Father’s Day Gifts He Will Love

When the dad in your life insists that he doesn’t need anything for Father’s Day, it’s time to get creative and show him how much you care. Explore our handpicked gift guide, featuring this year’s top gifts that will help you make memories together outdoors while also giving him the opportunity to replace or upgrade some of his trusted essentials. 

For the dad who likes to chill in the summer, and tailgate in the fall.

We know what you’re thinking- dad has a cooler. Hear us out. Make dad the envy of the crew with the feature-packed Yeti Tundra Wheeled Cooler. With two durable and puncture resistant tires, and a long aluminum-welded towing arm, dad will be rolling up in style whether his adventures are at the tailgate, or on the beach. This is the perfect gift so dad can spend less time hauling and more time chilling. If dad could use a smaller cooler or some more Yeti Ice’s for his current setup, shop all Yeti here

For the dad who deserves some r&r in nature.

Elevate dad’s camping adventures, or should we say elongate, with the epic Kelty Lowdown Couch. With 3 seats, there is enough room for the family or for dad to stretch out and unwind after a long hike. Because when it comes to enjoying nature, comfort should never be compromised. Does he need a more lightweight option? Check out all of our outdoor chairs here.

For the dad who’s impossible to shop for.

Gift him the impossible-to-resist with Goodr Sunglasses. Goodr Sunglasses offer a blend of style, functionality, and affordability, making it an easy choice and a high chance he needs a fresh pair.


 For the dad who’s always on the go.

Celebrate the adventurous spirit of the dad who’s always on the go this Father’s Day. Gift him a pair of shoes that will keep up with his active lifestyle and be the foundation of cherished memories shared with you, whether at the gym, around town, or in the great outdoors. Shop our top footwear gifts that match his lifestyle here.


 For the dad who loves activities and quality time.

Pickleball is having its moment and has been quickly gaining popularity across all age groups, and it’s a game that brings people closer together while having a lot of fun. With the Nettie Pickleball Set, you’ll guarantee endless hours of enjoyment for the whole family. Whether he’s a seasoned player or new to the sport, it’s an easy sport to pick up and perfect for all levels. Game on! Shop Nettie Pickleball Sets here.


Still looking for more ideas for the dad in your life? Click here for our full Father’s Day Gift Guide. We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or in-store pickup! #BeOutdoors

Take Dad Camping in an off-grid UNIMOG adventure

I love to explore, and I am always looking for new and unique experiences to enjoy around our great state of Alabama. I also enjoy spreading that knowledge on to the followers of Alabama Outdoors – because hey, sometimes you don’t think there is anything to do around here, and that can be the farthest from the truth. So, today’s adventure that I think you might love experiencing with a partner or even making it a great Father’s Day outing is off-grid camping inside of a German UNIMOG vehicle. Epic!


How did I hear about it?

I found Case Rock ECO Retreat on Airbnb, and it is run by Rachel and Glenn Evans. They had a listing for an “Off-Grid UNIMOG Zombie-Free Adventure,” and well…I am not going to pass that up. Better yet, you might think an off-grid experience would be quite a drive to get to, but this get-away is located in Kimberly, Alabama. So for me, living in Birmingham, that is a short 30-minute drive to be one-with-nature.

Find it here on Airbnb.


About the Off-Grid UNIMOG on Mog Mountain in Case Rock ECO Retreat

The UNIMOG is on Mog Mountain and is one of three Airbnb spots at the pet-friendly Case Rock Eco-Retreat. The main area to sleep is inside a 1966 UNIMOG used on the film sets of The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games. It is a four-wheel-drive military vehicle. There is a comfortable wooden pavilion that houses the Mog. It includes a kitchen, a living and dining space, an observation deck, a sleeping loft, an outdoor shower, and a composting toilet. All of this overlooks a fire pit and plenty of trees to hang your hammock up and chill.


Renting Off-Grid UNIMOG Adventure

Booking a rental for this adventure through Airbnb was quick and easy. Rachel and Glenn are “Super Hosts” through Airbnb, which means most everyone has a really great experience. There is an extensive House Rules section which you are strongly encouraged to read. Do not let this intimidate you. It is only in place to ensure you understand you will be off-grid and that you do not step into a situation you are not prepared for. For example, showing up thinking that you can drive your BMW right up to your campsite. Negative.


