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Invest in Father’s Day Memories: Try an Adventure Gift

June 5, 2015
Give Dad the gift of adventure for Father's Day

Do you think your dad really wants another tie for Father’s Day? Consider giving him the gift of adventure instead—maybe with you tagging along—for a priceless present that will make memories.

Speed Racer

Is Dad a fan of racing? Then he’ll love a chance to take a spin around a legitimate racetrack. The Indy Racing Experience’s “Ultimate” package, at $1,200, lets him put the pedal to the metal at speeds of up to 180 mph around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. What’s more, he gets to do it in an open-wheel chassis IndyCar.

Is Dad more of a European car fan? Global Racing Schools’ packages, at $2,059, will let him get behind the wheel of a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, or other cars in Las Vegas. You won’t find this on Global Racing School’s website, but several car magazines report that there are packages available to drive the Bugatti Veyron Vitesse for three days from Switzerland and Germany. The price tag? A mere €64,350 (or about $69,590) for you and Dad.

Golf, Anyone?

What’s Father’s Day without a little golf? Modern-day golf has its roots in 15th-century Scotland, and Connoisseur Golf offers several packages to that land of more than 550 golf courses. For £12,150, or about $18,800, the tour operator offers a seven-day trip that includes eight rounds of golf—one of which will be played at the legendary golf course at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, home to the 2014 Ryder Cup—stays in five-star resorts, a chauffeured Mercedes available 24/7, and seven helicopter transfers to resorts.

If Dad loves golf and is a movie buff, how about getting him a golf cart that looks like one Batman would drive? Inspired by the Dark Knight’s vehicle, Hammacher Schlemmer is peddling the Gotham Golfcart for $28,500. It has a six-horsepower, battery-powered electric go-cart motor, and can reach 38 mph. The cart’s body is modeled after the Dark Knight’s rear afterburner and one neat feature includes aerodynamic wings that protect occupants from incoming golf balls. 

For the Love of the Outdoors

If Dad’s an outdoor nut, there packages to fulfill most niches. Three Forks Ranch, a 200,000-acre working cattle ranch set in the Sierra Madres straddling the Colorado and Wyoming border, offers a “Cast & Blast” package. For a four-night minimum stay with deluxe room accommodations at $1,000 a night, there’s unlimited fly fishing, sporting clays, and rifle-range time. Other activities are available at a la carte rates.

Does Dad like Game of Thrones? Let him indulge his inner fantasy with a chance to learn the art of falconry. Falcons may not be Thrones’ dragons, but they’re a close second. For $200, the New England Falconry in Massachusetts offers a three-hour pre-hunt session on how to handle and fly trained falcons, followed by a wild quarry hunt with hawks for small game. And, yes, hawking gloves are provided. 

Leisure at Work

Discretionary consumer stocks include big-ticket adventure travel, hotels, and more. See if any fit your investing criteria. 

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