Father’s Day is quickly approaching, but if you’re stumped on what to do with dad, don’t worry! Lake Norman is full of activities perfect for his special day. Check out some ideas below that guarantee a fun filled day with dad.

For the fishermen

A day on the lake is a day well spent. Treat dad to a guided fishing tour of LKN with a local expert like Captain Gus Gustafson of Fishing with Gus. If you want to tackle the fish on your own, visit Ramsey Creek Park’s fishing pier. Grab some snacks from the concession stand and you’ll be set to fish all day.

Photo credit – Capt. Gus: Dan and Tyler Cohn of Cornelius holding striped and hybrid bass taken on a recent Lake Norman fishing trip.

For the NASCAR lovers

It’s no secret that the Lake Norman area is a NASCAR fan’s heaven. If dad loves the sport, you can’t pass up a visit to Joe Gibbs Racing. Home of the team’s legendary cars, JGR headquarters offers a race shop viewing area and an extensive souvenir shop.

For the foodies

You can’t go wrong with barbecue on Father’s Day. Save dad the hassle of cooking his own and visit a local joint. Enjoy some eastern NC style barbecue brisket at Lancaster’s BBQ or some hickory smoked pulled pork at award-winning, Mac’s Speed Shop.

For the beer guys

Lake Norman has quickly become a craft beer destination. Just recently the community welcomed its newest brewery, Eleven Lakes Brewing, which features unique drafts like Teri’s Berry Wheat. Stop by the visitor center to pick up a Lake Norman Beer and Wine Trail map to get your day started. With 11 breweries and bottle shops in the area, dad is sure find his new favorite brew.


For even more fun things to do with dad, visit the VLN website here.