The Adventure Begins…

Upon arriving at Case Rock ECO Retreat, you will pull into the drive and take a right where you can park beside their goat pen. This is where your vehicle will stay, so as I said up top – do not think you will drive your car anywhere. Even if you have four-wheel drive, it will not make it on the very rough road to get to your campsite. You will be greeted by Glenn, who is very lovely and accommodating, and he will drive you the rest of the way in a UTV.

What should I pack?

Though the UNIMOG is off-grid, there are still plenty of accommodations where you do not need to bring too much gear. I recommend bringing the following to have a fun and comfortable stay:

  1. Bring a cooler packed with drinks, food (dinner & breakfast), and of course, the ingredients for S’mores. Psst, we have an excellent video for S’more recipes here. Remember, once you are out at the MOG, the only way back to your car is the long walk back down the entry road. Doordash or going out to a restaurant will not work here.
  2. Pack bug spray. The Mog Mountain pavilion has several citronella candles, but nothing beats on body/on gear protection. I recommend Sawyer Permethrin spray to treat any clothing you will be wearing as well as your hammocks or accessories. I use it on all my adventure trips.
  3. Bring a hammock. When I stayed the night, a hammock was already hanging, but I was unsure how long it had been exposed to weather and the elements, potentially causing the fabric to become thin and not secure. So, I recommend bringing your favorite hammock. I hung my ENO up between the two pavilion posts and was in heaven.
  4. Bring a towel. The beautiful Locust Fork River is a quick walk from the MOG, where you can swim and play in the water. Case Rock ECO Retreat provides bath towels but recommends using your own towel to dry off from the river. I brought a Nomadix Pack Towel because it packs down really well and isn’t bulky.
  5. Bring a change of clothes. Upon arriving, wear something comfortable, and that will keep you cool. More than likely, the temperatures will be warm by the time you check-in, so wear a good pair of breathable performance shorts, and a t-shirt paired with shoes that can grip terrain like Chacos. There are a little over 100 acres of property here with hiking trails, so you will get sweaty if you explore, so lightweight performance apparel is key here. Temperatures will more than likely dip at night, so always pack a long-sleeve, hoody, or light jacket, even if you do not think it could possibly get cold.

Accommodations to expect

I had a wonderful time staying at MOG Mountain and sleeping in the UNIMOG. It was the perfect balance of off-grid camping with the convenience of glamping and not overthinking about what to bring. Perhaps, we will call it off-grid glamping. It is a beautiful place to bring friends or family, relax, enjoy a unique experience, and not feel like you are entirely roughing it. If you know someone who wants to get into camping but may not be the most outdoorsy person, I 100% recommend the UNIMOG experience as their introduction into the outdoors camping world.


You will have a small kitchen with a gas stove, a place to sit and eat, an observation deck to climb up on, a composting toilet (think fancy outhouse with the feel of an indoor bathroom), and an outdoor shower with hot water. Case Rock ECO Retreat will also provide bath towels, sheets, soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and paper products (toilet paper). I had a wonderful experience, and I believe you will also. Have fun exploring!



Needing a gift for the dad in your life? Shop here for great gifts from top brands he is sure to love! We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors

2022 Father’s Day Gift Guide

We know shopping for Dad isn’t always easy. From steak subscriptions to lawnmowers, sometimes Father’s Day gifts feel like you’re just giving dad more work to do. So ditch the boring and forgettable this year and get Dad gear to get outdoors. Spend time together and enjoy some adventures by getting dad something he’ll really love!

