Rainy Days To-Do on Sanibel Island

08/20/2020 | by Kaitlin | Places To Go Things To Do Vacation Rentals

As I sit typing this, there is a distinct rumbling coming in from outside. It’s mid-afternoon, but you don’t need a clock to know that.

Summer storms on Sanibel Island are predictable and almost timely as if Mother Nature has an important appointment to show up for. While perfect weather is never a guarantee on Sanibel Island, what we CAN guarantee is that just because there may be some rain, doesn’t mean that the day is wasted! Below I’ll go on about some fun indoor activities on Sanibel to occupy your time while you’re waiting for Summer Showers to pass.

The Sanibel Community House

The Sanibel Community House always has something going on!  From cooking classes at the Culinary Education Center of Sanibel, community social events, or even watercolor painting classes, you’re sure to find something to strike your inspiration.  The Community House has implemented enhanced procedures to ensure your safety during COVID-19 times. Be sure to check out their Yoga classes, shell art classes, and there is even a kids cooking camp!

Shell Museum

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks! This isn’t like sitting through your Grandma’s old shell catalog though…They use their collections, programs, and expertise to inspire learning, support scientific research, and tell the story of mollusks. World-renowned malacologists, highly trained marine biologists, and passionate volunteers offer visitors from around the world a wealth of knowledge about the scientific, cultural, historical, and culinary importance of shells.


Come for the beaches, but discover the shopping! While the shopping plazas are technically outdoors, most have an overhang connector between the stores, making it a good rainy day activity without taking up precious beach time. Did you know shopping on Sanibel Island ranks as one of the top five activities among Sanibel tourists and residents? Some fine shopping plazas to consider are Tahitian Gardens, The Village Shops, Olde Sanibel Shoppes, Town Center, and many more! While you’re out and about, don’t forget to stop at On Island for your custom Sanibel gear to take home!

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