8 Things to Do With Dad This Father’s Day
To the dads who attended every dance recital, cheered you on from the sidelines and taught you how to ride a bike…happy Father’s Day! Of course, it’s difficult to return the love and unwavering support these men have shown us, but hey, you gotta shoot your shot. And while most dads would be satisfied celebrating Father’s Day with a six-pack of beer and a sports game, we’re here to help you make him feel extra special this year. Here are eight fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day in Newport Beach—from grillin’ and chillin’ to craft beer tastings and a game of golf!
Hit the green this Father’s Day, and give dad the golf day he deserves! Newport Beach is home to several premier golf courses, including Pelican Hill Golf Club, Newport Beach Golf Course, Back Bay Golf Course, Monarch Beach Golf Links and more. Each of these courses offers spectacular coastal views and year-round play. If you’re in for a day of luxury, Pelican Hill Golf Club is the way to go with its panoramic ocean views, 36 holes, clubhouse and signature restaurant, practice facility and stunning Tuscan architecture. But if dad’s looking to improve his short game, book an afternoon tee time at Back Bay Golf Course at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach or Newport Beach Golf Course. Pro tip: when you book a night at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, green fees are included for up to two adults daily with your resort fee!
Spend a day with dad exploring the beautiful Back Bay of Newport Beach! This serene nature preserve boasts over 1,000 acres of coastal wetlands and is home to several endangered species. Rent a pair of kayaks from Pirate Coast Paddle Company, and enjoy a saltwater breeze as you navigate the bay’s calm waters—you might even spot some wildlife! Single kayaks start at just $20 per hour, while double kayaks start at $30 per hour. And if you and dad are up for a real adventure, book one of Pirate Coast’s nighttime SUP Glow tours—a glow-in-the-dark paddle boarding experience through the Back Bay.
Take a bike ride down the bustling Balboa Peninsula this Sunday and take in views of the sparkling blue water. Pedego Newport Pier is a one-stop shop for all your rental needs! The company offers a superb selection of electric bikes that’ll help you zip around Newport Beach from place to place. Start with a ride down the Newport Pier, then make your way down the peninsula to The Wedge to watch the waves! End your self-guided bike tour with a meal at Bluewater Grill for some fresh seafood and waterfront views! Pedego bike rentals start at $30 for two hours and can be leased for half day ($45) or a full day ($65).
While shopping sprees are typically reserved for Mother’s Day, there’s no reason dads can’t enjoy a little retail therapy! This Father’s Day, head to Fashion Island for some shopping and help dad sharpen up his look for summer. This luxury retail center in Newport Beach plays host to a variety of high-end stores like Vuori, Sperry Top-Sider, Shinobi Menswear, Rayban, Neiman Marcus and more. Hint: this is the perfect opportunity to let dad pick out his own gift!
Craft beer and sunshine? Sounds like a pitcher-perfect day if you ask us! Grab a table and a cold one at Helmsman Ale House, Newport Beach’s only craft beer brewery. This beer and pub grub hotspot is a great place for a festive afternoon. Helmsman purs up everything from light and crisp ales to hoppy-as-heck IPAs, so Dad is sure to find something to sip on. Pair your beer with classic Cali bites like Helmsman’s Bavarian Pretzel, Crispy Chicken Wings, Coconut Shrimp or California Nachos.
There’s something about grilling up a hearty steak that just screams Father’s Day. Maybe it’s because Dads typically love to grill? Or maybe they just love meat! Whatever it is, give dad the spatula and a few premium cuts of protein for the ultimate backyard BBQ experience this Father’s Day. The Butchery in Newport Beach is a full-service butcher shop with everything from high-quality meats like Wagyu beef and locally made sausages to artisan cheeses, craft beers and wines. Choose from a selection of in-house marinated meats or have one of the skilled butcher’s hand-cut your piece!
For the fathers who love to chef it up, check out French Buckets’ Fathers Day BBQ Herb Garden Planting Workshop in Lido Marina Village! This unique event teaches attendees how to create a tasty herb garden for the Grill. Each person will be provided with a wooden container, a choice of several herbs and instructions on how to plant them. The box garden is designed to fit on a kitchen counter or window sill. Dad will love this hands-on, open-air workshop!
Treat dad to a day on the water with a fishing excursion from Davey’s Locker in Balboa Village. Choose between half-day or full-day deep-sea fishing trips, and set out on a state-of-the-art fishing boat for some fun in the sun. You and dad will have the opportunity to catch hundreds of fish, including tuna, giant yellowtail and halibut. Davey’s also offers private fishing boat rentals that come equipped with full kitchens and a selection of food and beverages. Plus, each boat has the latest in fish tracking systems, so you can navigate the waters with ease.
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger