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Things to Do, Places to Stay, Dads to Appreciate Father’s Day in San Diego

Written By: Nicole Fera and Elizabeth Morris

With Father’s Day right around the corner (June 17) you’re going to want to come up with something special for the most important dude in your life. There’s no better way to show Dad you care than by treating him to a fun-filled day in our favorite city, San Diego. No matter what you choose to do it’s sure to be a day filled with love and laughter, as you should your appreciation for all the years he’s put in the man-hours to ensure your happiness and growth. Here are some of our favorite ideas for the big day; feel free to take all the credit. father’s day in san diego

Decoy Dockside Dining

From Whiskey Bacon Chili to Prime Rib, find all of Dad’s favorites at Decoy Dockside Dining’s Father’s Day Brunch. Located at Lakehouse Hotel and Resort, the restaurant has a beautiful view of Lake San Marcos and delectable brunch food that the you can’t wait to share with dad. The Father’s Day additions will be served alongside traditional brunch dishes such as the Lemon Ricotta French Toast and the Avocado Smash toast. The brunch will also include specialty cocktails and an impressive beer selection at their dockside bar so you can sip the day away with that special man in your life. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is priced at $40 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under.

1035 La Bonita Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078

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The Westgate Hotel

This Father’s Day, give your dad an experience at the Westgate Hotel filled with a few of his favorite things: blues, brews and brunch! Fathers, friends and families are invited to celebrate Dad with micro-brews and an award-winning Sunday brunch, while swaying to the sounds of a live blues band. Plus, the hotel will also gift each father a unique Westgate beer pint to celebrate the occasion. Westgate’s brunch menu is extensive and includes an Eggs Benedict Station, House Smoked BBQ Brisket Sliders and even a chocolate fountain.

Brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The price is $69 for adults, $35 for children ages 4-12 (tax and gratuity additional), and complementary for ages 3 and under.

1055 2nd Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


Harrah’s Resort Southern California

Treat dad like a king this Father’s Day with a luxury vacation to Harrah’s Resort. A stay at Harrah’s gives guests the opportunity to try their hand at gaming or play golf. For Father’s Day, Harrah’s is hosting a Three Cheers for Dad special that includes a $50 Beverage Credit to be used at any of their six bars, like the new SR76 brewery, and a hotel room of his choice. The package can be booked between June 1 and July 13 at Harrah’s SoCal location. When booking your stay, use the offer code MKFDB. Spoil dad this year with the Dapper Dad’s Package at The Spa at Harrah’s, which includes a 50 minute Swedish massage and a 50 minute men’s foot rescue treatment.

777 Harrah’s Rincon Way
Funner, CA 92082


Rustic Root

Rustic Rooftop combines traditional and modern styles to add a twist to your favorite American foods. This Father’s Day, bring dad to Rustic’s rooftop brunch to experience breathtaking views and delicious food. Their brunch menu includes separate breakfast and lunch options with Breakfast served from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and lunch served from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Some brunch items include their Breakfast Risotto with farro, red quinoa, kale, mushrooms, cheese and poached eggs, and their lunch Lobster Roll with a herb mayonnaise toasted New England style brioche bun and parmesan fries. You can wash down your brunch with one of Rustic Root’s coffee drinks or handcrafted bloody marys.

535 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


Red O La Jolla

Celebrate Father’s Day at the new Red O in La Jolla for a culinary Mexican experience. Dad will definitely appreciate the burst of authentic flavor and the warm, welcoming ambiance. Come for the Father’s Day brunch; with an expansive buffet fully equipped with made-to-order omlettes, chilaquiles and lobster mac n’ cheese, you can’t go wrong—trust us. Priced at $49 per adult and $15 per child, this is the ultimate #BrunchGoals. Also Clink to Dad with bottomless mimosas, tequila sunrises, sangrias and bloody marys for an additional $20 per guest.

4340 La Jolla Village Dr,
La Jolla, CA

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Padres vs. Brewers

Bubs @ The Ballpark
Photo By: Adam GentryAlthough our beloved Padres will be on the road in Wisconsin, this Father’s Day doesn’t mean that you can’t still cheer them on and make a day of it. One of the best places to go check out the game is actually located right downtown next to Petco Park. Bubs @ The Ballpark is the perfect sports bar to check out any event and kick back with a few beers and some good grub. Dad will love the laid-back atmosphere and a chance to bond over an American pastime.

715 J St,
San Diego, CA 92101

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The Gun Range

Whether you’re looking for a father-son bonding day or to show your old man that he raised a little girl with a heck of a shot, The Gun Range is the perfect chance to do just that. Located right on Balboa Avenue in Kearny Mesa is The Gun Range, which offers many different opportunities to test out or master some new skills. Whether it’s a hobby of yours already or you’re looking to try and challenge Dad to see who’s got the aim in the family, there’s lot to do and learn at this place. State of the art equipment, highly qualified instructors, and a relaxed, welcoming setting are just a few reasons why you should go check it out.

7853 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111
858.573.1911 Father’s Day in San Diego

Stone Brewery

Photo Credit: Stone Brewery/Facebook

San Diego is known for a lot of different things; amazing weather, beautiful beaches, delicious Mexican food around every corner and craft beers. With countless different breweries in the nearby vicinity, it can be hard to choose between them all. However, on Father’s Day (and every day for that matter) Dad deserves the best, and that means you’re headed on over to Stone Brewery and their tasting room at Liberty Station. It’s the perfect place to sit down, relax and enjoy some of the best, local beer in the city. Take that extra step and make a reservation so that a table will be ready and waiting when you and Dad arrive to get your drink on. It’s a great way to bond, the perfect way to taste some great brews and a great atmosphere to enjoy a day out in the sun.

2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116‎
San Diego, CA 92106

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If you get your outgoing spirit from your pops, then a tie or a home cooked meal isn’t going to cut it on Father’s Day. You’re going to want to treat him to an action-packed day in the sun at Aquatica. Run by Seaworld, this water park has got fun down to a science. With plenty of rides and waves just waiting for you to dive into, there’s plenty to keep you busy and cool on a hot summer day in SD. You can even rent a private cabana for the day, where you can hang when Dad tires you out or enjoy some time by the shore. A day at the water park is also perfect if you’re father happens to be a grandfather. Nothing brings a grandpa more joy than spending some quality time at a place their grandkids are going to enjoy even more than them.

2052 Entertainment Circle
Chula Vista, CA 91911

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Observatory North Park

If you grew up to the sweet sounds of Dad shredding in the basement or rocking out to his favorite punk rock albums, then your dad is cool. The gift of music is just one of many things that Dad has passed down to you over the years, but for music lovers it’s the most important. One of the coolest venues in San Diego is the Observatory in North Park, and they’ve booked Hellyeah with Sons Of Texas & Righteous Vendetta to play on Father’s Day! Nothing brings people together more than a live show so make sure you book your tickets fast and rock out with your pops that night.

2891 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104