Updated May 8, 2024

Let’s give dads their fair share of affection this Father’s Day Weekend with a getaway that includes their favorite activities. Whether your dad is an outdoor enthusiast, enjoys testing a variety of craft beers, or would most cherish time away with his children, we’ve put together some fuss-free ideas that’ll make him feel like royalty for his special weekend.


Don’t Skip Breakfast

Omelet at The Choppin Block
This omelet and potatoes at The Choppin Block is a hearty way to start your day! Photo: Stacy Anderson.

Breakfast at The Choppin’ Block means generous portions of classic American fare. The diner environment puts the focus on the food and those who gather around their tables.  Eggs any way you like them, the meat of your choosing plus homemade biscuits or toast, and you’ll be set for the day! The butcher shop features the finest meats, all cut to order if you want to snag some steaks or seafood for grilling later. Take a look through the to-go-deli items before you leave. You might need a container of creamy Banana Pudding for the road!


Tee (or Toss) It Up

father and son playing disc golf
Disc Golf is a sport the entire family can enjoy.

Put those calories to good use with 18 holes at one of several golf courses. Swan Lake is a city golf course adjacent to Dunbar Cave State Park where you’ll likely see plenty of wildlife along the fairways. Eastland Green is a popular and well-maintained course south of the city. The River Club is alongside the Red River and offers both private and public play, along with lessons.

If disc golf is more your style, you’ll have a blast at the 18-hole Rotary Park course. The fairways, much like the hiking trails, cross creeks, encompass wooded areas and open fields, and give walkers a variety of hills and flat areas. It’s a great workout along with the fun. The disc golf park begins at the back entrance of the park, accessed along E. Old Ashland City Road.


High Dose Patriotism

a woman gets beer from a draft
Enjoy a pint indoors or outside at Star Spangled Brewing, one of several veteran-owned breweries in Clarksville. Photo: Star Spangled Brewing.

It’s easy to find places to celebrate America, its craftsmen, entrepreneurs, and veterans in Clarksville. At The Star Spangled Brewing Co., you can hit all those touchpoints in one place. The former Green Beret owner is “unapologetically patriotic.” The specialty here is barrel-aged and uniquely crafted beers with selections that rotate often. The outdoor space with picnic tables and yard games is a nice place to kick back and relax. Food is available at MC's Campfire Grill, a permanent airstream restaurant located at SSBC. Most weekends you can enjoy live music on the outdoor stage.

Old Glory Distilling Co. is just off the interstate with an eye-catching lit sign and the perfect selfie spot. Treat Dad to a tour and tasting where he can try award-winning Tennessee Whiskey and Tennessee Bourbon, as well as Tennessee vodka, moonshine, and gin.

You can’t go wrong with any local brewery selection, so if you can fit them in, try Blackhorse Pub & Brewery, The Fallen Brewery, Evill Nash Brewing Co., Old Abe's Brew House, and Strawberry Alley Ale Works.


More Outdoor Adventure

man and son in a kayak on a river
Time in the outdoors is an ideal way to unplug and reconnect. Photo: Justin Rapp

If shooting is Dad’s preferred sport, countless options are in store at Cross Creek Clays. Cross Creek Clays is one of the nation's premier shotgun destinations nestled in the rolling hills of Palmyra just 20 minutes from downtown Clarksville. The property has three 16-station sporting courses for shooters of all abilities, two 40-foot towers with launching platforms, two covered 5-stands with Wobble traps, four FITASC Parcours practice fields, and a beautiful 7,000-square-foot clubhouse complete with a pro shop.

Other ideas for fun adventure time outdoors include the North Ford Street Mountain Bike Trail, rock climbing at Kings Bluff, or kayaking or fishing along the Red and Cumberland Rivers.


Dad’s Favorite Burger

a burger and fries
Dock 17 is one of several places to enjoy a fresh, 100% beef burger that Dad is sure to love!

Some dads would love to grill burgers for their families, while others would prefer to sit back (in the AC) and let someone else do the cooking. Clarksville offers quite a few choices for great burgers and we’d love to hear your favorite. Classic burgers and fries at Johnny’s Big Burger are made just like they were when the diner opened in 1965. When you get it right the first time, there’s no need to change!

Dock 17 features creative burger combinations you won’t find anywhere else. Ribs and steaks are great options too. Enjoy live music, cornhole, or a seat around the fire pit on the outside patio.

For a fine dining experience in downtown Clarksville, treat Dad to a delicious steak at Edward’s Steakhouse, where he’ll enjoy live music and a nice ambiance. At Pbody's inside the Clarksville Country Club, the hearty portions of Southern favorites will satisfy large appetites.

View or download our 2024 Visitor’s Guide for more trip ideas!

(Header photo: Upstairs at Strawberry Alley by Lucas Ryan Chambers.)