Kids have fun learning and playing at the Children's Museum of Atlanta, even on a rainy day. (📷 Jeff Roffman)

Walk among the dinosaur bones at Fernbank. (📷 Gene Phillips,

The Ultimate List of Rainy Day Things to Do in Atlanta

If there is one thing you can predict, it’s that Atlanta weather can be a bit unpredictable. Sunshine today but rainy tomorrow? No problem. We’ve taken the stress out of figuring out what to do and where to go with this ultimate list of things to do on a rainy day in Atlanta.

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Andretti Indoor Karting and Games

Got restless tweens and teens at home? Andretti is a whopping 100,000 square feet of indoor activity from karting to gaming, rock wall, laser tag and more. All this resides under one roof complete with a restaurant and bar for Mom and Dad. There are two Georgia locations.

Atlanta Monetary Museum

Show me the money. At Atlanta Monetary Museum you can see the money up close and in person. This museum covers the Federal Reserve, U.S. currency and more. See how robots are used to move the money, how it’s made, how it’s destroyed and learn all about money in our daily lives. It’s a great educational stop for the entire family.

Note: Tours and walk-in visits are closed to the public until the end of September 2021.

Center for Puppetry Arts

A puppeteer from the Center of Puppetry Arts, in Atlanta Georgia, shows a blue cat puppet to a smiling little boy and his caregiver during a workshop.
Puppeteers bring stories to life at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

A trip to the Center for Puppetry Arts is a surefire way to beat the rainy day blues, especially for youngsters. Tour the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, catch a performance or sign up for one of CPA’s fun curriculum-based workshops for an educational, creative and fun outing.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

A happy girl turns a machine to move ping pong balls around a STEAM-focused activity at the Children's Museum of Atlanta.
Kids can jump into STEAM-filled activities at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. (📷 Jeff Roffman)

Kids climbing the walls? Get them out of the house and into educational, hands-on fun at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, located Downtown. With plenty of places to explore, climb, play and learn this children’s museum is bound to entertain kids for hours. 

Escape Rooms

An escape room themed board game sits ready to play on a table. The board is offered online from The Escape Game Atlanta.
Bring the fun of an escape room home with this board game from The Escape Game Atlanta.

This popular new entertainment trend is a great way to spend some time with teens or adult friends. Spend an hour or two solving puzzles, uncovering hints and playing detective to escape a locked themed room at The Escape Game Atlanta, Escape the Room, Mission Escape and Ultimate Escape. Follow up your adventure with drinks or dinner out. The Escape Game also offers physical and virtual games online, so you can bring the fun home.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Three dinosaur statues stand in front of a painting of a scene in an exhibit at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta Georgia.
Experience Georgia through time at Fernbank Museum of Natural History (📷 Joleen Pete)

What do dinosaurs, fish and roses have in common? They’re all at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, where the entire family can enjoy getting out of the rain and into the past. Explore “A Walk through Time in Georgia,” see the largest dinosaurs that roamed the earth and so much more. The great interactive exhibits, Giant Screen theater and 900-gallon saltwater aquarium are just a few of the attractions that await.


This Downtown venue offers lots of gaming fun for the whole family. With more than 60 state-of-the-art arcade games, this place offers hours of fun for every age. Game-X has food and drinks plus a full bar offering happy hour entertainment and all-day weekend fun for the entire family. 

Note: Currently closed to the public. Available for private events. Inquire online.

Georgia Aquarium

An employee at Georgia Aquarium feeds a sea turtle lettuce.
An employee at Georgia Aquarium feeds a sea turtle lettuce.

A year-around favorite, Georgia Aquarium is a great spot to spend an inclement day and a terrific place to take visitors in case Mother Nature is raining on your parade. The nation’s largest aquarium houses 10 million gallons of fresh and saltwater habitats, plus interactive exhibits, animal encounters, tours, the 4D Funbelievable Theater and so much more.

High Museum of Art

This display from the Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibit at the High Museum of Art Atlanta features Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet stuffed animals, a dress, shoes, artwork, games, books, and more.
A display from the Winnie-the Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibit at the High Museum of Art in 2018. (📷 Joleen Pete)

An afternoon at the High Museum of Art is a wonderful place for you and your honey if you are trying to get out of the rain. More than 17,000 works of art in its permanent collection, a healthy rotation of visiting exhibitions, a fabulous museum shop, on-site cafe and other amenities allow you to stay under one roof and out of the weather while indulging in a little culture.

