While the weather in Orlando is nice much of the year, it does rain. Depending on the time of the year, it may be nothing more than a short shower or an afternoon thunderstorm. However, during hurricane season, a tropical system may cause it to rain steadily for a day or two. That can also happen as low-pressure systems make their way through the state just about any time of the year.
If you're at one of the area's theme parks, it may be an inconvenience, but it's easy to duck inside an attraction, restaurant or shop during a short shower or grab an umbrella during an afternoon thunderstorm. But, what if the weatherman says the next day or two will be filled with lots of rain? It doesn't have to spell bad news for your vacation in Florida's number one destination city. There are still plenty of things to do in Orlando that will not only keep you dry but are fun as well!
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Orlando Indoor Adventures
Rain won't stop you from experiencing these indoor adventures:
Fantasy Surf - Catch a wave and ride the surf to an indoor surfing experience in nearby Kissimmee. Of course, you'll get wet... but this will keep you out of the storm.
Location: 5005 Kyngs Heath Rd., Kissimmee
iFLY Orlando - Afraid to jump out of an airplane? Try indoor skydiving instead! Flights start at just $69.95 (for two flights). Every flight includes a pre-flight training session, necessary flight gear (suit, helmet, goggles), instruction from a certified flight guide, and a personalized post-flight certificate.
Location: 8969 International Drive, Orlando
K1 Speed Orlando - Indoor go-kart racing is a great way to spend an afternoon! It is a bit pricey (about $20 per race), but additional races are discounted. Height requirements apply and closed-toe shoes are required.
Located: 9550 Parksouth Court, Suite 400, Orlando
Orlando Paintball - What could be more fun than paintball or laser tag? Spend the day, because rain is not a factor since there are both indoor and outdoor fields. Equipment rental is reasonably priced.
Location: 7215 Rose Ave., Orlando
Splitsville - This is not your daddy's bowling alley! It's all grown up and sophisticated with two floors of entertainment, 30 bowling lanes, two billiard tables and five bars serving a menu unlike any bowling alley food you've ever tasted. Located at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney).
Location: 1494 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista
Whirly Dome - It's wild, it's fast, it's fun... it's Whirlyball! So about now you're saying, "What the heck is Whirlyball?" It's a cross between basketball, bumper cars, and jai alai played on a special court between two teams. Best of all it's affordable at just $8 per person, per game. Whirly Dome also has an arcade, Laser Tag, Laser Frenzy, bowling, and a race car simulator available at reasonable prices. To participate in Whirlyball you must be at least 54" tall.
Location: 6464 International Drive, Orlando
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Orlando Indoor Attractions
These attractions will set your budget back a bit, but all will keep you dry on a rainy day:
Florida Citrus Tower and Presidents Hall of Fame - If you're staying in the Clermont area, this high and dry attraction is a great place to see a panoramic view of the rain... from the Florida Citrus Tower indoor observation deck. Plus, the Presidents Hall of Fame has plenty of memorabilia to entertain and educate for an entire afternoon.
Location: 123 & 141 U. S. Hwy 27, Clermont
Madame Tussauds Orlando - Bring your selfie-sticks and rub shoulders and pose with your favorite wax celebrities that are always on hand to greet you.
Location: 8387 International Drive, Orlando
Ripley's Believe It or Not! - If you like weird, odd and sometimes completely gross, the building that looks like it's sinking into the ground somehow will draw you indoors for a few hours.
Location: 8201 International Drive, Orlando
Sea Life Aquarium Orlando - Have fun finding Nemo and his friends through this immersive aquarium that features 30 displays and a 360-degree ocean tunnel.
Location: 8449 International Drive, Orlando
The Titanic Artifact Expedition - See more than 100 authentic artifacts from the Titanic as well as experience the grandeur of the ship through recreations.
Location: 7324 International Drive, Orlando
WonderWorks - Orlando's upside down attraction can give you a whole afternoon of indoor education disguised as entertainment.
Location: 9067 International Dr, Orlando
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Orlando Indoor Entertainment
See a great show inside a dry theater!
Blue Man Group - This newly enhanced show is definitely worth the price of admission. It features a new show environment, new music, new technology and new experiences with the same old goofy and fun vibe.
Location: Universal Orlando
Cirque du Soleil - While rather expensive, this is a great way to spend a rainy evening watching high-flying acrobatics.
Location: Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney)
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Orlando Indoor Malls, Movies and Museums
For those of you that shop 'til you drop when it rains here are two of the best malls in Orlando:
The Florida Mall - Are you a fan of Carlos Bakery? It's now open at The Florida Mall along with many of your favorite stores. Plus enjoy specialty stores with unique experiences, including American Girl, Chocolate Kingdom, and the Crayola Experience.
Location: 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando
The Mall At Millenia - If you're looking for high-style fashion, look no further. Find Prada, Versace, Burberry, Armani and more at this upscale shopping mall.
Location: 4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando
A great place to go when it rains is to the movies. Catch a flick at these outstanding theaters:
Museums are a great way to pass a rainy afternoon:
Orlando Museum of Art - Exhibits of local, regional, national and international works of art.
Location: 2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando
Orange County Regional History Center - Explore four floors of permanent exhibits, plus several traveling exhibitions that are scheduled throughout the year.
Location: 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando
Orlando Science Center - You can spend the entire day exploring the four floors of exhibits and hands-on learning experiences. And, you'll even stay dry getting from your car to OSC via the over-the-street covered walkway.
Location: 777 E. Princeton Street, Orlando
Skeletons: Museum of Osteology - This is something you wouldn't expect to see in Orlando. There is only one other skeleton museum that exists and it's in Oklahoma. See over 40 exhibits with more than 400 real animal skeletons.
Location: 8441 International Drive, Suite 250, Orlando