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Embracing Rainy Beach Days in Rehoboth Beach: What to Do When the Weather isn't Ideal

By: Samantha McCluskey


Rainy days don’t need to dampen your spirits when you're in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. With an array of engaging indoor activities, you'll find yourself embracing the rainy weather and having a blast. From catching the latest movies at Movies at Midway to reliving your childhood at Funland and Zelky's arcades, or even exploring the shopping opportunities in Rehoboth's outlets and downtown area, there's something for everyone. Don't let the rain keep you indoors; instead, seize the opportunity to explore the indoor wonders of Rehoboth Beach.

Movies and Shows

Located just a short drive away from Rehoboth Beach, Movies at Midway is the perfect spot for movie enthusiasts and a staple to our area since the 1940s. This state-of-the-art cinema complex features multiple screens showcasing the latest Hollywood releases. Grab a bucket of buttery popcorn (fountain drinks and large popcorn tubs come with free same day refills) and immerse yourself in the magic of the big screen while escaping the rain outside. Another great option is the Cinema Arts Theater by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society located in Lewes, DE behind Lefty's Alley and Eats (by HomeGoods). It is a non-profit that features independent films. It even offers memberships to see movies at a discounted rate.  You could also catch a live show at an area theater, like Clear Space Theater in Rehoboth or Milton Theater in nearby Milton. 

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Funland and Zelky's Arcades on the Boardwalk

Rehoboth Beach's iconic boardwalk is home to two beloved amusement centers, Funland and Zelky's arcades. Funland offers a variety of rides and games that cater to visitors of all ages, ensuring a day of laughter and excitement (open only in Summer). Who doesn’t love the horse racing game on the boardwalk? Zelky’s arcades are open year round and provide a nostalgic gaming experience with an array of classic and modern arcade games. Challenge your friends or family to a friendly competition and create unforgettable memories indoors.

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Shopping at the Outlets and Downtown

Rainy days are perfect for indulging in some retail therapy, and Rehoboth Beach boasts a fantastic shopping scene. Head to the Tanger Outlets, where you'll find a wide range of popular brand-name stores, offering great deals and discounts on fashion, home decor, and more. Alternatively, explore the unique boutiques and local shops in downtown Rehoboth Beach, where you can discover one-of-a-kind treasures and support local businesses. Want more details? Check out our recent article on some of our favorite local shopping spots!

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Visit A Museum or Gallery

If you're looking to explore the rich history of Rehoboth Beach and its surroundings, several museums offer captivating experiences. The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society & Museum and the Lewes History Museum provide insights into the area's past, while the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum and the Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum showcase the maritime heritage of the region. For a glimpse into Delaware's Dutch roots, visit The Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes. More into art? Rehoboth Art League has a beautiful gallery nestled in Henlopen Acres that makes you feel like you've stepped into serenity. These museums offer engaging exhibits and artifacts that will transport you through time, making your rainy day in Rehoboth Beach a fascinating and educational experience.

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Adult Friendly Fun Options

Check out the local beverage scene by visiting area wineries, meaderies, and craft breweries. Additionally, explore the vibrant craft brewery scene, where you can enjoy guided tours, tastings, and conversations with passionate brewers. We have made trying these spots straightforward with our SouthDel Tasting Trail map. For those seeking excitement, the casino at Harrington Raceway or Dover Downs further north, both offer thrilling gaming experiences, from slot machines to table games. Rainy days become an opportunity to savor local libations and try your luck.

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Indoor Mini Golf in Ocean City, MD

If you're in the mood for some friendly competition and want to brush up on your putting skills, head to one of the indoor mini-golf options in nearby Ocean City, Maryland at two Old Pro Golf locations. These venues provide a fun-filled experience for all ages, with creatively designed courses and colorful obstacles that transport you to a world of adventure, underwater or in the jungle, while staying dry.

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Lefty's Alley and Eats

For a day of indoor entertainment, look no further than Lefty's Alley and Eats in nearby Lewes. This spot features bowling lanes, top golf, an arcade, and axe throwing. After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious meal at their full-service restaurant. Lefty's Alley and Eats promises endless fun and entertainment for the whole family, making it an ideal rainy day destination. 

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Self Care 

Enjoy time at the spa and block out the stormy weather! Ebb and Flow Spa in Lewes is a great option for massages and more pampering. You can also float away your troubles at Urban Float off Coastal Highway-- a salt float experience that is truly so calming (check out our instagram for a video of what they offer!) Enjoy a CBD gummy or drink and then relax and meditate in a float pod or their BEMER therapy as the rain falls outside. 

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