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June 18, 2021

Father’s Day in Tampa Bay: Places where dad gets in FREE + MORE fun

By Laura Byrne

Still haven’t made plans for Father’s Day in Tampa? It’s not too late to plan a last minute day of fun the whole family will enjoy!

We shared some of our favorite Father’s Day ideas here on Great Day Live on WTSP–watch here.

Here are some of our top picks:

Father’s Day Deals for Dad:

MOSI | June 20

Dads get in FREE on Father’s Day Sunday with any full price paid admission. Use this visit to check out the NEW Video Game Revolution exhibit and let dad step back into his childhood gaming days and even play some of those old games! He can even experience the esport gaming of today. mosi.org

Florida Aquarium | June 19 – 20

The Florida Aquarium is celebrating dad by offering him FREE admission with another paid admission! Use the promo code DAD2021 when  making your timed –ticket reservation online. flaquarium.org

Henry B Plant Museum in Tampa | June 20

Dad gets in FREE at the Henry B Plant Museum in Tampa where he can explore the building and historic memorabilia and snap beautiful photos with the family. plantmuseum.org

The James Museum in St Pete | June 20

Dad gets in FREE at The James Museum with the purchase of another admission ticket on Father’s Day! You can purchase tickets at the admissions desks to take advantage of the deal. thejamesmuseum.org

St Petersburg Museum of History in St. Pete  | June 20

Dad gets in FREE at The St. Petersburg Museum of History on Father’s Day and can even snap a photo in front of the famous Benoist airplane which will be lowered for this unique photo event from 11am-1pm! Learn more here.

Lost Pearl Pirate Ship in Tampa | June 20, various cruise times

Special announcement from the Lost Pearl: “Ahoy, me hearties. ‘Tis Father’s Day this 20th of June. Whether he is an Old Salt or a landlubber, dad will have a great time on this pirate adventure with the whole family. We’ll have both child and adult beverages that are free at sea and dad will also get some extra bounty, a free boarding photo.”

There are several cruise times to choose from. Learn more and book here.

Father’s Day on Pirate Water Taxi | June 20

Dad gets FREE beer on Father’s Day when he takes a trip on Pirate Water Taxi on Father’s Day. Learn more here: piratewatertaxi.com/events/fathers-day/

Fishing with Dad at Harley Davidson in Brandon | June 20

Go fishing with dad at one of the stocked ponds on the Harley Davidson property in Brandon. They’ll have food trucks and drinks along with a visit from the Georgia Peach Truck which will be selling peaches, pecans and more! brandonhd.com

Father’s Day Fun Weekend Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor | June 19 and 20

Dads get in free with a paid child admission Father’s Day weekend. Dad will also receive a special gift as he celebrates with the family with alligator shows, tours and more. Learn more here.

Father’s Day Brunch:

*Info from restaurants and not written by TBPM staff.

Safety Harbor Resort and Spa

Treat Dad to a Fabulous Father’s Day Brunch! Live Music – Welcome Mimosa. $49.95++ Adults, $14.95++ Children 10 and Under. Call 727.726.1161 for Reservations or purchase online.


This Father’s Day take Dad somewhere he can get his ‘que on! Dr. BBQ has everything dad needs relax on his big day from slabs of Hall of Fame Pitmaster Ray Lampe’s St. Louis Style Ribs, Sliced Brisket, Sandi’s Bacon Blue Cheese Cole Slaw, mac-n-cheese, and cornbread madeleines. PHOTOS HERE.

Of course you can’t go wrong with summer treats for Dad from Dough. Start his day off right with a dozen over-the-top flavors from Dough like Crème Brûlée, s’mores, or French Toast Maple Butter.

Florida Avenue Brewing Company | June 20

We cannot wait to celebrate all the Dads who call Florida Avenue Brewing Co. their favorite brewery on June 20th. It wouldn’t be Father’s Day without a little competition. There will be an all-day putting contest in the Beer Garden! Any Dad that gets a hole-in-one in 2 tries has a chance to win a OGIO Vision Stand golf bag.

Our Executive Chef, Joe, is slow roasting brisket with brown sugar BBQ sauce and making his signature creamy mac and cheese. And to make everything a little spicier, Dads receive a 1 oz. taste of Bulleit Bourbon or a free 12 oz. beer. You’re not going to want to miss our first Father’s Day in the Tasting Room.

Ringling Grill Room at The Ringling in Sarasota

Join us for a special Father’s Day Brunch. Our full menu will be available throughout the day until 7 p.m. Reservations are encouraged by calling 941.360.7390. A special menu will also be available at The Wandering Chef.

Rusty Pelican in Tampa

Treat Dad to a feast he won’t forget for Father’s Day with the best views of Tampa! Enjoy our Three-Course Brunch Celebration menu or regular A la Carte Dinner menu.

Brunch 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Adults $75
Children $35
Bottle of Champagne $42

Dinner 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Three-Course Brunch menu features:

First Course – Platter for the table featuring Chilled Seafood, Crushed Avocado Tartine, Fresh Fruit, and more.

Main Course – Choice of Steak & Eggs Benedict, Chicken and Waffles, Atlantic Salmon, and so much more.

Third Course – Assorted dessert platter to share

More Fun Ideas to Celebrate Father’s Day in Tampa Bay:

Tusks to Tails Tampa Bay History Center

Go back in time at the Tampa Bay History Center: 

Explore prehistoric Florida in the new Tusks to Tails: A Fossil History of Florida exhibit on the third floor–and make sure you don’t miss the Treasure Seekers exhibit across the hall if you haven’t already. While you’re at the Tampa Bay History Center, treat dad to lunch on the covered patio at the Colombia Cafe! This could be a fun stop after treating dad to a FREE visit to the Florida Aquarium on Father’s Day! Hop on the TECO Streetcar at the Aquarium and get off at the stop near Sparkman Wharf or Cotanchobee Park to walk over the the History Center. tampabayhistorycenter.org

Book Dad an UNFORGETTABLE Animal Encounter:

ZooTampa and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay offer some pretty cool experiences to get up close and personal with animals. Dad can meet a sloth at Busch Gardens and go behind the scenes with the rhinos at ZooTampa–take some time to go through all of the amazing ways you can connect with dad’s ‘wild’ side!

More Father’s Day articles:

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