Things To Do When it Rains in Orlando

Posted by Unlock Orlando June 8, 2012

When you’re in the Orlando area and it begins to rain, don’t sit at home or in your hotel room and watch TV.  There are a ton of indoor activities that you can do in the Orlando area when it rains.

First off, if you’re a local in the Orlando area, there are a bunch of places where you can go.  At the same time if you’re located more in the tourist and theme park area of Orlando or don’t mind driving down there, you can find a ton of things to do during a rainy day.  The list of places below is a pretty good mix of activities.  Most of these activities and locations are kid friendly, adult friendly, and family friendly.

Museums for the rainy day in Orlando:

Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center is one of Orlando’s premier museums loaded with things to do for families, for adults, and for kids. The Science Center is filled with tons of hands-on exhibits involving space, nature, physics, and technology. Exhibits such as their well-known Nature Works Exhibit recreates an entire ecosystem environment inside the museum filled with salt marches, coral reefs, swamps all which feature their own plants, insects, and animals. Especially if you have kids, you’ll want to check out the Orlando Science Center.
Hours: Sunday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: Adult  $17, Students and Seniors $16 (not a huge discount, but something at least), children (ages 3 to) 11   $12
Location: 777 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803
407-514-2230
www.osc.org

 


Orange County Regional History Center
At the Orange County Regional History Center you can see pictures and learn what Orlando was like 100 years ago, or even 50 years ago before Disney World and other development came into play.  There are exhibits displaying Orlando’s natural environment and those featuring Orlando’s progression into the present. Those who think they know Orlando, might be surprised by the history of Orlando.  Learn Orlando’s history in regards to citrus, aviation, military, tourism, different cultures, and much more.  This one can be fun for both kids and adults.
Museum Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week
Admission: Adults $12, Seniors $9, Students $9, Children ages 5-12 are $7, children under age 4 are free (so bring the kids in while they’re under age 4)
Location:Downtown Orlando at 65 East Central Blvd., Orlando, FL  32801  407-836-8500
www.thehistorycenter.org

 

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is located minutes North of Orlando right off of Park Ave., Winter Park.  Because it’s not the shortest name in the world, locals will typically refer to it as either the Morse Museum or the Tiffany Museum, in reference to Louis Comfort Tiffany, a major artist featured at the museum.  It’s a great way to see something different in the Orlando area because the museum is full of antique glass, pottery, paintings, and other art pieces.  While the museum is probably more something adults would enjoy, families bring kids here all the time as well.
Morse Museum Hours: Monday – 19m to 4 pm, Tuesday – Saturday 9:30am to 4pm, Sunday – Closed
Admission:$5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $1 for students with a valid student ID, but free for children under 12.  But $1 per child is still a great deal!
Location:445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park , FL 32789.  (407) 645-5311

 

Orlando area Malls to walk around for the rainy day:

 

Mall at Millenia
The Mall at Millenia in Orlando may not be the area’s largest mall, but it might be the most upscale and posh indoor mall in the area. Walk in the main entrance to find fountains of water, high ceilings, and light trendy colors as you walk through seeing internationally renowned retailers throughout. You also have the option of being ultra posh by using the Mall at Millenia’s valet and concierge services. Stores found at the Mall at Millenia include Abercrombie & Fitch, Gucci, Apple, BabyGap, Ann Taylor, Wentworth Gallery, Louis Vuitton, Macy’s, Pottery Barn Kids, Cartier, Talbots, Ed Hardy, Tiffany & Co, GUESS, Hugo Boss, J. Crew, and Zara. Restaurants include: Blue Martini, Cheesecake Factory, McCormick & Schmick’s, Brio Tuscan Grille, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, California Pizza Kitchen, and even Pinkberry.  There are also some play areas set up for kids in the mall.
Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 11am-7pm
The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839
407-363-3555
www.mallatmillenia.com

