What To Do Where with Dad on Father’s Day: Ideas You Can Really Use!


On Dad’s day, he can enjoy some of the best fresh seafood around or one of his favorite dishes and hang out for live music and fun! Check out the music and entertainment schedule and dinner specials in the Dining, Music and Entertainment Guide in this Destin Life issue, pages 24-27.

Start Father’s Day off with breakfast and a view on the Destin Harbor at Tailfins. He’ll love Bloody Mary specials or bottomless mimosas along with a Cajun omelet or steak and eggs. After breakfast, you can head down to the dock for Tailfins’ Island adventure, world-famous, three-hour tour.

Go fishing. Destin isn’t named the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village for no reason. With one of the largest charter fishing fleets in the country, take your pick of near shore and deep-sea fishing opportunities for you and Dad. Some recommendations include Outta Line Charters (charterboatouttaline.com) and Lionstale Adventures (lionstaleadventures.com) for your dad’s deep sea fishing experience!

Yacht life: Treat dad in style with a personalized experience aboard a luxury motor yacht. Parrot Head Luxury Yacht offers dolphin watching, the gorgeous scenery of the Destin Harbor and a certified captain and crew for his pleasure or sunset cruise. He’ll hear about Destin and the Harbor’s rich history and see the Emerald Coast in an entirely new way. parrotheadyachts.com; (850) 980-5824.

Show your dad a new view. Take him to new heights with an exciting helicopter ride. Check out destinhelicopters.com or call (850)774-0991 to book your Destin beaches helicopter tour for magnificent views of emerald green waters and sugar white beaches from the Harbor east along the coast. 15 miles – $89 per person. Don’t forget the 10 percent locals discount!

Float with your Dad: At Float Brothers Float Spa, you can gift dad with this month’s Odyssey Package—three, 90-minute floats for $100! Dad can float like a cork in epsom salt water with a temperature that mimics his body; he won’t experience the pull of gravity, sight, sound or touch, and he’ll gain health, healing and relaxation benefits. 850-460-8720; FloatBrothers.com.

Snorkel with Dad: One of the most popular adventures is the two-stop snorkeling. In three hours, you’ll get to look for shells on the beach and shallow water of the grassy flats in the Bay, snorkel in shallow water, witness crab life, various small fish, sea horses, baby shrimp and snorkel for schools of small fish and a variety of sea life. Rate: $50. Located at 10 Harbor Blvd (Harborwalk Village) in Destin, book online at http://destinsnorkel.com or call (850) 269-2329.

Go stand up paddling boarding. Take Dad on a calming, nature-based water experience. On a stand-up paddle board, you all can paddle out in the Gulf to one of the new artificial reefs or paddle a peaceful coastal dune lake in the Bay. Dad might just slow down a little and enjoy this paddle boarding experience so conducive to our area, but especially if it’s with you.

Throw an ax with your Dad: At the Gulf Coast Axe House in Miramar Beach, you can throw an ax from 11 a.m.-midnight. No experience needed; coaches teach you how to throw. For those 21 and over, you can bring your own beer and wine if you want. Ages 13-plus are permitted. Open daily, one hour of ax throwing is $30 per person. Message Facebook.com/GulfCoastAxeHouse, email at Info@GulfCoastAxes.com or call (850) 842-2890 to reserve your lane.

Take in a Father’s Day film. For a relaxing wind-down from Father’s Day weekend, bring your lawn chairs out to Baytowne Wharf’s Events Plaza Lawn at Sandestin and settle in for a free film, “American Underdog,” at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 19.

Go boating. With the Gulf of Mexico to the south and the Choctawhatchee Bay to the north, there is an abundance of waterways to explore. Several boat rental companies in Destin carry pontoons to speedboats.

Is your dad young at heart? With mini-golf, go-karts or bumper rides and big thrills like bungee jumping and sky flying, you’ll have plenty of time to be a kid again at The Track Family Recreation Center. Visit funatthetrack.com, Destin location or call (850) 654-4668.
Book an electric bike tour. These fun pedal-assisted bikes tap into a battery pack that will give your dad and you added speed and endurance. For a dad who likes to be shown around, give an Eventure Tour focusing on history, art and cuisine. Visit eventuretourco.com.

Create an old-fashioned memory with ice cream. Take your dad out for the ultimate ice cream sundae. Top with hot fudge, caramel, nuts and whipped cream. Yum!

Shoot with Dad! At Emerald Coast Indoor Shooting & Sport, you can become a member, take a class or simply reserve a lane ($18 regular walk-in or $12.50 members) for you and your dad to practice. Located at 685 Valparaiso Parkway, Valparaiso. Call (850) 502-2354 or email info@theshootersrange.com to reserve your lane or firearm.

And last, but definitely not least, spend time with your dad on the golf course, beach or in the water. Destin has some of the finest courses around at Regatta Bay, Emerald Bay, Seascape, Sandestin, Indian Bayou and others. Have a picnic, go for a walk, splash in the waves, rent a jet ski or go parasailing… throw down a good time!