100+ Things to Do in Florida When It Rains

  • 01 of 05

    What to Do When It Rains in Florida

    Tropical storm force winds from September 2004's Hurricane Frances blow through trees in Fort Pierce, Florida.
    Tropical storm force winds from September 2004's Hurricane Frances blow through palm trees in Fort Pierce, Florida. Jose Jimenez/Getty Images

    While the weather in Florida is nice much of the year, it does rain. Of course, it depends on the time of the year whether rain comes in nothing more than a short shower or an afternoon thunderstorm. Neither usually last very long. However, during hurricane season, a tropical system may cause it to rain steadily for an entire day or more. Steady rain can also happen as low pressure systems make their way through the state just about any time of the year.

    If you're visiting of Florida'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 often spells bad news when it rains during your vacation, but the good news is that there is still plenty of things to do in Florida... both inside and out. Here are some of my rainy day favorites:

    • Take off your shoes and break out the poncho or umbrella. Or, you can try one of these 10 Rainy Day Magic activities to be had at Disney World!
    • Get inside! A visit to The Florida Aquarium is a great way to “sea” life… and hide from the weather! Or, you can easily spend most of the day at the Orlando Science Center which is filled with hands-on exhibits and features a domed theatre and planetarium.
    • And, while you might not be able to make it to the links this weekend, how about playing through exhibits laid out like a golf course at the World Golf Hall of Fame?

    Looking for more rainy day ideas? If you're vacationing in Florida's #1 destination city, try one or more of these 25 things to do when it rains in Orlando. Or, scroll through the following pages for suggestions for indoor attractions, adventures, entertainment and more. Each page lists things to do on a rainy day throughout Florida.

     

  • 02 of 05

    Florida Indoor Adventures

    Family enjoying Universal Orlando's Cabana Bay Galaxy Bowling.
    When the sun decides not to shine, enjoy bowling at Universal Orlando's Cabana Bay Galaxy Bowl. © Universal Orlando

    A little rain won't keep you from enjoying these adventures since they are all indoors!

    Central Florida

    Be sure to check out the 25 things to do when it rains in Orlando compiled especially with vacationers in mind, but also consider adventures that can be found within the confines of your resort hotel. Many resort hotels have arcades, where a couple of rolls of quarters can help you pass a whole afternoon indoors; or, if you're wanting something to do that's more relaxing, book a spa treatment.

    Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory - What a delicious way to pass a few minutes when it's raining. Take a tour of the chocolate factory. While it's interesting, the best part is the free samples they give out at the end of the tour!
    Location: 154 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach
    Phone: (800) 969-2634

    Monster Mini Golf - Combine an arcade with a glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course and you've got hours of family fun!
    Location: 6429 US-19, New Port Richey
    Phone: (727) 849-4653

    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - If the forecast calls for rain, you won't take a gamble on getting wet here. Entertainment, food and fun under one roof!
    Location: 5223 Orient Rd, Tampa
    Phone: (813) 627-7625

    Splitsville - This is not your granddaddy's bowling alley! It's all grown up and sophisticated with billiard tables and bars serving a menu unlike any bowling alley food you've ever encountered.
    Location: 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa
    Phone: (813) 514-2695

    North Florida

    Skate Station Funworks - Multiple location with arcade games, skating and Wally's Playground (for children ages 10 and under) keep you dry inside and when the weather clears gather the family for miniature golf.
    Location: 1311 NW 76 Blvd, Gainesville
    Phone: (352) 332-0555
    and
    Location: 3461 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL
    Phone: (904) 880-7703
    and
    Location: 230 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park
    Phone: (904) 272-5600

    South Florida

    Extreme Action Park - Take go-kart racing to the extreme... indoors!  Keep dry for an entire afternoon or evening enjoying the arcade, bowling and a ropes course.
    Location: 5300 Powerline Rd, Fort Lauderdale
    Phone: (954) 491-6265

    Gulfstream Park - Yes, you can spend the day betting on the ponies, even when it's raining outside. Even though the track will be a bit sloppy, most races will still run unless there is lightning in the area. Horse races are held seasonally Wednesday through Sunday.
    Location: 901 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach
    Phone: (954) 454-7000

    Monster Mini Golf - Experience miniature golf like never before... in the dark. There are monsters dwelling in this glow-in-the-dark course! There is also have an arcade for hours of fun.
    Location: 9533 Westview Dr, Coral Springs
    Phone: (954) 526-5115
    and
    Location: 14435 Miramar Pkwy, Miramar
    Phone: (954) 589-1878

    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - You'll want to take a gamble on this vacation stop!
    Location: 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood
    Phone: (866) 502-7529

  • 03 of 05

    Florida Indoor Attractions

    SEA LIFE Orlando Observation Window
    Bring your own camera to SEA LIFE Orlando or buy memorable photographs like this one at the end of your visit. Compliments of SEA LIFE Orlando

    Not all of these attractions are budget-friendly, but all of them will keep you dry on a rainy day!

    Central Florida

    There are several attractions listed in the 25 things to do when it rains in Orlando, plus there are many located throughout the state that are worth your time and money.

