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 as 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

bar and menu at a small brewery
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 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 small-batch, high gravity-beers and homemade root beer with selections that rotate often. The outdoor space with picnic tables and yard games is a nice place to kick back and relax. Most weekends you can enjoy live music and an onsite food truck.

Old Glory Distilling is just off the interstate with an eye-catching lit sign and perfect selfie spot in the porch’s red rocking chair. Treat dad to a tour and tasting at where you can try Tennessee Vodka, Smooth Shine, Jumper’s Stash White Rum and Premium Tennessee Whiskey.

You can’t go wrong with any local brewery selection, so if you can fit them in, try Tennessee Valley, Evill Nash, King’s Bluff and Strawberry Alley Ale Works too.


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 on the 126-acre Montgomery County Shooting Complex. Choose between sporting clays, trap, skeet, five-stand, tactical pistol ranges, 3-D archers, dynamic steel rifle/pistol ranges, long-range rifle and more. Or, Cross Creek Clays is a premier shotgun destination nestled in the rolling hills of Palmyra with three 16-station sporting courses for shooters of all abilities and a beautiful rustic clubhouse.

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


Dad’s Favorite Burger

burger with cheese tots, bacon 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 fresh, 100% 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!

Two new players on the burger scene opened in recent months. Dock 17 features creative burger combinations you won’t find anywhere else. Ribs and steaks are options too. Enjoy cornhole or a seat around the fire pit on the outside patio.

Drake’s also opened in Clarksville recently and features fresh-big burgers, sushi, and 20 craft beers on tap.

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

View or download our 2021 Visitor’s Guide for more trip ideas!


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