Tips to Cure the Rainy Day Blues During Sportcations

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission

Relaxation and outdoor adventure come to mind when you think of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. But, what if the weather doesn’t cooperate? The great indoors are calling for a fun day off the beach.

A great go-to for rainy days is retail therapy, and coastal Alabama is brimming with shopping options from national franchises to unique boutiques. The Wharf, a multi-use entertainment district in Orange Beach, is home to many local specialty shops, regional retailers and delicious dining. Tanger Outlet Center in Foley is an excellent escape for stores like Nike, Gap, Vera Bradley and Coach. Forgot your cleats or need a cooler? Stop by Academy Sports + Outdoors for all your athletic needs.

Still wanting to learn about Alabama’s flora and fauna but don’t want to get wet? Check out the Gulf State Park Nature Center and Interpretive Center. The Nature Center is a museum of native plants and animals and offers weekly educational programs, including guided walks and nature time. The Interpretive Center is located at the beach pavilion and serves as a gateway to the park with interactive displays to connect guests with the area’s nine distinct ecosystems and a sustainable way of life.

If cabin fever is setting in at the condo, check out some of our indoor attractions. The LuLu’s Arcade features old school favorites like skee ball and a bar for adult libations and kids’ smoothies. If you’re looking for a brain teaser, check out the Escape Room at Waterville USA, where groups are locked in a room and must crack the code to break out within an hour. The Wharf also has indoor entertainment options, such as an arcade and an AMC movie theater.

You don’t have to search far to find fun – even in the rain! Visit our website for more adventure inspiration from our attraction sponsors.