Father’s Day Doings – Part 1

Celebrate Dad
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17

We all know what dear ol’ dad really wants for Father’s Day. Besides a Ferrari. He wants to spend time with his kids. If he’s a car enthusiast, like you, you’re both in luck. There are many dad-approved activities to rev his engine. Skip the tie or coffee mug and make him a Father’s Day memory he’ll always treasure! Here’s an awesome list of car museums you can check out together!

National Corvette Museum
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Explore 115,000 square feet of mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes and modern-day wonders of engineering and design. Celebrate the past, present, and future of this iconic car, tour the plant to see how they’re made, drive a Go-Kart, then make a pit stop to enjoy a bite to eat in the Corvette Café. If dad really has a need for speed, he can take a few laps around the track with a professional driver. Be sure to spring for a souvenir from the Corvette Shop on your way out. But don’t leave without seeing the Corvette cave-in, a National Corvette Museum exhibit swallowed by a giant sinkhole in 2014. Learn more: http://www.corvettemuseum.org

Revs Institute
Naples, Florida

The Revs Institute is one of the largest archives of automotive history ever preserved for scholars and connoisseurs alike. Take a 2-hour guided tour or explore the three-story, 80,000 square foot building on your own. This distinctive collection of more than 100 vehicles built 1896-1995 were each thoughtfully curated for their rarity and historical significance. Dad will appreciate the lack of barriers and partitions so he can get up close and personal with cars he’s only read about. This collection is so valuable, the building is pressurized and air filtered twice to minimize dust and other contaminants. Plan ahead – the museum requires you reserve tickets in advance. Learn more: https://revsinstitute.org

Larz Anderson Auto Museum
Brookline, Massachusetts

Just ten minutes outside Boston you’ll find 64 beautiful acres and America’s oldest car collection. The museum hosts lawn events almost every Saturday and Sunday this summer, and Father’s Day happens to be German Car Day, a car show welcoming every German-built vehicle. Does dad drive an Audi, Mercedes, BMW or Volkswagen? Then this event’s got his name written all over it (especially if his name is Dietrich or Hans). If not, he’ll still enjoy the show, or maybe a tour of the museum to explore the exhibits and artifacts. If you’re lucky, you might even catch an educational symposium so dad can let someone else lecture for a change. Learn more: https://larzanderson.org

AACA Museum
Hershey, PA

Magnificently restored vehicles in unique scenes and settings will take dad on a trip down memory lane. From the days of crank starts and wicker seats, to full-sized motor coaches that delivered folk in style, vehicles are regularly rotated, and span almost a century of American motoring, from the 1895 Chicago Motor Benton Harbor to a 1977 Chrysler Cordoba with “fine Corinthian leather” seats. You’ll also see trucks and special vehicles like a 1924 REO Funeral Hearse and a 1935 Autocar Atlantic Tank Truck, as well as rare vehicles like four impressive Stearns-Knights and a pair of 1917 Pierce Arrows that were retired to the museum after decades of use. Give dad a memorable gift like adopting a car in his name, or the opportunity to drive a Model-T. Stop by soon and catch two new exhibits featuring some rare Mustangs and a trio of classic Thunderbirds. Learn more: http://www.aacamuseum.org

National Auto Museum
Reno, Nevada

Selected as one of the ten best transportation museums by USA Today readers for good reason. With more than 200 cars set in true-to-their-time facades, you’ll experience autos from each era just as they were back in the day. Featuring fun and educational activities for kids and families, historical symposiums for genuine enthusiasts, and take-your-time tours. Don’t miss the collection of unique and rare cars including a moon rover, celebrity-owned vehicles (Elvis, John Wayne, JFK, Sinatra and more!) and a dress-up area where you can match the time period of your favorite car and take your own pics. It’s a great way to give dad a one-of-a-kind souvenir he’ll cherish. Learn more: www.automuseum.org

America’s Car Museum
Tacoma, WA

Collections feature an exhibit of BMWs, cars that define each decade, a “Powering the Future” learning lab, sixties cars from the Route 66 era, legends of NASCAR, several private collections, cars grouped by make and model, and British cars that invaded America along with The Beatles. Once you’ve toured the museum, take a detour for a bite to eat in the café, a picture in the 1923 Buick touring car and finally, if dad’s not completely worn out, test his driving skills on CSC racing track simulators or take a spin around the slot car track. If you time your visit carefully, you can catch one of their weekend Cruise-In car shows, an antique vehicle ride, other family fun activities and more.
Learn more: https://www.americascarmuseum.org

 

Images courtesy of:

National Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, Kentucky

Revs Institute – Naples, Florida

Larz Anderson Auto Museum – Brookline, Massachusetts

AACA Museum – Hershey, PA

National Auto Museum – Reno, Nevada

LeMay America’s Car Museum – Tacoma, WA

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