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7 Father’s Day Activities Dad Will Love

June 2, 2023

With spring in the rearview, summer on the horizon and Father’s Day quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to dream up the ultimate Father’s Day celebration! And with tons of unique family-friendly activities to choose from, Newport Beach is the perfect place to start. Whether it’s great burgers and craft beers at a local brewery or a day out on the pristine waters of the bay, Newport Beach has something for every Dad. Read on to see our picks for the best activities, gifts and outings that Newport has to offer this Dad’s Day.

For the Dad Who Loves a Vacay: Stay at VEA Newport Beach

If quality time is his love language, plan a vacation at the newly renovated VEA Newport Beach! This stunning hotel sits in the center of it all with access to iconic attractions like Balboa Island, Fashion Island and the picturesque Back Bay. Stay in one of the hotel’s coastal-chic suites equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, Nespresso machines and Frette robes, and be sure to reserve a cabana by the pool for some family fun in the sun.

For the Car Connoisseur: Attend the Father’s Day Car Show

On Sunday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Balboa Bay Resort will celebrate dads with the 15th annual Father’s Day Car Show. Take Dad to see a remarkable display of classic, rare and custom cars, while enjoying fantastic music and entertainment for the whole family. The event will be held at the upper resort parking deck, offering a picturesque seaside backdrop for this exciting showcase. Indulge in tasty BBQ, refreshing cocktails and a variety of concessions. Admission is complimentary—no ticket required!

For the Foodie Dad: Head to Helmsman Ale House

For the lover of brews and bites, we recommend bringing dad down to Helmsman Ale House for a pint in the sunshine. With over a dozen specialty beers brewed in-house daily, a full bar and an expansive menu that goes well beyond typical brewhouse pub fare, it’s easy to see why Helmsman is a favorite amongst foodies and fathers alike. Share the Bavarian pretzel with craft beer cheese sauce and dill pickles, and catch a sports game on one of the many TVs.

For the Adventurous Dad: Jet Skiing, Parasailing and more!

For the Dad who loves a bit of adventure, take a trip down to the harbor for some fun in the sun. With jet ski rentals within walking distance (Balboa Water Sports) and parasailing appointments available from sunrise to sunset (Balboa Parasail), Newport has plenty of ways to help you curate the perfect action-packed day out on the bay. The Dads seeking a bit of excitement this Father’s Day are sure to love these adventurous activities!

For the Style-Savvy Dad: Shop at Fashion Island

For the Dad who has good taste when it comes to fashion, we recommend taking a trip to Newport Beach’s premier shopping destination: Fashion Island. Stop by one of Dad’s favorite stores for an update to his favorite wear-to-work attire or slip into Hyde Park Jewelers to browse their ever-impressive selection of designer timepieces. Nothing says “I love you” more than some sleek apparel and a new watch!

For the Family Man: Visit the Balboa Fun Zone

For the Dad who enjoys fun with the whole family, look no further than the historic Balboa Fun Zone. With everything from ice cream shops and Ferris wheel rides to Duffy boat rentals (all within mere steps of one another), this one-of-a-kind destination has something for every family man to enjoy.

Gift Card Ideas

For the dads who don’t fawn over material items, we suggest browsing through some wonderful and unique experiences that can be wrapped up and gifted this Father’s Day. These include well-known favorites such as a golf pass to The Resort at Pelican Hill, a ride in his favorite sports car courtesy of Exotic Car Rental Newport Beach or even a trip to the delicious WagyuStop or The Butchery for some grilling supplies that are a cut above!

Written by: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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