Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are sunny places with well over 200 sunny days per year so your chances of not seeing rain are pretty good. When it does rain many times it only last for a short time as the prevailing winds off the gulf blow the weather system out of the area. A good rule of thumb when looking at the local weather forceast is to remember that the weather on the beach is much different than 10 miles inland. It is very possible that when the forecast says 60% of scattered shows that you will see no rain at all on the beach. All that being said here is some quick advice on what to do on Rainy Days in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach.
#1 The National Naval Aviation Museum
This is always one of my top choices for rainy days. The National Naval Aviation Museum is located just 30 minutes from the beach. They have a fantastic collection of aircraft, all indoors. They have an Imax theater, a restaurant and admission is free. If you have never been there, this is a fun place
#2 Hang Out at One of the Arcades
There are two arcades that you can visit where you can play just about every arcade game imaginable. You can visit Fat Daddy’s Arcade in Orange Beach and The Track Family Recreation Center located just north of the inter-coastal bridge in Gulf Shores.
#3 Visit The Foley Train Museum and Catch Lunch at Lamberts
In 2004 the Goldman family from Montgomery, Alabama donated their model railroad set to the city of Foley. This train set which is now the Foley Train Museum isn’t your typically railroad you set up under the Christmas tree. This train set layout was so large that city of Foley had to build a dedicated building just to house it. In giving it to the City, Mr. Goldman asked that the exhibit be available for children and that there be no entrance fee. It is a great time for kids. While up in Foley, Lambert’s Cafe “The Home of the Throwed Rolls” is a fun place for lunch. It is located south of Foley on route 59 in front of Home Depot.
#4 Go Shopping at Tangers Outlet
Retail is always a safe fall back strategy when it rains. Tangers has over 400 stores and the prices are very good. While up at Tangers you might try Peng’s Garden Chinese. They located just north of Tangers on route 59 and have a pretty good lunch buffet.
#5 The Gulf Shores Museum
Gulf Shores Museum is in a little house located across the street from the library that dates to before World II. It was donated to the city following Hurricane Frederic in 1979. The building has been in use by the city since 1982. Gulf Shores Museum has facts about Gulf Shore’s history and information on all the hurricanes that have hit the island. There is a great video on Ivan and what it did in 2005.
I would call ahead to check their hours.
#6 Have Lunch at McGuires in Pensacola
McGuires is a famous Irish restaurant that is known not only for its food and in house brewery but aslo for the over1 million dollar bills stapled to their ceiling. This is a fun place that rambles and has a lot to look at. It’s about 40 minute drive from Gulf Shores. I go there atleast a couple of times a year and I always have a good time. While in Pensacola you might check out Joe Patti’s
#7 You can Always Go to the Movies
There are two movie theaters one in Gulf Shores and the other in Orange Beach. In Gulf Shores it is the Cobb Theater located about 2 miles north of the intercostal bridge on route 59 in the Pelican Plaza