Rainy Day? No problem! 6 Ways to escape the rain on the Gulf Coast

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These rainy day ideas are sure to make a splash. (Liv Bruce / Unsplash)

If you’ve been in Mobile for approximately 24 hours, especially this time of year, chances are you’ve been rained on. In fact, at the time of writing this, it’s an absolute downpour outside.

Mobile is actually the rainiest city in the country, averaging two full months of rainy days every year. While the rain can be relaxing and nap-inducing, it can put a real damper on your previously outdoor plans. Fret no more, because we’ve compiled a list of six things you can do when the weather threatens your itinerary.

1. Learn something new at a local bookstore

The Haunted Book Shop

A woman-owned cozy little bookshop right in downtown Mobile. They’ve got a lovely and knowledgeable staff, which includes Mr. Bingley, the cute little grey shop cat.

Page & Palette

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Books, coffe and cocktails. Can we ask for more? (Clorissa Morgan / The Bama Buzz)

This awesome little 3-in-1 book store, coffee shop and bar will keep you out of the rain and entertained all day long.

Book Inn

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The Book Inn, Fairhope. (Liv George / The Bama Buzz)

Because what bibliophile doesn’t love a tiny shop filled with floor-to-ceiling books?

2. Curl up with a cup of coffee in a quaint cafe

Yellowhammer Coffee

Yellowhammer Coffee is a Mobile classic. You can’t go wrong with their great coffee and good vibes.

The Coffee Loft

If you’re looking for a delightful place to stop and grab a bite to eat and a coffee while in Fairhope, The Coffee Loft is your place.

Serda’s Coffee Company

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Stop by Serda’s when it rains on your downtown parade. (Serda’s Coffee Company)

The rain can’t ruin your day in downtown Mobile when you pop on into Serda’s Coffee Co.

Kind Cafe Fairhope

You’ll take kindly to this Fairhope coffee classic.

3. Take shelter from the storm in a museum

University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum

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Make sure you check their website for parking information. (University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum / Facebook)

That’s right, the University of South Alabama has its own museum, right on campus. Go visit and peruse local artifacts, some dug by South Alabama students.

Mobile Medical Museum

Who doesn’t love the weird and macabre history of medicine? Take a rainy afternoon to learn all about how healthcare has made its leaps and bounds to where we are today.

Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum

Hank Aaron is a Mobile native who went on to play over 20 seasons of Major League Baseball. Visit his childhood home and museum to learn all about what made Hank so special.

Fairhope Museum of History

An adorable and quaint museum that tells the story of Fairhope, perfect for escaping an afternoon pop-up shower.

4. Find your new favorite old thing at an antique mall

Florida Street Vintage

Colorful, groovy and full of little treasures, Florida Street Vintage is the perfect spot to wander around and wait for the storm to pass. You might even find a vintage treasure for yourself while you’re at it.

Yellow House Antiques & Interiors

Vintage furniture, as far as the eye can see. That’s what makes Yellow House Antiques & Interiors such a lovely place to explore on a rainy day.

Aubergine

Cool name? Check. Imported European vintage? Check. In the heart of downtown Fairhope? Check.

5. Do something artistic & creative

Fill your own candle jars at The Bay Candle in Fairhope

If you’ve ever wished that your candles seamlessly blended in with your decor, save your dandelions and head on over to The Bay Candle in Fairhope. They can pour any candle into any container, whether you buy one from them or bring in one yourself.

Paint Party Studios

Sometimes the best way to beat those gloomy feelings on a likewise gloomy day is to get creative. Paint Party Studios has a few different locations around Mobile & Baldwin Counties where you can paint pre-sketched canvases, make bracelets and more.

6. Indulge in something hearty

The Sunflower Cafe

Grab a healthy bite to eat and hang out in the cafe, on either side of the bay.

Bay Breeze Cafe

A classic cafe experience with a huge menu and a great atmosphere.

Dew Drop Inn

Visit Mobile’s oldest restaurant and fill up on some Southern comfort food.


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