When is Father's Day 2024?

It's never too early to contemplate how you’ll celebrate Father's Day this year. Will it be a gift year? Maybe a special dinner or fun activity year…or all three? Most dads we know would choose all three!

In any case, you’ve come to the right place for Father’s Day gift ideas: Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is the best spot to celebrate dads and all other father figures! Here are our recommendations for things to do for Father’s Day:

The Way to Dad's Heart...Table by a window with greenery at Farlow's on the Water in Englewood, Florida

No dad can resist a hearty breakfast or brunch, especially with mimosas and/or bloody marys. Find a great restaurant to either ease into the day or start bright and early to get a jump on some fun Father’s Day activities.

When it comes to the rest of the day, since every dad is different, Father’s Day dinner ideas are of course going to run the gamut. Luckily, our restaurant scene is thriving, with tons of independent restaurateurs. No matter if dad is craving a huge steak, a hearty helping of Mexican or Italian food, an elaborate vegan meal, or he wants to dive into a bucket of fresh seafood or sample artistic sushi, our many independent restaurants have got it covered.

Father's Day Activity Ideas

chartered fishing trip with a local guide is a gift that any angling dad will appreciate. Find fishing trips of all kinds, from deep sea to back bay, from freshwater to salt, and even fly fishing. Make your trip—and your catch—more memorable by trying one of our local Cook Your Catch spots.

Dolphin jumping out of water behind boat with children watchingIf your dad might prefer being out on the water without fishing, you can find plenty of places to rent your own vessel to explore our wonderful waterways at your leisure. If you don’t want to do any of the work, try a nature or sunset cruise, or indulge in a sailing excursion. Whichever you choose, the fun is built right in.

If dad is a pickleball fan or a golfer, he's in luck! There are many public pickleball courts in the area, including the amazing PicklePlex® of Punta Gorda, and over 15 gorgeous golf courses in the area—including an indoor golf simulator in case the weather doesn't cooperate.

If dad is a reptile fan, head over to IguanaLand to experience the largest reptile zoo in the world.

Special Father's Day Events

Treat dad to the ultimate dinner-and-a-show, Father's Day with Al Ernst, at Visani Italian Steakhouse and Comedy Theater. Al is the self-described "Enforcer of Euphoria," and his show will elevate this Father's Day to something truly memorable!

Rock out to a free concert full of hair metal favorites with Sunset Strip at The Twisted Fork. Add in great drinks and amazing food, and you've got a Father's Day everyone will remember!

Father's Day Relaxation

Of course, nothing truly beats a beach day for full relaxation. Dads of all kinds will enjoy the soft sand, warm water, and even better, the five great restaurants within easy walking distance. 

Another wonderful way to unwind is to take a leisurely "Pub Crawl" stroll through downtown Punta Gorda, or just wander and eat wherever looks interesting. 

Not too far from downtown Punta Gorda is the Military Heritage Museum.Family dining outside at Village Brewhouse at Fishermen's Village Dads (and the whole family) will love perusing thousands of artifacts, taking a tour of a real Huey helicopter, and trying their hands at airplane and ship simulators.

Fishermen's Village is also a great place to chill. Take dad on a shopping spree—or just enjoy window shopping—or hop on boat tour of the harbor, then enjoy a waterfront meal and, most likely, live music.

Whatever you do on this special day, celebrating every minute and milestone is easy to do in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach. We hope to see you and your dad around.

Father's Day is always observed the third Sunday in June. In 2024, it falls on June 16.

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