Rainy Day Activities in South Walton
May 26, 2018 by SoWal Staff
The beach is a wash and the sun is taking a vacation - what to do on a rainy day in South Walton, Florida when the kids are restless and you're looking for indoor activities?
Hopefully it won't be cloudy and rainy for your entire trip. It's "sunny Florida" after all! But we do have plenty of rain, especially those afternoon thunderstorms in the Summer. Here's our latest SoWal List for things to do indoors on a rainy day in SoWal. Also be sure to check the SoWal Events Calendar and SoWal Live Music Calendar for things to do where you can stay dry.
Fired Up! Paint Your Own Pottery
A great way to find your inner artist is to spend a couple hours at Fired Up Pottery in Seaside. Fired Up is an art studio where guests paint their own unique pottery pieces. The brightly colored space is perfect for visitors of all ages. A wide range of art supplies are on hand including stamps, stencils, and glazes – everything needed to make your piece your own. Staff will fire your creation overnight and your artwork is ready to be picked up the very next day. With over 500 options to choose from - plates, platters, mugs, and other keepsakes - you're bound to find something to spark your creativity. Located at 27 Quincy Circle, Seaside, FL 32459.
Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House
Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House is both delicious and darn fun! Located in The Village of Baytowne Wharf inside Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort (where there are plenty more indoor activities), Slick Lips offers a casual family-friendly dining experience. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House is a family owned and operated restaurant serving the finest in locally sourced ingredients including fresh produce and sustainable seafood. Right across the way are Blast Arcade & Laser Maze, and the fully covered Baytowne Carousel with racecars, dragons, zebra and reindeer to ride. To get there just got to the north gate at Sandestin and ask for directions and a pass.
Moon Creek Gallery
From the founders of SoWal.com, the recently opened Moon Creek Gallery in Grayton Beach offers exquisite photos from decades spent capturing the best the beach has to offer. Photos are offered in many ways - notecard gifts, unique photos mounted on driftwood from the local waters, and traditional matted and framed museum-quality prints. The Heritage series consists of fine art canvas in heirloom frames of sinker cypress from the cool depths of the Choctawhatchee River. Photographer Kurt Lischka founded SoWal.com to share his beautiful images with the world and now you can come directly to his gallery to take home a piece of the beach. Also a hub for our beloved SoWal staff - you can also find other beach gifts, SoWal T-shirts, hats, postcards and more! Grayton Beach Plaza - 1414 Co Rd 283 S, Suite D - right on the main road to Grayton from Hwy 98, just north of Scenic 30A.
Sundog Books / Central Square Records
Is there anything more quintessentially comforting on a drizzly day than curling up with a good book (or album)? I like to read for awhile then drift into a little impromptu nap myself. Sundog Books, and Central Square Records upstairs, are virtual Seaside institutions. The classic independent bookstore recently turned 30! They are simply the go-to SoWal source for finding regional titles and browsing for bestsellers. Once you find the perfect read, head home and snuggle in with words and music. Located at 89 Central Square in Seaside and open every day from 9 am to 9 pm.
New Vision Boulevard 10
This state of the art theater at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin offers 10 screens including the "Big D" with intense sound and 3D capability. The fabulous Ovation Dining Club serving up a full menu and featuring luxury stadium seating. Located in the heart of Grand Boulevard, you'll also have super easy access to shopping and dining when you take in a flick here. On Tuesdays they offer $5 tickets for select showings as well as drink and popcorn discounts. Let's go to the movies! Located at 465 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach, FL 32550.
La Cocina Mexican Grill & Bar
When the day calls for partying, but the weather isn't cooperating, La Cocina is the place to go. This spacious and festive favorite restaurant in Seacrest Beach serves up all that delicious Mexican fare you crave as well as quenching cocktails in a variety of margaritas, palomas, and mojitos. Are you doing a rain dance yet? Don't worry, you never really need an excuse to order some cheese dip and start your own fiesta! Located at 10343 E Scenic 30A, Seacrest Beach, FL 32413.
We hope you'll enjoy these rainy day options on our SoWal List on your next overcast day, but remember a walk on one of SoWal's many trails or along our world class beaches are also refreshing and freeing. Sure you might get a little wet, but that's why you have a clothes dryer at home! Listen to the frogs, breathe in the salty ocean breeze, and just enjoy the panhandle's natural beauty.
SoWal Insider Tip - if it's raining too hard or you're just feeling lazy, join us on the SoWal Forum - you can find out anything you want to know about South Walton, Florida - including plenty more ideas on what to do on a rainy day on Scenic 30A!