5 Things to Do in Avalon, NJ When It Rains

Avalon History Center Sign

Who says you need the sun to have fun at the Jersey Shore? 

At ICONA, we make it easy for guests to enjoy the best of Avalon, even when it's raining. 

With its picture-perfect oceanfront setting, Nantucket-inspired architecture, and premium amenities, ICONA Avalon continuously ranks as one of the most sought-after Jersey Shore vacation destinations. Right next door, there's ICONA Windrift, which has been a New Jersey vacation tradition for generations of guests for nearly 60 years.

Stay at ICONA Avalon or ICONA Windrift, and you're only steps away from the beach. And if it rains, you're just minutes away from many of the area's top indoor attractions and landmarks. 

To help prove our point, we've put together a list of five can't-miss things to do in Avalon, NJ on a rainy day.  

1. Explore the Area's History 

Once known as the Avalon Museum & Historical Society, the Avalon History Center is a great place to stay dry and learn about the borough's past. Part of the Avalon Free Public Library, the history center opened its doors in 2001. 

Over the years, the Avalon Historical Society has collected many artifacts dating back to the 1800s and 1900s, and these are on display at the center. Along with artifacts, you'll be able to view exhibits and listen to oral histories during your visit. Throughout the year, the center hosts various events celebrating Avalon's history. 

Right next to Avalon lies Stone Harbor, which is home to two popular Jersey Shore museums. 

Stop by the Stone Harbor Museum to see over 50,000 artifacts, displays, and exhibits. There's also the Tatham Life Saving Station and Museum. Established in 1871, the Tatham Life Saving Station served as a Coast Guard station from 1915 to 1945. Today, it's a museum featuring war memorabilia and displays highlighting maritime service.  

2. View Beautiful Artwork

Featuring locations in Avalon and Stone Harbor, Ocean Galleries showcases awe-inspiring masterpieces from local, national, and international artists — rain or shine. 

If you want to pick up a watercolor, beach print, or original work as a souvenir to remember your Jersey Shore vacation, Ocean Galleries has you covered. It also offers luxurious furniture, handmade crafts, and jewelry from across the globe. 

Let's not forget about the galleries' art shows, either. To date, Ringo Starr, Jane Seymour, and many other globally recognized artists have hosted shows at the galleries. 

"My husband & I cannot say enough good things about the Avalon location! We stopped in a few times during our stay and found absolutely stunning pieces. We were fortunate enough to purchase 2 that will remind of us of our Avalon summers. Working with Mikala was a pleasure, so friendly, attentive & has the best framing recommendations. We highly recommend this gallery ❤️ We’ll be back (hopefully soon)!"—Caitlin Simms 

3. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

7-Mile Island's only day spa, Spa Avalon offers a terrific destination for those who want to relax, unwind, and beat the rainy day blues. Opened in June 2007, the full-service day spa and massage therapy practice provides everything you need to rejuvenate your body and mind.

With Spa Avalon's massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, and waxing services, you shouldn't have any trouble getting exactly what you want out of your spa day. Sign up for a day package like The Perfect Day or The 7-Mile Escape to receive several treatments over the course of a few hours. Or, plan a "Spa Party," and you and your family and friends can enjoy a variety of spa services together. 

"I could not recommend The Avalon Day Spa more!! Amazing experience, friendly staff, and comforting environment. Best facial I’ve ever had."—Isabella Gomez

4. Get Your Game on

For fun and excitement away from the rain, Greyhound Poker Palace in Avalon is the place to go. 

From skeeball to Pac-Man, the beachfront arcade offers games for guests of all ages. Play for fun or earn the high score on your favorite arcade game. You can even spend a rainy day at the arcade, win tickets as you play, and earn a prize to bring home. 

"Best prizes and ticket prices on the Jersey Shore hands down. Everything is fairly priced and good quality. The card system is so much faster and easier than dealing with tickets. The staff is always very friendly and clearly cares about their customers. My family has been coming here for years and will be for years to come. Always a staple in our family vacation!"—Jared Nesi

5. Shop 'til You Drop

If you prefer to shop indoors while it rains outside, plan a trip to Avalon or Stone Harbor. 

For clothing and accessories that are authentically Avalon, visit Serendipity Shops. Serendipity has shops in Avalon, along with Philadelphia and Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Each of its locations offers unique men's, women's, and children's apparel and footwear. At Serendipity's Avalon shop, you'll find a large collection of distinct t-shirts, sweatshirts, sandals, and other items you can wear to show just how much you love the borough. 

Meanwhile, those who want to seize the day shopping are sure to enjoy Seas the Day Gift Boutique in Stone Harbor. Here, you'll find a wide range of home accents, florals, candles, greeting cards, and much more. 

The Bottom Line on What to Do in Avalon, NJ When It Rains

Worried about things to do at the beach when it rains at the Jersey Shore? At ICONA, we make sure you have nothing to worry about, regardless of the weather. 

Any time you stay at our hotels in Avalon, NJ, we'll provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If it's sunny or rainy outside, we'll help you make the most of your time at the Jersey Shore.

Don't wait any longer to enjoy a stay at either of our Avalon hotels. Book a stay now at ICONA Avalon or ICONA Windrift.