You’ve been dreaming of sun-kissed beaches and turquoise water, but found out Mother Nature has other ideas. Don’t let a little (or even a lot) rain ruin your day at the beach. We’ve got five fun ways to spend a rainy day at the beach, but first we’re sharing a few tips to help you enjoy your wet beach vacation.
Wet Weather Blues?
Avoid the wet weather blues with a positive attitude. Instead of thinking of what you can’t do during a rainy day at the beach, think of all the things you CAN do! For some families, their favorite beach days are the ones when Mother Nature makes her appearance. Drinking coffee on a beach balcony when a summer storm rolls off the Gulf of Mexico can be mesmerizing!
Don’t pack expectations next to your swimsuit in the suitcase. Bringing no expectations may be the best advice we have to give. It allows you to have an open mind, and to enjoy your Gulf Shores AL vacation.
Gulf Shores Rainy Day Beach Activities
Challenge your friends and family to a life-sized adventure game at Breakout Orange Beach. You’ll have 60 minutes to solve your puzzle with hidden clues. From thrillers to spy situations, there’s a scenario for everyone. Breakout Orange Beach is located at The Wharf. A 10 percent off coupon is available on their website for weekday games. After you’ve beat the clock and escaped, reward the team with gelato at The Southern Grind Coffee House or enjoy penny martinis at Ginny Lane Bar & Grill. Covered parking and walkways make it easy to navigate The Wharf without getting too wet.
Toddlers, tweens and teens (and adventurous parents) can bounce around at The Factory in Gulf Shores. The trampoline park is packed with ways to burn energy during a rainy day at the beach. Foam pits, dodge ball, trampoline basketball – you’ve got options. The Factory offers a separate area for the littles. Parents can observe from an upper deck or join in the action! In addition to the trampoline floor, The Factory also offers arcade games, batting cages and a flight simulator. Vending machines are available for drinks, snacks and even ice cream.
Let your inner artist out with a visit to The Hot Shop at the Coastal Arts Center in Orange Beach. Local artisans will give you a hands-on lesson in glass blowing, and you can take home a souvenir you make yourself! Be sure to call ahead for a reservation. The Hot Shop offers bench seating to watch demonstrations. If you prefer to watch rather than participate, the staff welcomes you to do so. Glass blowing is a fascinating art that will capture the attention of the whole family during a rainy day at the beach. In fact, the open air studio is perfect for watching demonstrations and listening to the rain. Once your lesson has ended, stop in the new art center and browse the works of local artists, including pottery, paintings, sculptures and more.
Just north of Gulf Shores in nearby Foley is the Gulf Bowl. Rent a lane and spend a rainy day at the beach bowling for strikes! The Gulf Bowl offers 23 lanes, as well as an arcade, laser tag, high ropes course and pool tables. There’s so much to do at Gulf Bowl, you could easily spend the entire day. It’s also home to the full-service Captain’s Choice seafood restaurant. A local’s favorite, you’ll find everything from fresh seafood to burgers. Visit the Gulf Bowl’s Facebook page for rainy day specials.
Sometimes the best way to spend a rainy day is enjoying your Orange Beach, Fort Morgan or Gulf Shores rental! Plan ahead and bring a deck of cards and a board game or two and have a family game day. Cozy up on the couch, pop some popcorn and watch a movie. Order from your favorite restaurants using Gulf To Go restaurant delivery service and you never have to leave!
Gulf Shores Condos Ideal for Rainy Days
When planning your vacation, consider booking a rental with an indoor swimming pool. Gulf Shores rentals like Coastal Bliss, Endless Summer, Living Water, Lil Bit a Paradise, Ray of Sunshine and Sunset Paradise offer indoor pool facilities and are located at The Beach Club resort in Fort Morgan. There is also a game room to keep the kids busy! Coastal Krusen in Gulf Shores at Crystal Towers also offers an indoor swimming pool. The four-bedroom Dolphin View condo at Mustique boasts an indoor pool, as does Summer Breeze. Condos at Martinique in Fort Morgan also have an indoor swimming pool and spa, including La Brisa and La Mahana.
Don’t let a rainy day at the beach in Gulf Shores get you down. Whether you stay in or opt to explore in the rain, make the most of every minute and make memories!