It's almost Father's Day, and it can sometimes be hard to figure out the perfect gift for Dad. There are many ways to spend a special day for 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!
Fishing 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.
Waterfront patio at North Harbor Club
Find another reason to say “Good Work!”
If you’re looking for a heart-warming experience, 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
Rather be on the water? You can find a relaxing day on the lake by getting a rental from Carolina Boat Rentals with their selection of pontoons, sailboats, kayaks and more. Rentals are available for paddle-boards, kayaks, and canoes from businesses like Long Island Paddle Sports and What's Up Watersports, to give you an opportunity to embrace the lake. For the truly adventurous, take a jet ski out from Cannon Water Adventures for a breathtaking ride!
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. Birkdale Golf Club is an 18-hole Arnold Palmer designed, public golf course located in Huntersville, and it is a daily-fee course so you & dad can get a tee time for just the day. They also have a spacious driving range located conveniently right by the club house. Skybrook Golf Club is another course open for public play with tee times available for reservation online.
Talk about old history
Swing by Alexandriana, site of the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, and afterwards head out to the Historic Rural Hill Farm, the former home of Major John Davidson. Honor our local heroes either at Huntersville's Veterans Park or the Cornelius Veterans Monument (or both) for a dose of patriotic reflection! If you're 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!
Cornelius Veterans Park
Take me out to the ball game!
Baseball games are a time-honored tradition between father and son, so top the day off by going out to Truist Field to see our Charlotte Knights take on the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp! First pitch will be thrown at 5:05pm, and following the game, kids will be invited to stay to race around the bases. Enjoy a hot dog or box of cracker jack while you spend nine innings with the ones you love!
Truist Field via milb.com
Rediscover the thrill in chill
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 and Fishing with Gus and the Fishin' Pros, can 'hook' you up with a good time! If you’d rather stay on land, find your flow (or swing!) at Lake Norman Mini Golf or among the 54 holes of mini golf open at Frankie’s of Charlotte. If you're looking for something a little quieter, stroll through our number of beautiful parks to engage in forest therapy (and maybe capture amazing photos, which we'd love for you to share on Instagram with us - just tag @visitlakenorman)!
@j_singleton via Instagram
You don't need to go all in to go all out
Hello Sailor Sunset View
Need a break from the excitement? Grab a bite to eat at another one of our amazing restaurants! Enjoy the newly renovated atmosphere at Peninsula Prime Seafood & Steakhouse or order a craft beer at The Harp and Crown Pub. If you're in the mood for barbecue, stop by The Crazy Pig for some slow-smoked 'Q while enjoying the live music provided on the patio. Trying out new restaurants are always a treat, so treat dad with a visit to the Waterman Fish Bar for fresh seafood cuisine and refreshing cocktails with a fitting nautical theme.
If you're looking for waterfront views, visit the North Harbor Club for fine dining cuisine 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, open for lunch and dinner. For dessert, stop by Carolina Cones for a quick scoop or go for something more indulgent at Davidson Chocolate Company.
Grab a pint with Pop
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. Kyle Murphy and Dan Stanon will be performing on Father's Day at Primal Brewery from 2-5pm.
D9 Brewing Company Sampler
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! If you're looking for locally crafted beers, stop by D9 Brewing Company to sample up to 12 craft beers produced onsite in their brewery. For all of the wine drinkers, stop by Davidson Wine Company, the newest winery in Davidson, to enjoy affordable and locally made wine options from the area. For a nice cocktail in an upscale environment, Thig's Cocktail Bar is a newer spot in Downtown Cornelius with hand-crafted cocktail creations while Peninsula Prime is a newly renovated space with an expansive cocktail bar.
Events on Father's Day Weekend
- Starving Artist's Market (June 17): Come enjoy a day of local artisans showcasing their creations, with a food truck and live music plus all of D9 Brewing's beers on site!! Open from 2-5pm.
- Live Music @ Mac's (June 17): Come out to Mac's Speed Shop, one of Cornelius' favorite hangout spots, for live music and drink specials! Music lasts from 6-8pm.
- Davidson Farmer's Market (June 18): 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 18): Spend your weekend unwinding with Dad and enjoy the live musical performances of 80z Nation at the Circles in Davidson. Music starts at 5pm.
Send a LKN Care Package
Create your own Father’s Day LKN Care Package from our online store that you can customize and add your own message which we'll ship straight to his home.
LKN Father's Day Care Package
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!