Rainy Day Beach Activities With Kids

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A brief pause in the storm at Panama City Beach.

Beach trips are supposed to be about sun, waves, laughter and relaxation. As a parent, I’d say it’s one of the best trips with children in tow that allows mom and dad to still have some sanity. But what happens when it rains and the whole family finds itself cooped up inside? I wasn’t on a mission to find the answer, but a recent beach trip in Florida and a monsoon of more than 20 inches of rain forced me to find out what rainy day beach activities with kids we could come up with.

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Beyond the Beach in Panama City Beach

A beautiful morning at Panama City Beach, Fla.

A beautiful morning at Panama City Beach, Fla.

My family will be traveling to Panama City Beach, Fla., soon for a much-needed vacation. It will be a glorious week of sun, sand and surf, not to mention relaxing naps by the pool and lots of great seafood.

But is there more to do on a beach vacation than just relax in the sand? I’m on a mission to find out.

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When Disaster Strikes

The above photo shows a beautiful and calm morning in Panama City Beach, Fla. Of course that hasn’t been the case this week with rain, wind and storm surge whipping the Gulf Coast thanks to Hurricane Issac.

Living in Memphis and Texas for more than 20 years I’m more than a little familiar with the U.S. Gulf Coast and New Orleans. I’ve visited beaches in Florida and Alabama too many times to count and I’ve been to New Orleans more times than I should admit.

And with Hurricane Issac continuing to dump record-setting rain on New Orleans and coastal Mississippi, it saddens me a bit to see the news. Thankfully this storm doesn’t seem to have the destructive force that came exactly seven years ago with Katrina.

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