Things to Do in Orlando When it Rains (Popular Indoor Activities)

Orlando is a lovely city to visit basically year round, but it does have a pretty significant rainy season between June and September. So if you’re traveling to Orlando any time during the summer, it’s likely that you’ll run into some rain at one time or another.

In search of things to do in Orlando when it rains? Check out a few of our favorite indoor options for some ideas on how to make the most of bad weather in Florida.

Looking for some fun things to do indoors?

Admission to a bunch of the below activities is available on the Go Orlando® Card.

Choose as you go from a number of fun attractions and save up to 55% off combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

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A few of the available activities include…

  • WonderWorks
  • Kennedy Space Center Complex
  • Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando
  • Madame Tussauds Orlando
  • And more!

WonderWorks Orlando

WonderWorks-orlando-indoors-3The hardest part of a rainy vacation when traveling as a family is the problem of how to keep the kids occupied on a day when they can’t run around and play.

Let us solve that problem for you – pay a visit to the amazing WonderWorks Orlando and your kids can run, play, and learn to their hearts’ content.

They call themselves an indoor amusement park, and that’s a pretty apt description. There are dozens of exhibits, themed areas, and interactive objects that allow visitors to learn as they play. A few ideas include…

  • Get blown away by hurricane force winds and then feel what it’s like to experience an earthquake that measures 5.3 on the Richter scale in Disaster Zone.
  • In Bed of Nails, lie on a bed of thousands of super sharp nails and feel absolutely nothing. (Then learn the science behind it!)
  • Make your way to the mound and pitch to your favorite Major League players at Velocity Ball. But beware, the umpires aren’t about go easy on you: you’ll hear “ball,” “strike,” or “homerun!” based on the pitches you throw.
  • Play a sport unlike any other⎯a game WonderWorks calls Mind Ball. This challenging biofeedback game for two employs EEG technology, allowing players to use their brains (only!) to move the ball across the table.
  • In WonderCoasters, build a virtual roller coaster you’d never see at any other type of amusement park with the Wonder Simulator, and then go for a ride on it! Anything’s possible when you have the ability to turn 360 degrees in every direction!
  • Climb to the top of the Indoor Ropes Challenge Course, a three-story, glow-in-the-dark course complete with 20 different obstacles, such as suspension bridges and swinging beams.
  • One minute you’re in the theater and the next you’re in the middle of the action with the 4D Extreme Motion Ride. The 12-seat theater takes visitors to new levels of entertainment by combining 3D film with special effects and full motion seats.
  • Enjoy a little friendly competition with a game of Lazer-Tag in WonderWorks’ enormous (10,000 square feet!) blacklit maze. The fast-paced excitement can then be followed up with the video arcade area and huge prize redemption center.

Getting In: Admission to WonderWorks Orlando is included with the Go Orlando® Card.

Kennedy Space Center Complex

Orlando Kennedy Space Center images  (6)Literally millions of visitors flock to this amazing complex each and every year. The Kennedy Space Center is THE heart of spaceflight in the United States, and it’s one of the top attractions in all of Orlando.

While it’s home to NASA’s launch headquarters, it includes so much more than that for visitors. Travelers can see giant rockets, spend some time in real flight simulators, meet a veteran astronaut, and much more.

Take a tour the facilities, take in an informative IMAX show, and you’ll get the complete Kennedy Space Center experience.

Getting In: Admission to the Kennedy Space Center Complex is included with the Go Orlando® Card.

Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

The Orlando Eye sightseeingAlthough your view will be a bit foggier than it might be on a clear day, it’s still a good chance to see the beautiful Orlando cityscape from 400 feet in the air.

Of course, you’ll get to see beyond just Orlando, too – you can see glimpses of far out into Central Florida, including local theme parks and greenspaces.

It’s a great opportunity to snap some fun photos with the whole family, and plus there’s something really cool about seeing rain from up above, too.

Getting In: Admission to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is included with the Go Orlando® Card.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

Ripleys Orlando (7)Kids and adults alike will get a kick out of the weird and wonderful things going on at Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

There are hundreds of different exhibits that are designed to attract visitors of all stripes, whether you’re intrigued by shrunken heads or are fascinated by dinosaur fossils.

The extensive collections at Ripley’s span much of the natural and manmade world, and included things as diverse as micro-sculptures and a section of the Berlin Wall.

Getting In: Admission to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Orlando is included with the Go Orlando® Card.

Fans of Ripley’s will also love a chance to visit the Skeletons: Animals Unveiled museum, located right on I-Drive. Admission to this museum is included as an option on the Build Your Own Pass.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit

Titanic-the-Experience-4So you’ve seen the movie a time or three. Now it’s time to explore the real history of the world’s most famous sinking ship.

This 20,000-square foot attraction actually recreates models of the iconic places of this beautiful ship, from the Grand Staircase to the First Class Parlor Suite.

