It’s hard to find the perfect gift for the dad who has everything. Picking out something that will convey just how much your old man means to you is a big task. Mainstays like ties, socks, a funny t-shirt or a new grill accessory are a nice touch, but spending time together always wins out. When life gets busy and time lapses between calls and visits, planning a special Father’s Day vacation gives the gift of memories he can fondly remember. Here are five Father’s Day vacation ideas that’ll leave those mainstays paling in comparison:
Fishing in Destin, Florida
Known as the, “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” Destin, Florida is the perfect destination idea for a Father’s day vacation if he loves casting a line. With beach, pier and jetty fishing, Destin is a hotbed for catch like Redfish, Pompano, Sheepshead, Cobia, and Spanish Mackerel, just to name a few. The crystal clear emerald waters are also rich for deep sea fishing along the Gulf of Mexico’s bottom wrecks and reefs. Destin has the latest fishing vessel fleet in the state of Florida, so join Dad on an excursion you’ll both remember.
Golfing in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Golfing has long been a favorite pastime on Hilton Head Island, with the popular vacation destination now home to more than 24 private and public championship courses. Designed by renowned golf architects like Robert Trent Jones Sr., Pete Dye, and Jack Nicklaus, these greens will keep Dad entertained on a relaxing Father’s Day golf vacation. Whether you’re beginners or pros, you’ll find plenty of courses to tackle together. The island’s charming Southern hospitality and gorgeous weather won’t hurt either.
Firing up Some Barbecue in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
If Dad’s a grill master, there’s no better place to indulge than Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama. In addition to pristine white sand beaches, these popular beach towns are home to finger lickin’ eateries like Hog Wild Beach & BBQ and Down South Barbeque. From ribs and pulled pork to brisket and smoked chicken, Dad can sample across the board. Then back at your vacation rental home, he can fire up the grill and show off his own talents while the family swims and lounges in the sun.
Celebrating History in Charleston, South Carolina
Living history is everywhere in Charleston, South Carolina. Enjoy a Father’s Day beach getaway on Charleston’s barrier islands, and take your history buff Dad to the time-honored sites in one of America’s oldest cities. Tour antebellum mansions and sprawling plantations, visit the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, marvel at an expansive 1,500-year-old oak tree, and visit forts from the Revolutionary, Civil and World Wars. Back at your rental home, sip some brews on the deck while Dad shares his impressive bank of knowledge.
Bonding with His Grandkids in the Outer Banks
For the Dad who lives for his grandkids, rent a big 7-bedroom home on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to unite the entire family. Coordinate the ultimate Father’s Day trip with your sisters and brothers, and celebrate Dad with big, family meals and beach days with the extended crew. There’s plenty to do in the area for all age groups and interests, from fishing and water sports to lighthouses, historical sites and more. At the house, take turns cooking meals and enjoy some movie and game nights. It’s guaranteed to be a vacation everyone remembers for years to come.