Rainy Day Activities on The Gulf Coast

Even in the midst of a beach vacation, the rain may decide to make an appearance. Don't let it dampen your plans and ruin your fun. With plenty of exciting indoor activities and attractions, you can still have a great time on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Whether you're traveling with family, friends, or as a couple, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So don't waste any time sulking about the weather – grab your umbrella and head out for a day of adventure. Who knows, you may even discover a new favorite rainy-day activity!

Here are rainy-day things to do to keep the fun going while you’re in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Rainy Day Activities in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama

A beautiful, sunny day with your toes in the sand is just what you dreamed of when planning your vacation to Alabama’s beaches. And then it happens. You get to the beach just in time to welcome rain. No need to worry! There are plenty of exciting indoor activities and attractions to keep you entertained.

Want even more suggestions? Stop by one of the welcome centers for more ideas on how to add some sunshine to your trip.

The Track Arcade

Indoor Fun for the Whole Family

Bounce the day away at The Factory in Gulf Shores, an indoor trampoline park for kids of all ages.

Build your sense of teamwork at XIT Escape Room in Gulf Shores or Breakout Games in Orange Beach. With multiple experiences to choose from, you can escape again and again.

Relive your youth at Fat Daddy’s Arcade in Orange Beach. Enjoy traditional games like pinball machines and Pacman and new interactive games. Earn tickets from playing and trade them in for prizes.

Waterville Top Golf Swing Suites
Enjoy some retro fun at Gulf Bowl in nearby Foley. Bowling isn’t the only reason to visit. You can also play a game of laser tag or check out the indoor ropes course for even more fun.

Visit Waterville’s arcade and check out all the cool games, play a round at the Top Golf Swing Suites, knock down pins at the Splash and Strike bowling lanes, or break out of the escape house.

Jurassic Golf
Test your putt-putt skills at Jurassic Golf in Gulf Shores. This blacklight mini golf course is filled with 18 holes of prehistoric fun.

Head to Arena the Next Level at The Wharf in Orange Beach to play an exciting round of laser tag and bazooka ball. After you've dodged lasers and bazooka balls, check out the arcade with dozens of fun games to keep you entertained.

Tropic Falls Indoor Waterpark
Grab a bucket of popcorn and see a movie at the AMC Classic Wharf 15 in Orange Beach or CMX Pinnacle 14 Theatre in Gulf Shores. Catch a matinee to save money with an early showing.

Put on your bathing suits and get ready for wet and wild fun at Tropic Falls Waterpark. This exciting indoor waterpark is covered by a glass roof, so the rain won’t put a damper on your day.

Try out the sensational VR games at Outer Limits Game Room and experience a new kind of gaming.

The Hot Shop Coastal Arts Center Orange Beach
Indoor Activities for Adults
Take an art class at the Foley Art Center. With classes offered throughout the year, discover your inner creative self by attending a class.

Let your senses drive your scents at High Cotton Bath Company. Combine unique aromas and essential oils to create custom bath products.

Throw pottery or make a blown-glass masterpiece at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach. Reservations are required, so call ahead!

Cool Shots Selfie Museum
Take your next Instagram photos at Cool Shots Selfie Museum at The Wharf. This immersive spot offers over 50 attention-grabbing backdrops, perfect for snapping pictures in front of.

The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance in Gulf Shores is home to incredible pieces from over 50 local and regional artists. You’ll discover amazing work as you browse the gallery.

Learn a new art technique at Hawaii Fluid Art and create resin and glass paintings, charcuteries boards, or wine glasses!

Axe Throwing Orange Beach
Order a flight of craft beer at Big Beach Brewing in Gulf Shores. This local brewery offers a rotating selection of ale, stout, sour, lager, and wheat beers.

Channel your inner Viking and let out some steam with axe throwing at Axe Hole at The Wharf. After you've thrown to your heart's content, check out the blade shop or play a game of cornhole.

Gulf Shores Museum
Indoor Activities for History Buffs & Nature Enthusiasts
Tour the Swift-Coles Historic Home in nearby Bon Secour. Built in 1882, this stunning Southern home includes more than 3,000 square feet of porches (to watch the rain). It is open to the public on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Visit local museums. Head to Orange Beach History Museum to discover coastal Alabama’s Native American and fishing heritage, then learn about local history at the Gulf Shores Museum and check out the captivating Hurricane Hunters exhibit.

The Naval Musesum in Pensalcola, Florida.
The Carnival Musesum in Mobile, Alabama shocasesing the first Mardi Gras.

Gulf State Park Nature Center is a living museum of native wildlife and plants and is free to visit. You’ll have the chance to get up close to some of the animals who call the park home.

A rainy day at the beach doesn’t mean a bad day at the beach! Since you can’t change the weather, embrace it. Get out and explore everything there is to do beyond the beach in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Check out all of the fantastic indoor activities on the Alabama Gulf Coast!

A rainy day at the beach doesn’t mean a bad day at the beach!

Check out Top Golf in Mobile, Alabama

Mardi Gras In Mobile, Alabama

Did you know the first Mardi Gras was in Mobile, Alabama? Learn more at the Carnival Museum in downtown, Mobile.

Since you can’t change the weather, embrace it. Get out and explore everything there is to do beyond the beach in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Contact Meredith to help with buying or selling homes and real estate on the Gulf Coast.

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