Rainy Days are Here Again
The Florida Gulfshore from Tampa south to the Keys has been drenched with rain this year. Mornings, if you are fortunate, are the best time to move about. The humidity mixed with the temperatures will ‘fry an egg on the concrete’. Watching the weather reports never changes. Rain every day with lightening and thunder, especially mid-afternoon into the evening and early morning hours. So, as a visitor what is there to do? Plenty.
Things to do indoors in Florida:
- Shell Factory (North Fort Myers). This complex has more shells than the beach. Souvenirs of every kind are on shelves and hanging from the ceiling. There is a Pet Area with toys, cards, collars…all things pets that children and adults love. The Christmas Store is huge with decorated trees, ornaments, Christmas villages, beautiful figurines….anything you want to begin your holiday shopping…including a Halloween area! There is an area of animals on display and stuffed, cuddly ones to purchase. When you get hungry, you will find a Subway, ice cream parlor and other eating opportunities. Remember the cards you bought in the card area? There is a US Postal Service inside. The newest on ground in the zipline for thrills. A restaurant is located on property with beverages and a wide variety of food on the menu.
- Shopping. Enter ‘shopping’ on your GPS and there is a mall close to you. Both outdoor, somewhat covered malls and indoor malls are everywhere. Included are the Outlet Malls.
- Restaurants. Stop and look in any direction and you will see cafes and restaurants serving every type of meal you desire.
- Museums. In every city, there is at least one museum providing hours of fun and experiences. Some learning may take place as well.
- Libraries. both large and small offer quiet niches to read or use computers.
- Theaters. Practically every mall has a movie theater nearby. Catch a new release.
- Hotels. Most accommodations have indoor pools, arcades, fitness centers, business centers or just hanging out in the room playing board games or electronic devices.
- Chamber of Commerce. Each community has a chamber of commerce or visitor’s center. Stop in and check out the brochures and ask questions about the area you are visiting.
Hopefully, the skies will clear and you will be able to enjoy the beaches down the entire coast.