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2 Aug 2023
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When planning a getaway to Holden Beach, images of sun-kissed sands, gentle waves, and beachside picnics often fill the mind. But even in this coastal paradise, the weather might not always cooperate. A sudden rain shower or a stormy forecast doesn't have to dampen your vacation spirits, though. Holden Beach offers a plethora of indoor activities that can turn a rainy day into an opportunity for new experiences and family fun. Here's a guide to some of the best rainy-day activities in Holden Beach.

Hidden Gems and Local Antiques

The Holden Beach area is home to several antique shops, each filled with treasures from the past. Spend a rainy afternoon just a short drive from your vacation rental in Shallotte, NC., exploring the Fancy Flea Antique Mall. With more than 6,000 square feet of inventory, you’re likely to find everything from vintage art and clothes to heirloom furniture and home décor at this local’s favorite.

Just up the road in Supply, NC., you’ll find Olde Church Antiques. The bright pink exterior is hard to miss, and this place is packed with three stories of hidden gems. Browse vintage records, jewelry, and antique art for the perfect Holden Beach souvenir.

Explore Local Museums

Holden Beach's rich history is showcased in its local museums, and none is more beloved than the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. With exhibits as exciting for children as they are for parents, you can spend the day wandering through the Changing Tides Gallery as you learn about sharks, whales, and tidal pools. Or check out the Waterways Gallery to learn all about shipwrecks and visit the on-site aquarium. With six galleries in total, as well as a planetarium, this museum is the perfect place to wait out a rainy day in Holden Beach. Enjoy their interactive pieces and augmented reality displays for a fully immersive experience.

Strike Up Some Fun at a Local Bowling Alley

Nothing says family fun like a game of bowling, and Holden Beach has you covered. Head over to Planet Fun in nearby Shallotte, where you'll find state-of-the-art bowling lanes, an arcade, and even a laser tag arena. With food and drinks available on-site, it's a perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon or evening. On Friday and Saturday, enjoy blacklight cosmic bowling!

Take In a Movie

Why not catch the latest blockbuster at Southeast Cinema in Southport? This small but modern theater offers a comfortable movie-going experience, complete with popcorn and all your favorite theater snacks. Consider a double feature followed by a tasty dinner at a local restaurant to complete your rainy-day adventure.

Paint Your Own Pottery

If you're feeling artistic or want a truly original keepsake to commemorate your vacation, sign up for a pottery class at Vincent Van-Go Pottery & Gifts. Celebrating 30 years in business, owner Nancy Elwell operates her hands-on pottery painting business in nearby Supply, NC. Open seven days a week, guests can choose from over 400 pottery pieces and 200+ glazes to create magnificent custom works of art you’ll cherish long after the rain passes. Nancy fires her kiln two to three times a week, so make sure you’ll be able to pick up your finished piece before you head out of town.

Hunker Down in Your Vacation Rental

Sometimes, the best way to spend a rainy day is right in the comfort of your vacation rental. Gather around the table for a gin-rummy marathon or do a puzzle as a family. You can even cook a meal together or try your hands at a brand-new recipe. Curl up on your property’s balcony and take a nap to the gentle pitter patter of the rain, or snuggle in with a good book and just enjoy the peaceful surroundings.  

Discover More on Your Holden Beach Vacation

Rain or shine, Holden Beach offers a wide array of activities to ensure your vacation is filled with joy and excitement. From exploring the past in antique shops to enjoying indoor fun at Planet Fun, there's something for everyone.

When booking your Holden Beach getaway, remember to search and book directly with Coastal Vacation Resorts. Our team is dedicated to helping you find the perfect property tailored to your needs and preferences. Browse our vacation rentals and let us assist you in finding your ideal coastal home-away-from-home.