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Dad’s Rock!

Celebrate Father’s Day with These Activities in Greater Tampa Bay

by Rebecca Gleiberman

Looking for ways to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day? Guide has got it covered. If Dad is a nature enthusiast, check out many of Greater Tampa Bay’s scenic nature trails. Hillsborough River State Park is comprised of seven miles of nature trails and is only minutes from downtown Tampa. With numerous trails for nature viewing, visitors can also view the Class II river rapids or kayak along the Hillsborough River. Or, ramble along the shaded foot bridges among gigantic cypress or sprawling oaks at Alderman’s Ford Conservation Park.

For dads that are of the thrill-seeking variety, Busch Gardens Summer Nights might be just the thing. Starting on May 26 and continuing until August 6, visitors can experience shows, thrilling attractions, fireworks and more.

If he loves to golf, check out the variety of golf courses Greater Tampa Bay has to offer. From the Westchase Golf Club to TPC Tampa Bay, there is sure to be something to suit any dad’s taste.


Rusty Pelican

Named one of the Best Restaurants in Tampa, celebrate Dad with a four-course brunch or an a la carte dinner. Enjoy unique dishes like crushed avocado tartine, chicken and waffles, Atlantic salmon and more.

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for Brunch; 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for dinner

2425 N. Rocky Pt. Dr., Tampa, FL

The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art

The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art consists of 26,000 square feet of gallery space and more than 400 premier works of art, including sculpture, paintings and jewelry that depict the people, landscapes and history of the American West. Perfect for the dad with a keen eye for detail and a love of learning.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

150 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg, FL

Father’s Day Grilling Dinner

Get grilling on Father’s Day in this demonstration-style cooking class hosted by Aprons Cooking School. Items on the menu include pork burger al pastor and grilled pound cake. This event is for adults 18 years and up.

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 17

7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL

Henry B. Plant Museum

Housed in a former Victorian railroad resort, the Henry B. Plant Museum is dedicated to displaying lifestyles of the past with furnishings, art and various exhibits. Included are items from the Spanish-American war, sports and amusements memorabilia. Dads enjoy free admission all day.

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

401 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL

Richard’s Father’s Day Walk & Jog

Walk, run or jog at this family-friendly Father’s Day event to fight cancer. Beginning at the Ulele restaurant, participants have the option to complete a 5k or 1-mile course. The event is free for children 12 and under. Proceeds will go to the Moffitt Cancer Center. 

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8:00 a.m.

1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL

Black Sun Circus

The one and only “Rock and Roll Circus” in the country is coming to Clearwater. Enjoy seismic sounds as they cover a multitude of genres while impressing their own unique style and flair. 

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

OCC Road House and Museum

10575 49th St N, Clearwater, FL

Pirate Water Taxi

Enjoy a day on the water with this exciting outing. The Pirate Water Taxi consists of 14 stops, allowing visitors to experience the best of what Tampa has to offer. Enjoy beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages as you cruise along. Hop on and off at any of the nearby restaurants, museums or other attractions. The best part? Dads ride free with any purchase of a child or adult ticket.

11:30 a.m.

Tampa Convention Center Dock

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