bowling alleys at South Point and Sam’s Town.

Show him some laughs. Father’s Day should be a joyful occasion. So why not pick an activity that will bring a smile to everyone’s face? Choose from the line-up of comedians at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand, the Improv at Harrah’s or the Laugh Factory at Tropicana. Vegas is also home to several resident comedians such as Louie Anderson, Vinnie Favorito and Andrew Dice Clay. If you’re here with your family, check out the hilarious magical antics of Mac King or the impressive and laugh-out-loud funny juggling skills of Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action. Find more Las Vegas comedy shows here.

Unwrap a happy Father’s Day. Head to the Forum Shops to buy dad the perfect gift such as cigars, ashtrays, glassware, humidors, lighters, cutters and more at Casa Fuente; father and son matching Moorea polar bear or world map swim trunks at Vilebrequin; or belt buckles, hats and boots from Kemo Sabe. If you prefer to go the traditional route, get him a 100 percent-silk tie from Thomas Pink. For more Father’s Day shopping options in Las Vegas, click here.