Rainy Day Fun!
It’s true – sometimes it does rain in paradise. While today’s forecast does look rather disappointing the rain, thunder and lightening have stopped for the moment – and maybe this too shall pass? When you live on an island, the weather has a tendency to change rather quickly. If a trade wind picks up, it could usher the clouds away and turn an ugly grey day into a perfectly lovely summer day. Just in case that doesn’t happen, here are some ideas.
Movies are a great way to escape – check out some of the top summer selections – boardwalk theaters offer matinees too. Wildwood and Ocean City boardwalks both offer movie theaters. In addition there is the big mega theater off the islands, “Frank’s Movie Theaters.” You can purchase tickets online and just show up – it’s easy.
Museums, libraries and zoos oh my!
Three of my favorite places – there are museums scattered along the barrier islands from the Noyes Museum in Galloway Township to the George F. Boyer Historical Museum in Wildwood – all offer a wonderful glimpse of art, culture and days gone by. Be sure to check them out and enlighten your children to appreciate a glimpse at a different world.
Library? Why not – in our techno world, libraries seem to be pushed aside but they are filled with everything conceivable to ignite the imagination, from computers to books on bugs or kids crafts it’s a great place to visit – you’ll get lost for hours.
The Cape May County Zoo is a hidden treasure filled with a staggering assortment of wildlife place in a natural setting. Definitely a must any time of the year. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the park next to the zoo where picnic tables are set up and the view is a stunning lake.
Almost every barrier island on the Jersey shore has a lighthouse in Atlantic City, visit the Absecon Lighthouse, in Barnegat there is the Barnegat Lighthouse, in North Wildwood visit the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse (very different from a traditional cylinder shaped lighthouse – it’s actually an “Eastlake Design” and looks more like a house than a lighthouse.) The tour inside and the surrounding gardens makes this lighthouse one of the most unique award winning historical structures in the United States. Cape May also has a lighthouse where you can climb to the top and overlook the Delaware Bay as well as the mighty Atlantic Ocean – the view is incredible.
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Shopping – of course, my favorite past-time, but will the kids enjoy it? Moms if you need a little retail therapy escape on your own and leave the kids with dad – he can handle it for a few hours.
Spas in the area offer a wonderful assortment of massages, facials, manicures and pedicures.
The Red Door at Harrah’s Marina Hotel is a wonderful escape for a girl’s day or a couple’s day. In addition, any service that you book entitles you to use their facilities for the entire day, the hot tubs and saunas are set in a dreamlike atmosphere – take advantage of it, it’s so worth the price.
The indoor pool at Harrah’s Marina Hotel is also a nice way to spend the day indoors. The area, even though it is inside an atrium surrounded by exotic plants, creates an outdoors feel. The cabana bar offers many summer drink standards like margaritas and mojitos. Food service is also available.
If you don’t want to sit by a pool or have a massage, take a class at the Viking Cooking School also located at Harrah’s Marina Hotel in Atlantic City. The classes are interesting and if you love to cook you’ll pick up some great tips offered by world class chefs. Next to Viking Cooking School is a store just for the chef’s in the house. A beautiful cook’s shop filled to the brim with cook books, kitchen accessories, utensils, etc. – definitely a must do.
There is no reason to sit around being bored; even though it’s a little damp there are so many things to explore.
And here is the funny thing, the sun is now out, so maybe you can save these ideas for another rainy day – today looks like the sun will shine.