Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to take time to show appreciation for the father figures in our lives. While there are a number of ways to treat your loved ones this holiday, creating a local experience to remember will leave a lasting impression. We have created a guide to seven unique ways to celebrate Father’s Day in Alabama. We have kept the last-minute planner in mind with these simple but impactful celebration ideas.

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For the Outdoorsmen

Regardless of where you are located in the state, there is a state park available within a short drive of home. We recommend optimizing your experience by scouting out the perfect areas for fishing, hiking, lounging lake or beachside, and enjoying a thoughtfully packed lunch or dinner.

Our Recommendation: For South Alabama locals, set up beachside at Gulf State Park with a picnic including some of the area’s top dishes.


For the Luxury Lover

One Father’s Day activity that is sure to satisfy is a shopping spree. Think through your loved one’s favorite brands and shops and make a curated shopping itinerary. Include a favorite lunch spot for a midday intermission.

Our Recommendation: For Central Alabama locals, make a mid-morning trip to The Summit to enjoy a high-end shopping spree and end with a late lunch at Village Tavern or Seasons 52.


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For the Family Sweet Tooth

Put together a box of your loved one’s favorite local sweets. Make an effort to grab a handful of treats they are known to love from shops around your city. Check all local shop hours and plan to stop by the day before if needed.

Our Recommendation: For North Alabama locals, stop by favorites like Cookie Fix and Big Spoon Creamery to grab a dozen cookies and a pint of a family favorite flavor.


For the Grill Master

For the grill master in your life, make this holiday special by taking the reins. Plan to grill their favorites using their go-to spices and seasonings. Add a couple of their most-loved sides and sweets for a dinner to impress.

Our Recommendation: Source your favorite meats from a local butcher and pick up an Alabama favorite like Dreamland BBQ‘s original sauce to finish.


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For the Resident Mixologist

For the loved one who appreciates a quality cocktail, create a custom cocktail setup alongside a catered meal. Set up their favorite spirits, mixers, and add-ons to create a fun adults-only activity for the night.

Our Recommendation: Pick up some of Alabama’s top spirits to include in your spread. If you are looking for something new to add to the lineup, try Elizabeth Vodka from John Emerald Distilling or Dread River Distilling Co.‘s Gin.