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Rainy Day Fun at the Beach

By Natalie Sweeney, in All Communities

rainy day activities

Rainy day at the beach bringing you down? Don’t worry there are still plenty of fun things to do in the area! You may not be able to soak up the sun or enjoy a full day at the beach, but those rainy days give you the opportunity to explore the numerous rainy day activities in our area, from bowling to laser tag to local history. Enjoy!

Movies

Naturally, going to the movies is everyone’s favorite activity on a rainy day. Check the movie times at Movies at Midway in Rehoboth Beach, Sun & Surf Cinema in Ocean City (with their awesome new recliner seats!) or the Clayton Theatre in Dagsboro (the only single screen theatre in Delaware).

Shopping

You may not have realized it yet with all the time you’ve been spending on the beach, but our area also has a wide variety of shopping options. Try the Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth Beach or West Ocean City for big name shops and designer outlet stores. If you’re looking for smaller, local shops, there are plenty of options. Browse shops in downtown Lewes, Rehoboth and Bethany Beach, as well as Fenwick Island.

Arcades

Whether you’re with the kids or not, challenging a friend or family member to a game of Skee-ball can be a super fun way to pass a rainy day! Check out boardwalk arcades such as Funland in Rehoboth Beach or Marty’s Playland and Sportland in Ocean City.

Casino

How about an adults only arcade?! Try your luck at Harrington Raceway & Casino, Dover Downs, or Ocean Downs for an afternoon or evening of kid-free fun. All three are also home to a terrific line-up of live entertainment throughout the year, so be sure to take a look at their events calendars.

Laser Tag

Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can’t get your energy and competitive side out! Laser tag is a great indoor activity for kids and adults, but especially so on those rainy days at the beach. You can find laser tag facilities at Lefty’s in Lewes or Game World and Planet Maze in Ocean City.

Escape Room

Escape Room is a relatively new addition to the entertainment lineup in our area, and we can’t get enough. Challenge your mind by solving puzzles and riddles to ‘escape the room’. There are two locations nearby for Escape Room – one in Rehoboth Beach and another in Ocean City.

Library

Always a classic go-to for those rainy day blues – your local library! Check out what events your local library may be hosting or just check out a good book and cozy up with it on a rainy day. If you aren’t a member yet, take this opportunity to become one.

Museums

Spend a few hours delving into the local history at one of the numerous museums in Maryland and Delaware. Learn about the history of the US lifesaving service at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum or the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. The Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes showcases the area’s local history as the first European settlement in Delaware. Or take a drive up to Dover to the Delaware State Police Museum to learn about how the state police have and continue to serve and protect us here in Delaware.

Indoor Mini Golf

Don’t let the rain stop you from a family-favorite beach activity. Old Pro Golf in Ocean City has two different indoor mini golf courses for you to enjoy. Try the Undersea Adventure course on 68th street or the Safari Village on 136th street.

Bowling

Stick with one of the classics and spend your rainy day on the lanes. There are a few bowling alleys nearby including Lefty’s Alley & Eats in Lewes, Ocean Lanes in Ocean City, or Millsboro Lanes.

Beverage Tasting

Spend the day tasting local beer, wine, or liquor (or all three!). There are several great distilleries, breweries, and wineries in the area. Check out Shore Craft Beer and Visit Delaware to see what’s out there! Some of our favorites are Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Crooked Hammock, Dewey Beer Company, Burley Oak, and Salted Vines.

Forget about sunny beach days – now you can look forward to those rainy days too 🙂