Whether you’re a novice or a pro, kayaking on the Hudson is a great way to spend an afternoon in New York. And with a combination of free and expert lessons offered at several locations, there’s no excuse for not giving it a try. Experience the joy of kayaking on the Hudson River! At 55th Street Pier 96 offers Free walk-up kayaking, kayak trips on the harbor and evening classes are operated from the boathouse at Pier 96 for the park by Manhattan Community Boathouse. Facilities are available for the launching of small hand powered boats.
Hit a few rounds of golf with dad at the 200-yard fairway at Chelsea Piers. All Father’s Day week, come to the Golf Club and dad will receive a free $25 Ball Card when his son, daughter or partner buys a Ball Card. Choose the tee time that best fits into the rest of your weekend with hours from 6:30 a.m. until midnight (and a Teaching Academy if either of you needs to brush up on your skills). 59 Chelsea Piers
Find dad the perfect gift while enjoying some quality time at the Brooklyn Flea market. With 75 to 100 incredible food vendors this could be a smorgasbord of delights. Located at Prospect Park West to Washington Ave between Prospect Park Southwest and Eastern Pkwy.
At the Taste of Jewish Culture Street Festival, free egg creams and frozen pickle pops may just be the touch of nostalgia that will put a smile on your dad’s face. This Sunday’s about 30 Jewish food vendors all serving their own takes on the theme “Diversity Is Delicious” like Mystiik Masala’s Indian-style potato latkes, brisket quesadillas and babka ice cream sandwiches by La Newyorkina. This street fair will have you tapping your toes with music from two klezmer bands, plus tons of family-friendly activities. Free, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sixth Avenue between 48th and 49th streets
With the re-release of The Godfather this gangster classic is essentially a father-son movie. Marlon Brando’s Don Corleone is mortally wounded, sending his three sons into a competitive, vengeful whirlwind. Only Al Pacino’s intense Michael has the toughness to survive, but his life is not what Pop wanted for him. Follow that up with dinner at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant located at 238 West 56th or Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano located at 890 2nd Ave.
If you are short on cash try these freebee’s set up just for dad.
Grooming gift: At Casa Buchanan’s pop-up at Made Man Barber Shop, dads can get a free hot shave, beard trim or haircut Sunday from noon-6 p.m. RSVP at casa firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 E. 23rd St., 917-475-1765, mademanbarber.com
Free brew: Mel’s Burger Bar get a free beer. 1450 Second Ave., 212-452-1304, melsburgerbar.com
Burger deal: Get a free Bloody Mary oyster shooter or mimosa with Bowery Beer Garden’s “big dad burger” this weekend. 93 Bowery, thebowerybeergarden.com
Unlimited beer and ribs: Social Drink & Food has a special Father’s Day brunch, with 90 minutes of bottomless draft beer and all-you-can-eat pork short ribs for $42 per person. 570 10th Ave., 4th fl., 646-449-7790, socialdrinkandfood.com
Custom flask: Dads who dine for brunch or dinner at Burke & Wills on Father’s Day get a custom flask filled with a Draft Old Fashioned. 226 W. 79th St., 646-823-9251, burkeandwillsny.com