Father's Day: Here's a list of things to do with your father figure

John Oliva
Corpus Christi Caller Times

Finding something to do for the father figure in your life isn't an easy task.

With Father's Day quickly approaching, instead of purchasing him a tie or tool kit, treat him to a fun-filled day.

Is he an outdoor kind of guy who is into fishing and camping? Perhaps he'd rather get the high score on a pinball machine or catch the latest action flick? Maybe it's a trip to the Botanical Gardens (with free admission for dads this weekend!) or the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. The list of ways you can treat that special man in your life is endless.

We've gathered a list of the top 10 things you can do with your father, step-father, husband, brother, step-brother or role model this weekend.

KEEP IT REEL

Envision it: A few minutes after sunrise and all you hear is the sound of seagulls in the distance. The smell of the saltwater and the calmness of the water put you in a state of serenity. Plus, free food if you get some good fish on your line.

Doug Sanford casts his line into the Gulf of Mexico at Bob Hall Pier in Corpus Christi Monday afternoon, March 16, 2015. Sanford like to catch and release, and says that fishing is a sort of relaxation and therapy for him.

Take him to Aransas Pass, Ingleside, North Padre Island, Port Aransas, Portland, Rockport or stay in Corpus Christi to catch some drum, redfish or trout. Stop by a bait shop to pick up some lures or frozen bait to help with the trip. Maybe even buy him a brand new fishing pole to seal the deal.

SHOOT FAST, SHOOT WELL

Does your father figure like to hunt? Maybe he wants to prepare for when the inevitable zombie apocalypse happens? Take him to a local shooting range to practice his sharpshooting skills.

Certified pistol instructor Darren Sikes aims his gun at Nichols Guns - Indoor Shooting Range & Gun Shop in Corpus Christi, Texas.

With multiple shooting ranges in the Coastal Bend, such as The Sharp Shooter in Corpus Christi and Aransas Firearms in Rockport, you can both enjoy testing out handguns, magnums and rifles with ease.

FOOD IS FUEL

You've heard the phrase, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach," so take the old man to fill up that belly with a good steak, fresh seafood or hearty pasta at his favorite restaurant.

You can get a variety of seafood and Italian-style dishes at Seafood and Spaghetti Works in Port Aransas.

Whether it's a local restaurant like Frank's Spaghetti House in Corpus Christi or Fins Grill and Icehouse in Port Aransas, your father figure will be happy he's not cooking tonight. Be sure to get him some dessert while you're out, or stop by Snoopy's Veranda Ice Cream Shoppe on North Padre Island to satisfy that sweet tooth.

SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP

Normally dads hate shopping. Being dragged around the mall for hours on end swiping their credit cards for their kids and spouse, isn't that much fun. So, let's turn the tables and take him on a shopping spree.

Fans at Academy Sports and Outdoors in Corpus Christi  buy Astros World Series Champions gear following their game seven win over the Dodgers on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017.

Instead of buying him a coffee mug with a quote from "The Office" or "Breaking Bad" he will use once, tell him he can buy whatever he wants at his favorite store. Academy, Dick's and Home Depot are all within a short distance of each other, so maybe buy him something from all three stores. Trust us, he doesn't want that mug.

SUPERDAD VS. BATDAD

Maybe your father figure has embraced the geek side and enjoys video games and comic books. While Corpus Christi Comic Con won't return until 2022, the second-best alternative is to hit up the local arcade and score some comics before heading home.

A Mortal Kombat arcade game inside Quasar's Arcade located at 5301 Everhart Road in Corpus Christi.

Quasar's Arcade in Corpus Christi has monthly pinball tournaments and is B.Y.O.B., if everyone is of age. Afterward, swing by Texas Toyz or Comics Plus to find that one issue he's been searching for or start a new series.

IT'S SHOWTIME

With movie theaters easing back on their COVID-19 restrictions, take the special man out for some popcorn and candy while catching the latest summer blockbuster. Who doesn't miss those comfy recliners and movie trivia pre-shows?

An employee at Movies Inc. wipes down the counter on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Most movie theaters have remained closed since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic.

While nothing opens this weekend for Father's Day, you can still catch the latest action-comedy "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Selma Hayek. Or make it a family-friendly trip and catch Emma Stone in Disney's "Cruella" or Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights." Either way, you're getting some popcorn layered with butter.

BONFIRES AND MEMORIES

Has the great outdoors been calling your dad lately? Grab your sleeping bags, tent and pack some clothes and food for a weekend getaway at Lake Corpus Christi.

The Old Park Pavillion, otherwise known as Lake Corpus Christi Castle, located in Mathis is another popular spot to take photos in the Coastal Bend.

From swimming to hiking to bird watching, there's something your father figure can appreciate on y'all's camping trip. You can stay in a cabin or camp under the stars, just make sure to put out your bonfire beforehand and apply plenty of bug spray.

DON'T BE AFRAID TO ROCK THE BOAT

Look, we live by the Gulf of Mexico so loving the water has been ingrained in us since birth. There are plenty of places to rent out a paddleboat, jet ski, kayak or boat to relax on the bay and catch some rays.

Spring breakers ride their boats and jet ski Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Port Aransas.

Check out Nauticool Adventures on North Padre Island to plan a fun experience with your father figure. Prices range from $30-850. Out of your price range? Check out Fun Time Rentals in downtown Corpus Christi with prices of jet skis and paddleboats ranging from $15-90.

ROOT, ROOT, ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM

There's a reason baseball is considered America's national pastime, and it's not the Cracker Jack and hot dogs. Take dad out to the ballgame this weekend at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi to watch the Hooks play against the Frisco Roughriders.

The Corpus Christi Hooks face the Arkansas Travelers, Saturday, May 18, 2021, at Whataburger Field. The Hooks won, 10-8, in a walk-off in the tenth inning.

With a game Saturday and Sunday, tickets range from $7-17 for guests. Sunday is also dollar day which means $1 hot dogs, sodas and candy. Can't get better than catching a fly ball.

LET'S PAR-TEE

While competitions can be stressful, they can also be fun. Grab your nine iron and bring your father figure to the Oso Beach Municipal Golf Course in Corpus Christi and see who can get a hole-in-one first.

Golfers compete in a tournament at the Gabe Lozano Golf Center on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Not that skilled in the world of golf? Don't worry, there's always mini-golf. Check out Treasure Island Golf & Games on North Padre Island or Kody's Restaurant in Port Aransas to make it a family-friendly competition. Remember, just because he's your dad doesn't mean you have to let him win.

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John Oliva covers education and community news in South Texas. Consider supporting local journalism with a subscription to the Caller-Times.