Toronto can get rain year-round, but it's in the spring where we get the most wet weather. April showers bring May flowers, apparently, and we all love flowers, but what happens when you’re caught off guard by a particularly wet and grey day in the city? There’s no need to stay put and wait out the wet day at home since there’s plenty to do in Toronto when it rains.
Bust boredom and shake yourself out of a rainy day rut by taking advantage of the many ways to learn something new and flex your creative muscle in the city, from jewellery making to sewing. Channel your inner Picasso at Paintlounge, take a life drawing class at the Gladstone, take a sewing class at Sew Be It or The Workroom, head to The Clay Room to paint some ceramics, Jewel Envy to learn how to make some jewllery, or get into knitting at The Knit Cafe.
Cozy up at a board game café
Sick of the rain and don't know what to do with your day? What’s better than curling up with friends over some tea or a beer and a board game on a rainy day? Not much, and you can enjoy some friendly competition at a few places in the city. Snakes & Lattes (with several locations in Toronto), Castle Board Game Café, A-Game Cafe, Bampot, and For the Win Cafe are just a few of the spots where you can get your game on in Toronto. Many of Toronto's pubs and bars also have board games available, including Disgraceland, Lipstick & Dynamite and Swan Dive.
Play some indoor beach volleyball
Feel some sand between your toes no matter the weather and get some good exercise by heading to an indoor beach volleyball facility in Toronto. Beach Blast has over 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor sandbox courts which includes seven heated indoor courts perfect for utilizing on a rainy day. They also have beach chairs and picnic tables to further enhance the beach vibe, three patio areas on multiple levels and a licensed snack bar.
Head under the sea at the aquarium
You don’t have to visit a tropical island to see some awe-inspiring undersea life in Toronto. Ripley's Aquarium makes for a fun and interesting rainy day activity in the city. Multiple galleries showcase everything from sharks and sea turtles, to stingrays and colourful corals.
Check out some comedy
Nothing lifts your spirits on a rainy day like something that will (ideally) make you laugh out loud and Toronto has several places to see live comedy, whether it’s improv, sketch, stand-up or even a class where you try your hand at making other people laugh. Hopefully hilarity will ensue at Yuk Yuks, Comedy Bar, Absolute Comedy, Second City, or Bad Dog Theatre Company.
Visit Allan Gardens Conservatory
It might by gloomy and grey outside, but inside you can feel like you’re exploring a tropical rainforest when you visit the Allan Gardens Conservatory. There are six greenhouses that span 16,000 square feet that house a permanent collection of plants from around the world. Admission is free and the conservatory is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year.
Since rainy days can make you feel sluggish, sometimes doing something active is the best option on wet days. You can go swimming at one of Toronto’s many indoor pools (which total 60), or break a sweat by trying one of the city’s fun but unconventional ways to work out.