Although the Florida Gulf Coast receives sunshine nearly every day of the year, some days we have to put up with rain. Most rains here on the Central Gulf Coast come in with a dazzling display of dark clouds, thunder and lightning, but depart soon after. Summer is well known for these storms, and those-in-the-know simply wait them out and go on with their day –even at the beach! On the rainiest days, however, even well-seasoned Floridians huddle inside to make the best of indoor activities. We have prepared a list of activities just in case you are with us.
Shop the Day Away
The Florida Gulf Coast has some great places to shop. Two major malls with great décor and lots of interior space are the International Mall in Tampa and the Countryside Mall in Clearwater. These malls will keep you occupied for hours, long enough to outlast most of the coastal inclement weather. For more unique shopping experiences, try the Barnes and Noble bookstore that includes a large children’s section, or the eclectic Christmas Wonderland year-round holiday shop.
Play the Day Away
Entertain the kids with the Clearwater Celebration Station or indoor go-karts in Tampa. Both locations are a great way to keep the kids happy. The Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa has fantastic opportunities for the kids to play and learn. Another item of interest for the kids located right on beach is the Clearwater Beach Library, which often has planned activities for both kids and adults. For another at-the-beach activity that’s a pure thrill try indoor surfing!
Catch a Movie
Our two biggest and best movie theaters are the AMC 20 at Woodland Square including IMAX and Cobb Theaters at the Countryside Mall. For a unique movie experience, try the Tampa Pitcher Show. Yes, it’s spelled correctly, alluding to the drinks and dining available at your seat during the show.
Go on an Adventure
Load up the gang and head out to a fun day of sightseeing indoors. The Central Gulf Coast has a long list of museums, some fantastic aquariums, and great dining opportunities abound. If you want more, then try a cruise aboard Clearwater Harbor’s Calypso Queen or gamble at the Seminole Hard Rock casino or right on the Gulf aboard the SunCruz Port Richey Casino
The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow
Keep in mind that while our storms can pack a punch, they come and go quickly. Tune into the news or ask a local what type of weather event they expect . To say that the sun will come out tomorrow is an overstatement. Most often, the sun will come back out today.