For the fit dad who loves the gym

If your dad is a fitness fanatic, you know how often he needs new training shorts. Whether he’s lifting weights, pounding the pavement, or relaxing after a big workout, the Free Fly Men’s Lined Breeze Shorts – 7.5” inseam is perfect. These lightweight, lined shorts have two hand pockets and a drawstring for versatile comfort. With a moisture-wicking bamboo blend, they’re silky-smooth and feel great on the move or chilling out. And dad will love all the color options and the relaxed fit. Thanks to the 7.5-inch inseam, it has the right amount of coverage without limiting dad’s range of motion. Shop now

For the dad who’s always up for a weekend trek

For some, camping with dad is a cherished memory. Celebrate those memories together in The North Face Stormbreak 2 Person Tent. This classic style easy-going tent is the perfect car-camping companion. At only 5.8lbs, it’s perfect for setting up for the weekend as your basecamp for local adventures. Dad will love the extra headroom and optimized airflow that make it super liveable. Plus, the oversized doors provide a great view wherever you are, and the new design tackles bad weather with ease. Shop now

For the dad that’s always hitting the links

When playing golf isn’t enough and dad starts converting your backyard into a putting green, get him a classic Duck Head Men’s Hayes Performance Logo Polo. This sporty polo combines classic style with a poly-cotton blend for moisture-wicking comfort. With details like the iconic Duck Head logo and a breathable 3-button neck, it’s the right balance of subtle and style for dad. So whether you’re getting on the green together or just want him to think of you when he’s out there, check out these performance polos. Shop now


For the dad who’s always on the go

Dads on the move don’t need to settle for style when they travel with the Coastal Cotton Men’s Performance Stretch Tour Shorts – 7.5″ Inseam. These classic shorts feature a performance stretch design and essential style. Dad will love the extra stretch and comfortable fit. For the dad who’s always on the go and doesn’t want to slow down for style, get him the shorts that don’t compromise. Shop now

For the dad who’s impossible to shop for

Sometimes it’s impossible to find the perfect gift for dad. We’ve been there before, and that’s why the On Men’s Cloud 5 Shoes is always a great choice. These comfortable, lightweight sneakers are peak dad. From the easy-going, slip-on laces to the super supportive insole, they go with the flow and keep dad comfortable on his feet all day long. With colors that will match his style (or lack thereof) with ease. So if you’re all out of ideas for dad, check them out! Shop now


Shop all these great options and more this Father’s Day, and celebrate Real Dad’s Outside with Alabama Outdoors!

Father’s Day Adventure Giveaway!

We have teamed up with our friends at Gearbox Adventure Rentals, Cahaba Cycles, and Nemo Equipment to make this Father’s Day one you will never forget. See details below for a chance to win a true Father’s Day outdoor experience filled with adventure and quality time, with our Father’s Day Adventure Package Giveaway!

Shop small and #LETSGO adventure!


Enter for a chance to win by following these rules:

  • Follow @AlabamaOutdoorsOfficial @gearbox_adventure_rentals @cahabacycles on Instagram
  • Like the post on our Instagram page (@alabamaoutdoorsofficial) that looks like the picture above.
  • Tag your friends + family you would love to share this adventure with. One adventure buddy per comment (more comments = more entries) 
  • Share this giveaway to your stories and tag us for 5 bonus entries! 
  • Giveaway begins on Friday June 11, 2021 and ends on June 18, 2021 at 11:59 CDT. Winner must follow entry guidelines listed above.
  • This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Instagram.


The PRIZE (up to a $1674 value):


The terms + conditions:

  • Giveaway begins on Friday June 11, 2021 and ends on June 18, 2021 at 11:59 CDT. Winner must follow entry guidelines listed above.
  • The winner will be chosen by random drawing and notified by Alabama Outdoors via Instagram on Monday June 21, 2021.
  • Winner (or attendee) must be 21 years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license, and proof of liability insurance to rent with Gearbox Adventure Rentals.
  • The winner will be able to choose which 2-night rental and campervan model they want based on date availability. The 2-night adventure rental must take place by December 31, 2021. 
  • The winner must sign the waiver and follow rules and guidelines for Gearbox Adventure Rentals and Cahaba Cycles



Looking for more gift ideas for Dad? Check out all of our Father’s Day gift ideas here! We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors

5 Ways to Celebrate Dad on Father’s Day

Life is full of little adventures. Many of our favorite memories are when our Dad came to us and said “Let’s go”, and even if it was just a quick trip to the hardware store, the mailbox, or a planned family vacation, to you it was a grand adventure with your Dad. This Father’s Day, celebrate the man in your life who showed you that adventures truly begin with love—let’s go.


