The Best Things to Do With Your Dad at UCF
My first father-daughter weekend was freshman year when my dad and I didn’t really know what to do for the weekend and we ended up hanging in my apartment all weekend. When he came up the following year, we had more of a game plan. You may want to check out this blog if you too are wondering what to do.
It is very popular to take your dad to tailgate, except my dad isn’t the type of guy who wanted to go. Instead, we went downtown to World of Beer to watch the game. Being in Orlando, a central hub of entertainment, there are so many options of things you can do. So far, my favorite thing I have done with my dad is going to NASA and actually seeing a launch. NASA posts on their websites all of the launches coming up. Kennedy Space Center is only a 45-minute drive away and UCF even has discounted tickets. You can also get discounted tickets for any of the Orlando theme parks.
When my dad used to come up to visit my brother, the two of them loved going to either Orlando City Soccer games or the Orlando Magic Basketball games. They have never made it to an Orlando Solar Bears game, but I have heard those are a lot of fun as well. For a more active weekend, you can reserve a bay at either Drive Shack or Top Golf – both of these places have a bar and full menu and you can golf. Or, if you want to stay closer to UCF, you can go bowling at Firkin and Kegler that also doubles as a bar and billiards area. Lastly, if you want to have a laid-back weekend with your dad, there are so many natural springs in the area where you can raft down or kayak down beautiful nature trails.
Bowling – Two options: Boardwalk Bowl or the better option, in my opinion, is Firkin and Kegler – a bar/pub, with huge TV’s for watching sports games, lounging, and bowling
Central Florida Zoo
Congo River Mini-golf – which is right by UCF
Drive Shack- golfing games and food and bar- starting at $30 an hour for the bay – near Lake Nona
Escape Rooms – one by I-Drive, one by UCF. A lot of my friends have done this with their dads and it’s always a hit!
ESPN World Wide of Sports at Disney
Hollywood Drive Mini-golf – At Citywalk in Universal, starting at $12.99
Kennedy Space Center (can get discounted tickets at UCF ticket center)
Natural Springs for kayaking or paddleboarding at a variety of places; UCF has kayaking and paddle boarding or head to Rock Kelly Springs, Wekiva Springs or Ginnie Springs
Orlando Apollos – new football team in Orlando. Here is the schedule.
Orlando City Soccer games
Orlando Magic Basketball games
Orlando Solar Bears Hockey
Usually, when my dad comes up, we look for 5ks or 10ks runs that are happening in the area- there is usually once a month
Winter Park and Lake Eola are nice to walk around.
Just because it is Orlando, it doesn’t always have to be about Disney…but that is always fun too.