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9 Things to Do with Dad in Kissimmee

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we hope you’re going to celebrate dad with a gift he'll never forget: a memorable family vacation. And we’re more than happy to help with that! Whether your dad is brave like Mustafa from The Lion King, playful like Pongo from 101 Dalmatians, or the original Mr. Incredible, finding something he’ll love is easy when you bring him to Kissimmee. Check out a few of our favorite dad-friendly activities that he’s sure to love more than another necktie.

Hit the Links

A dad tees off on a game of golf in Kissimmee, Florida

If your dad is an avid golfer, Father’s Day in Kissimmee is sure to be a hole in one. Here, he can sharpen his swing and perfect his putt on more than 10 beautiful courses, each with holes that range from relaxing to challenging. To tee off on planning your trip, check out “fore” incredible Kissimmee golf vacation ideas that dad is sure to love, or if he prefers a more family-friendly outing, mini golf is big hit in Kissimmee!

Go Fish

A father fishes with his daughter

Go fish is a great card game (and it’s no secret that dads love card games), but we’re talking about the real deal! Kissimmee is one of the top freshwater fishing destinations in the world, which is great for dads who want to drop a line and reel in a big one. Our lakes are full of fish like largemouth bass, crappie, and speck. Whether he’s hitting the water for a quiet morning or joining a guided tour, your dad is sure to fall for the Kissimmee fishing experience—hook, line, and sinker.  

Get Outdoors

A Dad paddles at Shingle Creek near Kissimmee, Florida

Is your dad an outdoor adventurer at heart? Then he’s going to love the fresh air in Kissimmee. After all, this is the perfect spot to start exploring the headwaters of the Everglades by canoe, kayak, or airboat. And if he really wants an adrenaline rush, take him for a ride on the Screamin’ Gator Zipline at Gatorland, where he can soar across the park and over 130 giant alligators below! Maybe your dad wants to take to the sky? Take him on a hot air balloon ride for an unforgettable Father’s Day family photo.

Have a Family Movie Night

A family jokingly tosses popcorn while enjoying a movie night

This Father’s Day, Old Town Kissimmee is screening Muppets From Space at its free weekly outdoor family movie night. The showing begins at dusk, which gives you plenty of time beforehand to treat dad to some sweet treats and tasty morsels all around Old Town. 

And speaking of space...

Space is the Place

An exterior shot of the Kennedy Space Center

Boldly going where no dad has gone before (and with no one to ask for directions) sounds like a Father’s Day dream come true to us. At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, your dad can live out his childhood astronaut dreams, complete with tours of historic launch sites, incredible IMAX movies, a historic rocket garden, and insider information on where the next great space adventure will take us. You can even try astronaut food! And if he’s lucky, dad might even meet an astronaut along the way.

Give Dad Some Downtime

A dad relaxes while a child convinces mom to play

Being a dad is hard work, so on his big day let him kick back and relax at a vacation home here in Kissimmee. May we suggest an early-morning canonball into the pool, followed by a breakfast of all his favorite foods? Or maybe a leisurely afternoon spent playing board games on the patio? However dad likes to unwind, he can definitely do so in a vacation home away from home.

Chow Down on BBQ

A BBQ meal from Big John's BBQ
Photo: @Big_Johns_BBQ

We all know that dads love to barbeque, but on Father’s Day, why not leave the grilling to us? Take him to Kissimmee to feast on some slow-cooked meats and savory sauces. At Boggy Bottom Barbeque, dad can sample Florida-style BBQ made from secret recipes handed down from generation to generation. Or take him to Big John’s Rockin’ BBQ, where Big John’s signature sauces are certain to have dad coming back for seconds. Check out all our local barbecue joints here, and be sure to pack your appetite!  

"Show" Him a Good Time

A family cheers during a Medieval Times performance

If Dad’s still feeling hungry after all that BBQ, treat him to dinner and a show, all at the same time! Kissimmee is home to dinner theaters that span every interest—from whodunit mysteries at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows to good old-fashioned gangster gourmet at Capone’s Dinner & Show. He can travel back in time at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, or have a good laugh at The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show (maybe he’ll even hear one of his favorite dad jokes!). Check out some of the area’s best dinner theater destinations here.

Let Dad Be a Kid Again

A father and sun excited to be at the Magic Kingdom Park

Make dad feel like a kid again with a trip to Walt Disney World® Resort, where he can explore the Magic Kingdom® Park. He’ll blast off on Space Mountain, groove with ghosts in the Haunted Mansion, pal around with the Pirates of the Caribbean, and ride the train through Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. In fact, we think dad’s going to have so much fun here that he’ll leave wearing a pair of Mickey Ears (and if he says they’re for the kids, just let it slide—it’s his day, after all).  

Dad's Day is the Perfect Excuse for a Getaway

Ready to take dad on the trip of a lifetime? Start planning your next great vacation today by checking out the My Trip Ideas tool on our website and by subscribing to our newsletter for even more travel tips. From all of us in Kissimmee to all the dads out there, Happy Father’s Day!

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