Top 5 Rainy Day Activities in Destin FL
While everyone keeps their fingers crossed for sunny skies during their vacation, sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. If stormy weather has put the kibosh on your plans to lounge around on the beach, there is no need to panic! Destin is home to a number of excellent indoor attractions that are perfect for a day with less than ideal weather.
Storms move quickly on the Emerald Coast, so after an hour or two of indoor fun, you’ll probably be able to soak up the sun once again. To help you make the most of your next getaway, the Henderson Park Inn has put together a guide to five of the best rainy day activities in Destin FL.
1. Spend the Day at a Mall
A rainy day is a wonderful excuse to do some shopping during your vacation! Destin is home to a number of fantastic malls where you can find a great mix of big name stores and local boutiques. Destin Commons boasts around 90 amazing shops and restaurants, the Silver Sands Premium Outlets always have spectacular deals, and the Grand Boulevard at Sandestin is ideal for high-end shopping. For more information, check out our complete guide to the top 3 malls in Destin.
2. Visit Destin’s Museums
Anyone who is interested in the history of the Emerald Coast will love Destin’s museums. The Destin History & Fishing Museum traces the evolution of the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” from its founding by Leonard Destin in the 1850s to its present-day status as a can’t-miss tourist destination. The Indian Temple Mound Museum delves even deeper into Destin’s past, displaying artifacts from the Native American civilizations that once called the Florida Panhandle home. Just a short drive from Destin, the Air Force Armament Museum at the Eglin Air Force Base provides a fascinating look at the history of aviation warfare. Don’t blame us if you accidentally learn something during your vacation!
3. Go Bowling
Bowling is another one of the very best rainy day activities in Destin FL! Located across the street from Destin Commons, Hurricane Lanes is our favorite spot for an afternoon of sliding around in bowling shoes. This popular attraction offers 26 lanes, a cafe, a sports bar, and 12 billiards tables. If you order a few drinks and some food, it’s easy to spend several hours having fun at this great bowling alley.
4. Watch a Movie
A rainy vacation day is the perfect opportunity to see the latest blockbuster or romantic comedy! The AMC theater at Destin Commons offers a state-of-the-art moviegoing experience, complete with an IMAX screen, RealD 3D, and stadium seating in all 14 auditoriums. The theater is also home to MacGuffins Bar, so you can enjoy beer, wine, or a handcrafted cocktail while you watch the silver screen.
5. Break Out of an Escape Room
In recent years, a number of awesome escape rooms have opened up in Destin. When you visit one of these fun attractions, you’ll be “locked” in a room and have 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles and challenges in order to escape. Each adventure boasts a unique theme, such as the “zombie apocalypse” or a secret agent mission. Follow the link to learn about all of the escape rooms in Destin.
When you stay at the Henderson Park Inn, you will be near all of these popular rainy day activities in Destin FL. Located adjacent to Henderson Beach State Park, our adults only inn has been voted the most romantic hotel in America by the users of About.com and TripAdvisor.com. We are also proud to hold the Conde Nast Johansens Award for Excellence. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of Destin hotel rooms!