Jim’s Top 10 Things to Do on a Rainy Day on 30A

Jim’s Top 10 Things to Do on a Rainy Day on 30A

Fun Things to Do When It Rains on Your 30A Vacation

As you roll out of your comfortable king bed and open the curtains of your beautiful 30A beach vacation rental home you notice that it’s raining outside.

Oh Snap!  You think to yourself…   What the heck are we going to do now?

We came to 30A to go to the beach everyday and now I’m stuck in the house with a group of “Non-Happy Campers”.  Don’t be fearful…  Be resourceful…  There are tons of great things you can do alone, as a couple, or with the entire family on a gloomy day.  Below are my top Tips to making the most out of a rainy day on 30A…

XD Darkride Experience Pier Park

  XD Darkride Experience – Pier Park

There’s nothing to really compare this incredible attraction to. We can say that it has the same level of polish and excitement as an attraction you’d expect at Universal Studios.  The XD Darkride Experience is a fully immersive 3D movie-meets-video game with motion seats, surround sound, strobe lights and blasts of wind.  You basically have to use a high precision laser gun to blast at enemies on the screen as the movie unfolds. Oh, and you’re also competing for the high score with everybody else!  Bottom line; if you have any gamers in your group, you are going to LOVE it. Chances are, dad will secretly be just as excited…  There are 3 different movies to choose from, the goriest being Zombies. Then there’s a Mad-Max style apocalyptic story called Road Fighters. Finally, there’s a more kid-friendly story where you shoot robot bandits holding up a train in the Wild West called Los Banditos.

Gulf World PCB

Gulf World Marine Park

The doors to Gulf World open daily at 9 a.m. rain or shine.  Gulf World brings you a selection of animal shows featuring sea lions, shark feedings, talking tropical birds, and their famous dolphin show.  Most of the shows have interactive elements to them.  There’s also a wide array of hands-on exhibits, such as a stingray petting pool.  If you go back at night, you can experience an incredible 90 minute magic and illusion show included in the cost of your ticket.  Potential Time Spent Avoiding the Rain: 5 hours.

Destin Commons

Destin Commons

Get ready to go shopping the way it’s supposed to be. Destin Commons features 70+ brands to choose from so that you can have the ultimate shopping experience. Internationally renowned and local business get together in Destin Commons. You can also find more than enough restaurants to fill whatever food style you desire and even go watch a movie. If you like shopping, Destin Commons is the place to go. Raining or not!

Emerald Coast Science Center

Emerald Coast Science Center

Take a drive over to Ft. Walton Beach and go to the Emerald Coast Science Center.  At the Emerald Coast Science Center you will find a facility for children and families with touchable, workable exhibits that teach about natural phenomena and basic scientific principles.


Pier Park PCB

Pier Park

Go to Pier Park and have over 100 stores & restaurants with fun options for all including Dave & Busters, Buffalo Wild Wings, Jimmy Buffets Margarita, Hooked, Olive Garden, Texas Roadhouse, Panera Bread, Chipotle and many more!  Also at Pier Park you’ll find a year round carnival with rides for kids and adults alike.


Rock'it Lanes PCB

Rocket Lanes

Go to Rocket Lanes for a great time bowling, roller skating, pool tables and a killer arcade.  Also, their sports bar is fantastic and their food is delicious.  A day or night at this world class bowling alley is hard to beat.


The Grand Theatre Pier Park

Grand Theatre (IMAX Movie theater in Pier Park)

It’s hard to beat a family trip to the movies, and if you’re gonna do it, you might as well do it in style!  The Grand Theater, located in Pier Park is a state of the art movie theater with an IMAX 3D screen, perfect for watching the latest blockbuster.  You’ll forget the fact it’s raining in no time, and by the time you get outside, it might have all cleared back up anyway!


30A Massage

Get a Massage

Everyone loves a good massage… even men!  There are a number of message service options to choose from along the 30A corridor of which included the following…

In Home Service with Mobile Massage Therapy – Mobile Massage

Day Spas – Vivo in Rosemary Beach

Day Spas – Sanabella Spa in WaterColor

Sandestin Grand Boulevard

Sandestin Grand Blvd

One of the most popular things to do when it’s raining on 30A is to head to the movies! Grand Boulevard in Sandestin offers shopping, dining, and a Megaplex Movie Theater featuring 3D, BigD, and a Dinner Theater. When the beach plans get rained out, spend a day at the movies at Sandestin Grand Boulevard!


Silver Sands Outlet Mall Destin

Silver Sands Outlet Mall

Ah, the old faithful rainy day excursion. I’ve spent many a days at the Outlet Mall when its gloomy on vacation. I should own stock in Ralph Lauren considering all the trips I’ve made to the Polo Store over the last 3 decades. You just can’t beat Silver Sands Outlet for a way to spend ($$$) a rainy day. Joking aside, the deals are plentiful and this outlet mall is one of the top Designer Brand outlets in the country.


If its just raining and no lighting/thunder just “GO WITH IT” and hit the beach anyway. Some of the best shells can be found on rainy days. Easiest way to adjust is to just jump in the gulf and get soaking wet. Some of the most memorable days will be those type days when it’s not a perfect 80 degrees and sunny!

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