It's almost Father's Day and there are many ways to spend this special day with all of the father figures in your life here in Lake Norman, so we compiled a list of ideas on how to make this Father's Day the best one yet! Whether it's fishing at Ramsey Creek Park or getting a hole-in-one at Lake Norman Mini Golf, there is something to make this Father's Day unforgettable!
Patriot Pier at Ramsey Creek Park
Start the day right
Kick the day off with a hearty breakfast and delicious coffee provided by many of our wonderful restaurants. You can stop by The Fresh Egg to try their delicious brunch menu, or go for an early lunch with their famous Reuben sandwich. If you need a kickstart to your day, grab a freshly-brewed coffee from Summit Coffee Roastery. You could also give dad a special treat with a lakefront Sunday brunch at North Harbor Club! If the restaurants are crowded, you can always choose take-out and have a relaxing picnic at one of our local parks, such as Jetton Park or Roosevelt Wilson Park.
Get on the lake
For the dad that loves adventure, Lake Norman has you covered! Our area is home to a number of trails and greenways, like the Latta Nature Preserve and the West Branch Rocky River Greenway (which now connects to Fisher Farm Park), providing space to hike, bike, and run.
@sammy.ernz via Instagram
You can spend a relaxing afternoon on the water by booking a pontoon rental for the whole family or find watersport rentals like paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes at Long Island Paddle Sports or What's Up Watersports. For something a little more exhilarating, take a jet ski out from Lake Norman Jet Ski Rentals!
Have your own kayak or paddle board already? Drive to Latta Nature Preserve and launch out from one of their access areas. The North Canoe Access includes an ADA accessible launch platform in a calm cove.
Hit the fairway
For Father's Day, you can't go wrong with a round of golf with dad and Lake Norman has some world-renowned courses to offer. Skybrook Golf Club is another course open for public play with tee times available for reservation online. For a friendlier competition, find your swing at Lake Norman Mini Golf or among the 54 holes of mini golf open at Frankie’s of Charlotte. To make it more interesting, keep track of points and set a wager on who will win!
Take a history tour
If dad is a history buff, get in the car and follow our historical drive checklist. You'll find many historical sites of Lake Norman. Read the blog ahead of time so you can tell dad all about the landmarks as you pass by them!
If he's fascinated with historic buildings, venture to Davidson and partake in the self-guided Davidson Historical District Walking Tour. And then make your way to Cornelius, which has two Walking Tours of their own. Honor our local heroes either at Huntersville's Veterans Park or the Cornelius Veterans Monument for a dose of patriotic reflection.
Cornelius Veterans Park
Take a walk through the park (and go fishing)
Fishing is one of the most beloved, relaxing past times of Lake Norman visitors and residents alike! Without experience or gear? Fishing tours and boats, like those offered by Fishers of Men Guide Service can 'hook' you up with a good time!
If you're just in need of a fishing rod, head to the Quest Center in Latta Nature Preserve and tell them you'd like to borrow one of their free fishing rods. Bait is conveniently available for purchase in their gift shop.
Have your own fishing equipment already and looking for something ADA accessible? Head to Ramsey Creek Park's Patriot Pier. At this park, you will also find a public swimming beach for all to enjoy!
If you're looking for some exercise, stroll through our number of beautiful parks with the entire family. Maybe scope the parks ahead of time to plan for a lovely afternoon picnic.
Take him out to the ball game!
Baseball games are a time-honored tradition between father and son, so grab your tickets to Truist Field to see our Charlotte Knights take on the Louisville Bats on June 20th! First pitch will be thrown at 7pm. Enjoy a hot dog or box of cracker jack while you spend nine innings with the ones you love!
Truist Field via milb.com
Celebrate with good company and good food
Chef's Table at Kindred
Grab a bite to eat at one of our amazing restaurants! Enjoy live music at Tropicana Sports Bar or The Crazy Pig with a plate of slow-smoked 'Q on their patio. For fresh seafood cuisine and refreshing cocktails, reserve a table at Waterman Fish Bar. Fancy for a unique luxury dining experience? Ask Kindred about their Chef's Table. This is a private dinner experience and show that seats up to 10 guests. Enjoy front row seats to the culinary team while they prepare and serve a special six-course menu.
If you're looking for laid back waterfront views, visit the North Harbor Club for fine dining or stop by Port City Club for outdoor lounge seating with steak, seafood and cocktail options. Head over to Hello, Sailor to experience a modern take on chef-driven seafood dishes. For dessert, stop by Carolina Cones for a quick scoop or go for something more indulgent at Davidson Chocolate Company.
Cheers to a father like no other
Finish the day out strong by visiting one of our many local breweries for live music and refreshing drinks! Head over to the friendly neighborhood B Squared Bottle Shop and Tasting Room where you can sip a pint with Dad and relax over their small plates. Check out Primal Brewery for live music performances and enjoy their selections catered to both first-time craft beer drinkers all the way to craft beer aficionados.
Davidson Wine Company
Swing by Crafty Beer Guys, a child and dog friendly brewery in downtown Huntersville, to choose from a selection of over 350 labels of beer along with 150 different wines! Stop by Lost Worlds Brewing or D9 Brewing Company to sample locally crafted beers produced onsite in their brewery.
For all of the wine lovers, don't head home without visiting Davidson Wine Company. What was once an organ making shop, is now a cozy space where you can enjoy locally made wine options from the area. For a sophisticated experience with an atmosphere that transports you to Europe, check out Thig's Cocktail Bar in Downtown Cornelius' social district.
Events on Father's Day Weekend
- Live Music @ Mac's (June 15): Come out to Mac's Speed Shop, one of Cornelius' favorite hangout spots, for live music and drink specials! Music lasts from 7-9pm.
- Live Under the Oaks (June 16): Start your weekends unwinding with live musical performances in the Plaza at Birkdale with a performance by Rockie Lynne Band.
- Davidson Farmer's Market (June 17): The Davidson Farmer's Market is a producer-only, year-round market featuring more than 35 farmers and local producers from within a 100 mile radius. Open from 8 AM to noon.
- Concerts @ The Circles (June 17): Spend your weekend unwinding with Dad and enjoy the live musical performances of Groove Machine at the Circles in Davidson. Music starts at 5pm.
Send some LKN merch
For the dads that are a little further away, browse our online store and send him some Lake Norman Merchandise so he knows you're thinking of him. Choose from a variety of shirts, sweatshirts, hats, stickers, drinkware, magnets, puzzles, and more!
We hope you enjoy this special day with the amazing dads out there and tag us in your Father’s Day plans on social media @VisitLakeNorman. We’d love to hear how you spent the day!