A Father’s Day Gift Guide for First Coast Dads

Father’s Day is on Sunday and we wanted to get a guide of great local places to go for wonderful gifts for all types of Dads. Here is our guide to Father’s Day shopping for First Coast Dads.

Bookworm Dad

Chamblin’s Bookmine
Chamblin’s Bookmine is a local favorite and is located in Jacksonville’s downtown area-right across from Hemming Park. It offers a wide selection of books from all sorts of niche genres. You can spend hours browsing their large collection of books. The bookworm Dad will love anything from Chamblin’s or go together, treat him to coffee and let him choose his gift!


Snacks and a Show at the Sunray Cinema
The bookworm Dad will enjoy heading to the five points area in Riverside to check out a film and have a snack. You and Dad can catch indie classics and mainstream movies at Sunray and enjoy popcorn with the fixins bar or something more substantial like a caesar salad, pizza, beer and wine or even a vegan (or regular) milkshake. Their website has their showtimes.


The bookworm Dad will love a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville in downtown Jacksonville where he can attend one of their events, artist q & A’s or exhibitions. Afterwards Dad can head to their restaurant NOLA MOCA for a truly unique and delicious meal. The restaurant offers an eclectic menu and has a full bar that serves hand crafted cocktails. They are open late on Thursdays and Wednesday nights during Art Walk if you and Dad want to make a night of it and have dinner there. You can check out the latest schedule of events and exhibitions on their website here.

Food and Wine Lover Dad

Manifest Distillery
Manifest is downtown Jacksonville’s only full-scale distillery that opened up in the fall of 2016. They make craft spirits and offer a selection of vodkas, gins and whiskeys. They also have distillery tours where you and your Dad can go learn about what goes into making their craft spirits. The food and wine lover Dad may enjoy making a cocktail with a bottle of their Florida Citrus Vodka, which is crafted with Florida grown oranges, grapefruit and lemon. You can check out more on their website here.

credit: Manifest website

Congaree and Penn
Congaree and Penn is a farm located 20 minutes outside of Downtown Jacksonville and offers wonderful events and goodies for foodies. They have events like Blackberry picking every Saturday and Sunday in June where you and Dad can ride a wagon out to the Ouachita field and pick fresh berries. They also offer a unique assortment of gifts for Dad on their website that feature gourmet fresh flavors that your foodie Dad will appreciate such as creole tomato jelly, pecan oil, a variety of rices from their farm and other unique and flavorful items.

credit: Congaree and Penn website


Credit- Congaree and Penn website

A Chef’s Studio
A Chef’s Studio is a local cooking studio for those looking to learn, share, discover and develop their cooking skills. If you have a foodie Dad who has got a passion for cuisine, give him this fun-filled and thoughtful gift where he’ll be able to sharpen his skills or learn a new technique. Choose from their popular guest chef taught, Home Chef Series, a group class, or their relaxed wine club! Check out the calendar here for upcoming classes!

Photo Credit: Intuition Ale Works

Intuition Ale Works
Intuition Ale Works is a local brewery, located in the entertainment area of downtown, established by native Jacksonville resident Ben Davis.Intuition works to create quality, flavorful beers for you to enjoy at their tap room and across Northeast Florida. Pick up a pack for Dad or take him downtown for a drink where he’ll be able to enjoy a cold one while overlooking the St. Johns River. Intuition also has tours available for free when you visit their downtown location. Tours include a walk through the brewery, the brew process explained, and any questions you might have!

Green Room Brewing
Green Room Brewing is the first microbrewery located in Jacksonville Beach. They cater to the casual drinker and beer aficionado that call Northeast Florida home.This brewery does not serve food, but with it’s convenient location it is near all the staple restaurants of Jax Beach. Feel free to bring your own food while you kick back and relax at The Green Room. They will be celebrating their 7th anniversary this weekend on June 16th. What better way to celebrate Dad and local business than with a drink from your local watering hole!

Engine 15 Brewing Company
Engine 15 is a local brewery that offers a rotating option of about 50 taplines at both their Jacksonville Beach and Downtown locations. At their beach location you can enjoy your beer with a tasty bite to eat from their pub menu. Selections include hearty sandwiches and snacks paired with their local beers. Their downtown location features local food trucks from Jacksonville, offering up everything you could imagine from tacos to pitas. Kick back and relax at either location!

