When you plan a beach vacation, chances are you’re hoping to spend most of your time on the shore. But sometimes the weather has other plans. In tropical climates like 30A and Destin, it’s not unlikely for rainstorms to temporarily dampen your vacation spirits. Luckily, South Walton and the Emerald Coast have plenty of fun, indoor activities that will brighten your day!
Check out these seven ideas for rainy days on 30A.
Catch A Show at the Seaside Repertory Theatre
Centrally located in 30A’s Seaside, the Repertory Theatre is a professional theatre company that offers astounding performances to audiences of all ages. Talented professionals and dedicated volunteers routinely put on shows for up to 75 audience members in the indoor theater. Previous productions include Jack and the Beanstalk, Alice in Wonderland, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, and many more.
Put Your Creative Cap on at Rock Paper Scissors 30A
Rock Paper Scissors 30A is a youth creative space located in Grayton Beach. The studio offers classes where kids of all ages can use their imaginations to create something awesome. Because the studio recognizes the importance of youthful imagination and creativity, every class encourages artistic freedom – without forcing them to adhere to strict “rules.” Rock Paper Scissors 30A also offers open studio, birthday, and a Ladies’ Night opportunities.
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Create Unique Art at The Shard Shop
Another creative studio in Grayton Beach, the Shard Shop, offers a fun art experience for locals and visitors. South Walton local Mary Hong developed a unique art form that combines paint and glass on canvas, resulting in some truly incredible pieces. Through the Shard Shop, she shares her creativity with the public. The studio offers classes where you can create your own ShardWorx art piece. Not only do you make fun memories while learning something new, you also get a one-of-a-kind souvenir from your 30A vacation!
Ascend Bouldering Routes at Rock Out Climbing
If you’re thirsting for some athletic adventure while stuck inside on a rainy day, Rock Out Climbing Gym is the place to go. This bouldering gym is a premier indoor climbing facility located in Destin. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or a newbie, there are routes here that will test your physical and mental prowess. And the staff and community always make sure everyone has a great time. So much so that you might find yourself buying a new pair of climbing shoes and a Rock Out t-shirt before you leave! Though it’s a short drive from 30A, it’s definitely worth the visit.
Read at Sundog Books or Hidden Lantern Bookstore
Curling up with a good book is a great way to pass the time indoors while it’s storming outside. How about getting a new book (or books) to bring back to your vacation rental? Sundog Books in Seaside and Hidden Lantern Bookstore in Rosemary Beach are quaint 30A bookstores with an impressive book selection. Whether you want to find a book for yourself or one to read with the family, these bookstores will have what you’re looking for. The great thing about getting a new book is that not only can you enjoy it on a rainy day, but you can also read on the beach once the sun comes out!
Read more: Great Beach Reads: South Walton Fiction
Go Shopping at Silver Sands Premium Outlets
Silver Sands Premium Outlets is a renowned discount outdoor shopping mall in Miramar Beach. With over 100 designer and name-brand outlet stores, as well as incredible discounts, the outlets are the perfect place to catch up on all your shopping needs. And because the shopping is all indoors (and the sidewalks are covered), you can spend an entire rainy day shopping your heart out. Hey, you might even want to get a new outfit for the beach!
Relax at One of the Many Emerald Coast Spas
From Salamander Spa to Serenity by the Sea and to the Spa at Emerald Grande, the Emerald Coast is home to some of the best relaxing spas around. Get a massage, facial, or body treatment, and sink into the deepest relaxation that the coast has to offer. After all, isn’t a beach vacation supposed to be all about relaxation anyway?
Is there a storm in the weather forecast during your vacation? Don’t worry! A little rain won’t ruin your trip. In fact, you might even have a better time exploring these other fun activities on and near 30A.
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