Rainy Day SoWal

September 28, 2016 by Sarah Robertson

Don't let cloudy forecasts lead to cabin fever. SoWal is flooded with fun ways to spend a soggy afternoon and we've got you covered with some great ideas. Stow these tips away for the next rainy day and we promise you won't mind at all when the sun isn't out.

Of course it doesn't need to be raining to enjoy these fine places on our latest SoWal List!

The Shard Shop
South Walton's 2014 Artist of the Year, Mary Hong, combines a unique aesthetic of mixed media to create exquisite works of art in Grayton Beach. Using recycled glass to create mosaics, she captures landscapes, seascapes, sea life and more with a skillful eye. And get this: you can learn from the master how to make your own masterpieces! Tuesdays through Saturdays her studio, The Shard Shop offers classes four times a day. All skill levels are welcome and all supplies are included. Kids classes start at $40 and Adult classes start at $85. For more information visit the Located at 26 Logan Lane, Ste E in Grayton Beach.


Fired Up! Paint Your Own Pottery
Another great way to find your inner artist is to spend a couple hours at Fired Up Pottery in Seaside. Fired Up is an art studio where guests paint their own unique pottery pieces. This brightly colored space is perfect for visitors of all ages. A wide range of art supplies are on hand including stamps, stencils, and glazes – everything needed to make your piece your own. Staff will fire your creation overnight and your artwork is ready to be picked up the very next day. With over 500 options to choose from - plates, platters, mugs, and other keepsakes - you're bound to find something to spark your creativity. Located at 27 Quincy Circle, Seaside, FL 32459.


Sundog Books / Central Square Records
Is there anything more quintessentially comforting on a drizzly day than curling up with a good book (or album)? I like to read for awhile then drift into a little impromptu nap myself. Sundog Books, and Central Square Records upstairs, are virtual Seaside institutions. The classic independent bookstore turns 30 this year! They are simply the go-to SoWal source for finding regional titles and browsing for bestsellers. Once you find the perfect read, head home and snuggle in with words and music. Located at 89 Central Square in Seaside and open every day from 9 am to 9 pm.


Carmike Cinemas Boulevard 10
This state of the art theater at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin offers 10 screens including the "Big D" with intense sound and 3D capability. The fabulous Ovation Dining Club serving up a full menu and featuring luxury stadium seating. Located in the heart of Grand Boulevard, you'll also have super easy access to shopping and dining when you take in a flick here. On Tuesdays they offer $5 tickets for select showings as well as drink and popcorn discounts. Let's go to the movies! Located at 465 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach, FL 32550.


La Cocina Mexican Grill & Bar
When the day calls for partying, but the weather isn't cooperating, La Cocina is the place to go. This spacious and festive favorite restaurant in Seacrest Beach serves up all that delicious Mexican fare you crave as well as quenching cocktails in a variety of margaritas, palomas, and mojitos. Are you doing a rain dance yet? Don't worry, you never really need an excuse to order some cheese dip and start your own fiesta! Located at 10343 E Scenic 30A, Seacrest Beach, FL 32413.


We hope you'll enjoy these rainy day options on our SoWal List on your next overcast day, but remember a walk on one of SoWal's many trails or along our world class beaches are also refreshing and freeing. Sure you might get a little wet, but that's why you have a clothes dryer at home! Listen to the frogs, breathe in the salty ocean breeze, and just enjoy the panhandle's natural beauty.

SoWal Insider Tip - if it's raining too hard or you're just feeling lazy, join us on the SoWal Forum - you can find out anything you want to know about South Walton, Florida - including plenty more ideas on what to do on a rainy day on Scenic 30A!


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Sarah Robertson

After years of May and October visits to South Walton, Sarah Murphy Robertson and her husband and young son made the leap to become locals in March 2011. Along with long lazy days spent beachside, Sarah also loves watching documentaries, voracious reading, spinning a witty pun, and homemade bread just out of the oven.


Great list! We were just visiting a few weeks ago and loved our stop into Sundog! I'll be keeping this list for our future visits, and I can't wait to check out the Shard shop!
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