Rainy Day Bliss on 30A: Top 10 Activities for a Chilly Rainy Day in South Walton
The 30A area in South Walton holds a special charm, even on colder and rainy days. From the cozy beach cottages to the vibrant local scene, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy when the weather takes a turn. Embrace the unique atmosphere with these top 10 activities for a chilly, rainy day on 30A.
- 30A Beachfront Cottage Retreat: Rent a charming cottage along 30A that comes complete with a fireplace. Let the rain tap against the windows or roof as you cozy up inside, reading your favorite book or enjoying board games with family and friends. Visit our friends at Oversee.us to find the perfect rental cottage. Use the promo code: Murray30A to receive a discount when booking.
- 30A Culinary Exploration: Dive into the local culinary scene along 30A on a rainy day. Seek out coastal restaurants known for their warm ambiance, where you can savor comforting seafood dishes and regional specialties while the rain adds a soothing rhythm to your dining experience. In Seaside, try Great Southern Cafe, Black Bear Bread Co, or Bud and Alley’s.
- Bookstore and Coffee Shop Combos: Explore the shelves of 30A’s unique bookstores, Sundog Books and The Hidden Lantern, many of which are paired with inviting coffee shops close by like Amavida Coffee in Rosemary Beach and Seaside. Spend a rainy day discovering literary treasures, and then unwind with a hot beverage as the rain paints a tranquil scene outside. Insider Tip: upstairs from Sundog Books is Central Square Records which is also a fun spot for rainy days and they serve Jittery Joes Coffee.
- 30A Art Galleries and Indoor Markets: Discover the artistic side of 30A by exploring local galleries and indoor markets. Wander through these creative spaces, sheltered from the rain, and admire the talent of local artists while immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of the area. You fill find galleries sprinkled about 30A’s beach neighborhoods.
- 30A Rainy Day Spa Retreat: Indulge in a spa day at one of South Walton’s luxurious resorts. Let the rain outside enhance the serenity of your spa experience as you enjoy massages, facials, and other rejuvenating treatments. Our favorites are Serenity by the Sea in Sandestin, and GLOW Medspa of 30A in Blue Mountain Beach. Insider Tip: If you are simply looking to treat yourself to a great massage, make an appointment at For the Health of It in Blue Mountain Beach.
- 30A Indoor Fitness Classes: Stay active on 30A by joining indoor fitness classes offered by local gyms or community centers. From yoga to indoor cycling, you can maintain your exercise routine while staying dry. Most offer day passes.
- 30A Nature Trails: Explore the numerous hiking and biking trails located throughout the 30A area. Find solitude and settle your mind as you escape the business of the beach towns. Its just you and nature at its best. Our state parks like Tops’l and Grayton Beach are great places to start, but there are so many more trails throughout the Pt Washington State Forest. If you are less able to cover the miles, try a fat-tire e-bike which you can rent through YOLO Board +Bikes.
- 30A Rainy Day Beachcombing: Put on a waterproof jacket and explore the 30A beaches during the rain, unless of course there is lightning present. The colder weather and rain reveal different treasures along the shoreline, making beachcombing a distinctive and invigorating activity.
- Paddleboard or Kayak: Nature is a big part of our area and the coastal dune lakes offer a chance to explore nature in a way that most will never experience. Yes, even in the rain, its a great experience to help still the mind. From Lake Powell to Tops’l State Park, there are many opportunities to explore the bay, coastal dune lakes, and on calm days, try the Gulf of Mexico.
- Create a 30A Rainy Day Playlist: Stay indoors and curate a playlist that captures the essence of 30A. Include the sound of rain, waves crashing, and local music to transport you to the serene coastal atmosphere that defines this unique stretch of the Gulf Coast. Or, do a quick search online to find where local artists are playing. We are blessed to have a varied mix of musical artists here. Do yourself a favor and find Dread Clampitt to dip your ears into NewGrass. Insider Tip: Make plans to visit in January (MLK weekend) to experience the 30A Songwriters Festival.
A chilly, rainy day on 30A offers a chance to experience the area’s charm in a distinctive way. Whether you’re nestled in a beachfront cottage, exploring the local cultural scene, or enjoying a rainy day beach walk, 30A’s unique atmosphere ensures that even a rainy day becomes a memorable coastal retreat.