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 every day 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 fun things you can do on 30A 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…
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.
The doors to Gulf World open daily at 9 a.m. rain or shine. Gulf World Marine Park 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.
Just a short drive from 30A you’ll find a great spot to take the family on a rainy day… WonderWorks is an indoor amusement park filled with fun and educational exhibits that challenge the mind. Some of the family-friendly activities at WonderWorks PCB include a glow-in-the-dark aerial Ropes Course, Laster-Tag, and a Virtual Black Hawk Helicopter Army experience.
Save money on the price of admission with this 10% OFF WonderWorks Coupon
Noah and Heather Wells are Merlin Award Winning magicians that put on an amazing show in Destin / Okaloosa Island. Specifically, their show is located at Fudpucker’s on the Island and is fun for the entire family. The Noah and Heather Wells Maximum Magic show is about 75 minutes in length and includes illusions, comedy acts, special effects, mentalism and interaction with the audience. It’s a magic show and delicious dinner all in one! We had the opportunity to interview Noah Wells last summer in Grayton Beach and so we can say first hand, he’s a truly awesome dude. Noah and his wife are passionate about magic and about putting on a great show every night. The Maximum Magic show with Noah & Heather Wells is just a short drive from the west end of the 30A corridor and is one of the best ways to spend a night together as a family.
Take a few minutes to watch our exclusive interview with award-winning magician Noah Wells…
Just a short drive from the 30A corridor in Panama City Beach you’ll find one of the newest Emerald Coast Attractions in “Just Jump Trampoline Park”. It’s a huge indoor space that’s full of fun things for kids and grown-ups to do when it’s raining outside. The building is more than 30,000 square feet so you won’t feel claustrophobic which is always nice. They have a ton of trampolines, obstacle courses, trapeze, dodgeball and a massive area for really young kids to roll around. Just Jump Trampoline Park is located at… 11220 Hutchison Blvd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Just Jump Trampoline Park is about a 15 to 20 minute drive from Rosemary Beach and the entire east end of the 30A corridor.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Everyone loves a good massage… even men! There are a number of mobile message service options to choose from along the 30A corridor of which included the following…
In-Home Service with Peaceful Vibes Mobile Massage Company – Peaceful Vibes Mobile Massage
Day Spas – Vivo in Rosemary Beach
Day Spas – Sanabella Spa in WaterColor
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!
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.
BONUS 30A RAINY DAY TIP…
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. The 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!