12 Father’s Day Activities That Aren’t Fishing!

Whether he’s your dad, uncle, or grandpa (or even a mentor or an amazing animal dad), Father’s Day is time to recognize the father figure(s) in our lives. 👨🐸🦁 There are tons of ways to celebrate together, but you should never go fishing. 🤢

Fish can feel pain, recognize faces, remember tasks, and even use tools, so catching them on a sharp metal hook, ripping them out of the water, and making them suffocate is super-harmful to these intelligent animals. 🐟😰 Instead of putting fish through this agony, try out these 12 fun and animal-friendly Father’s Day activities:

1. Go ‘Trash Fishing’

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OK, this type of fishing is legit. 😅 “Fishing” trash out of ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water is a great way to clean up animals’ homes.

2. Enjoy Nature

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The weather is gorg in June, so why not spend time with Dad outside? ☀️🌲🌲 Just make sure you aren’t disturbing any animals as you explore nature—remember, you’re a guest in their home.

3. Have a Vegan Picnic

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It’s peak picnic season, and nothing beats a tasty vegan spread. 😋 Pack up some sandwiches, vegan cheese, fruits, veggies, nuts, desserts, and any other vegan treats. Then set up in a scenic spot and enjoy the sunshine while you eat.

4. Watch a Movie

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Looking for a memorable movie to watch together? We have some picks for you—try Okja, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, All That Breathes, or another animal-friendly movie.

5. Go to the Beach

Love the sun, sand, and surf? Sounds like you’re due for a vegan beach day. 🏖️ Remember to respect all the animals who live at or visit the beach—and have fun beating the heat.

6. Do Some Bird Watching

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Birds are incredible, and they can be fascinating to watch if you keep things respectful and don’t disturb them. 🐦 Before heading out, make sure you know what to do if you see a baby bird—depending on the situation, they may need your help (or they may really, really not).

7. Make Something

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Whether you’re an engineering grad or you struggle to fold a paper airplane, there’s always something you can make using your skill set. 👷 You and Dad can try making a nesting shelter for birds or a new toy for your dog or cat—it’s a great way to bond on Father’s Day and help animals at the same time.

8. Grill Vegan Meats

What’s better than grilling in the great outdoors? Vegan chicken wings, burgers, hot dogs, and other meats are perf for this activity—just choose a product that specifically says it can be grilled.

9. Set Up a Spa Day

Let’s be real: Dads enjoy being pampered just as much as the rest of us. 💅 Head out for a spa day, or set up your own spa at home using cruelty-free skincare and beauty products.

10. Garden

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Gardening is one of the most peaceful, nurturing hobbies you can have. Plus, you can grow some pollinator-friendly plants to attract bees and butterflies or veggies like cucumbers, carrots, and lettuce to go straight to your table.

11. Stargaze

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This Father’s Day activity hits best at night. Studying the stars is an awe-inspiring way to spend time with Dad. 🔭🌌 Pro tip: If you’re all about astrology, check out “Your Sign to Save Animals”—our awesome astrology-themed advocacy campaign.

12. Take a Road Trip

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Wanna get away for Father’s Day? Plan out a trip, pack some vegan snacks, and hit the road with Dad—who knows what adventures you two will find?


Hoping to whip up a quick and easy vegan Father’s Day breakfast? Whether Dad loves breakfast sandwiches, eggs, smoothies, or burritos, you can make his fave dishes without harming animals.

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