Day Out with Dad: Father's Day Fun in Long Beach

This Father’s Day make sure you’re giving Dad the kind of day he really wants. Long Beach offers so many options, from kicking back to digging in, shopping to a shave, paddling to pedaling. Check out some of the ways you can give your father the day he deserves. You do you, Pop!

Brunch Buddy

Long Beach offers brunch with mouthwatering meals and mimosas along with jaw-dropping views. Fuego at the Hotel Maya (700 Queensway Dr.), Claire’s at the Museum at the Long Beach Museum of Art (2300 E. Ocean Dr.), or Plunge in the 1900 Ocean Beach Club apartment building. Hamburger Mary’s (330 Pine Ave.) Sunday brunch “Dine with Divas” show at 10 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. mixes comedy, music and general fun/madness song with bottomless mimosas.

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Aqua Dad

The calm waters of Alamitos Bay are great for kayaking and Kayaks on the Water (5411 E Ocean Blvd.) makes it easy to get out from its location at Bayshore Beach on Alamitos Bay. If Pop is more of a standup guy, paddle boarding is another popular ocean activity. Paddle Board Rentals Long Beach (6272 E Pacific Coast Hwy) is located conveniently in the Marina Pacifica retail center, a part of the bay that makes it easy to push out toward Bayshore or the Naples canals.

Daddy Daycare

The B Room (209 Long Beach Blvd.), described as a “vintage barber salon” offers haircuts and straight razor shaves, complete with a hot towel. Dad can have his beard trimmed while mixing in a massage–Swedish, Thai, deep tissue, hot stone–or aromatherapy. And he can have any of it with a complimentary Stella Artois. Just be aware that The B Room is closed on Sundays, but hey, this is Dad’s weekend. Get him there on Saturday to clean him up for Sunday brunch!

Keeping it Wheel

If Dad likes to keep it moving, consider Wheel Fun Rentals at Shoreline Village (429 Shoreline Village Dr.) and rent any number of wheeled vehicles–bikes, pedal and/or electric, surreys, specialty cycles, etc. Go for a ride on the long and winding beach path that runs between Shoreline and Belmont Shore. And stop to have a picnic or grab something to eat at the Saltwater Deck food hut located directly on the sand.

Old School

If Dad is into the classics, take him to Retro Row on Fourth Street. Stores from vintage icon Meow to numerous mid-century modern boutiques make for great shopping, people watching with plenty of places to grab a drink or a bite. Since Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday of the month, as does the Long Beach Antique Market at Veterans Stadium (4901 E Conant St.), head to one of the best flea markets in the nation with more than 800 dealers, displaying about 500,000 items.

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