5 Ways to Make Dad’s Day This Father’s Day in Orlando

Spend quality time with Dad on June 17, with festive brunches, theme-park adventures, fishing trips and golf outings the whole family will enjoy.




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A Feast Fit For A King

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Make Father’s Day unforgettable with a feast fit for a king! Enjoy a hearty three-course meal and flamenco entertainment at Tapa Toro. Dad will indulge on empanadas, roasted suckling pig, panzella salad, tomato rice, potato rolls, and dessert. Plus, he'll get a complimentary cigar and bourbon tasting starting at 5 p.m. in the outdoor lounge (while supplies last). Then, take the family for a spin on the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye for vistas of the city. $28/per person; 8441 International Drive, (407) 226-2929; tapatoro.restaurant

At the lively Taverna Opa at the upscale Pointe Orlando, Dad eats free from the family style menu of Greek specialties while everyone enjoys the live entertainment. Plus, there are lots of other attractions on site to keep the family engaged, from bowling to bounce houses to movies. 9101 International Drive, (407) 351-8660; opaorlando.com

On Sunday, June 17, all dads dining at Texas de Brazil Churrascaria will receive a $20 certificate good towards dinner for two any Monday through Thursday between June 18 and August 31, 2018. The enticing rodizio-style dining experience is perfect for families and groups with a menu that features an expansive salad area with over 50 hot and cold selections, and a parade of meats freshly grilled the authentic gaucho way--over hot wood charcoal—and served tableside by skilled gauchos. All restaurants open at 11 a.m. for the holiday and will serve the full dinner menu and price all day. 5259 International Drive, (407) 355-0355; texasdebrazil.com

Hit the Green

Sure, it’s hot out there, but if you’re willing to grin and bear it, you’ll be rewarded with the best greens fees of the year. Disney World’s Oak Trail was designed with families in mind, with a 9-hole, all-walking course with junior tees. $35 with discounts for annual pass holders and Florida residents; 1950 Magnolia Palm Drive, golfwdw.com

For a fun alternative, take the whole family to TopGolf for a special Father’s Day Package. Each package includes one golf bay for two hours of unlimited Topgolf play for up to six guests, and VIP check-in upon arrival; Starting at $90; 9295 Universal Boulevard, (407) 218-7714, topgolf.com

Theme Park Thrills

Let Dad take on Universal’s Volcano Bay. At the center of Volcano Bay water park is Krakatau, a 200-foot volcano that’s home to amazing water slides and an aqua coaster that plunges through a waterfall. Other areas of the park feature thrilling waterslides, a whitewater rafting ride plus a rafting adventure with zero-gravity hang time and, for younger children, a toddler play area and beach. One day tickets are $80/adult $75/children; 6000 Universal Blvd.; universalorlando.com

Or try Animal Kingdom’s amazing World of Avatar. Enter Pandora and totally immerse yourself in the details, including cascading waterfalls, bioluminescent rainforests and themed restaurants. Get your free FastPasses for the two major attractions, including the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey and the thrilling Avatar Flight of Passage. From $99/day. 2901 Osceola Parkway, disneyworld.disney.go.com

Gone Fishin'

Central Florida is home to thousands (yes thousands!) of lakes, plus Florida’s largest river, the St. Johns, where Dad is sure to catch a trophy bass. Florida Bass Adventures is a group of professional guides who ensure the trip is a success. In fact, they’re so confident, they have a “no fish, no pay” guarantee. Cold drinks and fishing equipment are provided. Four-hour trip for two $275, with longer trips available; (352) 603-5467; www.floridabassadventures.com  

Walt Disney World also leads catch-and-release outings in the Seven Seas Lagoon and even inside the waterways of the World Showcase at Epcot. The whole family can venture out on a 21-foot pontoon boat for a two- or four-hour excursion on the water. Two-hour trips for a party of five start at $270 per boat; (407) 939-2277; click for more information.

Raise a Glass

For adult children, there are several unique and memorable places around town to toast Dad. Winter Park Distillery makes its own bourbon, rum and vodka on site. The whole family can accompany Dad on a 45-minute tour while the adults can enjoy the tastings. Next door at Bear & Peacock Brewery, you can enjoy craft beer brewed on site. Tours $11; 1288 N. Orange Ave., wpdistilling.com

Corona Cigars, with locations in Lake Mary, downtown Orlando and Restaurant Row, offers an amazing selection of cigars and liquors. Pick up a gift for Dad or take him out for an unforgettable evening with an old-fashioned cocktail from a unique drink list featuring pre-embargo rum and pre-Prohibition whiskey. Some sealed vintage items on the Historical Spirits List are as much as $3,000. It’s fun to dream, right? 127 S. Orange Ave., 7792 W. Sand Lake Road, coronacigar.com

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