Day-Trip! 6 Family-fun activities for off the beach fun!

Over the years, I can recall quite a few times when my family and I have been beach bound, only to be thwarted by unexpected rainfall. If you’ve ever been there, then you know that an unanticipated shower can dampen the day, especially when you’ve donned your sunscreen, packed your beach bag and are ready and raring to go. Fortunately, the Gulf Coast offers much to do during a chance rain shower. A rainy day is no reason to skip out on fun. Turn any poorly-timed precipitation into an opportunity to check out these exciting indoor attractions that the whole family will enjoy.

Build a Bear The Wharf1.) Build-A-Bear Workshop

If rainfall interrupts your beach day, round up the kids and head out to Build-A-Bear Workshop at The Wharf. Build-A-Bear is always a great option for the family, and time really flies when you’re there. Help your little one make a furry friend that’s just as unique as they are. By the time you’re all finished, the afternoon shower may very well have passed.


Fric n Frac2.) Fric-n-Frac

Fric-n-Frac is another fun establishment that’s worth a visit on a rainy day. Also located at The Wharf this is the one-stop-shop for airbrushed apparel and accessories in the Gulf Coast. Owned by a former Disney animator, Fric-n-Frac is a lively little place where colorful cartoons seem to jump off the walls. Get a custom airbrushed creation on a tee, and the tee is on the house!


Gulf Coast Explorium3.) Gulf Coast Exploreum

If your family is up for a spontaneous day trip, there’s an engaging and enriching attraction located in Mobile, AL that you should know about.  The Gulf Coast Exploreum promotes scientific discovery and hands-on learning through compelling child-friendly exhibits and programming. If I had to describe it in a word, I’d call it STEM-ulating – not bad, right?


Coastal Arts Center4.) Coastal Arts Center

Overlooking Orange Beach’s picturesque Wolf Bay, the Coastal Arts Center always makes for a great escape on a drizzly day. I’ll be heading over for a visit soon because the center recently opened a stunning state-of-the-art facility that spans 10,000 square feet. Though there are a lot of shiny new bells and whistles, the updated campus still features all of the attractions that my family loves. The Hot Shop’s hot glass demonstrations are a favorite of mine, and we’ve made many a misshapen pot together at the Clay Studio.


Fat Daddy's Arcade5.) Fat Daddy’s Arcade

Wonderful for kids and kids-at-heart, Fat Daddy’s Arcade  is one of my go-tos during a wet weekend in Orange Beach. My grandkids and I always have loads of fun. There’s a wide variety of games including classics for me and the latest games for my grandkids. The arcade boasts a slew of sensational prizes for all age groups as well.


National Museum of Naval Aviation6.) National Museum of Naval Aviation

Not an hour-long drive from Orange Beach, Pensacola’s National Naval Aviation Museum houses an exemplary collection of military aircraft. The museum is stretched over a 37-acre campus, and it delivers exciting exhibits, historic planes and jets, flight simulators and more to the public. The Blue Angels 4D Experience is reason enough to take the family for a visit. It’s all the fun of a 3D flight film amplified with interactive seating and synchronized special effects. Adventurous spirits will love it.