Father's Day: Hot Rods, Baseball and Beer

By Sheri Winters of Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
Father's Day: Hot Rods, Baseball and Beer
Photo: Thomas Hawk, Flickr
A car on display at the Petersen Auto Museum.

There are few things that make American dads happier than cars, baseball and burgers. I’ve incorporated all three in my list of ideas for Father’s Day — though, of course, your dad would probably appreciate these outings any day of the year!

Fast Cars
Just in time for Father’s Day weekend, the Petersen Auto Museum opens a new exhibit, Aerodynamics: From Art to Science, with sleek automobiles from 1928 to today that were designed to slice through air. (Expect to see some pretty out-there designs — many of them purely experimental.) The museum is also home to more than 150 rare and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, and a Johnny Rockets diner, where you can grab a burger and a shake to cap off your visit.

Play Ball
There’s definitely a new excitement about the Dodgers now that the team is under new ownership. Watching a game at Dodger Stadium is no longer an experience that ends with the last pitch. On Father’s Day, the public is welcome to take the field for a post-game round of catch. Bring your baseball glove and find out what it feels like to be a pro standing on the diamond at Dodger Stadium.

Burgers & Beer
The last thing dad wants to do on Father’s Day is head into the office — unless you’re talking about Father’s Office, a great little gastropub around the corner from the hotel that’s a favorite of many locals. They’re famous for their burgers, and I love their sweet potato fries. They also have a hefty selection of microbrewery beers that they like to pair with their dishes.

Just keep in mind that you’ve got to be 21 to enjoy Father’s Office — this isn’t a “take your kid to work” day!