10 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in Orlando
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
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.
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!
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.
Things to Do With Dad Outdoors 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.
Learn more: Orlando Sports, Recreation & Outdoors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Learn more: Orlando Golf Courses
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.
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.
Things to Eat With Dad in Orlando
10. Celebrity Chefs and Local Flavor
Dad's probably feeling hungry after all this excitement, so head to Disney Springs at 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.
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.
Learn more: Orlando Restaurants
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