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5 Last-Minute Father’s Day Ideas

Give Him the Gift of Travel

Have you thought about what you’re giving your dad for Father’s Day this year? Yeah, we understand how that reminder never made it to your calendar, but we have a few ideas to help you think outside the box; so, you can avoid getting him that random gift card. Hey! This is the person who played an integral role in your life… the hugs after the boo-boos, the cheers at your baseball games, the impromptu driving lessons, and in some cases, paying for that amazing destination wedding. No matter how he has inspired you… this year, give him the gift of travel even if it may be a quick trip to a fun destination in his hometown. Here are a five-quick thought-starters.

Grab the Tackle Box and Take Him Fly Fishing

Don’t deny your dad the fun of experiencing fly-fishing in the Great Outdoors. Head to Alaska’s Bristol Bay region where guides provide expert advice on Alaskan angling methods to catch salmon, rainbow trout and arctic grayling. Looking for other options? Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, and the Florida Keys are all excellent fly-fishing destinations for newbie and pro fly-fishermen. Just be prepared to clean and cook your catch if he’s not up for the task. It is Father’s Day, right?

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For the Outdoorsman: Plan a fun fly-fishing getaway to Alaska, or head for warmer temps in the Florida Keys. 

Get His Motor Revvin’ with a NASCAR Experience 

Give him the ultimate adrenaline-fueled experience! Treat him to a ride-along with a professional NASCAR driver or let him get behind the wheel of a real NASCAR race car… of course, after the necessary training and instruction. It’s all included in the package deals. You can book the experience online or at the 14 participating racetracks, including the Myrtle Beach Speedway – training grounds for professional drivers like Dale Earnhardt, Jr. And if hitting the NASCAR racetrack is too intense for your dad, then consider dialing back the intensity a bit and take him to a local go-cart racetrack. Hey, it’ll cure his need for speed, but at a speed much slower than 100 mph. 

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For the NASCAR Fan: Book a solo or ride-along experience, and pick one of 14 racetracks for him to satisfy his need for speed. 

Get Him Teed Up at a Popular Golf Course

You may not be able to book an international trip to check out Scotland’s best golf courses, but there are dozens of courses along the Eastern Seaboard or close to your dad to make father’s day extra special. Plan a fun trip to popular golf courses like Ocean Course (Kiawah Island, S.C.), Bethpage Black (Long Island, N.Y.), Pebble Beach Golf Links (Pebble Beach, Calif.), Augusta National Golf Club (Augusta, Ga.). Some hotels and resorts offer package deals along with luxury accommodations. Go ahead… splurge! It’s your dad.

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For the Avid Golfer: Go to a local golf course for a couple rounds of golf, or splurge on a extended trip to a resort with a reputable course. 

Satisfy His Taste Buds in a Fabulous Food City

If it’s always a struggle to pull your day away from the dinner table, long after everyone’s done eating, then consider a trip to a popular food city like New Orleans. From Willie’s Chicken Shack to Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans, the city’s best eateries and restaurants serve authentic, traditional Cajun and Creole dishes you won’t find anywhere else. Make reservations to celebrate dad’s special day at the Court of Two Sisters, where the Sunday brunch buffet has everything from the regular breakfast staples (think made-to-order omelets) to NOLA specialties (think beignets, gumbo and jambalaya). Other notable food cities include San Francisco, LA, Houston, Chicago, New York City, Washington, DC, and Charleston. After you get him to the restaurant, you may have to roll your dad out from eating too much. But a man’s stomach is truly the way to his heart, right? So, it’s all good.

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For the Foodie: Head to New Orleans for an unforgettable food crawl to sample the local cuisine, including gumbo.

Get Him Amped Up for an Adrenaline-Rush Getaway

For thrill-seeking dads… there’s a variety of fun options, including a skydiving adventure courtesy of Chicagoland Skydiving Center or laser tag fun at Blazer Tag Austin. This is perfect for dads who have extra energy and the need to stay active. Plan a Father’s Day getaway to a place, such as Las Vegas, where dad has the urban thrills of have three heart-pumping rides at the Stratosphere, and just 25 minutes outside of the city, he can go mountain biking in Red Rock Canyon. For dads who need a balance, we suggest a low-key adventure at the Grand Canyon

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For the Adrenaline Junkie: Soar to new heights in Las Vegas with thrill rides at the Stratosphere to mountain biking at Red Rock Canyon.

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