What to do when it rains on Vacation


When it rains, it pours…

Raining outside

…and temps drop 45 degrees, it storms, it sleets, and it gets extremely windy.  Okay-okay you get the point; the weather was really shi%$*.  Don’t get me wrong, I checked the weather before we left but was in denial and hoping they were wrong.  I packed beach goodies, shorts, sundresses, and t-shirts. We had everything but jackets, hats, and mittens (which is what we really needed.)  The first few days it poured all. day. long. and with the rain it dropped from 75 degrees down to 35 degrees and turned into sleet. Once the rain passed, we were hopeful – but it stayed cloudy, cold, and windy.  The sunny, beachy relaxing vacation in Myrtle Beach was now a cold, cloudy “what now?’ vacation.

Money Sucker

Lazy River and Ocean

The hotel we were staying at was on the ocean and had an outdoor pool, grill, hot tub, and lazy river.  When we booked this vacation our airfare was pricey, but we justified it with all the free outdoor activities we would be enjoying while we were there.  Well, you guessed it… we kissed those activities goodbye when the high was 42 degrees with 30 mph winds. So we had to get creative with our activities without completely breaking the bank.  A women in the elevator said it perfectly, “This weather has turned an inexpensive relaxing vacation into a money-sucking stressful one.”

Go explore

Downtown colorful buildings

We stopped the pity-party and put on our thinking caps (more like googling-fingers) and started looking for things to do. It was too cold and windy for any extended outdoor activities. Now, I don’t want you to think we were being babies, we are Minnesota people, we know the cold and it was cold.

cold outside

Our saving grace was wonderful suggestions from others. If you have Instagram or Facebook reach out and ask your friends and followers for recommendations, I got so many great ones from my “Insta” friends, places to eat and see.  Below are a few places we tried out had a great time!  We also mixed in “free” activities too, because things can get expensive quickly! Look up local malls (window shopping and people watching can be a great time!) libraries, boardwalks, and zoo’s (we have a free one here in Minnesota!)

House of Blues 

Vintage Music

Live music and good eats, does it get any better?  Check out times online to see when bands are playing or even pick up concert tickets!  We went to the one in Myrtle Beach, but they have locations in 11 different cities so you may be close to one! The interior and exterior of House of Blues is fascinating in and of itself.

Barefoot Landing

Barefoot Landing

Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t walking around in shorts and flip flops, but it was fun to visit all the shops and it was free to walk around and see a little bit of North Myrtle Beach (warming up while shopping!)  We also got to see baby tigers brought in from the Myrtle Beach Safari to the Preserve Station at Barefoot Landing.

Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium

It was entertaining and fun for all ages!  Henry loved seeing the scuba diver swimming with the fish and he even gave her a high five!  It can get a little expensive for a family, but make sure to check with your hotel to see if they sell discounted tickets! We saved over $25 buying our tickets through the hotel!

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

baseball arcade game

We did our best at picking a “nice” day to go to the boardwalk, but it turned out to be extremely windy and only about 45 degrees.  So, we found this awesome arcade and played games for a couple hours, we had a blast!  ‘Baseball’ is only .25 cents and very addicting!  To whoever recommended this arcade to us on Instagram, we thank you!

Go Karts


Its something we normally wouldn’t do, but we had a blast (I promise this is just a badly timed picture!)  It was Henrys first time riding in a go-cart and he loved it (he thought he was the one driving!)  We took turns sitting out and holding Vivian and after we were all a bit chilly we went inside and played some arcade games.  Our favorite here was ‘Deal or No Deal.’

Headed Home

Molly on the Beach

Of course the day we were headed home it was nice out, which made it harder to leave. There is really “no place like home” and we were all ready to sleep in our own beds again.  You can find this swimsuit here, along with other amazing one pieces!

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