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Top Activities To Celebrate Father’s Day In South Florida

June 6, 2014 8:00 AM

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He grills! He snakes clogged drains! He can fix cars! He’s a super man! He also only gets recognized for being a super dad once a year, on Father’s Day. So how can you show him your appreciation and spend some quality time with him on this national holiday? Here are some fool-proof ways to share some laughs, reinforce that special bond and show him how much you care – all without spending a fortune or traveling very far. Happy Father’s Day to all of the super dads.

Billy Swamp Safari
30000 Gator Tail Trail
Clewiston, FL 33440
(863) 983-6101
www.billieswampsafari.com

Go wild with your dad and explore over 2,200 acres in The Everglades. There is so much to see and do out here including heart-pounding alligator wrestling and snake shows, airboat rides across the River of Grass and viewing animals in their natural environment like bison, gators, raccoons, turtles and lots of wild birds. You can even dine at the onsite restaurant and taste native cuisine and Seminole favorites like fry bread, gator nuggets, frog legs or for the non-adventurous eaters, standard American fare like burgers and hot dogs. It’s a day in the wild you won’t soon forget and one that can’t be duplicated. And, dads go free on Father’s Day.

Family Paint Ball Center
26851 S.W. New York Ave.
Homestead, FL 33032
(786) 268-9208
www.familypaintballcenter.com

Challenge dad to a little friendly combat and spend the afternoon ducking, dodging and shooting it up, all in good fun. This place will definitely bring out your inner warrior and it’s huge – three fields with a fourth on the way – so bring a cooler with drinks that you can raid after your war games. There are screens that separate the fields and plenty of inflatables and such to hide and regroup behind. You are even welcome to bring your barbecue grill and make a day of it in the shade just grillin’ and chillin’.

The Pit Bar-B-Q
16400 S.W. 8th St.
Miami, FL 33194
(305) 226-2272
www.facebook.com/The-Pit-BBQ

Give dad the day off from manning the grill and take him for some famous barbecue at a South Florida favorite. This place has been around for over 50 years but if you haven’t been lately, you may be surprised by its tidiness and injection of Latin flavor. You can still get the tender brisket, baby back ribs, honey and biscuits and mini key lime pies, but The Pit also has New York strip steaks, Churrasco, giant fried pork chunks and Latin sides like frijoles negros, tostones, cassava and more. Dine in air-conditioned comfort or under the tiki huts. On the weekends, there are pony rides and a petting zoo.

Related: Top Spots For Pulled Pork In South Florida

Bird Bowl
9275 S.W. 40th St.
Miami, FL 33165
(305) 221-1221
www.birdbowl.com

With 60 lanes, a game room that includes air hockey and the latest video arcade attractions, plus 16 billiard tables, everyone can enjoy dad’s special day at this South Florida institution. On Father’s Day, Bird Bowl is open from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. and if you show up before 10:30 in the morning, you can take advantage of deals like buy one hour of bowling and get one hour free. Late birds can enjoy the same offer after 9 p.m. Bring a pair of socks and you’ll be good to go. When hunger strikes, the onsite restaurant serves up wings, sandwiches, pizza, burgers and salads. Bird Bowl even serves breakfast and kids’ meals starting at only $2.99.

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Palmetto Mini Golf
9300 S.W. 152nd St.
Miami, FL 33157
(305) 238-2922
www.palmettominigolf.com

Whatever dad’s golfing handicap is, it won’t matter at this top-rated mini golf venue because it’s all about fun and family. One round is $7.50 per person and weekdays are only $6.50. This 18-hole course can be a challenge but it’s definitely the most beautiful mini course with its misting waterfalls, bridges and lush tropical foliage. Give yourself an hour to play so you won’t be rushed and you can do a little dancing to the piped-in music as you line up your putt. The onsite Sports Grill is fantastic and offers the best burgers and wings at a golf course anywhere.

Related: Best Place To Buy Father’s Day Gifts In South Florida

Jill Martin is a family travel expert, appearing on numerous television and radio shows. She spent five years as the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider, has penned children’s books, and is the creator of Sunshine Brain Games – trivia cards about Florida. A Miami native, Jill resides in Redland. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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