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31 Cool Places In South Florida To Take Your Dad

Posted on Family and Home, The Cooler Blog June 8, 2014

Since day 1, we’ve been family-owned, family-operated, and family-focused. For that reason, we not only make sure we spend ample quality time with our own family and friends outside of working hours, but we also instill a family culture in our workplace (check out more about what it’s like to work at AYC on our career page .

When holidays like Father’s Day roll around, we make sure to put extra emphasis on the time we spend with our loved ones. You can easily spend that quality time at the home, or if you feel inclined to take your dad somewhere fun, we have compiled a list of some of our employee’s favorite places. It’s a diverse list, so hopefully there’s something on here that you’re pop’s is into.

We’d love to keep adding to this list, so feel free to Tweet us (@allyearch) or comment below with your favorite places. 

1. Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier

The beach is an obvious choice, but we have so many. Deerfield Beach is one of our favorites because of their great pier. Rent some rods or bring your own from home, and go fishing off the pier with dad.

Live in Broward? Dania Beach also has a great pier that has a Quarterdeck attached to it. 

2. Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor

This long-time establishment is perfect for all kinds of occasions. Father’s Day is no exception. Unless dad’s cholesterol is too high, nothing beats an ice cream from Jaxson’s.

Side note: our condolences to the family and friends of Jaxson’s owner Monroe Udell who recently passed away. The community will miss him. 

3. Jungle Island

Everybody thinks that zoos are just for kids. FALSE! We’re betting your dad likes seeing the animals too. Jungle Island is an excellent choice for checking out the wildlife.

Zoo Miami is just as good too. 

4. Downtown Drive Classic Car Show

If your father likes cars, take him to this classic car show in Mizner Park.

5. Third Annual Craft Beer Festival & Burger Bash

Burgers and craft beer, it doesn’t get more manly than that.

6. Downtown Delray Beach

The downtown area of Delray has really emerged over the last decade, and provides lots of choices for food and entertainment. We’re big fans of DaDa, Spot Coffee, Sloans, and The Beer Trade Co.

7. Broward B Cycle

Ride to and from Fort Lauderdale Beach by utilizing Broward’s bike sharing program, B Cycle.

8. CB Smith Park

CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines offers a lot of selection in terms of things to do.

9. Las Olas Boulevard

Fine foods, fro yo, drinks, art galleries, you name it. Las Olas has it all.

10. Markham Park

Tons of stuff to do in Markham Park. If your dad enjoys biking, the mountain bike trails are a must!

11. Quiet Waters Park

A popular spot to practice wake boarding, as well as have a picnic.

12. Due South Brewing Co.

South Florida’s craft beer scene is exploding with new breweries popping up all over the tri-county area. Boyton Beach’s Due South is one of the many. We also recommend Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Miami Brewing Co. in Homestead, Saltwater Brewery in Delray, and Wynwood Brewery in Miami.

13. The Wynwood Walls

Speaking of Wynwood, take your dad for a stroll through the many outdoor murals in Wynwood. The Wynwood Walls are one of the highlights of this area.

Grab a bite at neighboring Wynwood Kitchen & Bar.

14. Butterfly World

For the fathers that enjoy nature, this is a great place to view insects.

15. Boomers

Great for kids AND fun-loving dads. As an alternative, Dave & Busters is great too.

16. Billie Swamp Safari

Most of us live in South Florida for years without taking advantage of our beautiful Everglades National Park. Take an airboat ride with dad at Billie Swamp Safari or any of the other countless airboat ride operators.

Check out Everglades Holiday Park for a closer option. 

17. Palmetto Mini Golf

If golf is your dad’s thing, you can take him to a real golf course OR take him mini golfing. Palmetto Mini Golf in Miami is a fine choice.

18. Gold Coast Railroad Museum

For the history buffs.

19. Miami Science Museum

If your dad is a science geek, this is a great choice. The Museum of Discovery & Science in downtown Fort Lauderdale is excellent too.

20. Putt N’ Around

Above we mentioned Palmetto Mini Golf. We’re also big fans of this mini golf course in Delray Beach.

21. Holocaust Memorial

For the dads who are into history, this is a comprehensive museum on the Holocaust.

22. Pioneer Park

If your dad has a boat, this could be a fun option.

23. Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery

This oasis in the far reaches of Homestead is a great place to spend the day and take a tour of America’s top non-grape winery. As a bonus, Miami Brewing Co. is attached.

24. Secret Woods Nature Center

Take a stroll through Secret Woods and gawk at the huge banana spiders.

25. Ron Cardner Aircraft Observation Center

Make some sandwiches and picnic on the hood of your car as you watch the planes land with your dad.

26. Go Geocaching

If you’ve never heard of geocaching, think of it as a crowdsourced scavenger hunt. People hide little treasures all around South Florida and leave clues, including a longitude and latitude. It’s quite fun for the whole family, not just your father.

27. Hollywood Young Circle

A great park that serves as the heart of downtown Hollywood

28. Paddleboard

Rent a paddleboard from one of the many rental companies and paddle through the canals of Fort Lauderdale.

29. Shark Valley

In our opinion, this is one of the most unique places in South Florida. Where else in the nation can you ride a bike within 10 feet of a giant alligator? If it sounds scary, it’s not. The alligators won’t hurt you (just don’t prod them in the eye with a stick).

30. Brunch

As far as eating goes, you can’t go wrong with brunch. Because you guys are from all over South Florida, we’ll provide an option for each county: Yardbird (Miami), Foxy Browns (Fort Lauderdale), Tom Sawyer (Boca Raton)

31. Coral Castle

One of Miami’s strangest landmarks is the mysterious Coral Castle. Explore the structure with your pops.

What would you add?

We know this list can’t possibly cover all the amazing places you can take your dad for Father’s Day. South Florida is a gem mine of fun and exciting locales. That’s why we want to hear from you….

What are your favorite places to go with your family?


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