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The Best Beachy Father’s Day Ideas Dad Will Absolutely Love


Father’s Day is all about celebrating the uniqueness of each and every dad. Dads come with differing interests, likes and ideas of what constitutes fun. For all those dads and their families who are spending time on Florida’s Gulf Coast this June, this blog post is especially for you!

Here are our Best Beachy Father’s Day Ideas to make the holiday extra special and forever memorable to the amazing dad in your life. You’ve already done him a great favor by bringing him to some of Florida’s best beaches, now take it up a notch and give him a Father’s Day for the books and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are our Father’s Day recommendations for Dad’s special day on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

For the dad who loves fine dining

What’s better than a night out surrounded by those you love the most? Make plans to take dad for a nice dinner out on the town. Fresh and succulent Gulf Seafood is the specialty here, so if dad is a seafood lover, there are plenty of choices. There are also fabulous steak houses, Italian restaurants and more for every taste and preference. You can find our favorite local Indian Rocks Beach restaurant recommendations here.

For the dad who loves a casual meal

Light up the grill! Whether you’re in the comfort of your own home or your own vacation rental, you can keep it casual yet delicious with a barbecue in honor of dad. Pick his favorites and create a specially tailored menu that’s sure to please. Don’t forget the Gulf Coast has some wonderful local markets where you can pick up the freshest locally grown produce, specialty items, and the fresh catch of the day straight from the fishermen’s boat to your table. Need a quick and easy menu idea? Check out this Gulf Coast Flavor feature.

For the dad who loves quality family time

There are plenty of ways to enjoy meaningful time with your family during your Father’s Day stay on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Why not choose that quintessential family night out at the beach and try your hand at a round of miniature golf? When’s the last time you and dad went to head-to-head on the putting green? We’d suggest heading over to Smugglers Cove Adventure in Indian Shores where you can golf with the gators!

For the dad who loves to fish

Fishing adventures abound on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Make a day of it whether you’re taking dad to the fishing pier to drop a line or on a high seas adventure on a Gulf Coast fishing charter. You can find out everything you need to know about fishing on the Gulf Coast here.

For the dad who loves the outdoors

Spend time with dad, get some exercise and take in the stunning coastal views that surround you. Head out to the Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve for a walk, bike around Indian Rocks Beach (don’t forget, that our Plumlee Perks offer FREE bikes for you to use during your stay) or hike the parks and scenic areas of this beautiful part of the Gulf Coast. You can find trails and maps in and around Indian Rocks Beach right here to help you plan your day of outdoor exploring with dad.

For the dad who loves to golf

Florida’s Gulf Coast could also be called the Golf Coast with all its golf courses from private to semi-private to public. Gorgeous greens and incredible views make your golf date with dad extra special. Follow this link to find golf courses near Indian Rocks Beach, Florida and get ready to tee it up!

For the dad who loves adventure

On and off the water adventures on the Gulf Coast are only limited to your imagination. Ready to cross off a bucket list item with dad? Try something new and exciting? You got it! Whatever your adventure pleasure, you’re sure to find plenty of choices to make it an unforgettable Father’s Day. Parasailing over the Gulf? Thrillseeking at Busch Gardens Tampa? Paddleboarding the Intracoastal Waterway? We got it! Check out these Florida Gulf Coast attractions and things to do to see what adventures lie ahead of you.

For the dad who loves animals

Many of our Gulf Coast attractions center around the beloved marine life and ecosystem that are an integral part of life here in Florida. If you dad is an animal lover (or bird lover, or reptile lover, or fish lover), there are so many places to explore the aquatic wonders that call this area home. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida Aquarium, SunCoast Seabird Sanctuary and Lowry Park Zoo are some great animal-loving options. Consider buying a Tampa Bay CityPass and you’ll have discounted access to many of these, so you can get more attractions for less money. Dad and his wallet will thank you!

For the dad who loves history

History buffs can get their fill of the past and origins of our Gulf Coast towns. Take dad on a field trip to the Indian Rocks Beach Historical Museum and Heritage Village for history that comes to life. See how this area of the Gulf Coast grew and expanded into the vacation destination it is today.

For the dad who loves the beach

Well, this is the easiest idea of all. Bring dad to Indian Rocks Beach and spend your day together soaking up the rays, sinking your toes in the sand and feeling the Gulf breeze kiss your skin. Memories will be made, relaxation will be had, and you’ll walk away feeling refreshed and rejuvenated while spending quality time together. Go shelling (check out our shelling guide), catch a Gulf Coast sunset, swim in the blue-green waters or do absolutely nothing at all. You can’t go wrong with any of your choices!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the special dads out there. May your day be the best it can be and spent with those who matter most.

What special plans do you have for dad on Father’s Day?