Finding the perfect gift for dear ole’ Dad is not easy, but fortunately, gift choices abound in the Baltimore-area. Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 16. While the contemporary event is less than 100 years old, the tradition of honoring fathers dates back four millennia to ancient Babylon. In the United States, President Richard M. Nixon declared the third Sunday of June as the official date for the observance of Father’s Day in 1972.

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Father’s Day Lunch Cruise
The Black-Eyed Susan
2600 Boston Street
Baltimore, Md. 21224

If Dad loves the bay, there is no better way to enjoy Father’s Day than the annual Father’s Day Lunch Cruise onboard the Black-Eyed Susan paddlewheel. The cost is $52 for adults, $30 for children under 12 years old and free for children under 4. This year’s menu features a hot buffet that includes slow-roasted, herb-rubbed barons of beef, BBQ pork spare ribs, southern fried Delmarva chicken, lump Maryland Crab cakes, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salads, cole slaw and more. The dessert buffet includes fudge nut brownies, cream cheese-iced carrot cake and fresh fruit and berries. Reservations are available.

Rams Head Tavern
8600 Foundry Street
Savage, Md. 20763

Why not jazz it up with Dad at Rams Head Tavern in Savage Mill? From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, June 16, the Tom Lagana Trio will perform. Ton Lagana plays electric and nylon string guitar. Tom Baldwin is on bass, and on drums is Dominic Smith. The band performs jazz standards, along with original tunes. Toast Father’s Day with Dad’s favorite drink and snack down on signature menu starters, such as crab dip elitist, southern pickle chips and more. Of course, the menu also features sammies, burgers and more.

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(Credit: AP)

Baltimore Washington Golf
2060-B York Road
Timonium, Md. 21093

Founded in 1985, the Baltimore Washington golf store carries a full-line of golfing equipment, apparel, accessories and more. It also offers a repair service and custom club fittings. The store carries brand name apparel, such as Cobra, Mizuno, Taylor Made, Callaway, Nike and Ping. Check the website for coupons and frequent and sales.

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(Credit: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Father’s Day Fly-In
Shreveport North Airport
380 Kralltown Road
Wellsville, Pa. 17365

If the wild blue yonder is Dad’s passion, then the 24th annual Father’s Day Fly-In at Shreveport North Airport and Footlight Ranch in Wellsville is worth the short drive on Father’s Day weekend. The annual event draws more than 100 ultralight and experimental aircraft from the region. Pilots offer free rides to visitors. Picnic and camping space is available, or you can eat at the restaurant on site. A sports car parade, tractor displays and pilot games are all part of the fun. Admission is free.

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Captain Don’s Fishing Charters
Henderson’s Wharf Marina
1001 Fell Street
Baltimore, Md. 21231

Dad will go hook, line and sinker happy on a Chesapeake Bay fishing expedition with Captain Don’s Fishing Charters. In addition to three, six and eight-hour fishing tours on the 46-foot Bay built Lady Luck, Captain Don offers harbor and dinner cruises. Lady Luck sails from Fells Point. Sightseeing tours are also available. The boat features an external sun canopy, a large fishing area, an inside table and a private bathroom. Rates start at $260.

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