Florida Mall
The Florida Mall is by far the Orlando areas largest indoor mall.  Its called Florida Mall for a reason, its practically the size of Florida.  Its huge and you could theoretically buy anything you want at this mall.  At over 260 stores and well over a million square feet, customers shop at this mall year round. There’s always people here whether its Chrismas or in the middle of summer. The major stores include Macy’s, Nordstrom, JCPenney, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sears along with stores like Apple, Puma, Pottery Barn, Clarks England, Hollister Co., MAC, Euro Moda, and even M&M Word.  There’s also a selection of restaurants, over 30 of them, including California Pizza Kitchen, Buca di Beppo, Ruby Tuesday, Salsa Taqueria & Tequila Bar, and even Nordstrom has the Nordstrom Cafe Bistro. Great place to shop and find anything you want in Orlando.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am – 9pm  Sunday 12pm-6pm
8001 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809
407-851-7234

Altamonte Mall
Altamonte Mall is one of the regional malls in the area and it was one of the original malls to be built.  In fact it was one of the factors that help put Altamonte Springs on the map.  It is located just minutes North of Orlando right off Interstate 4 down state road 436, the Altamonte Mall is central shopping galore.  You can find anything at this mall including food, entertainment, and especially shopping.  As far as shopping goes, Orlando locals can choose from nearly a hundred stores including: Apple, Sears, Dillards, JC Penny, Radio Shack, Kay Jewelers, Kids Footlocker, Lenscrafters, and Macy’s.  With the Altamonte Mall, we’re talking about everything from clothing, to home goods, to books, gifts, shoes, jewelry, electronics………just about anything you would want.  Not to mention you can enjoy other elements of the Altamonte Mall that provide simple entertainment like the Altamonte Mall’s AMC Movie Theater, the Pinnochio Marionette Theater, or the Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm and Sundays 12pm-6pm
451 East Altamonte Drive #2165, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
407-830-4422
www.altamontemall.com

 

Local Attractions for Rainy Days

SAK Comedy Lab
located in Downtown Orlando off of Orange Ave., audiences can enjoy entertaining humor and enjoy a brisk walk downtown or grab something quick to eat either before or after a show or enjoy one of Orlando’s widest selections of bars and nightclubs. SAK known mostly for its improv shows, brings in audiences who when asked are able to shout out suggestions of topics for the entertainers to cover in every humorous and made up on the spot skit that they perform. Every show is different and audiences never know what to expect. The theatre offers great humor for family and friends.
Hours:  Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, 9:30pm, and 11:30pm
Admission: 15 but $3 discounts can apply for Florida residents, students, and seniors
Location: SAK Comedy Lab 29 S. Orange Ave. Orlando FL 32801
www.sak.com
407-648-0001


Bob Carr Performing Arts Center

The Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Orlando is one of the main links Orlando locals have to major theatrical productions including Broadway and Off Broadway plays and hosting programs such as Orlando Ballet, Orlando Opera, and the Orlando Philharmonic. Originally developed in 1926, the Bob Carr, as its known to locals was originally names the Municipal Auditorium and was the main venue for city-wide cultural programming. In the 1970′s it received a major upgrade and was named after Mayor Robert Carr, who apparently was known to people as “Bob” hence the reason it is not called the Robert Carr theater.
401 W Livingston St
Orlando, FL 32801-1413
407-849-2577


Enzian Theater
Located in the city of Maitland, just seconds North of Orlando, the Enzian is a nonprofit art-house theater which specializes in independent films and films that might be extremely popular but with only certain audiences. The movie house has its own bar, called Eden Bar, which allows movie goers and even those just looking to go to the bar enjoy a large private garden with large trees hovering over the park, the bar, and the theater. It’s a very chill but trendy crowd that always make it to Eden Bar.
Hours:  Open Mon-Thu 6pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 3pm-9pm
Admission:  $8 – $10 a person
1300 South Orlando Avenue
Maitland, FL 32751-6415
407-629-1088
www.enzian.org

Rainy Day Activities in the Orlando Theme Park area
Most of these activities are thought to be only for tourists or for people visiting the theme parks in Orlando, but in reality these attractions are visited by locals in the Orlando area all the time……especially if they have kids.



