Time to up the ante this Father’s Day and show dad how much you appreciate all he does. While he’d love a homemade book of dad jokes or a DIY card, the best way to spoil him is to head out for a day of doing what he loves most. Whether he’s into craft beer, big steaks, classic cars or sports, San Diego is chock-full of family fun that is sure to make it the best Father’s Day ever. Read on for our top picks of San Diego Father’s Day activities to celebrate your rad dad!

Father's Day Celebration with the San Diego Padres

Game on! While the Padres are not in town on Father’s Day, dear old dad won’t mind starting the celebration a bit early. Head on over to Petco Park on Sunday, June 9th for a special Father’s Day Celebration honoring all the awesome dads out there. A special theme game package is available and includes a ticket to the Nationals vs. Padres game and a Father’s Day themed t-shirt.

Online: padres.com

Family Fun at the San Diego County Fair

Treat dad to a day of old-fashion fun at the San Diego County Fair. From concerts and rides to animals and exhibits, the whole family will be excited to spend the day celebrating. With more than a 100 food booths, craft brews and awesome entertainment, the fair is a one-stop-shop for loads of Father's Day laughs. Read our guide on how to have a budget-friendly blast at the Fair with the fam.

Online: sdfair.com

Race Dad For the Top Spot at K1 Speed

For a full-throttle Father’s Day, bring the family to K1 Speed for indoor kart racing. Get the adrenaline pumping while you accelerate to top speed and experience the thrill of some friendly competition. Junior racers must be 48” to race, but an arcade and snack bar will keep little ones entertained while the big kids race dad for the top spot. 

Online: k1speed.com

Father's Day on the Bay with Flagship Cruises

All aboard an epic Father’s Day on the bay. Flagship Cruises is offering a Beer ‘N’ Brats Brunch and a Prime Rib Dinner aboard one of their luxury yachts. A first-class cruise on Flagship will spoil dad with a fantastic meal, beverages and some of the best views of San Diego.

Online: flagshipsd.com

Spark Curiosity at the Fleet Science Center

Bring out dad’s inner child at Fleet Science Center’s Pause l Play exhibit, designed to leave the digital world behind and explore a scientific twist on classic playground fun. After you’ve embraced your inner child, get a front row seat to the action at the Fleet’s 76-foot Magic Dome Theater, now playing Superpower Dogs, Great Barrier Reef and Volcanoes.

Online: rhfleet.org

But First Brunch at Hotel del Coronado

Toast your top pop with a Father’s Day Brunch at Hotel del Coronado. Savor a lavish Sunday brunch spread in the Crown room, including housemade charcuterie, carving stations, a gourmet Bloody Mary bar, mimosas and more. Cheers to Dad!

Online: hoteldel.com

Belmont Father's Day Fest & Car Show

If oogling over classic cars is one of dad’s favorite pastimes, bring him to the Belmont Father's Day Fest & Car Show. Car aficionados young and old will love checking out over 100 sweet rides with live music and activities. Free for spectators.

Online: belmontpark.com

Game On! Dad's Day on the Green with Footgolf

Got an all-sports-all-the-time guy in your life? Combine two of his faves and challenge him to a Father’s Day game of Footgolf. In this soccer meets golf hybrid, the game is played on a golf course with a soccer ball, making it easy for the whole family to get in on the action. So leave the irons at home and kick your way to some Footgolf fun at one of the seven courses from the South Bay to North County.

Online: footgolfsandiego.com

photo: San Diego County Fair

Cheers! Sample and Sip at the San Diego International Beer Festival

What does dad want even more than a cold brew in the backyard? A whole festival dedicated to his beverage of choice. The San Diego International Beer Festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds has hundreds of beers for dad to sip, sample and find new favorites. Don’t forget to check the Beer Stage schedule for some hands-on events. Kids are welcome. In fact, the festival takes place within the San Diego County Fair. Tickets to the Beer Festival include admission to the Fair. Win-win!

Online: sandiegobeerfestival.com

Grill Master Beef from Ranch 45

Whether dad considers himself a grill-master or just appreciates a fine steak, Ranch 45 in Solana Beach is sure to satisfy. Hit the Butchers Case for premier cut-to-order SoCal beef, raised humanely and naturally without hormones or antibiotics. Don't forget a pre-made BBQ grilling kit for the perfect Father's Day grill out. Or leave the DIY entirely and just enjoy a Dad's Day lunch at Ranch 45's low-key, meat-centric eatery.

Online: ranch45.com

photo: Beth Shea

Father's Day Buffet at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Animal-loving dads can bask in the beauty of beasts in their natural habitats at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Don't miss an amazing stroll through Walkabout Australia. The immersive experience takes pops on a trek to discover life in the Land Down Under, with 3.6 acres showcasing kangaroos and wallabies roaming freely (no cages or bars in this exhibit!). You'll also spy southern cassowaries, Matschie’s tree kangaroos, magpie geese, radjah shelducks and more.

Then take dear dad to fuel up at the Father's Day Buffet at the Park's Hunte Nairobi Pavilion. He can dine on barbecue fare will enjoying live music and drinks. Sounds like a g'day, mate.

Online: sdzsafaripark.org/walkabout &  sdzsafaripark.org/dining-events

––Kerry Cushman


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