Don't let a damp day spoil your vacation along Alabama and Florida's Gulf Coast. When the forecast calls for overcast skies or rain, spend time on indoor activities, including one of the many museums located in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan and Perdido Key. Even if it isn't raining cats and dogs, you can visit these exhibits with your kids to teach them about the history of Alabama's Gulf Coast.

Indian & Sea Museum, Orange Beach

Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m., a trip to this museum will leave you plenty of time for the beach and shopping after an educational treat. Conveniently located near many Orange Beach vacation rentals, the Indian & Sea Museum is packed full of local artifacts and memorabilia that have withstood the test of time and represent the area's Native American tribes and fishing culture - a culture that still pervades much of the region to this day. Built in 1910 as a schoolhouse, it became a museum in 1995 and was moved to its current location in 1999. Locals have donated family heirlooms to keep the memories of their ancestors alive.

Gulf Shores Museum

The Gulf Shores Museum is perfect for rainy and sunny days alike, especially with its whimsical and charming butterfly garden where you and your kids can play for hours. Permanent exhibits, such as Portrait of a Fishing Village and Drawing a Line in the Sand, give a chronological account of life in Gulf Shores and how it has changed over time. Many of the galleries were built and curated by longtime residents of the area, so you can be sure you'll have first-hand access to the region's fascinating history.