If you’re spending time in Orlando during the summer months, you’re very likely to encounter rain on more days than not. The showers generally don’t last long, but they tend to occur in the middle of the day, making outdoor plans difficult. Fortunately, The City Beautiful offers a variety of indoor activities to amuse your family while keeping them dry.
Orlando has an abundance of fine art and history museums that appeal to both adults and children. Most area museums schedule free or low-cost admission days, so check online or call ahead before visiting.
Some outstanding Orlando museums include the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, Maitland Art & History Museum, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Orlando Museum of Art, Mennello Museum, and Morse Museum of American Art. Kids will love the Orlando Science Center and Orange County History Center, and you can head to I-drive and check out Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Wonderworks for a less traditional museum experience.
Go to the Library
The main branch of the Orlando Public Library is located in downtown Orlando and features an impressive selection of books, DVDs, and music CDs, as well as a large children’s area and a stage area for performances. You can also view community art, participate in classes or camps, or use one of the library’s computers. Smaller libraries can be found throughout the city, and all 15 locations offer free wi-fi.
On the second floor of the Orlando Public Library, you’ll find the Melrose Center, a 26,000-square-foot digital technology center offering audio, video and photography studios, various technology-related classes, a fabrication lab with 3D printers, and a large interactive media wall. Other services include driving, flight and construction simulators and access to a conference room.
Whether day or not, if you’re in the mood for an indoor show, you’re in luck. Orlando offers everything from the high-energy performances of La Nouba at Cirque du Soleil to world-class ballet at the Orlando Ballet. The Mad Cow Theatre in downtown produces 10 shows and numerous special events each season, ensuring there’s always something phenomenal to watch. Other theaters are scattered around the city, so check online if you’re interested in something specific.
I-Drive is constantly bustling with tourists for a reason; there’s no shortage of things to do there, both indoors and out. This section of Orlando is home to a number of amazing dinner shows, including the insanely popular Medieval Times, and the 1.1 million-square-foot Artegon Marketplace. You can also escape the rain in the SEA LIFE Aquarium , Madame Tussaud's wax museum, or the 7,800-square-foot skeleton attraction called Skeletons: Animals Unveiled. If you can handle the crowds, there’s enough to keep you busy (and dry) on I-Drive for weeks.
If you want to burn off some energy indoors while waiting out the rain, or you need an affordable option for the afternoon, the City of Orlando operates 17 community centers and two senior centers throughout the city. Most offer some assortment of computer labs, playgrounds, public swimming pools, group exercise classes and more. You’ll also work up a sweat at Airheads Trampoline Arena, located in SoDo. The arena offers a giant indoor trampoline area for kids and adults, as well as an arcade, café and more.