Best Ways To Celebrate Dad In San Diego

By Vanessa Howard

What better way to celebrate Dad this Father’s Day, June 19 (2022), than treating him to a San Diego adventure. There are endless ways to celebrate dad like taking him kayaking in La Jolla, taste testing some local brews, or golfing. Whatever you choose, he’s sure to have a fantastic time! Read on to find all of the best ways to celebrate Dad in San Diego. 

Where To Stay

While visiting San Diego for Father’s Day you can’t do better on location, convenience, and design than Arrivls The Rockaway House and Makai. Both are located just steps from Mission Beach making them the perfect base for your San Diego Father’s Day adventure.

​​The Rockaway House

This Mission Beach duplex can be rented as individual units (Rockaway North with 1 bedroom/1 bathroom, and Rockaway South with 2 bedrooms/1 bathroom) or in combination to sleep up to 8 guests making it perfect for larger families. While staying at The Rockaway House you’ll be just steps away from the Mission Beach boardwalk. Rockaway South – a 1930s beach cottage – is full of charm and is perfect for your next beach getaway. Upstairs, Rockaway North is thoughtfully designed and inviting. Whichever space you choose you’ll love the bright interior and the coastal boho vibes that The Rockaway House offers. The Rockaway House is located on the ocean side of Mission Boulevard, just 4 houses from the sand!

The Rockaway House is located on the ocean side of Mission Boulevard, just 4 houses from the sand!

Makai Mission Beach

Makai is the Hawaiian word for “towards the sea,” and is a fantastic choice for your Father’s Day trip to San Diego! You’ll love the 2nd-floor patio and ocean view from this beachy duplex home. With its laid-back charm, thoughtful amenities, and an absolutely unbeatable location, you won’t regret staying at Makai. Makai North is a spacious one-bedroom, and Makai South is a two-bedroom. The home comfortably sleeps 8 if you rent the entire duplex making this a great option for a Fathers Day trip to San Diego. Makai offers garage parking and all of your beach essentials – towels, an umbrella, chairs, and sand toys. We look forward to hosting you soon at Makai!

Did you know that Makai and The Rockaway House are next-door neighbors? This makes them perfect for groups traveling with up to 16 guests.  You can rent out both duplexes – perfect for multiple groups or families traveling together, as you’ll be close by but everyone still has their own space to relax and unwind at the end of the day.

Ways To Celebrate Dad In San Diego

Take Dad Golfing 

San Diego is one of the best year-round golf locations in the United States. Between the amazing Southern California sunshine, beautiful mountains, and gorgeous coastal scenery, this is a paradise for golfers. What better way to celebrate Dad than by taking him to one of the top 10 golf courses in San Diego. 

The Loma Club

This historical San Diego golf club dates back to the early 1900s and was originally part of the famous San Diego Country Club. If you’re looking for a historical San Diego location with great drinks and food for Dad then The Loma Club is a fantastic option. This gathering point for the local community and visiting golfers is sure to make all of Dad’s golf dreams come true. Green fees sit at an affordable $25

The Loma Club | 2960 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA 92106 | (619) 222-4653

Torrey Pines South

Torrey Pines South, located in La Jolla, is one of the top and most sought-after golf courses in San Diego.  As one of the ultimate municipal golf experiences in the United States, this big and brawny PGA Tour course is a bucket list course for all levels of golfers. It was the stage for the sensational Tiger-Rocco duel of 2008 and honestly, that is reason enough for Dad to make a trip to San Diego for Father’s Day! Keep in mind that Torrey Pines South is one of the most popular resorts in the area and fees can be a bit steep. Non-resident green fees run between $212-$265.

Torrey Pines South | 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037 | (858) 581-7171

Maderas Golf Course

You’ll find Maderas Golf Club a little off the beaten path in the hills of Poway, just northeast of San Diego. If Dad doesn’t like crowds or popular locations like Torrey Pines South, then Maderas is a great option for him. Green fees are a bit more affordable at $159-$229 a round. A bonus at Maderas is that the clubhouse is brilliant and offers a great lunch and dinner menu with great local beer options. 

