Spend Father’s Day on the water — motor over to Flynn’s on Fire Island for a festive meal, sail the afternoon away on a Polynesian war canoe-style catamaran on the East End, combine a boat ride with a day at the Long Island Aquarium, ride an 1888 oyster sloop or set out, like Gilligan, on a three-hour cruise. Here are the details on five ways to make waves on the big day, or after.
Flynn's Dinner Cruise on Moon Chaser
WHEN | WHERE 3 to 8 p.m., Captree State Park boat basin in front of the bait and tackle shop, Babylon
COST $14 a person; kids younger than 10 ride free. Riders can reserve in advance or pay at the dock; dinner reservations should be made separately with Flynn’s; boat leaves Flynn’s for return to Captree at 7 p.m.
INFO 631-265-1848; nwsdy.li/moonchaser
“The difference between our boat and taking the ferry is that the Moon Chaser has a full cash bar, music on the boat and bathrooms,” says Capt. Tom Greene, owner of the 65-foot Moon Chaser. A canopied upper sun deck lets riders enjoy the breeze during the hourlong ride across Great South Bay. Flynn’s is an open-air restaurant on the bay in Ocean Bay Park on Fire Island. The all-you-can-eat lobster and prime rib buffet is $42 a person before tax, tip and beverage. The buffet also has baked clams, shrimp, chicken, fish and more and includes dessert and coffee. The buffet is $18.95 for kids 12 and younger, and there’s an a la carte children’s menu for $9.95. In addition, the King Wellington reggae band will be playing on the deck from 4 p.m. on. The trip is rain or shine.
Atlantis Explorer tour boat
WHEN | WHERE Noon and 2 p.m. at the boat dock behind the Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead
COST $20 a person; $5 ages 2 and younger; $13 if combined with museum admission of $29 for adults, $22 for children 12 and younger and $25 for senior citizens. On Father’s Day, dads are considered kids at heart and are admitted to the aquarium at the $22 children’s rate when accompanied by a child. Boat trips must be reserved in advance.
INFO 631-208-9200; longislandaquarium.com
Travel down the Peconic River with an aquarium educator onboard to point out area wildlife, such as ospreys and egrets. Stop at a remote beach to get your feet wet. Kids can use a seine to capture fish. Total trip time is 90 minutes. “It’s very relaxing, soothing and calming,” says Darlene Puntillo, marketing and advertising director for the aquarium. “You feel at peace when you get on the boat.” If you choose, spend the rest of the day at the aquarium and see the penguins, sharks, sea lions, turtles and other saltwater creatures.
Mon Tiki Largo
WHEN | WHERE Noon, 3 and 6:30 p.m., sailing from 32 Star Island Rd., Montauk
COST $65 per adult; $45 children 11 and younger
INFO 631-668-2826; sailingmontauk.com
Bring a picnic onboard the Mon Tiki Largo, a brand-new boat that just earned its U.S. Coast Guard seal of approval Memorial Day weekend. The 65-foot Largo joins the original 40-foot Mon Tiki boat, both built on Long Island by Capt. David Ryan. The catamaran is called a Polynesian war canoe because it looks like two connected canoes, Ryan says. The Largo can accommodate 100 riders and a crew, and cruises for two hours on Block Island Sound.
WHEN | WHERE 1 to 4 p.m., 85 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport
COST $75 per adult; $45 ages 5 to 12. Free for child younger than 5 with paying parent. Must book by Saturday morning for Father’s Day.
INFO 516-378-0555; partyboatcentral.com
Dad can pretend this 106-foot yacht is his — if he doesn’t mind sharing it with all the other families onboard. Celebrate with hot hors d’oeuvres, buffet-style hot entrees, salad and dessert on this three-hour cruise in the calm waters in the areas of Freeport Bay, Long Beach, Jones Beach and Freeport Harbor. Beer, wine and soda included; a cash bar offers mixed drinks. A live DJ will provide music; request Dad’s favorite song and shake things up on the dance floor. Dress is casual. The enclosed yacht embarks rain or shine.
Dine, then sail on Priscilla
WHEN | WHERE 1 and 4 p.m., The Snapper Inn, 500 Shore Dr., Oakdale
COST $75 per adult for dine-sail package that includes $30 voucher toward restaurant dining at the Snapper Inn; $20 for children 12 and younger includes boat ride only. Tickets must be purchased in advance; boat holds 13 people per trip
INFO 631-494-9888; limaritime.org
Have a meal either before or after the two-hour sail — Snapper Inn vouchers must be used the same day (advance reservations at Snapper Inn suggested). Priscilla is an 1888 oyster sloop that used to dredge oysters in the New York City area. The 60-foot sailboat was built in Patchogue. If it rains or is too windy, the trip will be called off and customers will get refunds or can reschedule, says Mary Sullivan, administrator at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville, which owns the Priscilla.