6 of the Best Things to Do at the Beach When it Rains

The climate along the Emerald Coast of Florida is almost always picture-perfect. No destination, however, is completely immune to weather’s unpredictable nature. Though most days in 30A, Florida, are beautiful and sunny, it’s only realistic to be prepared for a rogue thunderstorm. Luckily, there are plenty of things to do at the beach when it rains! Below, we’ve compiled some of our favorite ways to spend a stormy day here. For a complete list of local favorite restaurants, museums, theaters, and more, be sure to request access to  YFAB’s Vacation Guide!

Our Favorite Things to Do at the Beach When it Rains

1. Try a Fantastic Local Restaurant

30A is home to so many beloved eateries. Whether you’re in the mood for some of the best seafood in 30A, down-home country favorites or fresh, health-forward options, 30A restaurants have something for everyone. Here are a few of the best spots to dine on a rainy day on the Emerald Coast.

Cafe Tango

Reservations are recommended for a European-inspired meal in this restaurant’s cozy and romantic dining room.

The Bay

Chef Jim Shirley’s family-friendly restaurant features mouthwatering Southern Gulf Coast cuisine in a fun atmosphere.

The Craft Bar

The Craft Bar is a gastropub that serves high-end beer, cocktails, and chef-inspired food.

2. Shop ‘Til You Drop

30A is a fantastic place to score some fresh, new finds! A rainy day is an ideal excuse to shop ‘til you drop. While there are plenty of household names to be found along the Emerald Coast, you’ll discover a variety of unique, locally owned boutiques. Here are some of our favorite places to enjoy some retail therapy on a rainy day!


Whether you’re searching for athletic attire or beachy clothing, Ophelia is a swimwear shop that has just what you’re looking for! Find this local favorite in Rosemary Beach.

Gulf Place Town Center

Even though Gulf Place is exposed to the elements, bring an umbrella and you’ll be in for a treat! This colorful seaside community is one of 30A’s newest urbanism developments and offers a variety of boutique 30A shopping that the whole family can enjoy.

Pier Park Mall

If you’re in the mood for a completely indoor, name-brand shopping experience, the Pier Park Mall is a good choice. This Simon mall in Panama City Beach, Florida, features everyone’s favorite names in fashion, including children’s brands.

3. Explore a Museum or Gallery

There are also several different museums, galleries, and historic sites to discover in 30A. Each of these unique places tells a story about life and culture along the Emerald Coast of Florida. Below are some great spots to learn something new on a rainy day in 30A.

Fusion Art Glass Gallery

A one-of-a-kind spot for hand-blown glass sculptures.

The Gulfarium

Guests will enjoy marine animal exhibits, aquariums, and sea lion shows at The Gulfarium.

The Blue Giraffe

This local gallery is a great spot for discovering “art and gifts with heart.”

4. Cook Up Something Tasty in Your Vacation Rental

Stormy weather offers a perfect opportunity for lovers of the culinary arts to cook up something delicious. Luckily, every Your Friend at the Beach condo boasts a well-stocked, full-size kitchen. Pick up what you need from one of 30A’s nearby farmers markets, then get cooking! If you’d rather kick back, relax, and let someone else do the cooking, we also offer a Private Chef service.

5. Catch a Movie or Show

One of the most popular things to do at the beach when it rains? Catching a movie or seeing a local production! 30A is no exception. Check out one of these theaters if you need something to keep the kids busy on a gloomy day in 30A.

Rave Motion Pictures

This movie theater is located at the Destin Commons plaza. Be sure to call or check online for movies and showtimes!

The Repertory Theatre

This local theatre specializes in fun, local productions that entertain the whole family.

Seaside Amphitheater

Seaside Amphitheatre is a local hotspot for concerts, shows, and traveling acts.

6. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

Finally, one more fantastic way to stay dry on a rainy day is to treat yourself to a spa day! 30A is home to several high-quality spas and salons, so pampering yourself shouldn’t be difficult to come by. Discover your new favorite 30A spa below!

Serenity By the Sea

While technically in Miramar Beach, Florida, Serenity By the Sea is close to all of the best 30A attractions. Some of the perks of this spa include a waterfall whirlpool tub, experienced massage therapists, and a variety of service options!

Salamander Spa

Located within a luxury resort (The Henderson), Salamander Spa offers a wide variety of services that will rejuvenate you. Whether you’re searching for a holistic massage, detox wrap, or beautifying salon treatments, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at Salamander Spa.

Beach Ready Spa

Located in the village of Seaside, Florida, you’ll discover true serenity at Beach Ready Spa. Couples massages, manicures, and facials are just a few of the ways you can enjoy a visit to Beach Ready Spa.

Lounge in Comfort with Your Friend at the Beach!Condo near Things to Do at the Beach When it Rains

Whether you’d rather be out and about or curled up on a comfortable couch, a private 30A vacation rental is the perfect place to stay dry! A rainy day is a perfect excuse to slow down, relax, and appreciate the little things. Spending time with friends and family in one of our luxurious, beachfront condos on a stormy day is an ideal way to do just that! Choose between our Adagio, San Remo, or Villa Coyaba properties and enjoy premium amenities (like well-stocked kitchens, luxury linens, and Keurigs, just to name a few) found nowhere else in town. If you’re traveling with a large group, you’ll love our Adagio properties like A102. These condos feature 3- and 4-bedroom layouts that can accommodate everyone comfortably. Our 2- and 3-bedroom San Remo condos are perfect for smaller families and friend groups. Finally, our Villa Coyaba condos in Destin boast private beach access, beach chair service, and many other perks. Rain or shine, you’re sure to experience an unforgettable vacation along Florida’s Emerald Coast.

Ready to make memories at the beach? Choose your perfect home-away-from-home now and start planning your getaway!