Maderas Golf Course | 23200 Avenue 17, Madera, CA 93637 | (559) 675-3504

Coronado Golf Course

If you’re looking for a coastal course for Dad to enjoy, then head to Coronado Golf Course. This stellar harbor front course is one of the best in Southern California. With an impressive 6,500-yard layout beside the Coronado Bridge, Dad will love the views at this course. Scoring a tee time at this popular course can be a bit difficult, but the green fees can’t be beaten at $42-$49. Coronado Golf Course has earned a reputation as the best value golf course in America. 

Want to explore more of Coronado? Check out, How To Spend A  Perfect Day In Coronado

Coronado Golf Course | 2000 Visalia Row, Coronado, CA 92118 | 619-522-6590

Hike With Dad

Hiking is one of the best ways to have a San Diego adventure with Dad. San Diego is unique because of its wide variety of terrain, providing hikers with trails ranging from wildlife-rich nature preserves to challenging scrambles to the summit. Here are some of the best hiking trails in San Diego…

Torrey Pines Beach Trail

Distance: 2.3 miles 

Rating: Easy

This iconic family-friendly 2.3-mile hike is one of the most popular in San Diego. Dad will love the scenic seaside bluffs and sweeping views. Check out the Torrey Pines Beach Trail in the evening to enjoy a gorgeous technicolor sunset over the coast. Or hike the trail right away in the morning for fewer crowds and a great way to kick off a Father’s Day adventure. 

Los Penasquito Canyon Trail

Distance: 6.8 miles 

Rating: Easy 

Elevation Gain: 157 ft 

$3 parking fee 

Known as one of the best places to hike in San Diego, Los Penasquito Canyon Trail is a multi-use trail. This hike will take Dad and the family through several beautiful wooded, gorgeous meadows, all culminating in a stunning waterfall. The trail is flat, making it perfect for the whole family to have a Father’s Day hiking adventure together. 

Explore Breweries With Dad

San Diego is known as the “Craft Beer Capital Of America,” so a trip to the city without beer tasting would be a missed opportunity. The San Diego beer scene is really one of the best in the country, and with over 150 breweries it’s easy to see why. If you’re taking Dad to a few breweries for a craft beer adventure then check these out…

Ballast Point Brewery

Dad has probably heard of Ballast Point, as this brewery is known for its large variety of brews including IPAs, Wheats, Porters, and Ales. It’s actually one of the country’s largest craft breweries and you can even take Dad to one of Ballast Points’ tasting rooms. 

Ballast Point Brewery | 9045 Carroll Way, San Diego, CA 92121 | (858) 790-6901

Modern Times Beer

Modern Times has had a major impact on the San Diego beer scene. This brewery specializes in session brews and beer made from their own in-house roasted coffee. Make sure that Dad tries some of those java-infused beers, specifically the Black House Stout. 

Modern Times Beer | 3725 Greenwood St, San Diego, CA 92110 | (619) 546-9694

Stone Brewing

Stone Brewing is one of San Diego’s most famous breweries thanks to its timeless beers and beautiful taprooms. Seating in the taproom is first come, first serve so make sure to take Dad earlier in the afternoon. Try the Russian Imperial Stout, Stone Brewing’s most in-demand beer. 

Stone Brewing | 2816 Historic Decatur Rd UNIT 116, San Diego, CA 92106 | (619) 269-2100

Take Dad To A Ball Game

While the San Diego Padres won’t be in town for Father’s Day this year, you can still take Dad to a game before or after the actual day. If Father’s Day wouldn’t be complete without some baseball you can also tour Petco Park! The tours begin at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm. 

Petco Park | 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 | (619) 795-5025

San Dog Kayak Fishing

If Dad is a little more of an adrenaline junkie consider taking him on a San Dog Kayak Fishing Trip as part of your San Diego Fathers Day adventure. There are several different options for fishing trips which are rated by difficulty and range in price from $225-$275. You’re sure to have a fantastic time with Dad, and San Dog provides everything you need. 

San Dog Kayak Adventures | (619) 800-0998

San Diego is a great place to take your Dad for the ultimate Father’s Day celebration! Whether you take a tour of Petco Park, play 18-holes, or explore some of San Diego’s best craft breweries, it will be a Father’s Day he’ll never forget.

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