Get the scoop on 10 unique Orlando experiences that are perfect for sharing with your dad on Father’s Day and throughout the year.

Get the scoop on 10 unique Orlando experiences that are perfect for sharing with your dad on Father's Day and throughout the year.

By GenesisTirado-Santiago

Father's Day is June 17 this year, and there's no better way to thank your dad — or the father of your children — than taking him to Orlando! Between our theme parks, attractions, outdoor adventures and dining, you'll find plenty of unique ways to have fun together on Father's Day or any day, including these unforgettable experiences.

Things to Do With Dad at Orlando Theme Parks

Fast & Furious — Supercharged at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando
Fast & Furious — Supercharged at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando

1. Get Fast & Furious at Universal Orlando Resort

If your dad enjoys tinkering on cars, bring him to one of the world's most famous garages at Fast & Furious — Supercharged at Universal Studios Florida. Based on the blockbuster films, the new attraction will take you on a wild ride with the movies' stars ... but first, you'll get the chance to spend time in "the family's" warehouse headquarters, complete with a tricked-out garage featuring 15 authentic cars created exclusively for this attraction.

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SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove in Orlando
SeaWorld's Discovery Cove in Orlando

2. Swim With Dolphins at SeaWorld's Discovery Cove

Lots of dads enjoy fun in the water, and you can take it to the next level with a trip to this one-of-a-kind day resort at SeaWorld Orlando. In addition to its signature dolphin experience, you'll have the chance to frolic with tropical fish and rays, exotic birds, otters and other aquatic animals. What's more, booking a visit to Discovery Cove nets you complimentary admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark, for 14 consecutive days around the date of your reservation!

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Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando
Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando

3. Have an Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World Resort

From May 25 through Sept. 3, a superheroic dad and his family are taking over Magic Kingdom Park as part of Disney's Incredible Summer. Head to the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo to meet Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, Frozone and Edna Mode while getting immersed in themed décor, sounds effects and music.

More superhero action awaits at Epcot, where Star-Lord and Gamora will entertain you with the Guardians of the Galaxy — Awesome Mix Live! concert series.

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Things to Do With Dad Outdoors in Orlando

United States Tennis Association National Campus in Orlando
United States Tennis Association National Campus in Orlando

4. Tennis Lessons at USTA National Campus

Maybe tennis is your dad's racket? In that case, he's sure to "love" the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus in Orlando. In addition to the Nemours Family Zone, where the whole family can play for free with a reservation, this state-of-the-art facility offers a wide range of lessons and training for adults, including private lessons.

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Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park
Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park

5. Tree-Top Adventures

Orlando is perfect for dads who love sky-high feats of derring-do. At Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park, for example, you can choose between four courses and 97 challenges with varying degrees of difficulty.

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Horseback Riding at Orlando’s Forever Florida — Ziplines & Adventures in the Wild!
Horseback Riding at Orlando's Forever Florida — Ziplines & Adventures in the Wild!

Tree-top adventures can also be enjoyed at Forever Florida — Ziplines & Adventures in the Wild! In addition to the first zip-line roller coaster in the U.S., this attraction invites you to explore 4,700 acres by horseback or coach.

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Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland in Orlando
Screamin' Gator Zip Line at Gatorland in Orlando

For even more zip-lining, check out the Screamin' Gator Zip Line, a separate-ticketed experience at Gatorland that will send dad flying over the park's titular mascots.

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Boggy Creek Airboat Rides in Orlando
Boggy Creek Airboat Rides in Orlando

6. Airboat Rides

Orlando gives dads multiple ways to have a fast time on the water with airboat rides and tours. For starters, you can explore the Everglades at speeds up to 50 mph at Boggy Creek Airboat Rides.

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Wild Florida in Orlando
Wild Florida in Orlando

Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park offers airboat tours aboard state-of-the-art vessels with U.S. Coast Guard-approved captains. They also have a wildlife park filled with native and exotic animals.

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Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides in Orlando
Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides in Orlando

Last but not least, dad can talk to the whole gang via high-tech headsets at Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides, which operates six-passenger boats perfect for families.

Things to Do With Dad Indoors in Orlando

Topgolf Orlando
Topgolf Orlando

7. Golf, Reinvented

It's a rare dad who isn't familiar with golf, and Orlando offers two unique takes on the sport. In the International Drive area, Topgolf Orlando pairs golf with a scoring system similar to darts or bowling.

Drive Shack in Orlando
Drive Shack in Orlando

About 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport in Lake Nona, Drive Shack's take on golf includes fun games like Shackjack, based on classic blackjack, and Monster Hunt, where players destroy monsters to save a princess. Both locations feature climate-controlled driving bays, gourmet food and drink options, and scores of HDTVs.

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Help Dad Escape at Lockbusters and Other Orlando Escape Games
Help Dad Escape at Lockbusters and Other Orlando Escape Games

8. Escape Together

Dads love a good challenge, and you can bond with him while solving one at escape-style attractions throughout Orlando. Standouts include America's Escape Game, Breakout Escape Rooms, The Escape Game Orlando, Escapology and Lockbusters Escape Game in the International Drive area, plus The Great Escape Room in downtown Orlando.

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Orlando
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Orlando

9. Pedal to the Metal

If dad's feeling the need for speed, take him to International Drive for two of Orlando's fastest attractions: Andretti Indoor Karting & Games and I-Drive NASCAR. Besides high-speed race karts, both feature bowling, arcade games and other forms of entertainment, plus chef-driven food and beverage menus.

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Things to Eat With Dad in Orlando

Masaharu Morimoto’s (right) Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs in Orlando (Photo Courtesy Patina Restaurant Group)
Masaharu Morimoto's (right) Morimoto Asia is One of Seven Current and Upcoming Celebrity Chef Eateries at Disney Springs in Orlando (Photo Courtesy Patina Restaurant Group)

10. Walking Tour of Celebrity Chefs at Disney Springs

Dad's probably feeling hungry after all this excitement, so head to Walt Disney World for a walking tour of some of Orlando's most famous celebrity chefs. Current options include Rick Bayless' Frontera Cocina, Masaharu Morimoto's Morimoto Asia, Wolfgang Puck's Wolfgang Puck Express and Art Smith's Homecomin' Florida Kitchen, plus menu items from Guy Fieri at Planet Hollywood Observatory.

Later this year, Disney Springs will gain José Andrés' Jaleo, Tony Mantuano's Terralina Crafted Italian and Puck's Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill.

If dad's more interested in local flavor, take him to East End Market in Orlando's Audubon Park neighborhood. Located about 20 minutes from downtown, it features an eclectic collection of some of Central Florida's top foodie entrepreneurs, tradespeople and artists.

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