Discover unique ways to celebrate Father’s Day in Orlando, including theme parks, attractions, outdoor adventures, sports, dining, gifts and more (The Wheel at ICON Park® pictured).
Father’s Day is June 21, 2020, and Orlando is ready to help you celebrate! Here, you’ll find unique adventures that are tailor-made for the dads in your life, including theme parks, attractions, outdoor activities and sports, not to mention gourmet dining, one-of-a-kind gifts and even virtual fun. We have special offers from restaurants and attractions, too! It all adds up to the perfect place to give Dad the star treatment he deserves — on Father’s Day and all year long!
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Theme Parks & Attractions for Dads in Orlando
Most of Orlando’s world-famous theme parks will reopen ahead of Father’s Day weekend with new safety and sanitization measures designed to help protect you and Dad, including:
Our theme parks have plenty of action for Dad, too. If yours is a fan of The Boy Who Lived™, take him to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando Resort — no Floo Powder™ required! (Universal CityWalk is open, too.) Dad will also enjoy conquering some of the world’s greatest roller coasters and getting face-to-fin with aquatic marvels at SeaWorld Orlando, among other theme park adventures.
Learn more: Orlando Theme Park Openings
Walt Disney World® Resort will begin a phased reopening of its theme parks on July 11. Although that’s too late for Father’s Day 2020, you’ll definitely want to come back so Dad can experience the sheer wonder of Disney’s incredible adventures! In the meantime, you and Dad can enjoy Disney Springs®, which reopened on May 20.
Learn more: Disney Springs & Universal CityWalk Now Open
Numerous Orlando attractions have also reopened with stringent new cleanliness procedures. They include many options that are perfect for Dad, such as Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, Gatorland, escape rooms at The Escape Game Orlando and Escapology, Island H2O Live!, Madame Tussauds Orlando, Orlando StarFlyer, Topgolf Orlando, and others.
Learn more: Orlando Attraction Openings
Please note: Any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. Theme park and attraction operators cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit. Additionally, Orange County requires the use of face masks in public places, with select exceptions. Social distancing is also strongly encouraged per CDC recommendations.
Outdoor Adventures for Dads in Orlando
For some dads, nothing gets their motor running like, well, a running motor. Attach one of those bad boys to a rugged airboat, and you have a recipe for adventure that most dads will find hard to resist! Top Orlando-area airboat operators that have reopened include Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, Kissimmee Swamp Tours and Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides.
Learn more: Orlando Ecotourism
If Dad prefers slower-paced fun on the water, take him to one of our many kayak-tour operators, such as BK Adventure or Get Up & Go Kayaking. You can also opt for swimming in our gorgeous natural springs, including those at Blue Spring State Park, De Leon Springs State Park, Rock Springs at Kelly Park and Wekiwa Springs State Park.
Learn more: Orlando’s Natural Springs
Dad can even soar through the trees like Tarzan when he visits Orlando! Watch him tackle a zip-line obstacle course at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park, or zip-line over wild alligators at Gatorland’s Screamin’ Gator Zip Line — if he dares!
Learn more: Top Orlando Zip Lines
Finally, if Dad wants to clock some miles on the ground, introduce him to the West Orange Trail. Stretching from Winter Garden near Walt Disney World Resort in the south to Apopka in the north, the paved, 21-acre trail will bring him close to Central Florida’s gorgeous flora and fauna, with ample amenities along the way. Want to go by bike? West Orange Trail Bikes & Blades Co. of Winter Garden has you covered.
Sports for Dads in Orlando
With approximately 150 golf courses and academies in the Orlando area, dad won’t lack for places to hit the links while he’s here. What really sets us apart, though, are courses that are designed by pros — many of which have reopened! For instance, Arnold Palmer’s designs can be found at Shingle Creek Golf Club, Orange Lake Resort and Walt Disney World Golf’s three courses. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, home of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, is set to reopen on June 22.
Learn more: Top Orlando Golf Courses
Palmer also designed one of the three courses at Reunion Resort, with the others being dreamed up by Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. Another Nicklaus course can be played at Grand Cypress Golf Club. We also have creations from Greg Norman (ChampionsGate Golf Club and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes) and Reese Jones (Waldorf Astoria® Golf Club), among other celebrated designers.
Reopening June 8, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus makes Orlando the Home of American Tennis, with 100 courts spread across 64 acres. More importantly, this state-of-the-art facility has professional-grade courts where players of all ages and skill levels can play for free, although pre-registration is required.
Throw in the facility’s educational and training opportunities, including private lessons, and you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for dads who “love” tennis. The USTA National Campus is in Lake Nona, about 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport.
