Spring is right around the corner, and with it often comes a torrential downpour of rain. Singing in the rain may sound fun to some people, but most prefer to seek shelter indoors on a rainy day. However, a rainy spring day doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up inside your house. After a few days of rain, your kids will likely be itching to get out of the house. Luckily, there are plenty of fun, family-friendly activities in which you and your kids can partake on dreary days. This guide to some of the best rainy-day activities in Florida will keep your family entertained on days when the sun just refuses to shine.
Turn your rainy day on its head—literally. Housed in an upside-down building, WonderWorks is a kid-friendly museum that invites visitors to let their imaginations run wild. This museum is filled to the brim with several different Wonder Zones, each dedicated to a different area of study. In the Extreme Weather Zone visitors, can experience 74-mph winds in a hurricane shack or become a human lightning rod at the Tesla Coil station. You can also put your body to the test in the Physical Challenge Zone and lie on a bed of 3,500 nails, blow bubbles the size of basketballs, or lift your body weight using a series of different pulleys. WonderWorks also houses an indoor laser tag arena, a glow-in-the-dark ropes course, and a 4D movie theater. With WonderWorks locations in Panama City Beach and Orlando, your family is never far from a good time. For more information about the upside-down museum in Florida, click here.
Consider adding an educational aspect to your day indoors and take a trip to the Orlando Science Center. This accredited museum seeks to ignite curiosity in visitors of all ages through intriguing exhibits, entrancing live programs, and fantastic films. Exhibits at the Orlando Science Center invite visitors to take a hands-on approach to learning through interactive stations and thought-provoking information. The Nature Works exhibit introduces guests to some of Florida’s most curious creatures, including snakes, turtles, and alligators. Meanwhile, the Kinetic Zone enables visitors to learn the principals of physics in a new light as they build their own inventions and test them across a series of obstacles. You can even become the anchor of your very own news show or shake things up in an earthquake simulator at the Our Planet exhibit.
For a pseudo-outdoor adventure that will keep you warm and dry on a rainy day, consider embarking on an adventure to the Florida Aquarium. This attraction allows visitors to take their rainy day under the sea as they become acquainted with aquatic animals from far and wide. The Wetlands Trail and Bays & Beaches exhibits introduce visitors to some of Florida’s local inhabitants, including river otters, alligators, and stingrays. Other exhibits take the adventure to international waters; the Journey to Madagascar exhibit houses ring-tailed lemurs, giant clams, and Madagascar tortoises. Watch out for the tree full of hissing cockroaches!