5 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Boston

  • 01 of 06

    Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Boston

    Boston Skyline on a Rainy Day
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    Nothing puts a damper on a vacation day than rainy skies. Luckily, though, there are quite a lot of indoor things to do in Boston that make the brightest of any rainy day.

    These picks are appropriate for families with stir-crazy kids, groups of friends traveling together, solo travelers, and couples. And while these activities were selected with rainy days in mind, let's face it – they're also great for the whole stretch of winter when snow and sleet make indoor activities in Boston even more appealing.

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  • 02 of 06

    Go Bowling

    Candlepin bowling
    ••• Photo courtesy Jonathan Hinkle via Flickr Creative Commons

    Match the thunder and lightning outside with strike after strike at a Boston bowling alley. There is a great selection of Boston bowling alleys, both 10-pin and candlepin. You can take your pick from local hole-in-the-wall lanes, such as South Boston Bowlarama, sleek see-and-be-seen venues like Kings, or bowling/pizza joints like Sacco's Bowl Haven (which has a Flatbread on site). 

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  • 03 of 06

    Visit the New England Aquarium

    Giant tank scene at the New England Aquarium
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    On wet and wild days in Boston, head to the New England Aquarium to see water-based wildlife. The newly renovated giant tank, touch tanks, penguin pool, and sea lion exhibition areas are must-sees, awe-inspiring for kids and adults alike. And all the colors of the tropical fish are just the antidote needed for a gray and gloomy day outside. 

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  • 04 of 06

    Go to the Movies

    AMC Assembly Row 12
    ••• AMC Assembly Row 12. Copyright Sarah Pascarella 2014

    Art-house cinemas. Multiplexes with IMAX and 3-D. Stadium-style theaters. Intimate screening rooms. Boston's movie theaters have something for everyone. Whether you want to see the latest big-budget popcorn flick or an award-winning foreign film that just arrived stateside, chances are you'll be able to find it at a Boston movie theater. (Or, if it's a really gross day outside, make it a double feature and go see both!)

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  • 05 of 06

    Jump (and Climb) Around

    Brooklyn Boulders, Somerville
    ••• Brooklyn Boulders, Somerville. Photo courtesy Tod Van Hoosear via Flickr Creative Commons

    Kids have energy to burn? Have cabin fever? On a rainy day in Boston, don your athletic wear and visit an indoor climbing or trampoline park to get the heart rate going. Climb more than 40,000 feet of indoor rock boulders at Somerville's Brooklyn Boulders, or play dodgeball or just jump it out on a trampoline at one of Sky Zone Trampoline Park's three Boston-area locations. When you're halfway up a boulder or vaulting off a trampoline wall, you won't even miss the outdoors. 

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  • 06 of 06

    Become an Artist

    Snowy Beacon Hill paintings at The Paint Bar
    ••• Snowy Beacon Hill paintings, The Paint Bar. Photo courtesy Melissa Johannes

    Sure, you could visit a Boston-area art museum on a rainy day ... but why not create your own work of art? The Paint Bar, with locations in both the Back Bay and Newtonville, offers classes where you paint a theme-based painting in a relaxed, encouraging environment. While it is geared toward adults (the "bar" in Paint Bar is there for a reason), there are regularly scheduled Family Days on the calendar, too.