Central Florida Rainy Day Fun

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Although vacation season is a year-round event in Orlando, summer still reigns supreme. Ironically enough summer is also the start of hurricane season and generally a time of pretty undesirable weather. Let’s not sugar coat it. It’s probably going to rain just about every afternoon in Central Florida – usually between the hours of 3PM-6PM. Sometimes, this will be a brief sun-shower, but many times, it will be a mini-monsoon. It can come on abruptly and seem rather fierce, but it can also dissipate just as quickly and give way to reveal a gorgeous day.

To those of us who live here, we’re essentially used to it, but visitors can be caught off-guard, and frankly – it can be a little unnerving if you don’t know to expect this angry visit from Mother Nature. Into every Orlando vacation, a little rain must fall, but as long as you’re prepared for it, these weather systems don’t have to put a crimp in your party. Just keep these handy back-up plans in mind for ways to beat a rainy day in Central Florida.

Theme Park Take-Over

Let’s be blunt… you’re not going to melt if a little rain comes in contact with your skin. If you play your cards right, the weather may even work to your advantage at the theme parks. When the rain starts, guests run in a craze to get indoors – inside gift shops or wherever they can get with a roof. If you’re not afraid of a little rain, or if you’re armed with an umbrella (or yes, even a ridiculous poncho), you can certainly benefit from clear paths as long as the weather keeps everyone else scared away.

Do Outdoor Things Indoors

On International Drive, you can find a few unique versions of activities that are traditionally outdoors in nature. Consider indoor skydiving at iFLY, indoor mini golf by blacklight at Putting Edge, or indoor go-karting at I-Drive NASCAR or Andretti Indoor Karting & Games. An afternoon thunderstorm may be just the nudge you need to try a new spin on one (or more) of these family favorites!

Escape The Storm – Literally

If there’s one thing Central Florida has more of than theme parks, it’s escape rooms – and they’re all indoors! The average escape room allows you an hour to escape. Considering pre-game prep and registration, you’re sure to outlast the daily shower while you work to free yourself from the puzzling room of your choosing. We’ve tried out a number of local escape rooms, and you’re sure to have a great time no matter which you choose. Check out the various themes to find one that really excites your group, and then dust off your thinking cap!

Much More Than A Mall

Okay, there is a lot of shopping in Central Florida… a LOT. You can certainly opt to find the nearest shopping center when you’re just hoping to find shelter from the storm, but if you really want to get it right, the Florida Mall would be our top suggestion. Beyond the fabulous shopping and food stops, you’ll also find awesome attractions like the Crayola Experience, Build-A-Bear Workshop, M&Ms World, and more.

Split From Disney To Create Thunder Down The Alley

If you’re on Disney property when the rain begins, consider heading over to Disney Springs to spend some time at Splitsville Luxury Lanes. This 50,000 square foot facility offers bowling, billiards, bars, live entertainment, and food, so all of your needs are covered as you hunker down and ride the storm out in style. When the storm subsides, return to your Disney theme park fun, or just kick around Disney Springs for a while.

Museums, Orlando-Style

If we’re being entirely honest, museums can sometimes be quite a bore… but not in Central Florida! Our museums tend to be attractions with an underlying educational element that cleverly hides itself in the fun. Get hands-on educational fun for all ages with locations like: Orlando Science Center, Orange Country Regional History Center, Florida’s Natural Growers Grove House, Explorations V Children’s Museum, Wonderworks, Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Odditorium, and Skeletons Museum.

It’s A Little Cliche, But…

Yes, you can catch a movie anywhere and that may not be a typical vacation activity, but we have some very cool new/updated movie theaters in the Central Florida area, and many come with added perks past the screen. Enjoy a meal with your flick, or maybe some adult beverages – hit the arcade, or surrounding shops and attractions at locations like Cinepolis in Davenport, AMC at Disney Springs, Cinemark at Universal, Regal Pointe at Pointe Orlando, and more!

Get Out Of Dodge

The rain may be a great excuse for a spontaneous day trip! While our storms can be broad and big, you can often find clearer skies within a short drive to any number of Central Florida beaches and neighboring towns. Check out Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Clearwater Beach, St. Augustine, or Tampa, for example!

Stay Home And Enjoy Your Space

You’ve booked a nice, full vacation home with lots of space, and probably fun touches like a pool and or game room. By all means, spend some time enjoying them! No one is going to fault you for choosing to declare a family day and taking advantage of all the fun amenities and great space you’ve rented for your visit. And… after all the theme parking, queuing and spending you’ve been doing, doesn’t this sound like a genuinely welcome relief?