21 Wonderful Ways to Enjoy a Rainy Day at the Beach
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
You’ve dreamed of your sunny beach vacation for months. You packed swimsuits, enough sunscreen for a year of sunny days, and every beach toy ever made.
A month before vacation, you find yourself checking your weather app’s long-range forecast, thrilled to see sunny days ahead.
And then it happens. You get to the beach just in time to welcome — rain. Lots and lots of rain.
You could order online movies for the kids and slink off to the bathroom to cry over your lost vacation.
Or, you can embrace the weather and make the best of it!
I hope you’ll choose the second option!
I speak from experience here. We seem to attract rainclouds like Eeyore. And, we have learned to appreciate the rainy days for what they are — vacation, just wetter.
If the weather is really bad, take advantage of all the options available at your hotel, resort or condo. Play board games, build tents out of blankets or steam up the bathroom mirror and draw funny pictures. (For more ideas check out this article: 20 fun things to do when stuck at a hotel.
If it’s just wet, but not stormy, enjoy the uncrowded beach. Put on swimsuits and walk along the water’s edge anyway. Just be sure to follow the guidelines set out by the beach flag warning system to keep your family safe. Admit it, dancing in the rain sounds at least a little bit fun. Right?
When cabin fever sets in or the weather is bad enough that going to the beach is not a smart option, there’s still plenty of fun indoor activities to do in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. Without further ado, here’s my list of 21 great rainy day family fun activities at the beach!
Indoor Activities to Burn Energy
1. Bounce the day away at The Factory in Gulf Shores, an indoor trampoline park for kids of all ages.
2. Build your sense of teamwork at XIT Escape Room in Gulf Shores or at Breakout Games in Orange Beach. With four different experiences to choose from, you can try to improve your skills and go twice. If you’ve never been to an escape room, read this article.
3. Relive your own youth at Fat Daddy’s Arcade with locations in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Enjoy traditional pinball machines and interactive games, and earn points for prizes. Another tip — save time and money by pre-purchasing tickets online.
4. Enjoy some retro fun at Gulf Bowl. If bowling’s not your thing — or if it’s a really long, rainy day — add on laser tag or the indoor high ropes course for more fun! Budget tip: They offer money-saving coupons online!
5. Head to Arena the Next Level at The Wharf to play laser tag and bazooka ball.
Indoor Activities to Inspire the Mind
10. Tour the Smith-Coles Historic Home in nearby Bon Secour. The home was built in 1882, a stunning Southern plantation style home with more than 3,000 square feet of porches (to watch the rain). It is open to the public on Tuesdays and Fridays.
11. Visit the Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum to learn about coastal Alabama’s Native American and fishing heritage. It’s open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and admission is free.
12. Head to Foley to see the model train exhibit at the City of Foley Museum Archives. I can’t convey how incredibly impressive the model train exhibit is, though I tried in this post. Feel free to ask the volunteers who “work” here to point out their favorite parts of the exhibit. They’ll gladly share!
13. Step back in time at the Holmes Medical Museum, just a couple blocks away from the train museum. You’ll see antique medical equipment, learn about this small town hospital located above the general store and even get a chance to see some strange medical “oddities” believed to help patients. It seems quackery has been around a long time! Download a Holmes Medical Museum kids’ explorer guide, a treasure hunt for elementary age kids, to make this museum experience even more fun.
14. Head to the library! Totally serious! The Orange Beach Public Library has weekly kids and teen programming that is fun, creative and relevant — like Minecraft Guild on Tuesday afternoons. You can even get a library card and check out books — residency is not required!