5 of the Best Outdoor Activities to Do with Dad

Father’s Day is just a few days away on Sunday June 18th, and we know how tough it can be to find unique ways to celebrate.


If your dad or father figure is anything like ours, he probably loves spending time outdoors. This year, instead of the usual socks or ties, why not give him a day to remember with some exciting outdoor adventures? Here at Portwest - The Outdoor Shop, we’ve compiled a list of 5 fantastic outdoor activities to do with Dad this Father's Day.


 1: Hiking


There's nothing quite like a good hike to bring people together. Whether it's a leisurely walk in the woods or a challenging climb up a mountain, hiking is a fantastic way to spend quality time with Dad. Plus, it's a great opportunity to get some exercise and enjoy the beauty of nature. You'll need some good hiking boots, a backpack with essentials like water and snacks, and maybe even hiking poles. We've an entire hiking collection here.


 2: Trail Running


If your dad is a bit of a fitness enthusiast, a trail run could be just the thing. Unlike road running, trail running offers more varied terrain and stunning scenery. It’s a fantastic way to get your blood pumping and enjoy being outdoors at the same time. Make sure to have comfortable trail running shoes and breathable clothing to make your run as enjoyable as possible.


 3: Bodyboarding


Do you fancy something a little more adrenaline-filled? Bodyboarding is a thrilling, fun-filled activity that's great for all ages. And bodyboarding is perfect for beginners because you can ride the white water into shore. Catching waves together will surely create memories to last a lifetime. You don’t need much to get started, just a bodyboard and we recommend a wetsuit. Of course, we have a selection of quality bodyboards instore and wetsuits available online for you and Dad.


 4: Camping


There's something inherently bonding about camping. Setting up a tent, building a fire, and cooking food outdoors can be a fun and rewarding experience. You'll have a ton of options of campsites and camping spots in Ireland and camping is a fantastic way to connect with nature and each other. You can spend the evening stargazing and telling stories around the campfire. Of course we recommend you bring a tent, sleeping bags, and all your camping essentials. If you're missing any gear, you can find everything you need for a successful camping trip with our camping range.


 5: A Day at the Beach


If you're looking for something a bit more laid back, a day at the beach could be just the ticket. It's a great way to enjoy each other's company without any distractions. You can build sandcastles, play beach games, or simply watch the waves. And don't forget to pack a lunch - what's your dad's favourite lunch? Sandwiches or a steak salad can make for a delightful picnic. A beach umbrella and comfortable beach chairs are must-haves for a relaxing day at the beach. Remember to bring sunscreen and a hat to protect from the sun.


Father's Day is all about showing Dad how much you appreciate him. What better way to do that than by spending quality time together, enjoying the outdoors? Whether you choose a vigorous hike, camping, a day at the beach, or any other outdoor adventure, you'll be creating memories that you'll both cherish for years to come.


And remember, here at Portwest - The Outdoor Shop, we've got all the gear you need to make these adventures happen. So, this Father's Day, let's ditch the traditional gifts and opt for experiences instead. Because the best gift you can give is time spent together.

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