Yes, Dad might be perfectly happy spending the day on the couch and watching World Cup matches while grilling steaks in the backyard, but there are many other fun Father’s Day activities that will get the whole family out of the house. Here’s a list of some suggestions for Tampa families and their fathers that guarantee a successful holiday weekend.
Davidoff of Geneva
4142 W. Boy Scout Blvd. | (813) 513-7560
If your dad is a cigar aficionado, be sure to schedule a Father’s Day stop here for unique cigars and rare spirits. Owner Jeff Borysiewicz recommends the Davidoff Tampa FSG — an ultra premium cigar made exclusively for this location with blended Dominican and Florida Sun Grown tobacco — and the Florida Sun Grown by Drew Estate, which is handmade in Nicaragua using select filler tobacco from Florida Sun Grown Tobacco Farm in Clermont. Until Saturday, June 16, stock up on cigars for Dad and receive a free gift with purchases over $250.
The Great Father’s Day Race
Al Lopez Park | 4810 N. Himes Ave.
The Great Father’s Day Race is an awesome way to honor fathers all over the country and a chance for anyone to participate in something bigger than themselves. The 5K race is set to take off from beautiful Al Lopez Park at 8 a.m. Sunday. Registration offers free race pictures, a dry-fit shirt, race medal, custom bib, goodie bag, awards and prizes, food and drinks and more!
10690 Palm River Road | (813) 298-1811
If you’ve never been to Topgolf, Father’s Day is the perfect time to give it a try! A sort of driving range game anyone can play, Topgolf offers bays similar to bowling alleys where players score points by hitting microchipped golf balls at giant dartboard-like targets. A Father’s Day reservation includes one golfbay for two hours of unlimited play and VIP check-in upon arrival.
Richard’s Family Walk/Jog for Dads
Ulele | 1810 N. Highland Ave.
Support prostate cancer awareness and research with this fifth annual fun run and walk, hosted by Richard Gonzmart and the Gonzmart Family Foundation. Pick the 5K or 1-mile and jog or walk down the Tampa Riverwalk, with all proceeds supporting prostate cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the event begins at 8 a.m.
American Social Brunch
601 S. Harbour Island Blvd. | (813) 605-3333
Leave the cooking to the pros and enjoy bottomless mimosas, bloody Marys or rosé with your chicken and waffles, Maine lobster Benedict and strawberry French toast right on the Harbour Island waterfront. Dad will also receive a complimentary hand-rolled cigar to celebrate the holiday.
1600 E. 8th Ave. | (813) 241-9675
Gametime is a great place to play for adults and kids alike. With ample area for the latter to tire themselves out and a bar with TVs so there’s not a minute of sports missed, Gametime may be your family’s Father’s Day outing of choice. To sweeten the deal, they’re also offering a free entrée or appetizer for every Dad who purchases one of equal or lesser value.
The Rez & Council Oak
5223 Orient Road | The Rez: (813) 627-8120 | Council Oak: (866) 388-4263
The Seminole Hard Rock’s signature restaurants will both offer one-day specials for Father’s Day. The Rez will open early for Sunday brunch and will be serving up dishes like the king crab Benedict (house-made English muffins, sautéed spinach, applewood bacon, king crab and Tabasco hollandaise, plus craft cocktails like Smoke and a Pancake (Hudson Maple Creek Cask Rye, chocolate bitters, vanilla mist, buttermilk foam, candied bacon and an Arturo Fuente cigar). Over at Council Oak, a la carte specials include potato-fennel and Italian sausage bisque, 60-day dry-aged bone-in prime rib and dark chocolate chip banana brioche pudding.
Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water St. | (813) 228-0097
Dads can bring along their kids ages 7 to 17 to Tampa’s preeminent history museum for free on Sunday, June 17. Museum staff will also host a special Father’s Day scavenger hunt, and visitors can take advantage of a special 15 percent discount in the museum’s store.
2102 E. Fowler Ave. (University Area) | (813) 540-9001 | 1748 W. Brandon Blvd. (Brandon) | (813) 210-8190
Dessert is on Portillo’s for dads this year. When Dad orders any entrée (including hot dogs, sandwiches and ribs), he can choose a dessert — a slice of Portillo’s famous chocolate or lemon cake, éclair cake, strawberry shortcake or a chocolate cake shake — for free. Sundays are also Rib Day at Portillo’s. Order a full-slab rib dinner and and any size drink and receive a free half-slab of ribs. It’s a match made in carnivore heaven.
The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive | (813) 273-4000
If you haven’t been to the aquarium recently, now may be the time to take a trip under the sea. Poke something squishy in the iconic No Bone Zone, move it move it to the Journey to Madagascar section and see some lemurs, and admire the otters of the Wetlands Trail. Fathers get free admission all weekend with the purchase of one full-price ticket.
Brew and Renew at The Don CeSar
3400 Gulf Blvd. | St. Pete Beach | (727) 363-5029
Help Dad relax this Father’s Day with the Brew and Renew spa package at the Don’s Spa Oceana. Choose from the Dapper Dad (60-minute custom-blend massage and 60-minute Bourbon Buff pedicure) and the Hello Handsome (30-minute scalp massage, 30-minute Sole Soother, 30-minute Gentleman’s Facial and a 30-minute Gentleman’s Haircut), then refuel with the All Sauced Up Burger and Beer Flight — an add-on that includes a burger topped with apple cider barbecue sauce, crispy fried onions, creamy coleslaw and cheddar cheese, plus a selection of 3 Daughters Beach Blonde Ale, Sam Adams Summer Ale and Cigar City Jai Alai IPA.
Multiple Tampa locations
All-you-can-eat wings. What else needs to be said? On Father’s Day all diners can get an endless supply of original or Buffalo wings in their choice of sauce or rub for $15.99, along with $12.99 buckets of Michelob Ultra.
603 Channelside Drive | (813) 223-7999
Take Dad on a brunch or dinner trip he’ll never forget, with great food and the best views in Tampa Bay. The entire family can enjoy a decadent buffet aboard a Yacht StarShip cruise, and Dad can enjoy three premium complimentary drinks on the house. This option is sure to make him feel appreciated.