Hodgepodge Coffeehouse

The rain is coming down, but you just wanna grab your sweetheart and get out of the house for a bit. Head down to Hodgepodge Coffeehouse in Little Five Points. This eclectic spot features art and merchandise by local artists and artisans, has a full menu of delicious breakfast and sandwich offerings and, of course, a full espresso bar with signature drinks.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Kids and a guardian stand around a play space at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, located at Phipps Plaza. They're building towers on bases that move and vibrate.
Kids see how their LEGO towers withstand movement at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. (📷 Joleen Pete)

Everyone’s favorite toy brick is the centerpiece of this center that is a great place to take the kids on a rainy day. There are rides, activity stations, a 4D movie theater and so much more, all under one roof. It is a fun and educational spot for families with kids of all ages. Located within Phipps Plaza.

Marietta Fire Museum

The Marietta Fire museum offers a free tour of fire memorabilia including vehicles, uniforms and more. The gift shop includes shirts, hats and other souvenir items. A must-visit for firefighting buffs. 

Museum of Design Atlanta

Art and design buffs love checking out MODA, the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. While providing community outreach and education, MODA also offers exhibitions highlighting architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more. This is a great stop for families with older kids or couples looking for a unique date night.

Public Markets for Food and Shopping

Got cabin fever and just itching to get out of the house? Head to one of Atlanta’s public market spaces for food, shopping and fun. Both Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market offer great indoor spaces for shopping, dining. Be sure to check the event calendars for classes, pop-ups, workshops and more.

Southeastern Railway Museum

Two boys sit and laugh on the end of a train caboose, while dressed in costumes and eating candy, at Train or Treat - an annual Halloween event at Southeastern Railway Museum.
Trains, buses, and other forms of transportation can be explored at Southeastern Railway Museum. (📷 Joleen Pete)

Train lovers and toddlers love spending time at this museum that is full of all things train, including a “warehouse” filled with replica train stations and retired train cars just waiting to be explored. If the rain lets up there are 35 acres of trains and other vehicles outside to explore. Check the calendar for the Toddler Programs and other special events throughout the year.

Sky Zone

Sky Zone offers so many indoor activities its impossible to experience them all in one day, which makes it a great repeat option for Atlanta rainy days, summer heat, and winter sleet and snow. Trampolines, dodge ball, rock climbing, “warrior” course and sky hoops are just a few of the offerings. Sky Zone even has spaces for the smallest family members to play in the Tot Zone, making this a true family destination.

Stars and Strikes

Bowling appears to be making a come back, and with spots like Stars and Strikes we can see why. There’s a ton of options all under one roof, with 20 bowling lanes, a full arcade and even laser tag. Plus you can dine on gourmet food, enjoy a drink and celebrate any occasion, even if it’s just getting out of the rain.

SweetWater Brewery

If you love beer you may want to venture into SweetWater Brewery next time the rain sends you scrambling for cover. Catch the tour and taste the offerings of year-round favorites and seasonal releases.

The Painted Pin

This upscale boutique bar is the perfect spot for couples trying to escape a stormy day. Head inside this industrial space for interactive gaming such as bocce ball, Ping-Pong and more, in addition to 20 lanes of pin bowling. The full-service bar turns out classic cocktails, wine, and craft and local beers that can be accompanied by chef inspired “alley” foods like wood fired pizzas, tacos, sliders and salads. It’s a true upscale playground for adults.

Tiny Towne

Nearly all kids love to get behind the wheel and “drive.” So when the weather isn’t so great outside, head inside to Tiny Towne, where kids of all ages can learn the rules of the road and drive cars sized just for them. Even teens appreciate the hands-on experience and opportunity to hone their driving skills.


It’s pouring rain but you’re itching to drive golf balls? Topgolf offers a driving range with opportunities to play outdoors or in. Hit a bucket of balls, enjoy yummy food and drinks, and catch the latest game on one of 200 HDTVs. 


Bound to wear out the most energetic of kids, Xdrenaline is bursting with high-energy activities like trampoline fun, rope courses, rock climbing and even a “ninja” course. Kids love playing alongside adventurous moms and dads.

Whether it’s a rainy day in Atlanta or not, you’re sure to find something fun with this list of 50 fun things to do.

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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