  • Strengthen your bond and go workout together

A lot of us have been working from home still or putting in more hours, so this Father’s Day be active with the Dad in your life. No need for competition, staying active is good for the soul and so is the quality time together. Either go for a run outdoors, plan a garage workout at home, or hit up a local gym to try something new. 

Shop below for gifts he can use during the workout and will end up loving. 


  • Grab your gear and go on a unique outdoor adventure

Does the Dad in your life enjoy exploring the outdoors in his off time? If so, plan an outdoor adventure that he has yet to check off his bucket list. Alabama is filled with many unique adventures and places to explore, from caves to waterfalls and in between. Surprise him with an off-grid ‘glamping’ adventure in a 1966 UNIMOG vehicle with Case Rock Eco-Retreat or a custom camper van decked out with all of the necessities from Gearbox Adventure Rentals.


Interested in a more primitive camping adventure? Plan your weekend around a hike he has been wanting to do or somewhere that you know has a great spot to hang a hammock and relax. We suggest a weekend getaway in the Sipsey Wilderness as there is so much to do and you choose where you want to set up camp. With over 25,000 acres, there is trout fishing, 45 miles of trails, and waterfalls. After all, it is called “The Land of 1,000 Waterfalls”.

Click below for gifts Dad will love for an outdoor adventure. 


  • Go local and hit up the golf course + a brewery 

Looking to stay nearby this Father’s Day weekend but still wanting to plan something out of your normal weekend activities? Spend the day touring the city and being outdoors. Make a tee time at a new course and find a local lunch spot or brewery after for some much-needed grub and ice-cold beverage after a day on the green. This is definitely a “Dad day”. 

Click below for gifts for Dad that are great for a day on the course and around town.


  • Go on a road trip and getaway to the lake or beach

This may be a common go-to trip in the summer for Alabamians but it is always a good time and who gets tired of being by the water when it is so hot out? Maybe this time go somewhere new or surprise him by planning all of the food and grilling. Once you’re packed up and hit that open road, the worries are gone and vacation has begun.

Click below for gifts for Dad that are perfect for road trips and long days in the sun and water.


  • Go spend quality time with him at home

If you don’t have the option of going on a full weekend getaway, plan some things around the house for the Dad in your life. Work on a new project together or help him tackle some of his to-do’s in the yard. Make sure he has the right tools and gear needed to scratch any project off his list. If he doesn’t, gift them to him and surprise him by helping out. End the day with an at-home cookout where he can sit back and relax and enjoy uninterrupted time with you and maybe enjoy a game of disc golf or cornhole. 

Click below for gifts for Dad that are great for lounging at home and backyard cookouts.


Looking for more gift ideas for Dad? Check out all of our Father’s Day gift ideas here! We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors

Top 10 Gifts for Father’s Day 2021

Are you still struggling to find that perfect gift for the world’s best dad? Here are some items that the Dad in your life is sure to love this Father’s Day.

On-Running Shoes

The do-it-all sneaker with comfort to spare, Dad will love a new pair of On-Running Shoes. With styles for everyone, like the super-comfortable On Cloud, the sporty On Cloudflow, or the supportive On Cloudswift, Dad will be ready for anything and everything.



Yeti Rambler 20

Perfect for on the go dads who want a hot cup of coffee or cold glass of tea, wherever they are! From the pool, to the car, to the trail, this Yeti Rambler keeps drinks at the perfect temp, all day. A no-slip powder coating and the MagSlider lid keep this cup in his hand and his drink inside without spilling. With plenty of colors, he can rep his favorite football team and enjoy an ice-cold anything this summer!


Coastal Cotton T Shirt

Let dad rock his laid-back style in, well, something actually stylish thanks to the Coastal Cotton Men’s Island Cotton T-Shirt. Comfy enough to wear in any weather and just the right fit so it doesn’t have to get tucked in, dad will love this vintage-inspired shirt. 


