Fun with Fathers

Are you excited to get out and celebrate your dad on Father’s Day? If you’ve run out of ideas, take a look at our suggestions. You just might find a new favorite way to celebrate Dad‘s annual honoring.

Fore! If golf is something Dad enjoys, you’ve got lots of choices here! If he’s stuck in a rut at the same old club, make plans to take him to Top Golf (fun for the whole family), or call a local course that you know Dad‘s been wanting to try… You can certainly make a special arrangement for his day.

Would he prefer staying close to home? Consider a day at one of our beautiful parks. Packing a picnic of your family’s favorites is always a good time! Go water skiing at Quiet Waters Park, Play Disc Golf at Tradewinds Park, or take the whole family to splash at the CB Smith Waterpark in Pembroke Pines. Venture one county away to explore some interesting historical sites down in Miami, like Vizcaya or Coral Castle.

Check out the Everglades! If Dad hasn’t been on an airboat yet, it’s time to break him in! We are right on the edge of one of the most amazing protected areas in the world! The alligators, water fowl, and all kinds of beautiful wildlife can all be observed and enjoyed on an exciting airboat tour.

Take dad kayaking. Florida has such diverse landscapes, and there are so many different areas to explore on the water. Check out John Pennekamp Park in Key Largo, Rainbow Springs State Park, Weeki Wachee Springs, or take your little boat to the Ocala National Forest. Bioluminescent kayaking happens at night through the Indian River Lagoon. Peak season is June through October, so anytime around Father’s Day is a great opportunity to enjoy the “glow!” We encourage you to visit

He may enjoy touring a local distillery! In South Florida, we have many of them, including South Florida Distillers and Tropical Distillers in Fort Lauderdale.

Speaking of SoFlo, how can Dad forget about our strong sports teams?! Is he a DolFan, Heat Guy, Panthers Fan, or more into Marlins’ baseball? No matter! Maybe his idea of the perfect gift involves a tailgate party.

If you’ve got time to make a weekend (or longer) out of it, consider some great ideas that are at least a day trip from home. Visit Lakeland, Florida and watch the wildlife at Safari Wilderness, or have Dad put on cowboy boots and head over to Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo in River Ranch. Is your father a racing fan? How about a tour of the Daytona international Speedway, famous for the Daytona 500. Built in 1959, the course also holds other events, including Motocross racing, triathlons, and more. If your father is a fan of history, the oldest fort in the nation is at Castillo de San Marcos in Saint Augustine. The town also features many ghost tours, as it’s rumored to house spooks from hundreds of years ago. Does dad have a passion for flying? See more than 150 restored aircraft at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola.

Did he ever dream of being an astronaut? Why not take him up to Cape Canaveral, where everyone can learn about our space history and visit some amazing artifacts and spacecraft?

Does the family enjoy natural wonders? Consider taking Dad and the crew to visit Three Sisters Springs, where you can see manatees or head over to Ginnie Springs, another beautiful, natural space. Check out the 10,000 year old limestone sinkhole at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park in Gainesville. Another family favorite is a float on the Peace River, where you can find super cool fossils and learn about the Florida ecosystem.

Our family’s favorite way to celebrate special occasions ALWAYS includes good food! This Father’s Day, we’re excited to enjoy a Dad Themed experience at Deja Blue Restaurant for their Grill in the Green Food Festival. See back page for info,

If any of these ideas sound like something Dad would enjoy, start making plans today! He’s got a lot of responsibility on his shoulders; let’s show our appreciation, and make this Father’s Day all about him!

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