Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but afternoon showers are common during Orlando's rainy season from late May to September. The summer rain in Orlando is typically a quick downpour that does not last all day, and it actually helps cool down the city from the afternoon heat. You can still enjoy the theme parks during a rainstorm—just throw on a poncho! If that’s not your style, there are plenty of indoor activities and attractions to continue your fun-filled vacation during a rainy day in Orlando.
There are a number of experiences aside from the theme parks that are still exclusive to Orlando. Best of all, these attractions will keep you out of the rain without straying far from all the excitement Orlando has to offer.
Located at The Florida Mall, this brand new attraction is the perfect way to keep your little ones occupied on a rainy day. The 26 hands-on attractions include painting, sculpting, customizing your very own crayon, drip art and more! Buy tickets here
This exciting fusion of education and entertainment features 100 hands-on exhibits for all ages, including physical challenges and out-of-this-world sensations. Lie down on a bed of 3500 nails, blow bubbles larger than your body, or climb aboard an antigravity machine in this upside-down attraction. Buy tickets here
Snap a selfie with your favorite celebrities, athletes, and historical icons at Orlando’s very own Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. These wax figures are incredibly realistic and have impeccable detail—you won’t be able to tell them apart from the real thing! Buy tickets here
You may not want to get wet, but you can still observe the magical world below the surface at SEA LIFE. Journey through the 360° Underwater Tunnel as rays, sharks, turtles and more glide above you. There’s even a rock-pool where you can feel a number of undersea creatures from starfish to sea anemone. Buy tickets here
This “Odditorium” is filled with the unusual items and bizarre artifacts ranging from an actual shrunken human head to a portrait of Mona Lisa made from burnt toast. The building itself is just as strange as the exhibits inside—it’s “sinking” into the ground! Buy tickets here
SKELETONS is America’s largest skeleton museum, and contains over 400 real animal skeletons. The exhibits are not only fascinating, but provide a unique and engaging way for the entire family to learn about the study of bones.
Discover the journey of chocolate from bean to beloved chocolate bar in this delicious 45-minute tour, perfect for kids, adults and chocoholics alike. At the end of the tour, let your imagination run free and customize your very own chocolate bar. Buy tickets here
Spend the rainy afternoon shopping for clothes, souvenirs, electronics and more at high-end boutiques and artisan shops throughout Orlando’s expansive indoor malls.
As the largest shopping mall in Central Florida, The Florida Mall contains more than 250 retail, entertainment and dining choices. When you’re ready to take a break from shopping, bring your little one to the Crayola Experience (located at The Florida Mall) for hands-on and colorful activities.
Immerse yourself in a fashion and dining haven, with over 150 exclusive brands, popular retailers, department stores and upscale restaurants. Once the rain lets up, head a few minutes down the road to the open-air Orlando International Premium Outlets for incredible deals on brand-names and designer labels.
This eccentric shopping center brings together a wide array of unique artisanal crafts, including handmade jewelry and soap, one-of-a-kind art pieces, custom beachwear and clothing, comic book collectibles, Florida-grown food items and so much more!
Escape the Florida sun or showers in any of these museums and venues, guaranteed to transport you to another time and place. Explore the art, culture and history of Orlando, from world-class exhibits and galleries to vibrant performances and traditional theatrics.
The Orlando Museum of Art houses 10 to 12 exhibits a year, with collections ranging from African art to ancient and contemporary American works.
Delve into the wonders of space at the actual launch site of NASA’s historic missions, located about 45 minutes East of Orlando. At the Kennedy Space Center, you will have the opportunity to touch a moon rock, meet an astronaut, see the actual Space Shuttle Atlantis and experience a lift-off simulation. Buy tickets here
With over 5,000 works of art dating across many centuries, informative tours and scavenger hunts for kids and adults, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum is engaging for the whole family. Best of all, the museum is completely free of charge.
The Orlando Science Center has interactive and exciting exhibits for the entire family. View the planets in the sky through a state-of-the-art refractor telescope, uncover dinosaur fossils, and engineer your very own roller coaster!
These galleries feature architectural designs, furnishings, glass windows, pottery and paintings from 19th and 20th century America. The museum exhibits the work of renowned designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, including a large collection of his iconic custom lamps.
These thrilling activities will get your adrenaline pumping and release your competitive side as you challenge your family, friends, and even the clock.
Take to the tracks and compete in high speed races against friends, family and new-found foes. I-Drive NASCAR and K1 Speed Indoor Karting cater to all ages, with exhilarating races available for both juniors and adults.
Experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving in the safety of an indoor wind tunnel at iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving. With virtually no age limit of 3 to 103, the whole family can participate in this thrilling adventure. Buy tickets here
Find clues, solve challenging puzzles and riddles, and attempt to escape a locked room with the help of your team—all under a time crunch! An adventure is waiting, whether it’s breaking out of prison, saving the world from a deadly virus or searching for the mystifying red ruby in an ancient Egyptian tomb. Check out America’s Escape Game, The Escape Game Orlando or Escapology for an exciting physical adventure game while you're in Orlando!
Enjoy a classic family activity with an exciting twist. Putting Edge Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf has colorful and imaginatively designed courses that illuminate the dark!
Bounce and flip from wall to wall at Sky Zone, the world’s first indoor trampoline park. Free jump, make an incredible dunk thanks to trampoline floors, or somersault into a pit of foam cubes! It’s plenty of fun for the young and the young at heart.