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Father’s Day in Tampa: The best local spots and events to honor Dad

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Father’s Day is just around the corner! (Sunday, June 16 to be exact.) Now’s the perfect time to show the special dads in your life just how much they mean to you. From live shows and sporting events to grilling out and relaxing, Tampa offers exciting and unique ways to celebrate Dad. Get ready to create memories with Dad right here in the heart of Tampa.

Explore downtown Tampa on a Pirate Water Taxi

333 S Franklin St
Ahoy! This Father’s Day, treat Dad to a swashbuckling adventure aboard the Pirate Water Taxi. This fleet of six pirate-themed vessels offers an exciting way to explore downtown Tampa. With daily admission, you can enjoy unlimited “Hop On, Hop Off” boarding from any of the stops along the Hillsborough River and Tampa’s waterways. Two routes are available, the River Route and Island Loop, and all-day passes are priced at $34 per adult and $24 per child. 

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An afternoon at The Birdie Club

3407 S Dale Mabry Hwy
You can explore 250 of the best courses from around the world in a cozy air-conditioned venue in South Tampa. The Birdie Club (3407 S Dale Mabry Hwy) is a new indoor golf simulator facility that lets you hit the links with the comfort of AC. You can now reserve your tee time online.

The Birdie Club is South Tampa’s first indoor golf lounge, offering 3 Trackman simulators and a place for all lovers of the game to practice in the comfort of air conditioning. Prices range from $35/hour during non-peak hours and $50/hour during peak hours.

Father’s Day Backyard Bash at Armature Works

1910 N Ola Ave
6pm-9pm
$10

Families can kick off the evening with a round of putt-putt golf, offering a chance for some friendly competition between dads and kids. For those looking to up their game, a golf simulator will also be available, providing a high-tech twist on the classic pastime.

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See Santana and Counting Crows live at Amalie Arena

Amalie Arena
401 Channelside Dr
June 16th, 7pm 
For the music-loving dad, there’s no better way to close out the weekend than with an unforgettable performance at Amalie Arena. On June 16, legendary artists Santana and Counting Crows take the stage at 7pm. Get ready to groove to Santana’s iconic rock rhythms and guitar solos, and sing along to the nostalgic hits of Counting Crows. Tickets are still available, so be sure to purchase yours (and Dad’s) soon!

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Photo via JC Newman Cigar Company

Tour the El Reloj Cigar Factory–or take one of their classes!

2701 N 16th St
History buff, cigar lover, or both, it doesn’t matter. Dads will love the opportunity to tour El Reloj, America’s oldest family-owned cigar manufacturer. As the only cigar factory still in operation in Tampa, this factory and museum offers tours Monday through Friday to explore their three-story historic location. If a tour isn’t enough, you and Dad can also book a spot in one of their cigar rolling or tobacco tasting classes for a more hands-on experience. 

Enjoy a cocktail at Gasparilla Distillery & Cocktail Bar

2102 East 4th Ave
Rum, vodka, brandy. Dad can pick his poison at the famed Gasparilla Distillery & Cocktail Bar. Here, you’ll enjoy cocktails mixed with the finest spirits that would make any pirate proud. Stop in to sample their spirits in a tasting flight, tour the distillery to see the magic in action, or savor a cocktail in the nautical ambience of their bar. Tours are $12 per person and run Wednesday through Sunday, though you can check their website for times.

Pamper Dad with a spa treatment at Spa Evangeline

1203 South Howard Ave 
What dad doesn’t deserve to unwind and relax? This Father’s Day, spoil Dad to a rejuvenating men’s spa service at Spa Evangeline. Their current offerings include a Gentleman’s Resurfacing Facial to detox skin, Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage and Hot Whiskey Scour Massage for muscle relief, and Bern’s Bourbon on the Rocks Foot Treatment to soothe feet. Dads can even indulge in complimentary whiskey during either of the bourbon treatments. 

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Enter Heights Meat Market for a taste of superior cuts

Grill with meats from Heights Meat Market

4001 N Florida Ave
Now that it’s summer in Tampa Bay, Sundays are officially for grilling. Take your Father’s Day celebration to the next level with premium meats from Heights Meat Market. For traditional meats, you’ll find plenty of black Angus, pork, and chicken options, but don’t pass on their Wagyu selections, including Japanese, Australian, and American meats. Looking for something to really impress Dad? Explore their exotic game, from gator and kangaroo to elk and bison. For a mix of land and sea, you can also head toward their seafood offerings. No matter what you go home with, you can rest assured your grilling game is about to reach the next level.

Hit the trails in Alafia River State Park

14326 S County Rd 39
Escape the city limits this Father’s Day weekend and embark on an adventure with Dad at the Alafia River State Park. A hotspot for mountain biking and the site of a former phosphate mine, this park boasts some of the most radical elevation changes in the state. There’s also a full-service bike shop for rentals and repairs on-site, in case you leave your bike at home. Bikes not your thing? You can also hike and horseback ride through their 20 miles of single-track trails, which wind through forests and flatwoods. 

Take Dad out to a Rays game this Father’s Day

Celebrate early at this week’s Rays game

Tropicana Field (1 Tropicana Dr)
June 13th, 6:50pm
There’s no better way to kick off Father’s Day celebrations than with an early trip to Tropicana Field for a Tampa Bay Rays game. On Thursday, June 13th, the Rays go head to head against the Chicago Cubs, with the first pitch set for 6:50 pm. Tickets are as low as $10 per person, so don your Rays merch and get ready for an evening of baseball fun!

Show Dad you care with The Gathering: A Celebration of Superstar Dads

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at FL State Fairgrounds
4802 US-301 
June 16th, 10am
Celebrate Father’s Day in style with “The Gathering: A Celebration of Superstar Dads” hosted by Thaddeus Bullard, known to WWE fans as Titus O’Neil, on June 16 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. This free event honors fathers and father figures in the Tampa Bay area with a day filled with entertainment, recognition, and community activities. Doors open at 9:01 am., with festivities running from 10:01 am to 2:01 pm. Special guests, including local celebrities and sports figures, will join in celebrating these everyday heroes. Registration is required for this fun-filled day, so sign up early for preferred seating

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