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Rainy Day Blues—The Cure When it’s Wet

So you’ve just arrived at Spinnaker Resorts, and it all sounds so awesome; 12 miles of crystal white beaches, world-class golf courses and tennis courts around every bend in the road, sailing, dolphin watching, gator safaris, bicycling, historic landmarks, surfing, jet skiing, para-sailing, fishing and crabbing, sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, nature tours…

BUT, all those things are fair weather activities, and it looks like dark clouds are hovering on the horizon.

For starters, it hardly ever rains for more than an hour or so here in the Lowcountry,  and most rainfall during the summer comes in the form of afternoon thunderstorms and showers. You can usually count on the day returning to normal when the storm has moved on. There are, however, occasional days that seem to be one storm after another. When this happens, it’s a safe bet it will be bright and sunny the next day—but that does leave you or your family with a day to fill. Here are a few steps to take on rainy days.

  1. Don’t forget your souvenir list—everyone goes on vacation with a list of people they have to bring something back for? The island has dozens of specialty shops that are perfect for your keepsake shopping. Even on a rainy day, Coligny Plaza is a fun place to just toodle around. Most of the walkways are covered and about 1/3rd of the stores are great souvenir shops. If you still haven’t found just the right thing for your favorite cousin, almost every shopping center has at least one store that should help. If you need even more shopping, head across the bridges to Bluffton and the two Tanger Outlets, which offer more than eighty-five factory outlet stores.
  2. Shopping not your bag? How about books? Hilton Head has a wonderful branch of the Beaufort County Public Library system. There are lots of peaceful reading areas, a bunch of computers, a book store and a delightful children’s area, complete with coloring pages and crayons and computers just for the kid’s entertainment. Speaking of kids, if they are getting on your last rainy day nerve, there is an interactive children’s museum named The Sandbox just off Pope Avenue. McDonalds, near Sea Pines Circle, and Burger King, on the north end, have very nicely equipped (and air-conditioned) playgrounds also. If art is your thing, try the Art Cafe over in the Gallery of Shops off Greenwood Drive. There you and your family can paint your own pottery and create your own Hilton Head Island memory. For older kids, Adventure Cove on Folly Field Road offers video games and miniature golf. Don’t forget about Island Playground, the area’s only indoor inflatable playground.
  3. Still trying to find something? Well, movies are always an old standby rainy day activity. There are three theaters on the island, as well as one in Bluffton; almost all of which offer matinees. There are also several live theater genres that offer matinees. Many professional, well-known and soon to be well-known artists make their homes on Hilton Head, so it would naturally follow that you should locate some very nice art galleries. The Coastal Discovery Museum, at Honey Horn Plantation, also offers many indoor programs, as well as an eclectic display of local memorabilia and artifacts.

Odds are you’ll find so many rainy day activities that appeal to you that you will probably give up a good portion of a sunny day just so you can take them all in!

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