The sun shines all year round in Orlando, making it an incredibly popular destination for every month. Coupled with the world-famous theme parks, it’s no wonder tourists head to this city in their droves.
However, there is a chance you might see some showers during the summer months. Though it isn’t cold, the rainfall can be quite heavy and sudden. Don’t let that put you off, though – there are plenty of things to do in Orlando when it rains!
Here are some ideas of indoor things to do in Orlando to get you started, so the good times can keep rolling, no matter the weather.
13 of the best indoor activities Orlando
1. Go stargazing at the Orlando Science Center
If you’re looking for an exciting, indoor activity, head to the action-packed Orlando Science Center. Come rain or shine, this attraction is open to guests of all ages and boasts four floors of exciting exhibits, theaters and workshops. Test your problem-solving skills at Mindbender Mansion, learn about dinosaurs at Dinodigs, or head up to the rooftop observatory and peer through the powerful 10-inch lens of Florida’s largest refractor telescope. The Science Center is the ideal rainy day activity.
2. Rub shoulders with the stars at Madame Tussauds Orlando
Why not get papped with one of your favorite celebrities? You can interact with famous celebs both past and present (or at least their waxwork counterparts) at the world-famous Madame Tussauds. Located at the I-Drive 360 complex on International Drive, you can easily head over to the nearby Orlando Eye ferris wheel when you’re done with your famous fun! This is one of the most popular indoor things to do in Orlando when it rains.
3. Shop ’til you drop
If it’s raining outside, what better way to stay dry than indulging in a little retail therapy at Orlando’s many shopping malls? The most popular options are the Mall at Millenia, the Florida Mall and Pointe Orlando, where you can shop, dine and even keep the kids entertained. The new Crayola Experience at the Florida Mall has coloring stations, an indoor playground and fun activities, plus it’s home to the world’s largest Crayola crayon. If you’re looking for discounted designer goods, Premium Outlets is every bargain-lover’s dream.
Check out our comprehensive guide to shopping in Orlando to discover where the very best malls are, and where to find some unique boutiques where you can snap up some unique treasures.
4. Enjoy a movie and a meal
Catch current box office movies in comfort at the dine-in theater at Disney Springs. Open for lunch and dinner, this movie theater/restaurant combo tops the list of things to do in Orlando when it rains with its cosy seats, great movies and classic All-American menu. There’s parking right next to the theater so you won’t have to run too far if it’s raining!
5. Visit the indoor museums in Orlando
No list of things to do in Orlando when it rains would be complete without mentioning the city’s many museums. You can wile away a rainy day exploring a range of fascinating venues including the Orlando Museum of Art, the Fire Museum and the Museum of American Art – to name just a few!
6. Score a strike
Already at Disney World and looking for some shelter? Then get yourself down to Splitsville bowling alley at Disney Springs. Spanning 50,000 sq ft, it has bowling alleys, pool tables, live entertainment and bars. It’s available for parties too. This is an easy way to fill some time if it starts to rain in Orlando!
7. Solve a murder (sort of)
Test your instincts and improve your mental prowess in an authentic escape room adventure. The perfect way to spend a rainy day in Orlando, the Escapology attraction is home to a range of themed escape rooms for all skill levels. You can solve a murder in the Budapest Express room, find the cure for a deadly virus in the Antidote game or catch the family killer in Mansion Murder. Available for groups of up to 6, players must work together to find clues, solve puzzles and unlock doors. Do you have what it takes to escape?
8. Go indoor karting
Rainy day activities don’t get much better than racing around the best indoor karting attraction in Florida. Open to the public every day of the year, K1 Speed features 2 pro tracks plus a fleet of Italian-designed racing karts. It also has spacious lounges, snack bars, a souvenir shop and a racing memorabilia gallery.
9. Go skydiving – indoors!
Be prepared to be blown away (literally!) when you take a dive at the indoor skydive simulator at iFly Orlando. One of the coolest things to do in Orlando when it rains, indoor skydiving is the perfect way to experience exactly how it feels to jump out of a plane, but without the parachute, the jumping and the pre-jump nerves! This is arguably one of the most memorable things to do in Orlando when it rains, guaranteed to offer lots of laughter and some fantastic memories.
10. Run wild at Monkey Joe’s Orlando
Looking for an indoor activity for the little ones? Then Monkey Joe’s is the place to go! This exciting play area is located next to Pointe Orlando and has a variety of inflatables for kids aged 12 and under, as well as a separate toddler play area, arcade games, a prize counter and a full range of concessions.
11. Get messy with a spot of paintball
Whatever the weather, the whole family is guaranteed to have a great time at Orlando Paintball. This massive indoor/outdoor facility features 8 courses decked out with bridges, tunnels, trenches, towers and bunkers. You can choose from a variety of scenario games including a popular Call of Duty-themed field. Free pizza is included in the price, and you can play right up until midnight.
For a full overview of our favorite paintball facilities in Orlando, read our handy guide here.
12. Go on a chocolate-themed adventure
Are you a chocoholic? Then take shelter from the rain at the award-winning Chocolate Museum and Cafe. You can join a guided tour that takes you back in time to the origins of the sweet treat. You can also admire 25 solid chocolate sculptures of some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. There are a variety of different chocolates to sample. Plus there’s a coffee shop selling all manner of chocolate-based drinks and snacks.
13. Chill out at a spa
If it’s dreary outside and you want to lift your spirits there are plenty of luxury spas in Orlando. The impressive Mokara Spa is located inside the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate. There’s also a fantastic boutique spa onsite at Reunion Resort. You can also even book a villa that comes with its own private spa. Hire a masseuse or simply kick back and relax for the day – the choice is yours.
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