June 13, 2017

Beach Lovers Guide to Father's Day 2017

Whether you are looking to spend the weekend exploring Newport Beach, San Clemente, Carlsbad, or any other beautiful Southern California Beach Towns, planning a quiet morning enjoying breakfast as a family, or scrambling to find that last minute gift, we have put together our guide for a memorable and meaningful Father’s Day in Southern California!

For the fitness dad:

Is your dad a Cross Fit fanatic, a marathon runner, or just a general fitness buff? This father's day why not bring fit and fun together for an ocean view hike the whole family will love? Check out Crystal Cove with it's stunning ocean views and beach cliff trails, or head a little further north to Trump Golf Course where you can hike public trails with the ocean on one side and landscaped golf course on the other. You'll find lots of great dining options nearby whichever you choose. Visit N elson's at Terranea Resort near Trump for a casual ocean view dining experience, or The Bear Flag Fish Company near Crystal Cove for a quick bite of some of the best seafood you'll find anywhere.

For an even more adventurous family experience, why not book some surf lessons in San Clemente or Newport Beach ? Many surf lesson companies offer photo or video packages so you can capture family memories on the waves!

For the family-fun dad:

If the father in your life is all about fun family time, consider visiting one of California’s many theme parks for a day of magic, rides, games, and exciting shows. Visiting Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure, Legoland California , Knott's Berry Farm , or Universal Studios is one of the fullest and most memorable places to have fun as a family on any holiday!

If your dad is a Star Wars fan or a Marvel aficionado, take him to Disneyland to experience the Summer of Heroes or the Star Wars Character Experience . If your family loves Harry Potter, be sure to visit Universal where you can ride the Flight of the Hippogriff coaster and take a break at the Three Broomsticks . What better souvenir of Father's Day could you hope for than lots of cheesy photos with fantasy castles and park characters?!

For the foodie dad:

If your dad loves food, he'll have a blast in Southern California! From gourmet coffee to unique fusion cuisine to fresh seafood, you'll find adventurous new dining experiences on our Southern California Dining Guide !

Southern California is also the perfect place to enjoy a meal outdoors. One of our ultimate Father’s Day suggestions is a classic barbecue. Thankfully most of our Southern California vacation rentals include a grill, and many even feature outdoor dining spaces so you can enjoy the California sun and fresh air while you dine. Whether you choose to grill at home, at a vacation rental, or travel to your local park or beach, putting some meat and buns on the grill, and cooking together as a family is a perfect way to spend this Sunday, and a great way to enjoy the beachside summer weather.

Another awesome way to celebrate dad? Grab a picnic basket, fill it with Dad’s favorite snacks and foods and picnic at the beach! With an umbrella in one hand and an ice cooler in the other, we suggest setting up at a beach like Crystal Cove State Park, or Salt Creek Beach (both family friendly and known for beautiful scenery), and spending the day bonding over fun tunes and cold soda! You can even check out our guide to the best Southern California beaches for bonfires for an especially magical end to a fun day!

For the dad who loves learning:

If the guy in your life is the type who loves to learn, why not take him to a local museum or aquarium? The Ocean Institute offers a variety of activities for kids and their dads on Father’s Day, like the Blue Whale Discovery Cruise, and an Adventure at Sea, where kids and dads learn more about marine life and how ships sail. The Ocean Institute is also conveniently located at the Dana Point Harbor, so you'll find an abundance of local restaurants nearby. Enjoy locally caught seafood on the harbor front patios at Waterman's Harbor or Harpoon Henry's Seafood Restaurant!

Take your dad to the Discovery Cube , where the whole family can see current exhibits, like the Helicopter Tour, Healthy Kitchen, or Science of Hockey. With something for everyone, this museum is perfect for family friendly learning while also celebrating Dad!

The Aquarium of the Pacific is always another great choice, with over 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits. And since it's conveniently located on the Long Beach waterfront you can stop by one of the many local restaurants to treat dad to a special meal. Treat dad to some delicious fare at the Yard House, Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que, or Bubba Gump Shrimp Co!

For the dad who just needs a break:

Sometimes life gets a little crazy, and by the time Father’s Day rolls around, all Dad wants to do is sit around and rest. In this case, one of the best gifts for Dad may be to plan a fun California vacation or stay-cation! (Check out our recent post on why you should take a vacation , where we explain the benefits of vacation for stress and more!)

Spend Father's Day picking out the perfect Southern California vacation rental in dad's choice of local beach town . And if you are a local of Southern California, take advantage of the abundance of things to do in Orange County and beyond, right at your doorstep! Take a look at our Southern California Beach Guide to find the perfect place for lounging on Father's day, grab a leisurely brunch at one of our favorite locations , or venture on a relaxing walk on a hiking trail. Before you know it, the father in your life will be well-rested and excited for the next vacation!

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