June 9, 2023
Most dads are just big kids at heart so why not give that special man in your life what he wants this Father’s Day? The gift of play. Yep, from a round of golf or tennis to a day of surfing or boating, Amelia Island is always up for a day of fun. So, celebrate your favorite guy and find your Island thing together with these Amelia Island adventures… all jam-packed with good times and memory making. What a day! Let’s Play!
For the adventure-driven dad who enjoys an adrenaline-pumping good time, head over to Backwater Cat Adventure for the thrill of touring the waterways surrounding Amelia Island on a mini-catamaran. This interactive 2.5 hour adventure will have you weaving through the marshlands, passing by Fort Clinch, and taking in majestic Cumberland Island – all from the water.
The beachy dad will hang 5 or 10 when he learns to surf or perfect his surfing skills. Surf Asylum, Amelia Surf Company, and Driftwood Surf Shop are not just great retail shops for all things beach, they also offer individual lessons and instruction for all levels. Why not take a lesson with your dad and learn the proper technique to becoming an independent surfer. He’ll be stoked and you both will be catching waves in no time! If surfing is entirely too much work, you can just jump the waves, Body Surf and play on beach. It’s all good.
The sporty dad will get into the swing of things on one of our 99 holes of world-class golf ranging from 36 championship holes at Omni Amelia Island Resort (plus a new 10-hole short course) and the tough but stunning holes of the Golf Club Of Amelia Island, to the 27-hole Fernandina Beach Golf Club featuring The Lighthouse driving range powered by Toptracer and the Amelia River Golf Club where ball control and accuracy are key to a great round. A day on the links with dad is a great day indeed.
From relaxing beach rides and tree-lined bike trails to challenging off-roading at Fort Clinch State Park and long stretches of cycling along the coast, Amelia Island offers a variety of biking options for every type of rider. If this isn’t the type of saddle you were thinking about, never fear. Take a scenic horseback ride on the beach with Happy Trails Walking Horses and Amelia Island Horseback Riding and see the Florida coastline from a whole new perspective.
The salty dad, ready for a fishing adventure in the open sea or inland waterways, can charter a boat from one of the island’s many charter boat companies for the opportunity to land red bass, trout, flounder, tarpon, and more. If you’d rather get your own boat for a day of fishing with family and friends, Amelia Boat Rentals will hook you up with anything from a 2-person waverunner up to a 7-person, 24ft Leisure Kraft Tritoon boat. Whichever way you go, we’re pretty sure there will be plenty of fish tales to share.
The Zen dad will love paddling to a front-row seat of one of nature’s most spectacular sights. Come face to face with egrets, herons and maybe even a dolphin, manatee or sea turtle with the fine folks at Kayak Amelia, Adventures Up The Creek, Amelia Adventures, Amelia Island Kayak Excursions, and Paddle Jax Amelia. These vendors allow their guests to tour various parts of Amelia Island’s inland waters, including the tranquil salt marsh of Talbot Island State Parks, Timucuan Preserve and Egan’s Creek. Dad will love it.
If the special man in your life likes to spend as much time as he can on the tennis courts, take him to Central Park where the City Of Fernandina Beach provides four (4) hard surface lighted tennis courts and play is on a first come, first served basis. But, if you’re staying at the Omni Amelia Island Resort, playing the iconic live oak-shaded courts at Racquet Park will be awe-inspiring (Agassi, Navratilova, Sharapova, the Williams sisters and many more have all played here).
The Polaris Slingshot combines the best of a car and the fun of a motorcycle and what dad doesn’t want that? At Amelia Island Slingshot & Golf Cart, you can hit the roadways all around Amelia Island and look super cool doing it. Sitting just five inches off the ground and weighing in at one thousand nine hundred pounds with almost one hundred eighty horsepower, the Slingshot is an incredible driving machine. Your guy will be talking about this for years to come.
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