One of the best ways to show dad how much you love and appreciate him is to spend quality time together. With our busy schedules, it’s more important than ever to take a day to give gratitude for our fathers.
Every dad is different, so below is a highlight guide to help you plan the perfect day. Whether it’s a weekend retreat, sunrise yoga class, beachside concert or brunch you never have to go far to be at the heart of it all on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
BOOK A WEEKEND RETREAT
It may be a coincidence, but Father’s Day coincides with the start of the Countywide campaign, LauderDeals, where you can experience the good life for less, with special offers on hotels and attractions. Highlights of hotel properties with deals online include Conrad Fort Lauderdale, Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach and W Fort Lauderdale, with others updating their specials daily.
SCHEDULE AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
With our seemingly never-ending sandy shores and 300-miles of navigable Venice-like canals, there is no shortage of water activities to experience on Fort Lauderdale Beach’s three-mile barrier island. Whether you are looking to take your dad on a dive deep or parasail to new heights, we’ve got you covered in our Top Watersports Activities Guide with some of the most enjoyable ways to get in, out and under the water with your dad on Father’s Day.
Friday, June 17
ROCK IT OUT WITH DAD
Round up the whole family and come enjoy the free Friday Night Sound Waves concert at Las Olas Oceanside Park from 6:30 – 9:30pm. Performing that evening is GDR, the Greatest Decades of Rock experience, bringing a throwback vibe to the beachside series, with a range of all-time classic hits from the 70s and 80s be legends like Queen, Journey, Heart, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, U2 and more. Before the music begins, you can treat dad to something special or a bite to eat at the Makers Market from 5-10 pm.
TAKE A CULINARY JOURNEY
Omakase is the Japanese word that translates to the simple message of “I’ll leave it up to you” — and is the dining tradition of letting the chef choose what is served based on seasonality, quality ingredients, and minimalist preparation. In his newest endeavor, Oku by Takato, world-renowned executive chef Taka Lee prepare his most creative work to date, taking guests on an intimate, more than 15-course journey, as they savor exclusively prepared dishes like scallop with shaved truffle, oysters, and uni toast with caviar. This unique and exclusive experience is only available Thursday – Saturday with seating at 8pm. Reservations are required at takato.oku
Saturday, June 18
SELF CARE SATURDAY
Treat your Power Dad to a Self Care Saturday like no other, when you book him an appointment for a Power Hour massage at Heavenly Spa by Westin. Any man will certainly enjoy the custom massage with Mana’ia cold pressed coconut and drift-nut oils, which are formulated to revive, nourish, and protect men’s skin. Go for the 80-minute upgrade, which includes warm oil Fijian scalp and hair massage, exfoliating hand and foot scrub complete with warm body butter application. View details and all package offerings at fortlauderdalebeachspa.com
They say men who will shop all day with you and hold your bags are ‘keepers’. Add in the fact they will take a yoga class with you too, and actually enjoy it, and ladies, hold on tight because you have found a gem. If this fits the man in your life, whether he is a father yet or not yet, the Saturday Las Olas Oceanside Park Market, which features a morning Yoga class on the main lawn from 9:30 – 11 could just be your nirvana. View details.
Celebrate dad all weekend at Bahia Mar, starting on Saturday at 1pm. Join us at 801 Blend & Brew located inside the hotel with an indoor casual lounge and outdoor patio that sits across from the beach, and enjoy a curated selection of Japanese Whiskeys with a complimentary cigar, hand rolled on site. $35. Reserve your space on Eventbrite
Sunday, June 19
STEP BACK IN TIME
Step back in time and experience life as it was in the 20s and 30s at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Dads receive complimentary admission with one full paid adult admission. Tour the historic house museum filled with a delightful collection of art and personal treasures from the Bartlett family as well as explore the nature trails filled with native plants, trees and an occasional monkey. Tickets sold at the door.
Enjoy a beautiful, bountiful brunch board feast at Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery this Fathers Day. Their signature brunch boards are perfect for sharing with family and friends and priced at $49.95 per person. Reservations are suggested for service between 11:30 am and 4 pm. View complete menu details at: wildthymeoceanside.com/fathers-day-brunch
Skip the ties and grilling tools and treat dad to a meal he’ll always remember at Lona. Their Father’s Day Brunch menu features a special fresh-off-the-grill taco with tasty frijoles, chicharron de puerco, pickled onions, a green tomatillo sauce, and micro cilantro. $55 adults, $45 children Brunch is served between 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.[/ezcol_1third]
For a taste of the islands without boarding a plane, Steelpan Kitchen & Bar is the ticket. Highlights include the Island French Toast stuffed with guava & cream cheese, dusted with cinnamon and topped with seasonal berries and Bottomless Classics ($26) with your choice of Mimosa, Prosecco and Bloody Marys. View the menu at: steelpanftl.com [/ezcol_1third]
Leave the grilling to Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach, and the chilling to you and the family and kick back poolside at the Hightide Rooftop Pool Bar & Grill. In addition to succulent smoked ribs and more hot off the grill, you’ll be one “Happy Dad” with specials on buckets of Hard Seltzer and Domestic Beer.[/ezcol_1third]
For more early morning until late night fun, our calendar of special events offer a little something for every interest and unique experiences welcoming everyone under the sun.