    • The Florida Aquarium - Spend the a few hours or the day in dry air conditioned comfort and when the rain stops you can watch the activity at the adjacent Port of Tampa.
      Location: 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa
      Phone: (813) 273-4000
    • Kennedy Space Center - Take in the outdoor rocket garden while the sun is shining, but step inside when the clouds gather to meet astronauts, take in all of the shuttle experiences and enjoy the IMAX films.
      Phone: (321) 867-5000

    • Ripley's Believe It or Not! - For those who like the odd, the unusual or the sometimes icky.
      Location: 19 San Marco Ave, St Augustine
      Phone: (904) 824-1606

    North Florida

    South Florida

  • 04 of 05

    Florida Indoor Entertainment

    Pirates Dinner Adventure
    Courtesy of Pirates Dinner Adventure

    Looking for a some live entertainment? Outside the theme parks, it is a sure bet you'll find some interesting dinner theaters that combine food and entertainment fit for families.

    Central Florida

    Disney's Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue - Southern vittles along with a family-friendly Wild West-themed show.
    Location: 4510 Fort Wilderness Trail, Orlando
    Phone: (407) 939-3463 (Reservations suggested)

    Medieval Times - Eat a four-course meal with your fingers and enjoy an epic show with live horses and jousting action in an indoor arena.
    Location: 4510 W Vine St, Kissimmee
    Phone: (866) 543-9637

    Pirates Dinner Adventure - Sail the high seas indoors for a swashbuckling adventure. Feast on a three-course meal while watching an engaging pirate-themed show.
    Location: 6400 Carrier Dr, Orlando
    Phone: (407) 206-5100

    Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows
    Location: 8267 International Dr, Orlando
    Phone: (407) 363-1985

    Titanic Gala Dinner - Take part in one of the most famous dinner parties aboard the Titanic! Friday and Saturday evenings only.
    Location: 7324 International Dr, Orlando
    Phone: (407) 248-1166

    North Florida

    Alhambra Dinner Theatre - The oldest continually operating dinner theater in the United States.
    Location: 12000 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville
    Phone: (904) 641-1212

    South Florida

    The Tatiana Restaurant & Night Club offers a variety of entertainment, depending on the night of the week. Diners enjoy everything from burlesque performances to dance spectaculars.
    Location: 1710 E Hallandale Beach Blvd, Hallandale Beach
    Phone: (954) 454-1222

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  • 05 of 05

    Florida Indoor Malls, Movies and Museums

    World Golf Hall of Fame
    If golf is your game, take a historical journey of the game at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine. Marc Serota/Getty Images for the World Golf Hall of Fame

    Often when it rains we head to the mall to shop or see a movie. Florida has many wonderful shopping locales, but also don't forget about museums and science centers. They are not only interesting, but educational (and, the kids don't even realize they are learning).

    Malls

    There are certainly more malls than are listed, but these are certain to provide some of the best shopping experiences.

    Central Florida Malls:

    • Artegon Marketplace is Florida's largest artisan marketplace featuring completely unique shopping and dining experiences.
      Location: 5250 International Dr, Orlando
    • It joins the popular Ellenton Premium Outlets located in the southern section of Tampa Bay.
    • Location: 5461 Factory Shops Blvd, Ellenton
    • International Plaza and Bay Street in Tampa offers upscale shopping and a variety of dining options.
      Location: 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa
    • Tampa Premium Outlets is Florida's newest discount mall and by all accounts, one of the best.
      Location: 2300 Grand Cypress Dr, Lutz
    • The Florida Mall in Orlando has so many unique shopping opportunities, including Carlos Bakery, American Girl and the new Crayola Experience.
      Location: 8001 Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando
    • The Mall at Millenia - Luxury mall with high end fashion, jewelry and decor.
      Location: 4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando
    • Volusia Mall - A super-regional shopping mall.
      Location: 1700 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach

    North Florida Malls:

    • Cordova Mall - Largest shopping center on Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast.
      Location: 5100 N 9th Ave, Pensacola
    • Governor's Square Mall - A super-regional shopping center located in Florida's capital city.
      Location: 1500 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee
    • Jacksonville Landing
      Location: 2 W Independent Dr, Jacksonville
    • Miles Antique Mall - With over 500 vendors this is the largest antique mall in Florida.
      Location: 5109 Bayou Blvd, Pensacola

    South Florida Malls:

    • Clinton Square Market - An old Navy coal depot turned shopping mall with  a variety of shops to browse until the weather clears.
      Location: 291 Front St, Key West
    • Dolphin Mall - Not only can you shop, but you can see a movie or bowl.
      Location: 11401 NW 12th St., Miami
    • Sawgrass Mills - One of the largest value shopping destinations in the country features hundreds of budget-friendly shops.
      Location: 12801 W Sunrise Blvd, Sunrise
    • Town Center at Boca Raton - Large super-regional shopping center.
      Location: 6000 Glades Rd, Boca Raton

    Museums

    There are many more museums scattered throughout Florida, but these are some of the most interesting and visitor friendly.

    Central Florida Museums:

    North Florida Museums:

    South Florida Museums: