We’ve all been there before. You plan the perfect vacation at the beach, planned with only sunny days in mind. And then, before you can even put on your sunglasses or wonder whether or not you should just leave your sandals inside, it starts to rain.

While we completely empathize with how frustrating the sudden change in itinerary can be, here at Intracoastal Realty, we’ve learned that there’s plenty to do in this area that can save your vacation from being totally washed out. It might be the sandy beaches and rolling waves that you’ve come to see, but when the weather gets in your way, there’s a lot more to entertain and delight than you might have originally thought.

Bellamy Mansion Museum

Are you a history buff? Harbor a love of architecture? Gather the troops and explore the Bellamy Mansion Museum in downtown Wilmington for the afternoon. Built just before the start of the Civil War, this landmark has seen a myriad of stories, including its own survival of an arson fire in 1972. Today, the building can be rented for events or toured at leisure; you can even check out the calendar for any upcoming public functions being held during your trip. Even during a coastal rain shower, this house holds a lot of charm and history for each member of your group to enjoy.

Fort Fisher Aquarium

When the weather keeps you from getting in the water, Fort Fisher Aquarium in Kure Beach brings the ocean – and all its inhabitants – to you! The aquarium hosts multiple educational and interactive experiences, all while supporting regional and state-wide conservation efforts. There’s always something new, and you’ll be almost glad for the dreary outdoors when the experience allows you to get up close and personal with some of these undersea creatures.

Franklin Square Gallery

Feeling crafty? If you’re in Southport when poor weather hits, take refuge in the Franklin Square Gallery. While the shows change several times throughout the year, this gallery always boasts a supply of local art, unique gifts, and one-of-a-kind pieces. Check out the calendar for news in the lecture series, workshops, and other specialty shows and displays.  A nonprofit cooperative, the Franklin Square Gallery is located in a historic building three blocks from Southport’s waterfront.

Rain and other forms of foul weather may put a damper on your beach trip, but it doesn’t have to put an end to the fun! If you’re going to be on the North Carolina coast any time soon, remember to keep a weather eye out and have a few back-up plans just in case. But if you do run into a snag, check out our website, where we have some suggestions for how to beat the rainy day doldrums.

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