Actors in costume play real figures from the Titanic as they tell you all about the history of her design, construction, and fateful journey. Enjoy an hour-long guided tour of the facilities, then explore on your own as you wander through 200 artifacts from the ship and from the Hollywood production.

Getting In: Admission to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit is included with the Go Orlando® Card.

American Police Hall of Fame

American Police Hall of Fame ticketsFans of police procedurals like CSI and Law and Order will relish the chance to explore this informative attraction.

See how crime solving plays out in real life, with a chance to view real forensic technologies and tools, view fun artifacts like counterfeit money, and see a model crime scene.

It’s fun for kids and adults, so don’t worry about scaring little ones.

Getting In: Admission to the American Police Hall of Fame is included with the Go Orlando® Card.

Museum of Science and Industry

Image credit: Museum of Science & Industry Facebook page.

Image credit: Museum of Science & Industry Facebook page.

Take a ride to Tampa to explore one of the region’s most popular museums – the Museum of Science and Industry.

A distinctive science museum, MOSI offers more than just exhibits about how things work. Instead, they have interactive, immersive exhibits that get you involved in learning the practice and principles behind a given phenomenon or invention.

Investigate the future of 3-D Printing. Sit back and relax in a driverless car. Explore NASA’s model moon base. And so much more! Although it’s primarily geared towards kids, adults will get a kick of out this attraction, too.

Getting In: Admission to the Museum of Science and Industry is included with the Go Orlando® Card.

Florida Aquarium

florida-aquariumAnimals lovers rejoice! This delightful local aquarium offers all the beauty and color of the world’s waterways in a convenient indoor setting. Home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals, this fascinating institution features life from Florida and around the world.

Some of the popular exhibits you can explore include “Wetlands Trail,” “Bay to Beaches,” “Coral Reef,” and many more.

Plus, this aquarium offers fun outdoor exhibits, too, should the weather clear up during your visit! And the building is really beautiful (it actually won recognition on an architectural awards list recently).

Getting In: Admission to the Florida Aquarium is included with the Go Orlando® Card.

Fans who want to encounter marine life without driving to Tampa may want to opt for the Build Your Own Pass, which offers admission to SEA Life Aquarium in Orlando as an attraction option.

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Some of the wax figures you'll see at Madame Tussauds Orlando: Neil Patrick Harris, Dan Marino, Selena Gomez, Jimmy Fallon, Shrek, Neil Armstrong, and more.

Photo credit: Madame Tussauds Orlando

A visit to Madame Tussauds is the perfect indoor attraction that everyone will love.

Get the opportunity to “meet” your favorite celebrities, snap that perfect photo, and get a taste of what it’s like to mingle with the stars.

Various themed areas in this popular attraction include features on actors like Brad Pitt, musicians like Taylor Swift, and even directors like Steven Spielberg.

Getting In: Admission to Madame Tussauds Orlando is included as an option for the Building Your Own Pass.

Dinner Shows & Festive Dining

PiratesA popular vacation idea in Orlando is the dinner show. It comes in many varieties and styles, but what they all share in common is food, fun, and the surety of a great evening.

Choose wonder and amazement at the Cirque Magique Dinner Show, where you’ll see everything from exciting magic tricks to delightful feats of acrobatic prowess.

If you’re looking for something more immersive, the Pirate’s Dinner Show is a treat for the whole family, complete with swashbuckling and a series of massive ships modeled after historic vessels – seriously, you’ll feel like you’re dining in a pirate lagoon.

If your party consists of adults only, then you might want to head to the Treasure Tavern, which offers hilarious and mildly naughty humor alongside tasty food and drinks.

Getting In: Admission to the Cirque Magique Dinner Show is included with the Go Orlando Card. Admission to Treasure Tavern and Pirate’s Dinner Show are included as options with the Build Your Own Pass.

Enjoy some Shopping

By Miosotis jade (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Miosotis jade (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

One of our favorite things to do on a rainy day is to take advantage of local Orlando shopping opportunities to get some souvenirs, restock our closets, or pick up something special.

Some top local places to shop around Orlando include the upscale Mall at Millenia, the popular Orlando International Premium Outlets, or family-friendly Pointe Orlando, which also includes movie theaters and restaurants.

If you are looking to shop when the weather is not quite so rainy, head to Winter Park for some cute boutique shops and local hidden gems.

Rainy Day Recap

Rainy day in Orlando? No worries! There are plenty of indoor activities and things to do to enjoy with the whole family.

Keep in mind that many theme parks also offer indoor components, even if the bulk of their activities are outside. Visiting during a rainy day can sometimes be an advantage, then, because you’ll encounter fewer lines in certain times of year.

Don’t forget to pick up an all-inclusive Go Orlando® Card, which provides admission to many of these indoor attractions.

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