Free Fly Men’s Breeze Shorts

Comfortable bamboo fibers and a simple look make the Free Fly Men’s Breeze Shorts an easy gift for Dad. A stretchy waistband and drawstring ensure the perfect fit, while the side pockets transition seamlessly from workouts to lounge days. 


Patagonia Men’s Capilene Cool Daily Shirt

Long summer days call for a shirt that’s as comfortable as it is protective, and the Patagonia Men’s Capilene Cool Daily Shirt does it all. A stretchy, moisture-wicking, UPF 40+ shirt, this long sleeve keeps dad from burning so you can save some sunscreen. Perfect for paddling, fishing, swimming, or hitting the beach, this will be dad’s new favorite shirt; maybe buy two so it doesn’t start to smell. Not that it matters, thanks to the HeiQ Fresh durable odor control, which keeps this shirt fresh long after the wearer isn’t.


Patagonia Men’s Baggies Longs

Come to any event prepared for a quick dip in the pool or a dive off the cliff with the Patagonia Men’s Baggies Long. Made from bullet and adventure-proof Nylon, these swim trunks have a DWR finish and a classic fit with various fun colors and prints to choose from. These UPF 50+ plus shorts also feature a drawstring for the perfect fit and three pockets for valuables (make sure he empties his pocket before hitting the pool though). 


Southern Tide Men’s Sun Farer Shirt

Keep Dad stylish this summer with the Southern Tide Men’s Sun Farer Shirt. A perfect gift for Dads who love a comfy t-shirt for any occasion, this Southern Tide Tee is 100% cotton for all-day wearing. The vintage graphic lets it dress up or down, so he can wear it everywhere.


Goodr Sunglasses

Deck out Dad in some slick shades this summer with the uber-fun and uber-comfortable Goodr Sunglasses. With nonsense names and no-nonsense features, these polarized sunglasses are sure to please. Their special powder-coating wicks moisture and prevents bouncing, while the durable frames are lightweight and shatterproof to ensure years of use. Get Dad some sunglasses he actually wants for Father’s Day.


Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp

Dad can hit the trail, the crag, or the grill, after dark, thanks to the Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp. This Black Diamond Spot 350 offers peripheral lighting for close-range activities like sorting gear, cooking, or reading in camp and it sports an IPX8 waterproof (fancy way of saying really waterproof) housing. Give Dad the gift of light, anytime, anywhere. 


Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 55

Any good adventure requires a bag that keeps up, and the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 55 stays strong through any punishment your Dad can come up with. A bomb-proof nylon with rugged webbing skeleton, this spacious duffel packs up everything you need for long trips. It’s DWR coating and puddle-guard keep moisture out and the easy-haul handles stow for convenience. Trust us, Dad wants this bag.



Still looking for more gift ideas for Dad or looking for somewhere to take him for the weekend? Check out all of our Father’s Day ideas here for gifts and 5 ways to celebrate Dad this Father’s Day! We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors


Father’s Day getaway: Go Explore Bankhead National Forest and the Sipsey Wilderness

We know what you’re thinking- the weather has warmed up and it’s time to get outside, until you do and you are immediately reminded of the humidity and Alabama summer climate. Most can’t imagine going camping as temps and humidity rise but if you do, the Sipsey Wilderness and William B. Bankhead National Forest is a great place as most adventures will include water as the destination. 

Known as the ‘Land of 1,000 waterfalls’ the Sipsey Wilderness will make you feel like you stepped out of Alabama and into the tropics with only an hour and a half drive from Birmingham. 

Even if the Dad in your life has been to the Sipsey Wilderness, chances are he hasn’t hit all of the spots. With over 25,000 acres of National Forest and waterfalls, there is plenty to explore. So grab Dad and let’s go!


Find your plot of land & put a stake in it

Image provided by: @the_frugal_doodle on Instagram

Since the Sipsey is a Wilderness area, wilderness camping is permitted and offers primitive and established campsites for many experience levels. Even though some campsites you come across on the trails may have water and firewood accessible, you will not find fully developed campsites as you would when you go car camping at a recreation center or State Park. 


When staying in and exploring the Sipsey Wilderness just make sure to follow all Leave No Trace principles. So while you hike around, find a cozy spot where you can set up your campsite for the weekend or even just the night and explore somewhere new the next night!

