With Father’s Day weekend approaching and Central Florida residents looking for last-minute gifts, there’s no shortage of ideas for all types of dads.
Does your old man love hitting the links and playing a round of golf? Or does he prefer to go to the theater or spend a day at the amusement park?
Regardless of what type of father, husband, or grandfather you’re shopping for, here are Orlando-centric ideas to suit every interest and background.
If your dad is someone who spends time polishing the house or taking on renovation projects, consider a visit to one of the Ace Hardware Orlando locations, of which there are at least two dozen located throughout Central Florida. A majority of these shops are independently owned and operated by local entrepreneurs. Gift cards are also available.
Miller’s hardware in Winter Park is proud of its history of serving Central Florida since 1945. Find grilling supplies, lawn and garden equipment, painting supplies, power tools and more on Fairbanks Avenue.
For the dad who’s particularly into horrible puns and dad jokes, spend some time at the SAK Comedy Lab, which hosts three shows on Father’s Day with free entry for dad. In addition, SAK hosts a number of comedy classes.
The Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant on International Drive offers nightly stand-up comedy dinner shows with dinner included in the ticket price. Gift cards are also available.
This weekend, House of Laughter is hosting a Funnier Than Me Clean Comedy show at the Eustis Community Center, suitable for the whole family. Tickets for the show, which begins June 18 at 7:00 p.m., cost $15 each and are available on eventbrite.com.
For the Disney dad who also loves cheesy jokes, take a ride on the Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom to experience a script full of dad jokes and puns.
Dads and golf kind of go together perfectly, almost like pancakes and treacle.
For high-tech driving range options, visit one of Central Florida’s two top golf locations or Drive Shack in Lake Nona. For modern mini-golf, visit the newly opened PopStroke, featuring two 18-hole courses designed by Tiger Woods’ TGR Design.
Tee times are also available at local 18-hole staples such as DubsDread Golf Course and Celebration Golf Club.
For running dads, Track Shack on Mills Avenue has a Father’s Day gift guide full of ideas.
Visit a Central Florida YMCA to explore membership options for dads or the whole family.
Fanatics.com has apparel and gifts to help that special man in your life celebrate their favorite pro sports team.
While some dads are most comfortable on the couch with the TV remote within reach, others like to seek out adventurous opportunities that have the potential to get the heart pumping.
Visit Daytona Beach Zipline Adventure and use code DADSDAY when booking to receive a $10 discount on the entire combo tour. Canyons Zip Line and Adventure Park in Ocala takes visitors on a zipline tour high above a former limestone mine.
Go on an off-road Segway tour in Lake Louisa State Park or treat your dad to a horseback ride. Other options include glamping and kayaking tours.
Other kayak and paddleboard tours can be found in Central Florida offered by companies like Get Up and Go Kayaking, Adventures in Florida, A Day Away Kayak Tours, BK Adventure, Florida Adventurer, Fin Expeditions, Calypso Kayaking, Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach, and Epic paddling adventures.
For a more relaxing day on the water, take a Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour or rent a boat for a fun trip on the water.
Mountain biking can be found with several trail systems in Central Florida, but rentals are available at Adrenaline Bike Works in Mount Dora and near Ocala’s Santos mountain bike trails. Rent bikes at Santos Bike Shop or Greenway Bicycles Ocala.
Some dads enjoy spending time exploring the culinary arts, whether it’s in the indoor kitchen or outside on the grill.
Truffles and Trifles hosts fine gourmet cooking classes in Orlando, including a “Father’s Day Celebration” for the whole family on June 19th.
Get Dad a subscription to The Grill Masters Club, a subscription box that features recipes, sauces, condiments and supplies, and a Father’s Day sale.
Visit one of two Williams-Sonoma locations in the Orlando area to find fine kitchenware, bakeware, and flatware to support Dad’s kitchen endeavors.
For the dad who loves being a tourist in his own city, consider spending a day at one of Orlando’s attractions.
ICON Park is offering a $119.99 family fun package June 19-30 that includes a 20-minute spin on The Wheel for up to six guests, one drink per guest and a bucket of popcorn.
Gatorland is offering one-day half-price tickets to a Florida resident through June 30th. For the alligator-loving dad, the park also offers annual passes.
Elev8 Fun in Sanford has a Father’s Day offer with a free go-kart race and slice of cheesecake (with the purchase of an entree) for dads with a child present.
History-loving dads will enjoy a trip to the Orange County Regional History Center, where dads, grandfathers and carers get free entry on June 19 when accompanied by their loved ones.
Maybe your dad enjoys painting or writing poetry in his free time, or maybe the best way to celebrate this Father’s Day is tickets to an upcoming theatrical performance.
Celebrate your father’s artistic ability by gifting a class at the Crealdé School of Art with subjects ranging from drawing and painting to film photography. Pottery, sculpture and pastels are also options.
Orlando is also home to several locations of Painting With a Twist and similar concepts involving painting and drinking.
For theater lovers, tickets are available for upcoming musicals like Hamilton, which premieres this fall at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts appear. From the Orlando Shakes to the Garden Theater, there’s no shortage of local shows to discover.
Some men have a taste for the finer things like a quality cologne or a handcrafted leather wallet or maybe locally made adult beverages.
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Freehand Goods, with locations in East End Market and the Hourglass District, carries quality leather goods, toiletries, stickers, candles and t-shirts with Florida-inspired art. Online ordering is also possible.
For on-the-go craft beer, there’s no shortage of options in Central Florida, from Rockpit Brewing to Suncreek Brewery in Clermont to Ivanhoe Park Brewing.
For wine, visit Digress Wine in College Park or the Wine Room in Winter Park. Quantum Leap Winery in Orlando and Lakeridge Winery in Clermont both have locally made fine wines.
Order Central Florida roasted coffee at Orlando Coffee Roasters, Lineage Coffee Roasting or Axum Coffee Shop.
For the dad who loves spending time with plants, consider taking a trip to the Leu Gardens this Father’s Day. The 50-acre botanical oasis is offering free entry for dads and annual memberships starting at $45 on June 19.
For garden supplies and plants, try Palmer’s Garden & Goods, Porch Therapy, The Heavy and Apenberry’s Gardens.