We all love the sand and sun when summer arrives at our Wilmington area beaches. But afternoon showers are also a part of summer. What’s there to do when we get an afternoon storm?
Lots! Of course you can get a bite from the comfort of a nice restaurant, but you can also spend some time when it rains poking through fun area shops.
Things to do when it rains at Topsail Island
Beach Furniture Outfitters has everything you need for your beach house! Walk through the spacious showroom featuring wicker, rattan, and all-weather furniture that’s perfectly beachy. The store is located in Surf City, the commercial hub of Topsail Island, and has plenty of smaller décor and gift items, too.
Bumblebee Market is a perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon at Topsail. This charming boutique carries unique gifts, jewelry, pet items, apparel, flip flops, home décor, and plenty of unusual stuff for babies and kids. Oh, and don’t forget snacks!
Southern Emporium is a one-of-a-kind shop serving Topsail Island. This special store carries a unique selection of home décor, jewelry, accessories, and housewares. Feeling under the weather due to a few sprinkly raindrops? Shopping at Southern Emporium will cheer you up!
East Coast Sports is your “one stop shop” for boating supplies, fishing and tackle supplies, disc golf equipment, clothing and gifts.
Things to do when it rains at Wrightsville Beach or Figure 8
Honeybee Fashion and Gifts in Porter’s Neck is just the spot when you need a break from a drizzly Figure 8 Island! The shop features a thoughtful selection of clothing and accessories for men, women, and children and plenty of fun gifts for friends.
Blue Moon Gift Shops has been voted best gift shop in Wilmington for the past eight years! More than 100 artisans and retailers fill their shops with hand crafted items, glass, pottery, coastal décor, and jewelry. You’ll also find gourmet and local North Carolina treats.
Eclipse Artisan Boutique, located in the Blue Moon building on Racine Drive, is a gallery full of local and regional art. In addition to paintings and photography, you’ll find sculpture, custom furniture, glass, jewelry, and specialty textiles. Eclipse is a perfect way to while away a rainy afternoon.
Lumina Station is your place to relax when you need shelter from the rain at Wrightsville Beach. Stroll through a dozen shops or enjoy a beverage at one of six places serving food and drinks. You can even find a spa, a realty agency, and a fitness center at this popular shopping center!
Things to do when it rains at Carolina Beach
Island Book Shop is a great place to find a good book or a game that will help you while away a rainy afternoon! You may have such fun that you’ll hope it rains again>