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters
For the dad that enjoys a good cup of Joe, Bold Bean Coffee Roasters is for him! Treat Dad to a latte decorated with unique latte art and a pastry at three of their convenient locations. Bold Bean hosts stores in Jacksonville Beach, Riverside and San Marco neighborhoods. What makes these coffee shops so unique is that they feature a variety of different type of coffee drinks all served by baristas that are courteous and welcoming. If your Dad loves coffee, this is the place for him!



Sporty Dad

sunset sail
Photo Credit: Schooner Freedom Charters

Sunset Sail
If your dad is more on the sporty side and enjoys the wide open sea and sailing, he’ll love the gift of a sunset sail on the Matanzas River. What makes this gift so great is that dad can have a hands on experience, helping out with setting sail and steering the helm! Enjoy the beautiful sunset on the water that overlooks the St. Augustine skyline. Complimentary beer and wine is included in the price of the ticket. Sail dates are also flexible and can accommodate Dad’s schedule, making it easy to book a trip once tickets are purchased. At $50 a person, it is extremely affordable! Gift cards are available to those interested in purchasing a ticket for their special Dad!

Top Golf
Top Golf is a great gift for the dad who loves a game of friendly competition! This is a great gift where the whole family can join! Enjoy a private bay where you’ll be able to order food and drinks from your own private bay. Players may score points by aiming for the different target areas on the green. Your score is kept track of by the unique microchipped golf balls! This is a great activity that can include the whole family while combining it with something Dad loves! Pricing varies depending on the time of day that you visit, check out the different pricing options here.

Jags fans and Game Tickets
Head to the Jacksonville Jaguars website here to get game tickets, official merchandise and news. If your sporty Dad is a jags fan you can’t go wrong with getting him something here. If you want to take your sporty Dad to a game other than the Jaguars you can get him tickets to a Jacksonville Armada soccer game here or a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp baseball game here.

photo credit: jumbo shrimp website
photo credit: jaguars website

Music Lover Dad

St. Augustine Amphitheatre
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is a great place to catch live national acts and local music events. There are also several bars and restaurants that feature live music every night in downtown St. Augustine. You can also sometimes catch a few street musicians performing depending on the night.

Florida Theatre
Is a great place to catch a show with Dad. This weekend they happen to have Brit Floyd headlining a show there which is an act I actually saw there with my music loving Dad in 2014 and had a fantastic time. You can see all the upcoming shows on their website and plan your event.

Credit: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Facebook

Other Great Live Music Venues
You can take Dad to see a show at other excellent venues for live music like the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall , Jack Rabbits , Murray Hill Theatre and 1904 Music Hall just make sure to check online for upcoming shows and events.

Pet Lover Dad

The Bark Boutique
Is a pet store in the 5 Points area in Riverside which offers treats, toys and more for the pet lover Dad. They have baked treats and cakes for dogs, training classes and more! Check them out at their store or online here.



Featured Places:

Bark Boutique on Park
1021 Park Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32204

Bark Boutique Downtown
45 W Adams Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Congaree and Penn
11830 Old Kings Road, Jacksonville, Florida

Manifest Distilling
960 E Forsyth St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 619-1479

Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
A Cultural Institute of the University of North Florida
333 North Laura Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Please call 904-224-0113 to make reservations for NOLA MOCA

Jacksonville Jaguars
1 EverBank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 633-2000

Jacksonville Armada
Hodges Stadium at UNF
Matchday parking $5 in Lot 18
1 UNF Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32224

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
Bragan Field Ballpark
301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 358-2846

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
1050 A1A N
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
(904) 209-0399

1904 Music Hall
19 N Ocean St, Jacksonville
(904) 361-3297

Murray Hill Theatre
932 Edgewood Ave S, Jacksonville, FL 32205
(904) 388-3179

Jack Rabbits
1528 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 398-7496
1904 Music Hall
19 N Ocean St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 361-3297

Florida Theatre
128 E Forsyth St Ste 300, Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 355-5661

St. Augustine Amphitheatre
1340c A1a S, St Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 209-0367

Intuition Ale Works
929 E Bay St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 683-7720


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