Your beach bag is packed and waiting by the door. You have a whole day planned of nothing but lounging on the beach. But what happens when you wake to the pitter-patter (or the outright roar) of a rainy day on Hilton Head Island? There are lots of other fun things to do when it rains on Hilton Head! Here are a few examples to explore for a start.

Adventure Cove Mini Golf & Arcade

Visit Adventure Cove for a day full of classic arcade fun! Play both timeless and modern interactive and video games to earn tickets, which you can redeem for cool prizes. When there’s a break in the rain, head outside for a round or two of miniature golf.

Coligny Plaza

If you’re in the mood for a little shopping, hit up Coligny Plaza. This covered shopping center next to Coligny Beach features more than sixty shops and restaurants. Parking is free, and the island’s bike paths also lead directly to the Plaza. Bike racks are located all around the complex, so you can be sure your bike is safe while you shop, eat, and play.

The Salty Dog Café

The Salty Dog Café is more than just another restaurant. Choose from a menu of seafood, salads, and sandwiches inside Captain John’s Galley, or if the rain lets up, try lighter fare and cold drinks outside on the deck. During tourist season, enjoy live music and children’s activities like face-painting and magicians.

Hilton Head Distillery

For those who appreciate the finer points of distilling spirits, Hilton Head Distillery is the perfect place to spend a rainy day. The Distillery offers tasting and tour experiences for all palates and preferences. There’s even a lounge where non-drinkers can hang out and relax while you take your time sampling.

The Sandbox 

If you brought kiddos along on vacation, a rainy day will be very well spent at The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum. The Sandbox features eleven hands-on exhibits, a weekly Imagination Hour guided by staff, and various other programs and events throughout the year. Infants and toddlers can crawl, slide, and play in Charlie’s Perfect Playplace. Bigger kids will love exhibits like the Flight Deck, the International Bazaar, Builders of Tomorrow, The Adventure, and more!

If you’re not the type who likes to dance in the rain, you might find yourself a bit frustrated when a rainy day intrudes on your vacation. But with a plethora of indoor activities to enjoy during inclement weather, you’ll never be bored during your trip to Hilton Head Island!