Whether you’re celebrating your own father, a father figure, your partner, or someone who is a father for the first time, Tampa Bay is full of great ways to celebrate. In fact, there are so many things to do on Father’s Day Weekend in Tampa Bay, we put a whole list together. And if you’re trying to find some Father’s Day gift ideas, read on. We’ve got plenty of ways to support local Tampa businesses and uncover treasures he will love – this is the land of pirates and treasure after all.
Updated May 2023 by Zoë Joiner.
Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Local Love for Tampa Bay Businesses
Support local businesses and get him something he’ll enjoy. These Father’s Day gift ideas are about something tangible that represents your love of family and perhaps your love of Tampa Bay.
Craft Beer and Local Spirits
Everyone loves the craft beer scene in Tampa. Father’s Day is a great time to celebrate all that’s brewing around town. Has he ever been on board the Brew Bus? Give him an annual pass and he can enjoy the Brew Bus all year. Bring visiting guests or family with you to enjoy the Brew Bus without having to buy their tickets! This pass will give you the ability to redeem on 50 events throughout the year.
Few things say “I’m a fan of Tampa Bay’s beer scene” than wearing it proudly. Tampa Bay Brewing Company has some cool apparel and so does Cigar City Brewing. If Dad’s into music, then swing by Magnanimous Brewing on N. Florida to pick up one of their unique beer + band logo shirts (think, “Magnanimous” in the Metallica logo, for example). Angry Chair Brewing has cool rotating apparel as well (we love their recent Tampa Bay Lightning hockey shirt design), but you’ll need to pop into the taproom to check it out.
You can also get dad a passport to try out different breweries all around the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa Bay Ale Trail Passport is $30 and runs from January 1-December 31. Visit a participating brewery and present the passport when you purchase a beer to receive a “first visit” stamp. The more breweries you visit, the more incentives you’ll get such as BOGO pints and merchandise.
Not a beer fan? Tampa is also home to some amazing distilleries where you can do a tour, tasting, and purchase bottles to take home. Dark Door Spirits, Florida Cane Distillery, and Kozuba & Sons Distillery offer an array of vodkas, bourbons, and gin. For rum drinkers, 82 West Distilling, Tampa Bay Rum Company, and St. Petersburg Distillery bottle up rum that even Jose Gaspar and his krewe would be proud of.
Gourmet Grilling for Father’s Day
If he wants to fire up the grill to celebrate Father’s Day in Tampa, then grab a bunch of goodies from these awesome gourmet grocery stores throughout Tampa.
- Land and Sea Market, 4802 Gunn Hwy Ste 118 Town Centre Shopping Center Tampa, FL 33624
- Duckweed Urban Grocery, 803 N Tampa St Tampa, FL 33602
- Mazzaro’s Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave N Saint Petersburg, FL 33713 (check out our date day)
- Bayshore Market, 5025 Bayshore Blvd Tampa, FL 33611
A stroll through one of the many Tampa Area Farmers Markets is a great way to get some fresh produce to go with the grilling goodness.
Painting with A Twist and Pinot’s Palette
You don’t have to be a professional artist to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! Painting with A Twist and Pinot’s Palette are instructor-led classes that can be a fun Father’s Day gift idea if he’s got an artistic side. Paintings can be chosen online and booked ahead of time. Guests can also bring food and drinks to enjoy while they paint. Painting with A Twist also has designated date night events and Pinot’s Palette has options to paint wine glasses, vases, and cookie jars too. Both places have multiple locations in the Tampa Bay area.
The Candle Pour
Create your perfect scent at The Candle Pour in Hyde Park. Guests can choose from over 100 different fragrance oils to create their own custom candle to take home. After they’re created, they need to set for about two hours which creates the perfect opportunity to enjoy the plethora of food, drinks and shopping around Hyde Park.
Getaways and Experiences
Enjoy the great outdoors together! We love Timberline Tampa for a romantic glamping getaway. And Westgate River Ranch has a great S’mores and Pours package right now too!
Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay
If he’s an outdoorsy type or has always wanted to see what he can catch in Tampa Bay’s waters, book him a fishing charter. There are plenty of fishing charters in Tampa Bay. These are just a small sample of options that make great Father’s Day gift ideas.
- Tampa Fishing Charters has been fishing these waters for over 30 years.
- Poseidon Charters can customize a charter to include dolphin sightings, beautiful beaches, and waterfront dining.
- ACHTFISH offers a premium experience which is perfect for special occasions and holidays like Father’s Day.
Located in Hyde Park, Sur La Table offers an array of cooking classes. Attend a themed date night class and learn how to create cuisines such as lobster ravioli, Thai food, and Italian specialties. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth by learning how to create doughnuts and French pastries. For those who want to learn basic kitchen skills, they also offer classes such as knife skills and cast iron cooking. Other cooking class options include Cozymeal and AJ’s Kitchen Drawer.
Improv and Side Splitters
The Tampa Improv and Side Splitters are two of the Tampa area’s premiere comedy clubs. Located in Ybor, the Improv has a calendar of upcoming shows that include stand-up by TV and movie personalities, as well as open mic nights. Side Splitters, which has locations in Carrollwood and Wesley Chapel, also has a lineup of shows for 2022 including comedians from late night TV and traveling comedy troupes. All three locations also have a full food and drink menu.
