The Clay Studio, Orange Beach

Mold a Rainy Day into a Memorable One

Rainy days on the Alabama Gulf Coast don't have to be wasted days. There are many things to see and do indoors while the liquid sunshine falls from the skies.

National Naval Aviation Museum

Interested in military history? Tour the historic Fort Morgan Museum, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park or the National Naval Aviation Museum. All are fun and inspiring. Take a step back in time and walk the paths of veterans from numerous wars as some educational value is slipped into your vacation itinerary.

Love to shop? You've come to the perfect place to scratch that itch. From outlet stores to unique, one-of-a-kind boutiques, you'll find what you're looking for and then some. A few minutes away in Foley, you'll also find Tanger Outlets packed with your favorite retail shops.

Museums about art, medicine, Native Americans' and sports are all great ways to fill a day when the weather is too damp to go outside. Baldwin County's past is great and varied, and you'll enjoy flipping through the pages of our past at any one of these great venues.

The Hot Shop Orange Beach

The Coastal Art Center's Clay Studio and Hot Shop is a great spot to spend the day. Make your own piece of art, and take home a custom-made souvenir.

Rainy days and spa days were made for each other. Take advantage of the weather by pampering yourself with a mani/pedi or a hot stone massage. Some spas even offer couples massages.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at a restaurant you might otherwise overlook if you typically hit the beach early. The Ruby Slipper Café is famous for breakfast and brings New Orleans fare to the beach. Enjoy breakfast or brunch favorites like Eggs Benedict, French Toast Bites or Breakfast Tacos (just to name a few) with a generous pour of Ruby Mimosas. is so much more than a coffee house. Grab a coffee and pastry to go or sit down with a breakfast sandwich and a fresh start to your day.

Before you leave home, pack a few board games and card decks, favorite DVDs and microwave popcorn. These come in handy when the rain is falling. Check with your accommodations as some have game rooms and indoor pools that come in handy when it rains as well.

The great thing about rain along the coast? It doesn't usually last long, and the sand quickly dries for your next adventure.

START PLANNING YOUR GULF SHORES & ORANGE BEACH VACATION

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