How to Spend Father’s Day in Syracuse, NY: Gifts, Ideas and More

How To Spend Father’s Day In Syracuse, NY: Gifts, Ideas And More

By: Racheal Morrow Tiebor


What do you get the dad, husband, or grandfather in your life for Father’s Day? A good rule of thumb is to consider something he wants, but would never justify buying for himself, like a quality watch or a solid gold chain. 

Below, we’ve compiled a list of gifts he’ll absolutely love and that will last a lifetime and beyond. 

Did you catch us on Bridge Street this week? Click here to watch our very own Robert Wilson talks with Sistina and Tim about all the best gifts for dads and grads. 

Father’s Day Gifts Ideas

Surprise dad with one of these thoughtful, long-lasting gifts with lots of meaning. 


An assortment of men's watches in an elegant case

Give dad the gift of time. Purchasing a quality watch today will become the family heirloom of tomorrow. Here at Henry Wilson’s, we have a number of legacy brands for you to choose from including Rolex, Tudor, Citizen, and Movado as well as pre-owned watches.

Visit us in-store to talk with one of our expert watch specialists so you can pick out a watch for dad that will last a lifetime. 

Gold Necklaces

Men's gold chains in a black case

A classic gold chain compliments any dad’s personal style. From round chains, open link chains, diamond cut chains, cuban link chains, curb link chains, and figaro chains—we have the necklace he’ll never want to take off—and he won’t have to. 


Two pairs of men's cuff links

Every man should have a tailored suit and a nice pair of cufflinks in his wardrobe. Visit us in-store to take a look at our selection of cufflinks—we’ll help you pick out the perfect pair. 


A men's gold ring with inset diamonds

Rings aren’t just for ladies. Every high-class man deserves a quality ring to accentuate their unique style. Choose from rings with diamonds, Celtic weaves, unique metals, and more. View our collection of men’s rings online or stop in-store so he can try them on himself. 


Men's Samuel B. bracelets

You’d be surprised how much a men’s bracelet or wristband can pull an outfit together. Henry Wilson’s has a large selection of masculine bracelets to choose from including leather rope, lava bead, metal cable, gold, silver, and Celtic-inspired bracelets. Check them out online or try them on in person. 

Things to do on Father’s Day in Syracuse, NY

Summer is in full swing by Father’s Day in Central New York. Get outside and enjoy all Syracuse has to offer for dad’s weekend.  

BBQ at the Park

There are plenty of beautiful parks to choose from in upstate New York, especially in the Syracuse area. Gather up the BBQ-basics in a cooler, pick up some charcoal and lighter fluid, and take the family for a fun afternoon picnic at one of these CNY parks:

  • Onondaga Lake Park
  • Longbranch Park
  • Verona State Park
  • Sylvan Beach
  • Oneida Shores
  • Fair Haven State Beach
  • Green Lakes State Park
  • Clark’s Reservation State Park
  • Chittenango Falls State Park

Walk the Lakeview Trail

The Onondaga Lake Westshore Trail goes from Longbranch Park all the way to Lakeview Amphitheater. Get the whole family out on a nature walk this Father’s Day and create memories to last a lifetime.  

Rent kayaks at Fair Haven

Fair Haven State Beach in Sterling, NY is about an hour from downtown Syracuse, right on Lake Ontario. Depending on where you live, it can be a bit of a hike, but this hidden gem is worth every mile traveled. 

Steak out a grill and picnic table, walk the pier, play in the sand, swim in the waves, hike on one of their groomed trails, and even rent a kayak from the park office. 

Backyard camping

Since the pandemic, camping has become a new hobby for so many, leaving campsites crowded (that’s if you can even secure a campsite). Skip the crowds and set up your own family camp in the backyard, complete with tents, a campfire, and s’mores! 

Hot Dogs at Heid’s of Liverpool

Getting a hot dog at Heid’s is a Syracuse summer staple. Treat dad to a Hoffman Dog, classic salt potatoes, and all of his favorite sides. When you’re done, head next door for an ice cream cone and a walk around Onondaga Lake Park. 

Breakfast in Bed with Donuts from Glazed and Confused

Glazed and Confused Donuts are on another level. If they’re not already dad’s favorite donuts in Syracuse, they’re about to be. Give dad his turn for breakfast in bed with a dozen Glazed and Confused Donuts. 

Choose from unique donut flavors including strawberry shortcake, cereal, salted caramel apple, milk and cookies, and french toast. They have breakfast sandwiches, too! 

Treat Yo’self Day at Henry Wilson’s

How often does dad get a shopping day for himself? Probably not too often! We are closed on Father’s Day (Sundays), but you still have time to take dad to Henry Wilson’s and let him pick out something nice.