Celebrating Father’s Day in Lakeland – Gift Ideas, Family Activities, Weekend Freebies

2018-05-17T00:03:57+00:00 June 14, 2017|Freebies & Deals, Summer Fun, Things to Do|

**THIS POST IS FROM JUNE 2017 – look for an update for Father’s Day 2018 in early June**

We know all of our fellow Lakeland Moms love to find unique gifts for Lakeland Dads, and we’re here to help you think of the perfect gift for the sports enthusiast, outdoorsman, daredevil, or music loving guy in your life. We’re big on “experience gifts” that give dad an adventure to remember.

We’ve also got a list of activities if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, including places offering free admission or free food deals just for dad!

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Father’s Day Weekend Freebies

  • Challenge the family to a mini-golf competition or a lazer tag battle at Family Fun Center. Dads get a FREE round of mini-golf on Father’s Day.
  • Treat dad to a free skating session at Skate World from 2-5pm on Father’s Day.
  • Bok Tower is offering Free admission  to all dads on Father’s Day! Treat Dad to a day exploring the Gardens with live carillon concerts at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children 4 & under are FREE.
  • Dinosaur World in Plant City will let your fossil-loving dad in free with purchase of a child’s ticket. The offer is only good on Father’s Day. Offer only valid on tickets purchased at the door. Children 2 & under are FREE.
  • Dads receive free admission to Lowry Park Zoo on Father’s Day with the purchase of another full-priced ticket.
  • On Father’s Day weekend dad gets in free to The Florida Aquarium with the purchase of a full paid admission (Valid Saturday & Sunday). Children 2 & under are FREE. *Must purchase tickets at onsite Aquarium ticket booth to receive offer.
  • MOSI in Tampa (Museum of Science & Industry) is free for dad on Father’s Day weekend with a paid child’s admission.
  • Dads receive free admission to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota on Father’s Day with purchase of a child’s ticket. Kids ages 4-12 are $12. Not valid with any other offers.
  • Dad gets FREE admission to the Crayola Experience in Orlando on Father’s Day when you purchase one full priced general admission ticket.

 Things to do with Dad

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner Ideas

We’d highly recommend calling to check on reservations, especially  for restaurants with Father’s Day Specials. Some places are opening earlier than normal for brunch, others are only open for dinner. We’ve provided links for you to find hours, locations, and additional information. We love to support local businesses, so you’ll only find local restaurants on the list below, maybe even a few you didn’t know about!

  • Dad eats free at PDQ on Father’s Day! Receive one free Combo Meal with the purchase of any meal, including Kids Meals, all day long.
  • Hallback’s Bar & Grill at the Lakeland Airport is offering 2 seatings for Father’s Day at 11:30am and 2pm. Walk-ins welcome, but reservations suggested, 863-937-8900.
  • Posto 9 is hosting a Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday. Enjoy a four-course meal for only $45.00 per person, or $15.00 for children (up to 10 years old). Reservations required via OpenTable.For Mother’s Day, there were special meals planned at Red Door Wine MarketFrescos, and Texas Cattle Company. We are waiting to hear on whether there are any Father’s Day specials and will post them here if we get confirmation.

Local Restaurants

The Sports Enthusiast

  • Buy tickets for an upcoming Lakeland Flying Tigers GameBe sure to check out their promotions.
  • Get dad tickets to a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game on Father’s Day, or purchase a 5 game flex-pack to go to multiple games this summer.
  • Have a soccer fan? The Tampa Bay Rowdies play at Al Lang Field in St. Pete through the summer, and add weekday games in the fallThe Tampa Bay Rowdies are an American professional soccer team.
  • Orlando City is a Major League Soccer team that plays at Camping World Stadium (former Orange Bowl) in Orlando. {Check current Groupon deals}
  • Prefer women’s soccer? There’s a professional team for that too – the Orlando Pride.
  • If you have a golfer in your house, surprise him with a round at his favorite course, OR splurge on a round at Streamsong Resort. Summer rates for Florida Residents are $85/person, but also expect to pay for a caddie, as well as gratuity.
  • For the outdoorsman, Streamsong Resort also offers Sporting Clays, Guided Bass Fishing, and Archery. Activities are open to the public but require reservations. For a real treat, book an overnight package at this one of a kind resort located just 25 minutes south of Lakeland in Polk County.
  • Check out the selection of Father’s Day Gifts at Fanatics – you’re sure to find something with his favorite sports team.

The Outdoorsman

  • Book a paddleboarding trip on the Chain of Lakes with Paddleboard Winter Haven. They offer lessons and tours from beginners, to advanced paddleboarders, families, and fitness enthusiasts.
  • Have a real Florida adventure and view native wildlife on an airboat tour. There are multiple companies offering tours in Polk County, including Alligator Cove, Alligators Unlimited, Captain Fred’s, Grape Hammock Fish Camp, and Camp Mack. Most tours allow children of all ages, certain ages require an adult. Every child is different, and airboats are LOUD, so use your own discretion.
  • Book a charter fishing trip out of Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg or Anna Maria Island. While we don’t have anyone specific to recommend, we’ve included links to reviews and contact information on Trip Advisor.
Father's Day Father son kayaking canoe

The Adventure Seeker

Father's Day dad daughter on beach

The Music Fan

  • Any music loving guy will appreciate tickets to a Classic Albums Live Concert at the RP Funding Center {formerly The Lakeland Center. (These are not the actual artists, it is a highly talented band/singers performing this music live). In addition to performing each of these iconic albums, note for note and cut for cut, Classic Albums Live also presents a full set of the artist’s greatest hits during the second half of the show.
    • Classic Albums Live presents Rush 2112 – Jun 15, 2017 8:00PM
    • Classic Albums Live presents Zeppelin IV – Jul 20, 2017 8:00PM
    • Classic Albums Live presents Supertramp Breakfast In America – Aug 17, 2017 8:00PM
    • Classic Albums Live presents Woodstock – Sep 14, 2017 8:00PM
    • Classic Albums Live presents Lynard Skynard – Oct 12, 2017 8:00PM
  • Give dad tickets to an upcoming concert or performance at the RP Funding Center {Lakeland Center}, Lakeland Community TheatreMIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater, Straz Center in Tampa, Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, or other event venue.
Fathers Day Dad holding kids

Other Gift Ideas

Do you have any Father’s Day traditions? Leave us a comment below!

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