Yacht Starship Father’s Day Cruise
June 16, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Try something new this Father’s Day and set sail aboard a Starship Cruise. While aboard, enjoy a lavish meal prepared by the Executive Chef, and enjoy the beautiful views from the water that Tampa Bay has to offer. Guests can purchase a brunch cruise or a dinner cruise depending on preference and availability. In honor of Father’s Day, drinks ordered by Dads are free! Admission is $69.95 per adult and $59.95 per child for brunch and $79.95/$54.95 for dinner.
Set Sail on a Father’s Day Pirate Cruise
Ahoy, maties! Last year The Lost Pearl Pirate Ship took dads on a 90-minute Father’s Day pirate adventure with free beverages and additional loot, starting at $30 (adults). Check back for this years details as they become available!
For the Adventure Seeker
Tampa Water Bike Company
Partake in one of the most unique ways to explore Downtown Tampa and its waterways. Choose your own path through the Hillsborough river on your own personal water bike or enjoy a tandem ride for two.
This is the perfect experience for thrill seekers. Guests can take a two-hour ziplining adventure that sends them over 3,000 feet of water and land preserves. Travel across a 200 foot wooden suspension bridge and partake in an aerial obstacle course, all while taking in the panoramic views of Tampa Bay. The sunset zip lining tour is the perfect gift for a little added romance.
Help him Relax at a Spa
Give your partner the gift of relaxation by booking a spa day! Splurge on a romantic couples treatment, or plan an epic day of relaxation for your partner to enjoy solo. Check out our post on the best Tampa Bay Spas That are Perfect for Couples for more Father’s Day gift ideas.
Pamper Dad at the Orlando Beer Spa
Great for first-time fathers: When he’s got a newborn to take care of, him and his partner need to relax! This unique spa experience is worth the drive to Orlando to treat dad to some relaxation. My Beer Spa is a spa made up of – you guessed it – beer. Guests can book a private room with access to tubs made with hops and antioxidants, an infrared sauna, and a German-style hay bed, all while having access to unlimited craft beer and wine on tap during their stay. Though this experience is not kid-friendly, it’s a great escape for mom and dad and their gift cards also make the perfect Father’s Day present. Check out our firsthand experience when We Visited the New Orlando Beer Spa!
For the Animal Lover
Rhinos, giraffes and penguins, Oh My! For an unforgettable Father’s Day experience this year, why not let Dad feed an Indian rhino? ZooTampa is an award-winning, “must-visit” destination for any animal lover. Stroll through African, Asian, Australian, and native Florida habitats to visit the elephants and watch the manatees swim. Add an animal encounter to upgrade your day and really Wow Dad. Besides the exhibits and regular live entertainment, ZooTampa hosts several great annual events, such as Creatures of the Night and Christmas in the Wild (not included with admission).
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA)
CMA is best known for the rescue and rehab of the late Winter the dolphin (we miss her!), who received a prosthetic tail after she was rescued in 2005. The recently expanded aquarium houses rescued marine animals such as dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, otters, pelicans, and stingrays. Guests can participate in animal encounters and enjoy live presentations. This Father’s Day (and the next day!) Dads receive 50% off admission, with the purchase of another adult admission ticket!
In The Breeze Ranch
Treat your partner to a horseback ride down a nature trail or, for more seasoned riders, there is an advanced trail. For a more romantic setting, you can take an evening ride after 6pm. They also offer opportunities to swim with the horses in their spring-fed creek.
For the Theme Park Lover
A Tampa favorite for good reason – take Dad for a day of fun at Busch Gardens! With two brand new, awesome rides (Iron Gwazi + the Serengeti Flyer), Dad will be sure to get his thrills. Add-on Quick Queues for extra VIP treatment to skip the lines. If rides aren’t his thing, book him an Animal Encounter like the Serengeti Safari, where he’ll get to hand-feed giraffe’s. Plus, from May 26 – August 6th, you and Dad can stay later and enjoy the park after dark during their Summer Nights Celebration, which has fireworks and live entertainment on select nights.
Thrilling coasters, live entertainment, and aquatic animal encounters can be found at SeaWorld Orlando. There is also a multitude of events throughout the year such as the Seven Seas Food Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Cinco de Mayo, the Craft Beer Festival, and Christmas Celebration. The park offers single day tickets, Fun Cards, and annual passes.
Impress him with a Saturday night out at the new SeaWorld fireworks party: Ignite 360 Happy Hour.
Universal’s Volcano Bay
If water parks are his thing, you can make waves at Universal’s Volcano Bay. You can slide down thrilling water slides, relax in the lazy river, or splash around in the wave pool. Don’t forget about the unique TapuTapu feature which is included in park admission allowing you to avoid waiting in long lines and allows you to pay for delicious food and drinks, and merchandise, without your wallet.
More Father’s Day gift ideas
- Take him glamping! We Went Glamping at Timberline Tampa – Here’s What to Expect
- Step Inside Tampa Bay’s New Speakeasy Dirty Laundry
- Escape to one of Tampa’s Tropical and Authentic Tiki Bars
- Get physical at these Axe Throwing and Smash Rooms
- Go ziplining in Tampa Bay