If this level of primitive or backcountry camping is not quite your speed, there are multiple developed camping areas within Bankhead National Forest that are great for families or if you love camping while having a few accommodations like a shower, water pump, and maybe even electricity hookups. A few nearby options are:


  • Clear Creek Campground One of the most popular recreation areas and located on Lewis Smith Lake giving you access to swimming and boating.


  • Brushy Lake Campground First some, first serve with 13 campsites makes this one a serene getaway and less crowds.


What to cook

Night one it is best to be prepared with an easy meal. If you decide to rough it in the wilderness, freeze dried meals are a no-fuss, no-mess solution and it fits right in with your outdoor adventure. If you were able to bring a cooler or are car camping and are looking to show off your Gordon Ramsey skills, here are some easy and delicious meals you can make. Just remember if you are backpacking, it is best to keep it light and always wherever you go- pack it out.

We recommend the JetBoil Zip Stove for primitive and car campers alike as it is compact and boils water in just over two minutes. Make sure to get fuel, and any accessories you need like cooking pots, a coffee press, and utensils. Read on for another fresh meal idea as you take on the weekend on the Sipsey Fork.


This is possibly a given if you are planning an outdoor adventure, but hiking is a great activity for Father’s Day and the whole family! With 25,000 acres and 45 miles of trails in the Sipsey Wilderness, there is a trail for any level of hiker! Hiking is even better in the Sipsey Wilderness as there is so much to explore. From waterfalls, caves, and breathtaking views, you will not get bored.

One spot we love to explore and is a must-add to your itinerary is “Big Tree” which is the largest tree in Alabama reaching 150’ in the sky. The hike is an 8.5 mile out and back trail; however, we suggest starting at the Thompson Trailhead even though it is a little longer, the terrain is easier and prettier! 

Fishing in the Sipsey

Image by: @jasondwalls on Instagram

If the Dad in your life likes to fish, he will truly enjoy you taking him out on the Sipsey Fork. The Sipsey Fork is the fly fishing destination for Alabamians looking to cast out their line and reel in some trout. As the Sipsey is stocked with trout several times a year, it is a put-and-take location which means you can take your catch back to your campsite for dinner.

So head out on some trails for a nice day hike and look for a good spot to throw your line in. Make sure to bring a good cooler with ice to store your fish so it stays fresh for your dinner. Just remember to keep in mind how far you are hiking and how heavy your cooler can get with extra contents.

Before your weekend adventure or on your way to the river, make a stop at the Riverside Fly Shop in Bremen, AL to chat with the guides and buy flys. They are so helpful and will be able to tell you what flys to get, their go-to spots, and you can even sign up for a guided trip.

Click here for more information on Trout fishing on the Sipsey Fork. This includes important information about the Smith Dam and the generation levels as water levels can rise 10-15 ft in minutes. So be prepared and have fun on the river!


Chasing waterfalls + swimming holes

Waterfall and swimming hole hikes aren’t just for the Moms or kids, they are for everyone exploring Alabama in the summer heat and need a cool dip in the water. Plus, who doesn’t love a good waterfall? As we mentioned before, the Sipsey Wilderness is called the “Land of 1,000 Waterfalls” so you better be adding a couple of these to your weekend plans. If you don’t make it a destination, chances are you will still come across a few along the way.

One of our favorite spots is Kinlock Falls as it is a short hike that leads you to a beautiful cascading waterfall and an even better swimming hole. Kinlock Falls is also considered Alabama’s Natural Waterslide. A lot of visitors bring tubes and slide down the falls as it is not very steep and the top is accessible from the side. Slide at your own risk or just bring a tube to float in the swimming hole and catch some rays. 

Other top waterfalls in the Sipsey and Bankhead National Forest to check out are Sougahoagdee Falls, Parker Falls, Mize Mills Falls, and Caney Creek Falls



Ready to be outdoors this Summer? We have the Summer outdoor gear you need to get you back on the trails! We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors

How to Plan a Day with Dad in Alabama

Family sits on dock with feet in lake

There’s one thing that your dad wants more than anything this Father’s Day, and that’s to spend time with you. If you’re struggling to plan a perfect day with your dad, don’t panic. We’ve got some ideas — and we know that your father doesn’t care if the day is perfect. He just cares about spending the day with you.


