We don’t have many rainy days here in Naples but, when we have that occasional shower or an overcast day, here are some suggestions for things to do when the weather is not cooperating with your plans for the beach, a boat trip, a round of golf or some other outdoor activity.
1.) The number-one rainy day activity is shopping, shopping and more shopping. You’ll find the malls and shopping centers crowded with people that have the same idea. Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South are less busy because you have to be outside to get from one store to another. The outlet centers get a lot of shoppers as does Coastland Mall and Waterside Shops.
2.) Go to the book store. There’s a two-story Barnes & Noble at the corner of Route 41 (Tamiami Trail) and Seagate Drive / Pine Ridge Road with a better than average cafe, plenty of tables and internet. Sit, relax, read, have a cup of coffee and a snack, look over a few magazines and pick out a book to read when the weather allows you to trade that rain umbrella for the beach umbrella.
3.) A rainy day might be the time to go to one of the museums that you’ve said before, “We should do that some day” and you still haven’t actually done it. There’s the Baker Museum next to Artis-Naples, the Holocaust Museum, Naples Depot (trains) and the von Liebig Art Center. With a little driving, you could visit the Immokalee Pioneer Museum or the Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City.
4.) Call me crazy but, when was the last time you went bowling? Could be fun. The bowling alley is located across from Pelican Bay on the east side of Tamiami Trail (Route 41) just north of Pine Ridge Road. Affordable and should be lots of laughs for everyone. They serve food and alcoholic beverages, too.
5.) One of the obvious ones is to go to the movie theater. Our regular theater is the Regal Hollywood Stadium 20 located at 6006 Hollywood Blvd. just off of Naples Blvd. (near Costco, Best Buy and Lowe’s). The “fancy” upscale one where you can order dinner and wine to accompany the show is the Silverspot at Mercato.
6.) A leisurely visit to some of the art galleries can make hours evaporate until the weather improves. Most of them are located along Fifth Avenue South or on Broad Avenue near the intersection with Third Street South.
7.) If the wind is especially strong out of the west and you are a shell collector, then go walk the beach anyway. You might be alone on the beach as the rain pours down, however, you’ll be the first one to find the good shells that are being washed up on the beach. If you are not an enthusiastic shell collector, then just forget about what I just wrote here.
8.) Check out real estate and neighborhoods by driving around. Even on rainy days, there will be some Open House signs to follow. Call (239) 272-4848 for professional guidance in this department.
9.) Catch a performance at the Sugden Theater. This is the venue for local actors and performers.
10.) Get the massage you deserve or treat yourself to a lavish day at the spa.
11.) There is actually a district in Naples that has a concentration of consignment stores. It covers several blocks so, you’ll walk from one to another in some cases and you’ll need to get in the car for others if it’s raining. The area is sandwiched between the east side of Tamiami Trail (Route 41) and 10th Street and starts a couple of blocks north of Central Avenue with several good ones on 2nd Avenue North. You’ll find everything from upscale clothing at Options Thrift Shoppe (all sales benefit abused women & children) to furniture, knick-knacks and antiques. Weave your way back and forth between Route 41 and 10th Street to find them all.
12.) It does not usually rain for very long when we encounter inclement weather. More times than not, just wait a little bit and the sun will appear. Check the weather report and the radar on television, the computer or your phone – most likely things will be improving soon. You might be able to resume what you were doing or proceed with Plan A before it started to rain.
13.) After you’ve checked that weather forecast, think about hopping in the car and going to somewhere within striking distance where the weather looks better. Miami is only 100 miles from Naples. You could check out St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota to the north of us. If time allows, get adventurous and go to Key West for a change of scenery and attitude.
14.) Plan your next trip to Naples!
15.) Make a list of things to do on a rainy day in Naples. Then pick one.