Rain, Rain, It's Okay
25 things to do on a rainy day in Orlando—and stay dry!
Florida might be the Sunshine State, but the subtropical climate also means frequent afternoon showers, especially in the summer. But don't let a little rain put a damper on your fun. Check out these 25 indoor spots for a fun-filled outing, rain or shine. For your planning, we've grouped attractions by location, but you'll find a variety of activities from art and science museums to indoor putt-putt, go-karts and even sky diving.
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LOCH HAVEN PARK/WINTER PARK
ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER
This gorgeous, four-story museum in downtown Orlando provides educational fun for all ages. Check out traveling shows like the widely acclaimed Mummies exhibit or explore the permanent collections to learn about space, dinosaurs, alligators and more. Stay for a movie or documentary on the IMAX.
ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART
Located in Loch Haven Cultural Park next to the Orlando Science Center, the Orlando Museum of Art was founded in 1924 and features a notable collection of American contemporary art as well as traveling exhibits and African art. The Dale Chihuly sculpture in the rotunda is breathtaking.
CHARLES HOSMER MORSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
This local gem is a treasure trove of Louis Comfort Tiffany pieces, salvaged from Tiffany's Long Island estate by a Rollins College professor. Admire famous Tiffany lamps along with rare pieces like stained-glass windows and an entire chapel.
This free art gallery in downtown Orlando offers six different rooms showcasing the works of local artists. Located upstairs is the Sak Comedy Lab, a lively improv theater where Wayne Brady got his start.
Train-obsessed boys (and girls), will love Orlando's new two-story commuter train. Kids ride free and, for a minimal fare, you can ride for more than an hour through the city and over lakes to the northern-most point in DeBary and back. Stations in Winter Park, Downtown and near The Florida Mall.
THE MALL AT MILLENIA
Fashionistas, this stop is for you. Get lost in Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus then browse some of the top designer stores like Gucci, Prada, Kate Spade and Tory Burch. Although there are no activities for children here, many families assemble at the food court.
Welcome to home-design heaven! You can spend hours in Ikea, just wandering through the maze of fun furniture and design ideas. Free breakfast is served weekdays at 9:30, and an indoor playground is offered for kids who are potty-trained. Play areas are also set up throughout the store, keeping little ones entertained while you shop.
This huge indoor arena offers 25,000 square feet of fun, with an arcade, laser tag and whirlyball, a unique sport that combines hockey, basketball and bumper cars.
This huge marketplace is all under one roof for convenient shopping and entertainment without getting wet. Highlights include the artisan market, Gods and Monsters comic store, indoor ropes course, new hot-glass attraction and glow-in-the-dark putt-putt.
CSI: THE EXPERIENCE
Here's your chance to play a character in the hit TV show and solve a crime by following a series of clues. Examine the evidence and then make your own conclusion on who done it. Be sure to check out the other attractions on site.
If you're obsessed with the Titanic, this Premier Exhibitions attraction is for you. Take a guided tour and see full-scale recreations of the luxury ship, including the grand staircase and authentic items that were on board.
RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
Experience 600 exhibits and artifacts inside 10,000 square feet of jaw-dropping fun. With optical illusions, oddities and rare items like an authentic shrunken head and a chicken with its head cut off, you'll have plenty of stories to share with the folks back home.
Kings Bowl provides family-friendly bowling by day and a lounge setting by night with a full-service bar and billiards. When you've worked up an appetite, order from the restaurant menu that far exceeds the food at your bowling alley back home.
SEA LIFE AQUARIUM
This aquarium is the perfect size for kids, with interactive exhibits, games and an indoor playground amidst 5,000 fish. You'll especially love the 360-degree ocean tunnel with sharks circling all around.
This new attraction at the I-Drive 360 features more than 450 real skeletons from animals all over the world. See an African elephant, hippo, giraffe and a Tasmanian devil along with a Florida section showcasing the skeletons of a manatee and alligator.
MADAME TUSSAUDS ORLANDO
This attraction is right next to Sea Life Aquarium and Skeletons, so you can make a day of it. See amazingly realistic celebrities created in wax, along with historical figures like Florida's founder, Ponce de Leon.
DAVE & BUSTER'S
Whether you're a sports fan, have a competitive streak or just like to play, Dave & Buster's won't disappoint. Watch football on the huge screens and hang out at the bar; play shuffleboard, billiards and basketball; or have some interactive fun with dozens of cool arcade games for all ages. Cash in tickets for great prizes.
WORLD OF CHOCOLATE MUSEUM & CAFE
Watch how chocolate is made, taste delicious samples and even see world-famous landmarks sculpted in chocolate.
I FLY ORLANDO
Experience the thrill of skydiving in this unique simulator that gives you the sensation of floating, coasting and flying through the sky. An instructor will help you through the process as your friends and family look on.
If your kids feel cooped up in the rain, Monkey Joe's is the answer with nearly a dozen bounce houses with slides and obstacles to burn off that pent-up energy. An arcade and cafe are also located on site. Monkey Joe's is located right next to the parking garage at Pointe Orlando on International Drive.
This interactive museum at Pointe Orlando is a real show-stopper. You'll love the interactive and diverse exhibits that teach while they entertain. Stay for the nightly magic and comedy show or head next door to a variety attractions and dining options at Pointe Orlando.
SPLITSVILLE LUXURY LANES
Downtown Disney's bowling alley has thought of every amenity, for the serious bowler and the first-timer alike. The wait staff will serve you lane-side, whether you want a cocktail, snack or a full meal from the restaurant. This attraction is also located right next to the central parking garage at Disney Springs.
DISNEYQUEST, WALT DISNEY WORLD
Step inside your own virtual reality with four floors of interactive games that are fun for all ages. Design and ride your own roller coaster, take a ride on Buzz Lightyear's Astroblaster, ride the river rapids with dinosaurs and more. (This is right next to the parking garage at Disney Springs so you won't get too wet.)
This new attraction at The Florida Mall will bring out the creativity in everyone with 25 different stations including an indoor playground. Spin wax into art, color on the walls, name your own crayon and watch colorful creations come to life on the big screen.
Your little lady will love this sweet store with a huge national following. She can pick out her own American Girl doll, or if she already has one, select accessories, books and outfits. This specialty store also features an onsite doll salon and a doll-friendly bistro serving brunch, lunch, tea and dinner.