Take a HikeFather and two sons hiking and talking

No, don’t tell dad to take a hike; instead, plan a hiking trip with dad. Pack a bag full of supplies and head out into mother nature for a day hike. Whether it’s Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville, AL or Red Mountain Park in Birmingham, AL, dad will enjoy a day full of memories with the family.





Stalactites and stalagmites at DeSoto CavernsExplore the Caves of Alabama

Want to stay out of the sun this Father’s Day? Go beneath the surface and explore some of the Alabama’s caves. Lace up your shoes and prepare to take a journey into the earth. From Cathedral Caverns in North Alabama to DeSoto Caverns in Central Alabama, spelunking — or a guided tour — is a great way to stay cool and enjoy a day with dad.





Plan a CookoutSmall family cooks out in park

A cookout gives dad a chance to wear those new clothes you got him and for the family to enjoy a day in together. Throw some burgers on the grill and pull out the comfy chairs to enjoy a day full of memories at home.






Beautiful lake with mountains and blue sky

Spend a Day at the Lake

Pack the cooler, give dad that new shirt to wear and head out for some lakeside fun this Father’s Day. Lake Guntersville or Lake Martin are great places to spend a day with the family, soaking up the sun and making memories that’ll last a lifetime.





Go Golfing

Whether it’s a trip to TopGolf, mini-golfing local or an actual golf course, this gives dad a chance to try on that new polo. No matter how good (or bad) you are, dad will enjoy laughs with the family.



If you are planning a day in the outdoors for Father’s Day, we’re here for you. From hiking to paddling to just grilling some burgers in the backyard, we’ll be happy to help you get what you need. We want you and your dad to have the best day possible — and we know that, for your dad, that’s any day he gets to spend with you.




Text by Jonathan Mendoza

#BeOutdoorsWithDad: Let Us Celebrate Your Dad This Father’s Day!

Amazing, wise, funny, charming, strong, loving, kind, crazy in the best ways: all words people have used to describe fathers to us this week. Now, we’d love to hear about the dad in your life.

Simply post a photo of your dad and tell us a little about him in the caption — did he teach you how to waterski? Or how to catch a fish? Or how to recite pretty much every line in Monty Python’s Holy Grail

Be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #BeOutdoorsWithDad. Not only will you get the chance to celebrate your father, you’ll also get the chance to win one of the items on our Father’s Day Gift Guide.

Post soon: all entries must be received by midnight on Thursday, June 7th.

Here’s a post about Amy H.’s dad, who inspires us by showing his daughter the thrill of adventure — and of facing your fears!

Father and daughter scuba diving with sharks

This Father’s Day I am especially thankful for my Dad, who introduced me to Scuba diving and is my favorite dive buddy. Looking forward to many more crazy experiences like this!!

                                                              — Amy H.

#BeOutdoorsWithDad: Nick B.

Your chance to win one of the items on our Father’s Day Gift Guide ends at midnight tomorrow, June 7th. All you need to do to enter our Father’s Day giveaway is to post a photo of your father in the outdoors  on Facebook or Instagram and tell us a little about him. Don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag #BeOutdoorsWithDad. Need some inspiration? This post from Nick B. honors how his father taught him to love and respect the outdoors. 

Father and son stand in matching outfits

I want to wish a very Happy Father’s Day to my father Bob. This picture was taken during one of our first trips to the beach. My dad has taken me there so many times I’m not sure I could keep track. We have always shared a love for the outdoors, especially the oceans and its marine life. I remember one trip in particular where we helped rescue a pelican who had gotten a fish hook caught in his eye with the fishing line also going through the wing. That bird flew another day after we removed the hook and line. I have learned a lot from this man, with one of the most important lessons being that we need to take care of the outdoors and all living things that inhabit the planet. This picture is a great reminder of a time where all of those lessons began. I hope I can pass on all of my wisdom and good character to my son, as my dad has for me.

                                                    — Nick B.