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 outdoorsman, sports enthusiast, 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 on Father’s Day weekend (June 21, 2021), including places offering free admission or free food deals just for dad!
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Father’s Day Events in Lakeland + Polk County
Things to do for Father’s Day
◆ Spend a day on the water learning to wakeboard or improving your shredding skills at Elite Cable Park located in Auburndale.
◆ Take dad on a Drive-Thru Safari right here in Lakeland at Safari Wilderness Ranch.
◆ Book a guided kayak tour or canoe trip with our list of local rental options.
◆ Looking for a truly unique experience in Florida? Learn more about clear kayak tours.
◆ Both Batters Box of Lakeland and Going 406 have indoor batting cages that are open to the public, just be sure to call first for hours and reservations. (Off the Wall’s cages are permanently closed).
◆ Play a round of disc golf.
◆ Take dad for a ice cream or dessert at one of the 20+ places to get ice cream in Lakeland + Polk County.
◆ Plan a picnic and a nature hike at Circle B Bar Reserve! Be sure you pack a tablecloth, napkins/paper towels, utensils, food, drinks, and wear walking shoes to explore the trails after you eat.
◆ Hike, bike, picnic, canoe, kayak, or fish at Colt Creek State Park in the heart of the Green Swamp Wilderness area north of Lakeland. In this 5,067-acre state park, you’ll find hiking trails, biking trails, picnic pavilions, and two lakes for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Canoes and Kayaks can be rented from the park ranger station.
◆ Use our list of family-friendly bike trails to find a paved bike path or mountain bike trail and go for a bike ride.
◆ Find a great place for a picnic in the Lakeland area.
◆ Go to a Baseball Game. The Lakeland Flying Tigers play here in Lakeland. There aren’t any games on Father’s Day Weekend, but you could get tickets for a few days before or after.
◆ Get a strike at the bowling alley – save money with a Groupon for AMF Lanes in Lakeland. Cypress Lanes in Winter Haven and Orange Bowl Lanes in Lakeland are other local options.
◆ Catch a classic movie at our local drive-in theater – the Silvermoon Drive-In.
◆ Whether dad prefers retro arcade games, pinball machines, or the latest and greatest, these arcades in Lakeland and Winter Haven provide fun for the whole family.
◆ The Back Nine is a full service restaurant and premier golf experience with 3 Full Swing Golf simulators with access to 80+ courses. Multisport option allows you to play football, baseball, dodgeball, hockey, and more.
◆ See if your family can escape at Escapology Lakeland or Lakeland Escape Room.
◆ AX-Caliber Axe Venue & Coffee House is Polk County’s Very First Axe Venue and Coffee House. Stop by for great food and coffee and schedule an appointment for ax-throwing.
◆ Test your aim with a trip to the indoor archery range.
◆ We have a variety of movie theater experiences here in Lakeland and Polk County including IMAX, 3-D, D-Box motion seats, comfy reclining chairs, food and drinks during your movie, and more.
◆ Got a cowboy at heart? Make a family trip out to the River Ranch Rodeo on Saturday night.
◆ Go on an Outdoor Day Trip – Take dad swimming, tubing, hiking, kayaking, or canoeing. Central Florida favorites include Lake Kissimmee State Park, Alderman’s Ford Regional Park in Plant City, Lithia Springs Regional Park, Blue Spring State Park, Rainbow Springs State Park, Alafia State Park .
◆ Race at the I-Drive NASCAR Indoor Go-Kart Racing – snag a Groupon deal for the whole family (be sure to check height requirements, some tracks don’t allow kids and adults to race together).
◆ TopGolf sometimes offers Father’s Day Packages – book in advance for Tampa or Orlando.
Father’s Day Brunch/Lunch/Dinner Ideas
◆ Take dad out for a beverage at Swan Brewing. It is family-friendly!
Gifts for the Sports Enthusiast
◆ Get tickets for an upcoming Lakeland Tigers Game.
Gifts for the Outdoorsman
◆ Paddleboard Winter Haven – Book a paddleboarding trip on the Chain of Lakes. They offer lessons and tours from beginners, to advanced paddleboarders, families, and fitness enthusiasts.
◆ Airboat Tours – 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.
◆ Charter Fishing Trip – Go bass fishing with Big Bass Guide in Winter Haven. Prefer saltwater? Book a day 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.
Other Gift Ideas for Dad
◆ Head to Lakeside Village for a wide selection of gifts from shops including Bed Bath & Beyond, Belk, Books-A-Million, FITniche, GameStop, Golf, Etc., Jos A. Bank, Sunglass Hut and more. **If you spend $150 between June 14 – 18, 2021 at Lakeside Village shops and restaurants you can get a $20 movie gift card.**
◆ Arrange to have his car washed or detailed
◆ Find homemade items and local goods on Saturday morning at the Downtown Farmers Curb Market.
◆ Board Games – Surprise dad with games he’ll enjoy playing, and maybe even a few throwbacks from his childhood. Favorites at my house include:
◆ Ice cream maker – get a gift the whole family can enjoy for the summer!
◆ Lottery ticket bouquet – Does dad love scratch off tickets? Make him a bouquet (click to see photo).
◆ Quiz about dad – Have the kids fill out a quiz and print it out for him.
◆ Whiskey Bent BBQ Supply is the perfect place to find a gift for the dad who loves to grill. Find a pre-made basket of rubs, sauces, and grilling items. Or purchase a gift card and let dad go pick out what he needs.
◆ What I Love about Dad Fill In The Blank Journal – Give him an entire book completed by the kids
◆ For the avid reader, give a subscription to Kindle Unlimited – dad can enjoy unlimited access to over 1 million titles & thousands of audiobooks on any device. The best part is you get a 1 month trial to start with to be sure he likes it!
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