Every dad is different. You’ve got your outdoorsmen, your sports fanatics, gamers and craft beer connoisseurs. Does he love a cold brew coffee in the morning or a cold craft beer in the evening? Is he a cheeseburger and fries kind of guy, or a five-star gourmet? Whatever type of man your dad is, we’ve got something for him to enjoy this Father’s Day in the Orlando Main Streets.
- Take him to an Orlando City Soccer game – Why not start celebrating dad a few hours early? On Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m., our beloved OCS Lions play the San Jose Earthquakes at Camping World Stadium. And honestly, what Orlando dad ISN’T an OCS fan?
- Start the day with some really good coffee – What’s father’s day without a hot (or iced, this is Orlando after all) cup of Joe? Take dad to Downtown Credo in College Park or Lineage in East End Market for a freshly brewed cup of local craft coffee.
- Enjoy the outdoors – If dad is the active and outdoorsy type, we recommend a round of golf at Dubsdread Golf Course in College Park, or paddle boarding on Lake Ivanhoe in Ivanhoe Village. Both are open and available all day on Sunday’s.
- Take a tour or a local brewery or winery – Orlando Brewing in Downtown South and Quantum Leap Winery in Mills 50 offer tours of the brewery/winery and wine and beer tastings and pairings.
- Don’t forget a gift – Our Main Streets have a large variety of unique shops to pick up the perfect gift for dad before Father’s Day; here are a few of our favorites:
- Retro City Cycles or Orange Cycle – Retro City Cycles in Ivanhoe Village and Orange Cycle in College Park both offer a large selection of bicycles for every skill level, along with cycling gear and apparel.
- Track Shack – Track Shack in Mills 50 is the oldest retail store in Central Florida, and is the perfect place to buy a new pair of running shoes and running accessories for the active dad’s out there.
- Houndstooth Sauce Company – If dad is a barbeque and grill master, he’s going to need great sauces to add that mouthwatering flavor. Houndstooth Sauce Company in Audubon Park sells sauces that are handcrafted locally by Chef David Bressler.
- Orlando Outfitters – When we say this place has it all for the outdoorsmen and the fishermen dad’s out there, we mean it. Orlando Outfitters in Audubon Park sells all the fishing rods, tools and gear a fisherman could ever need, as well as outdoor apparel, handmade wallets and other artisanal items.
- Park Ave CD’s or Rock & Roll Heaven – If he’s a music lover, or of vintage toys, books and magazines, Park Ave CD’s in Audubon or Rock & Roll Heaven are the places to go.
- Wellness Gift Certificates – For the dad’s with a busier schedule, pick up a gift certificate from Bill Bennett Boot Camps or a massage certificate from Alternative Massage and Meditation in Mills 50. Whenever he has time to de-stress, dad can treat himself to a hardcore work out or a relaxing massage.
- Something out of the ordinary – Although they may sound like “feminine” businesses, The Lovely Boutique in Audubon Park, and Foreign Accents in Downtown South are both home to handcrafted furniture, handsome gifts and home décor suitable for men of all ages.
- Treat him to a dad-worthy dinner – If the only thing dad wants to do for Father’s Day is eat a good meal, the Main Streets have him covered, tenfold. If he’s into a more relaxed and fun dining experience we recommend Wahlburgers on Church Street, Hawkers Asian Street Fare or Pop Thai Restaurant in Mills 50 or Vanberry’s in Downtown South. For a bit fancier fare, try K Restaurant or RuSteak in College Park, Baoery or SOCO in Thornton Park or Kres on Church Street.
- Check out the local bar scene – On the chance that dad does enjoy a few beers at the bar, the Orlando Main Streets are home to a variety of eclectic bars, each with a unique personality and ambiance. We recommend BART, Lil Indies or the Brass Tap in Mills 50; The Lucky Lure or The Thirsty Topher in Ivanhoe Village; or Redlight Redlight and Local Roots in Audubon Park.
Whatever you do to celebrate dad, we’ve got you covered. But most importantly, you and dad will have yet another special memory to last a lifetime.
-Caylah Hall, Business Development Division