Dining for Dads in Orlando
Orlando is setting the table for incredible dining experiences this Father’s Day! Throughout the area, acclaimed restaurants have reopened with enhanced cleaning and social-distancing measures, including 50% indoor guest capacity, and they’re eager to give Dad the royal treatment. What’s more, hundreds of Orlando eateries have takeout and delivery options, and some have special Father’s Day offers.
Top dining districts in Orlando include the following; check with your preferred restaurants for details about their availability and special offers this Father’s Day:
- International Drive
- Restaurant Row
- Disney Springs / Lake Buena Vista Area
- Universal CityWalk
- Winter Park
- Downtown Orlando
- Surrounding Areas
Gifts for Dad From Orlando
Orlando has locally produced gifts that are ideal for any father. If Dad is an aspiring chef, for example, set him up with cookbooks authored by some of our homegrown James Beard honorees. Available from Amazon, they include 9 Courses from Brandon McGlamery of Prato and Luke’s Kitchen; James & Julie Petrakis’ The Ravenous Pig: Seasons of Florida, which shares a name with their signature restaurant; and Norman Van Aken’s Florida Kitchen.
Dad can get another taste of Orlando while working the grill courtesy of barbecue sauces and rubs from 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Or, give him a way to show support for local restaurants with cool custom T-shirts.
To help him wash it all down, gift him spirits from Winter Park Distilling, beer from Orlando Brewing and numerous other local breweries, or wine from Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards. He can even keep his favorite beverages ice-cold with insulated drinkware from Corkcicle, which is based right here in Orlando!
Learn more: Top Orlando Breweries
Gift-seekers will also be glad to know that Orlando’s most popular shopping destinations are open for business with new safety and sanitization measures, including reduced guest capacity and enhanced cleaning protocols. These include The Mall at Millenia, The Florida Mall®, Orlando International Premium Outlets®, Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets® and Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, as well as bespoke retailers at Disney Springs®, Park Avenue in Winter Park, and unique neighborhoods all over town.
Virtual Experiences for Dad From Orlando
If you and Dad can’t meet in Orlando for Father’s Day 2020, you can still spend time here together thanks to Orlando Virtual Tour, plus virtual experiences, virtual arts and virtual learning. Combined, they offer dozens of virtual thrills and wondrous moments, including 360-degree online experiences, Facebook Live broadcasts, live-streamed films, YouTube videos and more. From riding our tallest roller coaster, to ziplining over alligators, to standing on Main Street in front of Cinderella Castle, you and Dad are in for the virtual adventures of a lifetime — and it won’t cost either of you a dime!
You and Dad can enhance the immersion with custom Zoom backgrounds featuring our theme parks, attractions and other venues. Designed for use with the popular video-conferencing service, Zoom, these backgrounds can make it look like you and Dad are meeting at Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando or LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, as well as iconic Orlando locations such as The Wheel at ICON Park, Gatorland, Lake Eola Park and many others. Best of all, Zoom and our custom images are completely free!
Of course, our virtual experiences can’t compare with actually being here — we hope to see you and Dad this year!
Orlando restaurants and attractions are ready to make this the best Father’s Day ever with these special promotions. More will be added as they become available, so check back often!
Unless otherwise noted, Father's Day specials are only available on Sunday, June 21.
At their Pointe Orlando location, enjoy a three-course Father's Day feast for two ($135) or four ($245), featuring French rolls, salad, Prime Roasted Rack of Ribeye, accompaniments and dessert. The package is available for take-out or dine-in, and reservations are required.
For dine-in only, their 16-oz. Herb Roasted Prime Rib ($59) includes Josper rainbow carrots, creamy Swiss chard, house Hawaiian roll, bordelaise sauce and horseradish cream. For take-out, the 2.5-lb. Herb Roasted Prime Rib Family Meal ($120) feeds four.
Fathers play free with a paying child or adult.
Treat Dad to a Cowboy Steak ($49), featuring duck fat potato rosti, herb-roasted tomatoes, roasted mushrooms & baby zucchini, and ancho garlic butter.
Their Father’s Day Chef Dinner Set ($65) includes 3 ounces of New York Strip Yakitori, 4 ounces of colossal crab-stuffed half lobster tail, French onion dashi, a mini sushi platter, a mini cinnamon bun with bacon, and a Smokin’ Aces Old Fashioned. It’s available for dine-in or takeout from 5-10 p.m.
From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., enjoy All-You-Can-Eat Paella ($25), Bottomless Mimosas & Sangria ($16) and flamenco dancing entertainment at this ICON Park eatery.
Dads eat free with the family-style menu for four or more guests (dine-in only). You can also get a Greek Feast for takeout, which serves two to three guests and is priced at $69.
At Disney Springs, treat Dad to a Santa Carota Tomahawk for Two (or more) during dinner on June 19-21, or the seven-layer Dad Stack for brunch on June 20-21.
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