Dad’s Day In Denver – Adventures in the Mile High City

Fishing in DenverThe practicality of a tie, cufflinks or wallet clip will quickly fade but the memory of a great experience has longevity. We’re all about experiences here at the Franciscan and feel that doodads, whatchamacallits and thingamabobs are not necessarily a wise use of your dollars. So without further adieu, here are our recommendations for Father’s Day activities he will enjoy reminiscing about for at least the next year. Dad’s Day in Denver has never had so many options.

1. Beer Tour

You may have heard that Colorado is the “Napa Valley of Beer.” Given that more than 10 percent of the nation’s craft breweries are found in Colorado and we make up less than 2 percent of the country’s population is one reason. The economic benefits of brewing are another. According to the most recent statistics from the Brewers Association, the economic impact of craft beer on the state economy of slightly more than $2.7 billion and growing.

You can plan out your own beer tour by making sure you have:

  • A day carved out without any adult responsibilities
  • A responsible designated driver
  • Food and plenty of water
  • Map to plan your route

If you would prefer to let the professionals handle it, sign up for the Denver Microbrew Tour. Your $29 ticket includes: 10 beer samples, a guided 1.5 mile stroll through the Ballpark and LODO historic districts, visits to several microbreweries and a tap room in downtown Denver, a pint of your choice at the end of the tour, beer trivia and scandalous Denver history tidbits.

2. Classic Cars

Head to the Clive Cussler car museum. It is located in Arvada, open May through September, Monday thru Thursday 10 am – 5pm and charges $10 admission. Inside you will find 100 significant automobiles, ranging in years from 1906 to 1965.

3. High-end Cars

Why not give Dad the chance to drive the kind of car he would have if you had never came into the picture? The most well known and highly reviewed place we found was Mile High Drives. According to a 5 star Yelp.com review, “They have a predetermined route, a spotter that goes along with to help with blind spots, and a quick driver training course, all of which make you feel at ease in this beast of a car!” Cars include a BMW i8, Corvette Z06, Ferrari 458 and a Lamborghini Gallardo.

4. Fishing 

It’s all about the Trout in Colorado. To find a great spot, use this site. If your Dad wants to try fly fishing, make sure to get the gear and read up on the best places.

5. Cooking Class

If you live down south, we recommend the nearby Kitchen Table in Greenwood Village.

They offer a Tacos and Tequila couples class. Other notable classes include an “Italian Road Trip” and Peruvian cuisine. You can get a gift certificate and use it at any time. But if you sign up Saturday, June 11th you can enjoy “Bison and Bourbon.”

There are some Dads who like grilling tools and power tools but we think the above ideas won’t rust anytime soon. And if you just want to throw him a party at home and don’t want to take care of the food, give us a call! We’ve got some dad-friendly catering options he’ll be sure to enjoy. From the Cacciavillani family to yours, Happy Father’s Day!