Rainy day at the beach? Here's what to do

A wet and dreary day doesn't have to ruin your beach vacation

  • Carousel Oceanfront Hotel & Condos' indoor ice skating rink is a perfect way to spend a rainy day in Ocean City.
Carousel Oceanfront Hotel & Condos' indoor ice skating… (Kim Hairston, Baltimore…)
May 12, 2011|Special to The Baltimore Sun

When it's raining and pouring, a beach vacation doesn't have to turn boring. After all, a rainy day at the beach is still better than being at home. While shopping at the outlets and catching a movie are always an option, here are a few others.

Ocean City

Ice skating at the Carousel Beachfront Resort Hotel and Condominiums. After all, summer is the perfect time to enjoy an afternoon of cool ice-skating. (118th St. on the Ocean, 410-524-1000, carouselhotel.com)

Bowling at Ocean Lanes Put down the Wii and go to a bowling alley. You'll be glad you did. (115 72nd St., 410-524-7550)

Indoor miniature golf at Old Pro Golf. They have four locations along Coastal Highway to choose from, but their 68th Street and 136th Street locations are indoors. (6801 Coastal Highway, 410-524-2645, oldprogolf.com)

Play laser tag at Planet Maze, Lasertron and Lost Galaxy Golf. This is the perfect way to let loose and get that energy out with laser tag, a climbing maze, arcade and miniature golf course. (33rd St. and Coastal Highway, 410-524-4386, planetmaze.com)

Get a dose of history and fun at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. Learn about famous shipwrecks, the history of Ocean City and its boardwalk, and view a few sea creatures. (Boardwalk at the Inlet, 410-289-4991, ocmuseum.org)

Delaware shore

Be creative at Creatable Crafts, a drop-in craft studio offering paint-your-own pottery, beading, mosaics, glass-fusing and tie-dye. (146 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 302-227-1020, creatablecrafts.com)

Watch a magic show at Dickens Parlor Theater, which has shows at 2 p.m. on rainy days. Tickets are $8-12. (35715 Atlantic Ave., Millville, 302-829-1071, dptmagic.com)

Explore the wrecks at DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum, which contains one of the largest collections of shipwrecks. Free. (708 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, 302-539-9366, discoversea.com)

Go to Funland, where many of the amusements are indoors. But only if you can stand the reverberation. (Boardwalk at Delaware Avenue, Rehoboth, funlandrehoboth.orbs.com)

Stroll the galleries of Rehoboth's artist cooperative to view local works in sculpture, painting, photography and glassworks. Maps available online and in galleries. (302-258-2402, mosaicrehoboth.com)

Get dramatic with a half-day drama session at Rehoboth Beach Summer Theater Camp. (19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth, 302-227-6766 rehobothchildrenstheatre.org/creative_dramatics.htm)

Watch the kids cook at The Wizard's Wisk, a kids' cooking school with classes for ages 6-16. (48 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 302-227-0848, thewizardswhisk.com)

Virginia Beach

See modern art. Founded in 1952, the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia teaches visitors about contemporary art through changing exhibits, studio art classes, and special events. You'll find painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other media from regional, national and internationally acclaimed artists. (2200 Parks Ave., 757-425-0000, cacv.org)

Enjoy a show at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. The center is a 1,300-seat venue that hosts regional and national dance, music and theater acts. With only 100 feet separating the stage and the last seat in the house, the Sandler Center generates an intimate feel between the audience and performers. (201 Market St., 757-385-2555, sandlercenter.org)

Visit the aquarium The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center View "Restless Planet," featuring some 6,000 animals including a Komodo dragon; catch an IMAX show; stroll a nature trail, and view native marsh birds at the onsite aviary. (717 General Booth Blvd., 757-385-7777, virginiaaquarium.com)

Jersey Shore

Go shopping For luxury lovers who want to save money, Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic, Guess, Kenneth Cole and DKNY all have outlet stores at The Walk, a group of nearly 100 national chain stores and restaurants.(1931 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, 609-872-7002)

Slay a dragon Play miniature golf under the black lights at Dragon's Lair Indoor Mini-Golf. (3616 Boardwalk, Wildwood, 609-522-0474, dragonslairminigolf.com)

Meet and greet Head to the Wildwoods Convention Center, which holds various events throughout the summer. For a listing, go to http://www.wildwoodsnj.com/calendar.cfm.

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