Gaylord Palms

One popular activity in general is to visit the Gaylord Palms Resort in the South Orlando area.  You can visit there as a guest and take your own tour through the hotel which has a massive atrium featuring different outdoor Florida settings.  They have an indoor nature area showing off the everglades with all types of reptiles crawling.  They also have two other sections one with a Key West theme and one with a St. Augustine theme with boats, shops, and restaurants.   There is a charge for parking, but if you do eat at one of the restaurants you can many times get that fee waived.
www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylordpalms

Disney Wilderness Lodge Resort

The Disney Wilderness Lodge Resort is basically set up with activities for those camping out nearby in the event the weather is cold or it rains.  One activity you can do is ask the front desk for a hidden mickey find-it sheet.  You can then go on a hidden mickey hunt around the resort.  It’s probably an activity for kids, but it’s guaranteed that adults do it to.  You can also head out to the Villas at Wilderness Lodge Lobby and let you kids see the Carrolwood Pacific train cars on loan from the Disney family.


Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium has a large museum/showcase of strange and unsual exhibits some that are true and some that are just plain fun.  You’ll see exhibits such as shrunken heads, unusual skeletons, fish with fur, and stunts and achievements from people around the world.
Admission: $19 for adults and $12 for children.
8201 International Drive  Orlando, FL 32819
407-345-0501
www.ripleys.com


WonderWorks

Fun for adults and for kids, WonderWorks has a maze of all kinds of science related activities that visitors can experience and in some cases take part in. You’ll be able to see things that defy gravity, help you experience earthquakes and even those that allow you to experience outer space.
Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for children and seniors.
9067 International Drive, Orlando, Florida
407-351-8800
www.wonderworksonline.com

 

DisneyQuest
DisneyQuest, located in downtown Disney is an all-out 5-story interactive indoor theme park.  Not only is the place full of video games, but it is full of a ton of interactive games as well.  Everything from boat and car simulators to sports game simulations.  Some of the latest high-tech gaming experiences in the world can be found at DisneyQuest.
Admission ranges from $36 to $42


The Titanic Experience

Visit the Titanic Experience on a rainy day or even a sunny day.  You’ll be able to check out the large collection of artifacts and exhibits that commemorate the first and final voyage of the Titanic ship. You have the option of doing a self-tour or go on a tour given by guides wearing in-period costumes.  Admission ranges from $13 to $22.

 

If it’s raining in the evening and you’re looking for something to do, there are a bunch of shows you can head out to and enjoy as well.

Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba  has performances every evening from 6 pm and 9pm from Tuesday to Saturday.
www.cirquedusoleil.com

Medieval Times is another dinner show that features knights on horses in jousting tournaments in addition to a large Medieval feast.
www.medievaltimes.com

 

Orlando Improv Comedy Club
Orlando Improv Comedy Club is a dinner/night show activity featuring comedians from all across the country.  Dinner and alcohol are served and so are the jokes!   The club is located in the Pointe Orlando Mall located off of International Drive in Orlando.
Point Orlando Mall
9101 International Drive #2310
Orlando, FL 32819
407-480-5233
www.theimprovorlando.com


Watch A Movie at the Dollar Movie Theater

Want an indoor activity that can be fun and inexpensive? Take the kids out to one of the local dollar movie theaters in town. You’ll spend a few dollars per ticket as opposed to the money per ticket required for the movie theaters with the more recent movies. Below are a few suggestions of movie theaters to go to:
Colonial Promenade 6 – Touchstar Cinemas
4672 East Colonial Drive
Orlando FL 32803 map
407-888-8224
Picture Show Theater
130 E Altamonte Dr Altamonte Spgs, FL 32701
407-644-7469

Bowling
We have a ton of bowling alleys in the area. You can bring a ton of people to celebrate with you, everyone can socialize, bring food, drink beer, and at the same time watch other friends bowl. Bowling has a way of bringing people to a more even level playing ground so it’s always a great informal birthday atmosphere. Many of the lesser known, but more established bowling alleys offer extremely cheap specials on certain nights of the week including Saturdays. Bowl America, Colonial Lanes, Aloma Bowl are all popular venues along with Firkin & Kegler, Boardwalk Bowl and ofcourse the AMF bowling centers.

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